I've always been drawn to portraiture, I love seeking out something different in photography wether it's creating a different look or just the challenge of drawing out the person's soul. This image of Lauren from unique models is my 3rd image in a series of images called Ten, the tattoo on Lauren's neck is the Maori word for ten - tekau.
Remember these?? I'm continuing on with this personal project with the release of my third work in this series as part of this years Auckland Festival of Photography, you can read about it here. The group exhibition is been held at White Studios, 9-18 June 2017, 30 Burleigh Street, Grafton
Hours: 10am-5pm 9th-11th June, 10am-5pm 17th-18th June
A campaign I produced for hair stylist Chris King has been selected for this years "The Work 2017" - Campaign Brief in Print Craft.
Now in its 15th year, The Work features the very best advertising of the year from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Published by Campaign Brief, The Work is recognised as a true record of creativity for the entire region.
To qualify for entry the ad or campaign must have already passed the test and been a finalist or winner at an awards show.
We wanted a campaign that wasn't the norm in the hair dressing world so we produced a campaign that was almost the exact opposite, here it is.
I've been selected as a finalist in this years communication arts annual 2017, CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. The annual is the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography and is selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual, in print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers.
You can read more about the competition and it's judges here http://www.commarts.com/competition/2017-photography
Recently I was asked to shoot a job with the All Blacks, after I had completed the brief I asked Ben Smith who is widely regarded as the best fullback on the planet and the others if I could capture some portraits of them, here are the results of my personal work.
I worked with Blacksands to produce a series of stills for Freeview.
Group Marketing Manager: Katie Mills
Marketing Manager: Tim Aitken
Director: Jamie Lawrence
Producer: Bridget Bolton-Riley
Actor: Chris Parker
I recently had some of my art work published as a cover for Paperboy a new publication which is free and an Auckland weekly magazine, the magazine will be focused on showing readers the best of Auckland in terms of food, style, culture and urbanism, and will also contain a couple of features in each issue. You can read more about it here.
Many thanks: Jeremy Hansen and Kate Richards
Recently I collaborated with French Revolver Studio to produce two pieces of content for their show.
These consisted of two videos projected onto walls within the Britomart Country Club in the Auckland CBD where the event was held.
The concept for the first video was water, which we linked back to the street posters which I shot various dancers preforming in an environment which resembled water. The projection also created movement and light on the dancers during the show further enhancing the concept. The final video was much more urban and provided a gritty backdrop to the final stages of the performances. You can see both videos here.
Editor: Dan Martin @ Deliverance
Music: Chris King
Assistant: Melissa West
French Revolver Studio commissioned me recently to collaborate on a project to showcase a night of art, dance and fashion. The idea was to create a series of unusual images to cut through the clutter of street posters and grab consumers attention. We had an idea of shooting dancers in a swimming pool, clearly with the elaborate and detailed hair styles we needed to create a solution that gave that feeling. The project involved collaboration between photographer, choreographer, hair stylist, make up artists and dancers to bring the images to life. The images were retouched by Stephanie O'Connor. I'm currently working on phase 2 of the project and that is creating a series of videos to be shown at the launch party.
Auckland advertising photographer Spid was recently approached by Ogilvy's Darran WongKam to produce a memorable campaign for the upcoming Auckland Council local body elections. The basic concept centres around the idea that people who don't vote are metaphorically invisible, because their views will not be taken into account during the democratic process.
To express this idea visually the subject of each campaign image was photographed twice - once as a clearly visible person, and then again as a body painted person who is difficult to distinguish from the background. Recognising that executing this brief would involve the merging of two different creative mediums (photography and body art), Spid approached Yolanda Bartram from Bodyfx, and together they set about creating the desired result.
The biggest challenge of the shoot was the 6-7 hour delay between shooting the first "Vote" execution and the second "Don't" execution. Extensive research and testing by a very committed crew was required to resolve this particular issue. And although utilising digital post-production techniques might have been an easier option, creating the see-through person effect in camera gives the campaign a sense of authenticity that engages the viewer and helps drive home the call to action.
Here's a fun project we produced for TAB Multi Bet and Sugar, where the brief was to shoot a bunch of different sports men and women for a TV spot and stills campaign. The head, body and legs were mixed up from different codes creating an interesting combination of codes.
Agent: The Collective Force
Producer: Jessica Hogan
Creatives: Genevieve Chunn, Daniel Nelson
Account Manager: Campbell McLean
Assistant: Dani Hochuli
Stylist: Lucy Mclay
Make Up: Anna Hewlett