Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sculpture by Shevaun Wright

A while ago Shevaun came to me with a short notice request to photograph her sculpture for the NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. We shot it at the back of SQ1.

Today I was delighted with her announcement via Instagram that she made it as a finalist. The sculpture is currently on exhibit at the Parliament of NSW. The winner to be announced at the Parliament on Wednesday 15th October 2014 -- good luck Shevy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ceramics by Leanne Berelowitz

What I've been hinting to Leanne repeatedly over the last few months is that the golden one is my favourite! What can I say, but people fall for shiny things. And so I got excited when Leanne asked me to photograph her golden glazed sculpture, and several others which had recently been on show at Kerrie Lowe Gallery.

Since Leanne joined SQ1 and Claypool, I have watch her produce her unique sculptures. However to this day I am still somewhat puzzled by her process. Intuitively you would expect the force of gravity to slump the cell-like loops, but the results show otherwise. The finished structures remind you of self reinforcing geodesic spheres, but also have an unmistakable organic character.

The photo shoot produced multiple presentation options for each piece, which should give Leanne enough flexibility for developing future promotional collateral as well as for general documentation of her work.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Furniture by Mark O'Ryan

When Mark ( came to me for our second project, we were both excited! It was a simple request: fill two A3 panels with his iconic furniture sculptures. After some brainstorming and considering our options with respect to the space required, we opted to shoot in the SQ1 dock. So with that as my starting point I recognised that this was a great opportunity to try something that I wanted to do for a while but had to wait for an appropriate subject. We had to produce something special, something bold and fearless, something that is normally not accessible. We were going to compose a scene, in black.

Now there are the normal challenges of product photography, such as needing to show glass that is transparent but not too transparent, lamps needing to look like they are turned on, creating pools of shadows and highlights, keeping what we want and not keeping what we don't want. In this shoot the additional level of difficulty was that we also needed to combine three objects, and metaphorically sell it. The solution is simple: shoot separately and compose after. It's always good to have retouching skills as well as ninja skills, but in this instance the former was sufficient. The other takeaway was knowing when to keep going and knowing when to stop, as these sorts of projects are excellent for demonstrate your abilities but also tend to run away with a lot of time.