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This Time It’s Personal

Sydney Photographer Exhibition

Wow… I’ve really left this old blog idle… two years since my last post!

SUNSTUDIOS Australia presents its annual exhibition This Time It’s Personal on the 28 November 2013, in SUNSTUDIOS Sydney’s stunning atrium gallery.

This Time It’s Personal is an exhibition showcasing the finest Australian fashion and advertising photographers, giving a rare insight in to their ‘personal’ photographic work.

The exhibition will be curated by Nathalie Agussol, who has played an integral part in the local and international fashion scene through her photography and fashion styling. The annual This Time It’s Personal exhibition not only showcases the impressive personal works of the industries finest photographers – it also celebrates the Movember Charity and helps raise much needed funds to support Men’s Health.

Now in its fourth year, This Time It’s Personal has grown into a landmark annual photography exhibition and has helped promote the top talent in Australian photography. Australian and Internationally acclaimed photographers will attend the opening night with high profile figures from the fashion, media, arts industries.

2013 participating photographers include:

Anna Pogossova
Ben Sullivan
Carlotta Moye
Chris Morris
Damian Bennett
Derek Henderson
Hugh Stewart
Harold David
Jason Ierace
Jeremy Park
Juli Balla
Liz Ham
Michele Aboud
Michelle Holden
Nick Bowers
Paul Blackmore
Paul Westlake
Richard Freeman
Simon Lekias
Steven Chee
Trevor King
This Time It’s Personal opening event will commence on the 28 November 2013 at 6:00pm.

Image (C) Derek Henderson

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This time it’s personal

 

Just turned 38 and I’m photographing trees now it seems…. of dear. Anyway, I had set myself an assignment to take a photograph while on holiday and the trees in Vanuatu definitely stood out as amazing subjects. Tanna, a smaller island to the south of Port Vila, is definitely a great place for foliage photography. Most men are walking around with machetes in hand just to keep the grass down as they go about their business.

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Swans shoot at the SCG

We recently shot with the Sydney Swans and added a few of our own players for QBE insurance. My client was Workhouse advertising from Perth and the casting was taken care of by Film Construction in Sydney. Here are a few behind the scenes shots from the day and 2 final retouched images from the series. To shoot our hero talent in full sun without harsh shadows we used a mixture of flash and a massive 12 foot scrim. In post I retouched out the scrim shadow and aged our hero “experienced” player a little more…

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Hanging around in Woy Woy

“The largest above ground cemetery in the world” according to Spike Milligan. Although I nearly got shat on by a Pelican, it was actually a great location to shoot in.

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inspiration

If you haven’t been to a good photographic exhibition for a while then make some time for Gilbert Garcin. Currently on at the Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington Sydney, until June 11.

Monsieur Garcin found photography after retirement in his 60′s. His self portraits offer a mix of surreal and dadaist approaches, sometimes Escher like and sometimes nihilistic, which overall is timeless and refreshingly simple. Whilst in the gallery, seeing something this good can make me feel a little sick. Sick for feeling so artistically belittled… and in return a little inspired.

http://www.gilbert-garcin.com/

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The images online don’t give justice to the beautiful prints.

recent work

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New Website

I’m glad to say my new website is up and running!

The design is very similar to my last website, however it now runs on smart phones, ipads etc… There are new shots and even a few really old ones that I’ve decided to give another run. Other features include the ability to download a PDF folio of my work.

link to new website -> www.jeremypark.com.au


Pam and Zarki for Atacand

Pam and Kelzarki The Adventurer, award winning Bichon Frise, feature in the new site

camera gear links

I thought to post some photography related links that I use when researching new gear or point people to when asked what camera to buy.

Obviously each persons requirements for camera gear will be different which is why I think these links could provide good starting points for research. With everything online these days it’s near impossible now to try out gear and software before you actually buy it. Forums and reviews seem to be replacing the in-store experience. Often disregarded though is the ergonomics of a camera which is why borrowing or renting first maybe a good idea.

http://www.dpreview.com/ offers forum style reviews and in depth independent tests on nearly all consumer any many high end cameras. A good place to start for most peoples needs.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php is great place to go if you are into scientific analysis of higher end cameras and lenses. Without consideration for ergonomics, the site does get into an amazing amount of detail concerning tonal depths, MTF charts, discussions on true ISO etc. It also has a very easy to use comparison tool for many popular cameras and lenses. Interesting to see how very expensive cameras and digital backs actually under perform in some areas than more common and much cheaper 35mm cameras! I would recommend any serious photographer to understand MTF charts when buying lenses. Googling MTF charts helps here.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com world famous camera shop and now even cheaper with the falling USD. Worth a visit if you are in NY in only just to see all the goods being sold whizzing around on an automated train like system above your head. I use the site to get an idea of prices and range of products.

http://www.yodobashi.com/ The Japanese B+H, however, their main store takes up nearly two blocks and boasts around 11 levels of camera related gear. The website is always worth a look to see what is new, quirky and potentially not available anywhere else. (a web translator helps!). If you ever go to Japan then going there is a great experience…  if you have a day or two free.  Jenn and I flew there to buy my medium format gear as it was sold under a different brand name…Fuji instead of Hasselblad! And at about half the price, hence the flights hotels and food was all free ( I guess). Who knew Fuji make most parts in a new Hasselblad these days? A highlight for me would have to be the year round digitalised christmas carols being pumped out of the stores inhouse speaker system, adding to the surreal experience while you are in this digitised maze.  Another highlight was drinking in a hotels sky bar in a nearby suburb and seeing the lights from Yodobashi lighting up the sky like a mini fireworks show….both highlights form a love hate feeling due to it’s extravagance. I hear the store lights are now rated “gloomy”  due to the earthquake and resulting nuclear power shutdowns. Will the Godzilla of camera stores ever be the same again?

http://diglloyd.com/index-free.html offers independent reviews on some gear and gear related topics. Again a little on the nerdy side but breaks it down some technical aspects more than DXOmark.

http://www.pdnonline.com/ is perhaps the largest of photography magazines that with the webolution has become a great online resource covering anything and everything to do with photography. Unfortunately membership is the only way to unlock some of the meatier articles.

I hope that helps…. and if you can’t be bothered reading online then simply just buy the heaviest camera or lens you can afford! 90% of the time it’ll likely be better.

Some things just belong together

It has been a busy start to the year and the work has been extremely varied. This is one great thing about being a photographer…  never the same thing twice! I spent a day in January setting up mini still life studio for shooting Redbull product for two a day shoot, rushed up to the bush north of Sydney to shoot Bear Grylls for Mens Health (spotted a baby non poisonous snake about 4 inches long which was not much of a meal), we found Elvis (and Mrs Elvis), street casted a lovely woman who has had the same hair cut as her prize winning Bichon Frise dogs since the 70′s, shot beer ads at 6am, shot health insurance adds with storm clouds looming and shot a germy school bag who has now come to life. Otherwise work has been pretty normal shooting for banks and a few magazines. I wanted to show at least one  image which has been released from the recent Atacand campaign for UrsaClemenger. I produced this job myself and found real talent for the shots. By real talent I mean, they are real couples. The headline ” some things just belong together”.

 

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