2018 AIPP NSW Illustrative Photographer of the Year
Through the medium of photography I aspire to create images that evoke emotion & deeper thought from the viewer. All of my images contain symbolism throughout which gives hints to what I was feeling or trying to express at the time of creating them. I want the viewer to draw their own conclusions based on their own life experiences, and I’m often really intrigued to hear what others interpret within a piece.
This concept came to me while day dreaming, I thought to myself - "If I had to depict what MY ‘Mother Earth’ looked like, who would she be??" I am Australian. I absolutely adore this amazing environment in which we are blessed to live. My Mother Earth would be indigenous to this beautiful land...
I was so extremely lucky to come across sisters Erin & Brogan, and indigenous artist Donella through mutual friends. These ladies are so very proud & passionate about their culture - it was an absolute honour to create something beautiful with them all.
And so the series was brought from an idea into life…
I had the pleasure of collaborating with these beautiful women about the concept, and also professional body artist Sahra Bull.
I believe in capturing as much as I can ‘in camera’, so the floral sets were researched & hand built. The body art itself took around 3 hours per person. It was a massive undertaking – but I feel these beautiful proud images needed to be seen, needed to be celebrated.
To the indigenous ancestors of this land, I honour you.
Gaia Energy Series
I am drawn to expressing the female form / primal earth energy of Gaia, the mother of all creation (in mythology she is explained as being the primal Greek goddess of the earth).
As a modern woman & mother I feel that due to constant social media & technology, being time poor & switched on 24 / 7 that we have forgotten about a very intrinsic part of ourselves – that we ARE from the earth. We ARE nature. That we all have a primal energy inside that can fade when daily stresses & anxieties about the future take priority.
I wanted this series of images to represent seeking that power, to take it back, to restore it through connecting with nature / water.
I have featured red fabrics & ribbons in these images to symbolise the ties of blood, generations, love, lust & relationships.
Other images I have featured a black veil to represent the despair, anxiety & grief that is felt when we are not connected to our true self, our true nature.
At times I get so caught up in this life that I forget to go outside, connect, look up at the stars & breathe in the air.
The Flower Project
Age range from 20 to 70 years
Pre children / Natural childbirth / Caesarean / IVF
This image came to me as a celebration of the female form.
Often this area is the one that we loathe about ourselves - our hips, thighs, stomachs, stretch marks & battle wounds from caesareans & difficult childbirth.
This area is what makes us innately female.
This is where our wombs lie.
This is where we have the power to create life.
This should be honoured & celebrated no matter the age, shape or size.
No matter HOW we brought children into being…
Stop beating ourselves up, we are all beautiful, powerful women.
I have always been in love with the water, I remember as a child floating & swimming for hours on end, my happiest memories are those when I was in or near the ocean.
I guess pursuing underwater photography was a natural progression for me, I had these images in my mind many years before I was able to create them (due to not having an underwater housing - man those things are expensive!! When I was able to purchase one I must say I have never regretted the investment).
Underwater the world is quiet, there is a calm that is not obtainable above the surface. The water is all embracing & everything slows down... to me there is an ethereal quality to the images I can create with this medium.
The Ties That Bind Series
I first had a vision of a red ribbon incorporated into a portrait, to show the thread of “the ties that bind”
To me the red ribbon symbolizes blood, family ties, lust, love & grief …the heartbeat & link of being human. The thin thread between this world & the next.
I longed to create ethereal, otherworldly images that showed beauty, hope & grace, but also a fragile side. A human side.
We all experience times during our lives of massive high & lows, like the ebb & flow of the ocean tides
Staying afloat & keeping your head above water, finding light among the darkness, letting go…