Archive for July, 2008
Prague is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city was etched into my mind 10 years earlier at the very beginning of my photography career. A couple of my favourite images where created on my first trip to this city back in 1998 (my first ever GOLD award was captured at the stairs leading to the Charles Bridge) and I couldn’t help reflecting if I would of ever been able to see those images I captured those many years ago as I walked the same streets today. I began to realise that we can often think our greatest images are to come ahead of us, but I realised that it is always in the present that we will ever capture our finest images, because today is how we see the world, today is how we feel. For me those images could only have come at that moment 10 years earlier, because to be honest, I saw Prague in a different light today. 10 years ago I was a completely different man and those images back then really reflected who I was as a person and how I saw the world without the experiences and knowledge that I have gained since then. It was then I realised how important today is, it is today that we produce the images that we experience in the moment and not in the past or the future. I know back all those years ago I dreamt about being the photographer I am today, but I can’t help thinking that even with all my knowledge ,and expertise, and all the technological advances that my image of Prague today is any better then 10 years ago.
Ten years earlier.
July 2008 – Decade of separation.
July 2008 – Postcard of Prague.
Aussie couple Angela & Anthony have been living in the UK for awhile. On my last visit there I had the chance to capture their London life. The banks of the Thames set a wonderful scene for a lifestyle portrait shoot documenting the couple’s relationship and living in London.
Angela & Anthony were married in Brisbane in October. It was a privilege to get a snippet of their life as a couple in London and then see their family and life here in Brissy.
Congrats to you both.
While in the UK, I had the great pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Natalie & Ryan. It was a truly international affair with Natalie from Trinidad and Ryan from South Africa choosing to get married at the country Elvethan estate just outside London, and then selecting two Australian’s(one of them me) to play a key part in their day. The other Ausstralian, was Alex Perry, the inimitable Sydney-based designer. What an exquisite gown it was.
Jeff Ascough, In my opinion, is one of the best wedding photographers in the world. His images are amazing. He has a great passion for photography, and is also a wedding photographer inspired by many of the same artists that inspire me. We have shared a lot of similarities in how our styles developed. Beside all that, he is simply a great bloke and lives in a beautiful part of the world. Recently I had the honour of presenting with Jeff on a series of three sold out seminars throughout the UK. Delegates came from throughout Europe, some even flew in from China, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and the US to attend. Thank you all so much for making it a great tour!
The downside of being on these tours is being away from my family, so to make the most of my time away, I use it to refocus on the stuff that really inspires my work. Being in the UK and Europe is always a great chance to hit the art galleries and see the work that doesn’t often appear in Australia. I love to immerse myself in the work of some of the great artists like Pieter de Hooch and Vermeer at the National Gallery in London.
One aspect of plane travel I absolutely love, is the period an hour or two before sunrise when you get an amazing colour spectrum in the sky.
One of the highlights of this trip was taking an afternoon out with Jeff to photograph some of the local landscapes. Here is one of the images I took below. Told you he lived in a beautiful place.