“Capture” Magazine is Australia’s Professional Photography Magazine, every year they hold a black and white photography competition called the “Mono Awards” which I entered for the second time this year.
I was rapt to find out today that I received 2 “Highly Commended” awards and a “Commended” award for another of my images in this years competition!
Black and white photography is an absolute passion for me and the work I entered is the work I am most proud of. Whilst some of my work has a load of Photoshop involved (normally for commercial clients), these images are ones that have relied less on Photoshop and more what would have been achievable on a film camera and printed in the darkroom. These images are about people doing peoplely (not sure if that is a word) things.
Ash (the insanely beautiful woman in the window shot) is a model I love working with, she has modelled extensively overseas but I got to shoot with her over 3 days which was awesome opportunity. Apart from being an absolute professional she is also an insanely beautiful human being who would challenge most peoples perception of models. Thanks Ash, I couldn’t have done this without your expertise.
The shot above taken at a wedding I shot for a couple in Sydney during the storms that smashed Sydney in February this year. This couple did not want photos of their wedding released to the general public but these two were approved for release. Their overseas wedding was smashed by rain and they were really looking forward to their Sydney wedding to make up for it. These facts are what makes the photo for me because obviously severe weather played a part in both weddings yet despite everything they had an umbrella and each other – a bit of a euphemism for life perhaps!
The violinist above was preparing to play for the couple as part of an ensemble and I have this “thing” for people who are about to get up and perform for others, it takes a special kind of person to be able to do that and rarely do they ever just turn up and start doing their thing, they kind of get in a zone and shut everything else out and it makes for these very genuine moments that I love.