Dale Frank for Art Collector

My portrait of Australian contemporary artist Dale Frank in issue 81 of Art Collector magazine. He’s pictured in his house in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales with one of his two wolfhounds (I think this one is Douglas). There’s a story about me and the house that Dale lives in. Buy me a beer one day and I’ll tell it to you.

2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize

Originally titled ‘Lucinda with stung eye, 2016’ I was honoured that my portrait was a finalist in this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.  Intended as an homage to Sally Mann’s ’Damaged Child, 1984  I didn’t want to make the connection between the two works too obvious. Only later did I read Mann’s memoir Hold Still and learn that her work was in itself an homage to Dorothea Lange’s Damaged Child, Shacktown, Elm Grove, Oklahoma 1936. If exhibited again I shall show it with the title Damaged Child 2016.

The exhibition runs from 1 April 2017 to 17 June 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Lucinda with stung eye, 2016

Documenting Barangaroo - State Library of New South Wales acquisition

The State Library of New South Wales recently acquired eleven images that I shot in 2010 to record the topography and architecture of the Barangaroo precinct in Sydney at a unique moment when the heavy maritime industry had left but before any redevelopment of the site had taken place. The works are now held by the library for research & exhibition uses. 

The area has long been a favourite part of Sydney for me, largely due to the harbour and the proximity to the tugboat base that is so heavily associated with my father. It was an area I would use when between-jobs or filing images from the car in my Sydney Morning Herald days. It was also the area where comrade Glenn Campbell & I shot our project Wedding Watching which documented the exploits of Sydney wedding photographers who routinely brought their wedding parties to the Hotel Palisade in Millers Point for its ye olde world charm.

Barangaroo development site as seen looking north east from Ballaarat Park, Pyrmont. Houses on High & Kent Sts can be seen with the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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