About philipgostelow

Philip Gostelow is an independent photographer and videographer based in Shanghai, China. His award winning imagery has featured in the world's leading magazines, and he has been commissioned by global corporations to photography for their branding. In addition to photography, Philip shoots commercial video and has directed and written his own short film. He writes for a number of publications including Japan's Asahi Weekly, Asia Literary Review & SCMP.

Short Film “Going Back’

Apologies to all those out there in the blogosphere … my posts have been far less frequent this past year. I’ve nonetheless been busy with photography work, and have made a couple documentary shorts during this time, Going Back being one of them. Filming my wife’s Italian sojourn, where she reconnected with family, food and ambience. While traveling she has some unexpected realisations.

Going Back (6 mins) – Please click on the image to view the filmGoing-Back-cover-image



Hi, I’d like to share this short film (< 3mins) I made of my great-auntie Eva … click on the image to view

A morning tea spent with my great auntie, at her unit in the retirement facility where she’s lived for more than 10 years. Her incapacities restrict her movements, and she no longer leaves the premises, yet her stoicism sees her through. Musing on her day to day life she seems quietly content.

Morning Tea with Auntie Eva

Liminal: A Summer In Between

Liminal: A Summer In Between I’d like to share with everyone my completed photo journal series Liminal: A Summer In Between from 2010.

I’ve only just now put the complete works on my web site. If was from a challenging and confronting period in the wake of the all consuming GFC of 2008. I’d left my base in Shanghai for San Francisco, and then faced having to relocate back to Shanghai a year later, as a freelancer, at the same time as taking on board the welfare of my fiancee (now wife) and my kids schooling in San Francisco. Straddling Europe, the US, Australia and Asia. It seemed life and career were in limbo. Thankfully life’s moved on, as has my career. Looking back on the journal, it’s a reminder of that troubled passage. Still, that’s life, deal with it as it comes at you, and I’m grateful for having lived through it.

A couple samples here …

And please take a look at the full series – click on either of the images here, or go to: http://philipgostelow.com/#/PHOTO%20JOURNALS/Liminal%20-%20A%20Summer%20In%20Between%20/1/

Liminal: A Summer In Between






Indonesia 01.2014 (diptychs)

A summer sojourn in Bali and Lombok with my well-travelled kids. In amid spontaneity and
introspection we had inclement weather, rough seas, adventures
on rickety bikes and a glowing admiration for cheeky monkeys.
I’ve created a series of diptychs, kind of like fragments of the reality, to illustrate our time there.

Gili TrawanganHere are a couple of those images, and please go to my web site to view the full series by clicking on either of these images, or go to: http://philipgostelow.com/#/NEW%20WORKS/Indonesia%2001.2014%20(diptychs)/1/

indonesia 01.2014

Lost in Space in the Outback

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope. Still in expansion – it currently has 36 dishes – the telescope will have the equivalent of 96 dishes by the time it’s fully operational in approximately 2023.

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

Covering a feature for The Weekend Australian Magazine recently, I travelled to the remoteness of Boolardy Station to photograph the facility and the key members of the team overseeing its operation. Boolardy, a pastoral lease some 4 hours drive inland across red dusty roads from the nearest regional settlement of Geraldton on Western Australia’s central coast, is by anyones standards in the middle of nowhere.

With its eye-catching sun-bleached white dishes, the ASKAP cuts a dramatic manmade imposition on the landscape panorama. But it’s not alone in the wilderness. Another radio telescope system on the property spreads across the ochre coloured terrain appearing as robotic silvery spiders. Laid out in square grids, the so called Widefield Array was designed and is monitored jointly by CSIRO and a dozen other Australian and international science bodies.

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

While in the neighbourhood I also had the pleasure of experiencing Astrofest, an event sponsored by the State government with talks by leading Australian based astronomers. Held at the Murchison Settlement, a roadhouse and sports facility nearby the ASKAP, it attracted some 300 amateur astronomers and astro enthusiasts from as far away as Perth, 800 kilometres to the south.

It’s interesting to note that the Murchison shire covers an area the size of The Netherlands, has a population of 113 people, hosts 29 properties and has no townships. Boolardy Station was earmarked as an ideal location for the radio telescope for this reason: it’s quiet – there’s minimal electronic interference from mobile phones and other equipment .

Where as optical telescopes can view visible light, radio telescopes pick up radio waves across the depths of the universe. As The Weekend Australian’s features writer Richard Guilliatt eloquently wrote in our article “radio waves are especially interesting to astronomers because, unlike visible light and other electromagnetic radiation, they travel the entire breadth of the universe without being absorbed and scattered by intervening matter.”

As local pastoralist Sandy McTaggart so profoundly stated to Guilliatt, ” They reckon that the deeper into space you look, the further back in time you go. So when you’re looking at other galaxies you’re actually looking at light from a million years ago. It’s the big question, isn’t it: how did it all begin? Every religion was spawned on the basis of it.”

Australian Square Kilometre Array PathfinderPlease visit my web site for a wider selection of images from the  adventure –


‘Life, The Universe & Boolardy’ as feature in 12 October ’13 issue of The Weekend Australian Magazine can be viewed here:


Cheers, P