This week, I am proud to announce the opening of my "Angels and Icons" exhibition at Camera Work Gallery in Berlin, one of the world's leading galleries for contemporary photography and vintage master works. The exhibit includes a range of fine art portraits from the Angels 2018 Limited Edition book, along with selected works from my "Icons" portrait series. The collection, which features Cindy Crawford, Adriana Lima, Scarlett Johansson, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and many more, will be on display from April 13th through June 8th.Read More
Everyone wears undies.
This may seem like an odd statement. In the world of photography, you must have a clear understanding of the difference between lingerie and underwear, otherwise you likely won’t have many photoshoots in either category booking up your calendar.Read More
This week, I made a final visit to one of the hidden gems in the desert — Imago Galleries in Palm Desert — to review the installation for the Angels gallery show. I am presenting select works from my new Angels Limited Edition collection as well as the limited edition books. This book is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, with 20 copies reserved for this special opening.Read More
There is little that makes sense about my career path. I was a metal worker from Perth, Western Australia who now shoots high fashion magazine covers and has art exhibitions in Berlin, New York and other world capitals. I am a true fish-out-of-water.
Except for when it comes to shooting swimwear.Read More
This week marks a significant milestone. After 4 years and many, many months of production (that sometimes included nail-biting moments) the Angels 2018 limited edition book is finally being released.
Over the last four years, I have worked every spare moment on this passion project. I am filled with gratitude for everyone who made the Angels2018 limited edition book possible. To all the women who entrusted me to photograph them for Angels 2018 limited edition, I say “thank you”. It has, and continues to be, a great privilege and honor.Read More
After being abroad for two years, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is returning to what I consider its natural home – New York City. VSFS 2018 will take place this week, and is building to be perhaps the most significant show that I have ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot!Read More
In the world of fashion photography, having the luxury and privilege to work on a private project is rare. Most of my time is occupied by doing what I love, which is creating images for brands and magazines. However, when I see the opportunity to dive into a personal project like my new Backstage Secrets book and fine-art collection, I am like a kid near a beach on vacation, spending every minute I can on it.
When I was asked to appear on Good Day New York to talk about my book Backstage Secrets this week, I didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good day for the viewers. I asked my industry buddy Martha Hunt if she might join me, and to my very good fortune, she did. Who better to help me give the audience a balanced view of what it’s like to be backstage at the biggest fashion show on Earth, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The stars of the show are the powerful women like Martha who walk the runway. However, there is a myriad of incredibly talented people that assemble each year to make this extraordinary event happen. Backstage Secrets is my attempt, through over a decade of photography and unique access, to bring the audience into the heart of the backstory. Martha was the perfect person to explain the controlled chaos from the models’ perspective.
Experiencing art can happen in various forms. You can experience art on social media or through art books or on the walls of an art gallery. However, I have found there remains a certain inaccessibility to experiencing art, a missing opportunity that I refer to as the need for the democratization of art. You can either have a finite glimpse or, if you are fortunate enough to be a wealthy collector, you can buy an original edition—and I believe these worlds should and will always exist—but why can’t the majority of people also experience art in their home or at work or to gift to a friend?Read More
It was one of those years where 2015 just somehow morphed into 2016, and I’m not sure when. I do recall standing on the white sandy shores of Western Australia when the fireworks went off, and then somehow, like I was teleported, my bare feet were suddenly planted back on the concrete floor of Pier 59 Studios in New York, camera in my hand. So, I am skipping my summary of 2015, and let’s just get on with 2016 - since it has already started anyway.Read More
In the world of creativity and collaboration, the words "It’s only business" don’t really hold true for me. I have found that my best artistic and business relationships have been underscored by partnership and trust – or perhaps more simply described as friendship.Read More
What an incredible week it's been. Not only because we saw the official relent of Winter and onset of Spring here in New York, but a very special milestone was reached after a long collaboration and a lot of hard work from many amazing people. For me, it was the realization a long held socially conscious dream - the birth of ‘Raw Spirit Fragrances’.Read More
I am very excited to be heading back to Berlin shortly for the European launch of my fine art photography exhibition 'Angels' at my home gallery CAMERA WORK. Featuring some of the most stunning beauties of our time, 'Angels' will be showing at CAMERA WORK for six weeks from April 26th – June 6th, 2015. Co-hosting the launch event with me will be the divine Sara Sampaio (below), who is a significant subject in both the Angels book and fine-art collection.Read More
In late 2012, I had the unique opportunity to be introduced to The Chief of The Seminole Tribe of Florida, James E. Billie. We met to discuss Nomad Two Worlds, an artistic project that I founded in 2001 as a way to collaborate with other cultures. However, our meeting soon turned into a compelling conversation that spanned many subjects. When I left Chief Billie a few hours later, I realized that I had just been given an extraordinary first hand insight into a powerful part of modern day history that likely few people knew about. I had just met with The Chief of The Tribe often and rightly referred to as 'The Unconquered’.Read More
What a year. Undoubtedly I will look back on 2014 as the year of ‘Angels’. Even though I had a variety of philanthropic and cultural art collaborations well underway throughout the year it was Angels Book preview in September at Donna Karan's Stephan Weiss Studio that began what would become the indelible mark of the year for me. Hosted by Victorias Secret, I was humbled by the turnout of friends and supporters that made for such an incredible launch. As the press and reviews poured in I thought there couldn't be more to come. However, on December 9th when the CBS Victorias Secret Fashion Show aired in the US and around the world it included a wonderful tribute to my long connection with the brand and the Angels Collection. I was deeply touched by the sentiments that were expressed in the segment by both long-time and recent friend alike. My kids are still coming to terms with my appearance on national TV in a bikini, however we are working through it well. We have since agreed that when it comes to ladies swim wear I should stick to a solid design and avoid prints as much as possible.Read More
As a freelance professional photographer I start each year with zero certainties. It is the heart and soul of being freelance in any creative profession. To become successful as a fashion photographer is a long hard road. However, it is a much greater challenge to stay relevant. To do so you need to become a hybrid of sorts. Not only must you have a rock solid history of delivering and accelerating on creative concepts, you must also be able to look down the road with a sense of creative prediction. You need be a part of defining what imagery will become rather than being a passenger. It is the hardest of all balancing acts and it tests your insecurities on a daily basis (oh yes we all have them!) If it was mathematics I would say the equation of being successful in the fashion industry is something like ‘Fashion Photography = Experience + Relevance² (FP=E+R²). The moment you take your relevance for granted, or consider yourself essential you will find out (through deafening silence) just how ‘essential’ you actually were not. While fine art-photography allows for years of thought and curation, fashion is about right now and whats next. It is a zero tolerance world with very worthy competitors quite ready to step into your shoes at a moments notice.Read More
For all my friends who have already expressed their concerns that I speak way too much about far too little - things are about to get a whole lot worse. When I was told that the shackles of ‘122 characters or less’ had been cast off and I would have access to my own blog I hyperventilated. That said, I will try to constrain my literary meandering to at least be on topics related to photography, Nomad Two Worlds, recent and upcoming exhibitions and anything in the photography world that has really caught my eye recently. It will be hard to do but I'll give it my best.Read More
For the first two years of its existence I thought that ‘Twitter' was something that happened to your eye if you had an inverted eyelash. So I guess it’s no surprise that it took me a while to figure out that Artsy was an absolute game changer in the world of art. Founded by Wendi Murdoch and her amazing art world partners, Artsy created THE place for artists and galleries to gather online. It caters to the most passionate and dedicated art collectors as well as for those who just want to know where and when upcoming shows will happen and to generally learn more about art. So it is an extraordinary honor for the Nomad Two Worlds Gallery to be asked to join the world of Artsy - effective today.Read More
I must say, I found it very cool to discover that Charlie Rose has such genuine passion for art, culture and fine-art photography. I enjoyed being interviewed by Charlie. We touched on broad range of topics from my recently launched Angels collection, to the art collaboration I have been developing with The Seminole Tribe of Florida called 'Seminole Spirit'. I have been working on 'Seminole Spirit' for the better part of the last two years. 'Seminole Spirit' will launch officially in February 2015 and my conversation with Charlie is the first time I have spoken publicly about it.Read More