Every year, cities around the world participate in “Global Illumination” to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, through the bold pink lighting of buildings, monuments and well known landmarks. Affecting 1 in 8 women, including those in my own family, breast cancer is a disease that touches so many of us in one way or another. This year, in support of the Breast Cancer Month and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, I got behind the Brisbane Global Illumination Cocktail Party as their photographer. It was a night full of entertainment with hosts Camilla Severi from b105 and Lidia Box “Brisbane’s Leading Gender Illusionist”, fire twirlers, a 12 piece soul band (SoulZu), auctions and an after party at Cloudland.
Last night I attended the preview opening of ‘Underexposed’ an exhibition showcasing some amazing live band photography from Brisbane Photographers. With well over a dozen photographers, such as Dane Beesley, Kylie Keene and Elleni Toumpas showcasing their work, the walls were filled with hundreds of images over the last 20 years of music history. It was great to finally meet some photographers who’s work I have seen through various street press, online and social media. With local music from local bands and musicians the atmosphere couldn’t be more fitting. Underexposed opens tonight at Joshua Levi Galleries in Wooloongabba and will be featuring live music in the gallery every Friday and Saturday until the end of the show. More details and gig dates below.
Pecha Kucha Night – Volume 10 was held as part of the Brisbane Ideas Festival on the 27th of March. I had the opportunity to present at the event and speak about some of my work and projects.
Pecha Kucha is an event where any designer, artist, architect, interactive media or alike, are given the soapbox to present their designs, thoughts and ideas. Each presenter gets 20 seconds to showcase and talk about 20 slides of their work.
This is a video of my presentation. Lots of “umms”, I know, but with a packed crowd of 300 in the room, 200 on the 2nd floor balcony, and another few hundred on the ground floor watching the live feed, I was pretty nervous!
This Tuesday, over 175 cities around the world will be hosting ‘Twestivals’ in an effort to help raise money and awareness for charity: water, a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The event will bring together the world’s online Twitter “micro-blogging” communities for an evening of music, art and entertainment. Brisbane will be hosting their very own Twestival this Thursday the 12th February at 6.30pm at Metro Arts in the city. For those interested, be sure to check out the Brisbane Twestival Website, where you can donate and also buy tickets to the event. There will be live bands and entertainment as well as a live auction for which I have donated the two images below. Hope to see you there!
Artwork by Brisbane Artist Kylie Farrelly – The River City
In a month of events that celebrate the city of Brisbane and all it’s offerings…Brisbane Riverfestival, Brisbane City Romp, Bridge to Brisbaneand theValley Fiesta to name a few, Joshua Levi Galleries will be joining in the festivities with their next big showing of Brisbane themed work. Featuring the colourful works of Kylie Farrelly, appropriately titled The River City, the opening will be accompanied by the sounds of Brisbane band Dan and Dilmah. As part of the exhibition, I will be showing portraits of inspirational Brisbanites from my recent BNE project! Joshua Levi himself will also have a range of stunning Brisbane imagery on the walls and in addition, two more of Brisbane’s talented photographers, Darren Tuer and Dustin Osbourne will also be showing their city scapes. The River City and the photography of Brisbane will be showing at Joshua Levi Galleries from 4th – 30th September.
Last night, 12 of Brisbane’s hottest Designers battled it out at Designer Fight Club at the Zoo in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. After checking out the student competition last month, I was intrigued to see what the “industry professionals” battle would hold. With a heckling MC, 30 minutes to come up with a design, and some challenging briefs, the night did not disappoint. My personal favourite of the night came from Corin Edwards, self proclaimed “rock’n’roll librarian”, who incorporated an 8 eyed dinosaur into his design (upon request)… and subsequently won his round! Congrats to Jess from JosephMark who took out first prize in the event! Some shots from the night:
Round 1 Contestants – Congrats to Jess (far right) for winning the event.
Last night I attended the opening of Joshua Levi Galleries to help welcome Brisbane’s freshest new gallery to the art community. The gallery space has undergone an amazing makeover. What was once an old antique shop, is now one of Brisbane’s most unique exhibiting spaces. In-house canvas printing and framing, studio space, limited edition prints, and original artworks are a just a few of the many things that makes Joshua Levi Galleries one of the most attractive exhibiting spaces for artitsts and photographers. The night showcased some amazing work from artists such as Nic Plowman and Emma Sheldrake… oh and MYSELF! I have some limited edition canvas prints on the walls in the gallery, so head in there and check them out!
Well, after a short tour around the suburbs of Brisbane, it finally came time to take down the images exhibited in the PhotosXFour exhibition at Brisbane Powerhouse. Thanks so much to all those involved, those that came to the opening night and those that took the time to see the exhibition. After several weeks of moving around town, the images from the series are going be retired for the time being, while I focus on getting my new works started. I will however, have some of my work for sale at the opening of Joshua Levi Galleries, so stay tuned! Special thanks to the other very talented photographers involved, Russell Fleming, Matt Leasegangand James Debenham! Thanks to Ian Henderson from Photo Resources for the quality and care put into the printing, mounting and framing of all the images. Many thanks to Guy for taking shots on the night and thank you so much to all those that generously agreed to be a part of the project, you are the best models ever! Some snaps from the night:
In the coming weeks I will be exhibiting a number of my portraits at the Brisbane Powerhouse. They will be exhibited as part of ‘photosXfour’, a collaboration of four Brisbane Photographers and four unique commercial styles. Over 40 images are on show, and cover genres from editoiral style fashion to urban landscapes. Hope to see you there!!!
I am holding an exhibition at Urban Grind in Paddington from the 20th of April – 3rd of May. The exhibition features both recent and unseen portraits of BNE (Brisbane). So head over to Urban Grind, have a coffee and check out my stuff!!!
The much anticipated exhibition and judging of the photos from Shooting Raw 2008 was held on Wednesday night. Shooting Raw is a photographic competition I took part in, in which each photographer is given a half hour time slot to shoot 12 frames, with one nude model and an unseen location, (see my previous post for more info). It was great to see the work of all the other photographers and how they worked with what was quite a challenging environment.
To top off the night, I ended up winning the Photographers’ Award and the People’s Choice award for the same photo (above)! The shot won 2 out of the 3 awards presented! The prints will be available for purchase from the Shooting Raw website, with proceeds going to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Thanks to Pat, Norm, The Joynt, sponsors and guests!
I was a recent participating photographer in Shooting Raw 2008, a photographic competition in which each photographer has 12 shots to bring an unseen location and a nude model to life.
A bit about the exhibition:
“Shooting Raw is a model photography competition which throws out the traditional environment of the model photographer. We present them with a new environment, a model they’ve never met before with limited tools and very few chances to get the shot right. The emphasis is about thinking on your feet and taking advantage of the environment, being able to see the possibilities of what there is around you, without the ability to create exactly what you’d like. “
To bring a challenge to the competition, only 12 frames were allowed to be shot in a half hour period and the location was provided only just before the event. More rules here. This year, the shoot was held in Austinville on the Gold Coast.
Photos from the competition will be exhibited and judged at The JoYnt in South Brisbane on April 9th, 2008.
Please come check out the results!
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February 13th marked the official launch party of Australia’s dedicated music distributors, Musicadium. With live bands, a great atmosphere and held at one of Brisbane’s best live music venues, the launch party was a huge success.
The rural mining town of Gympie, located on the Fraser Coast recently held it’s second annual International Film Festival, drawing impressive crowds and film makers from around the globe. The Heart of Gold International Film Festival is a festival with a difference and an inspiring vision, and being asked to be the photographer for the event couldn’t have been more of an honour. The entire community pitched in to help bring an impressive showcase of short and feature length films to the four day festival. Seminars were held with some very inspiring speakers, including Margaret Pomeranz, Rick Stevenson, Cathy Henkel and Loic Valmy. With an impressive 130 films from 38 countries, I made the most of every spare moment to catch a glimpse of what the film festival was all about, “films that make us laugh, give us hope, inspire us and get us back to a focus on what is really important, each other”. The Heart of Gold Website can be found here, and if you are a film maker, get your entries in! Hopefully I’ll see you there in 2008!*
*NOTE – The date for the 2008 Heart of Gold International Film Festival has unforunately had to be postponed until March 25-29, 2009!