I had the pleasure of photographing in the Eastern Goldfield’s of Western Australia a few weeks ago. Travelled to Lake Ballard near the town of Menzies, specifically to see first hand the remarkable sculptural installation by British artist Anthony Gormley. Titled ‘Inside Australia’ and consisting of 51 figurines spread out across the vastness of the salt lake, it’s an experiential work that compels the visitor to head out on to the salt flat and explore the figures. On the silvery-red flat pan, they drawn you further and further toward the horizon. A strangely hypnotic experience, all the more fascinating because of the silent beauty of the desolate landscape. Camping out at the lake’s edge under, lit by a luminous moon in a cloudless sky, I awoke before sunrise to venture out to meet the figurines before the sun’s first rays struck their metallic surfaces. Brilliant, and a lifelong memory in the bag. And what a potential setting for an outback thriller!
I’d like to draw your attention to a friend of mine Daniel Whelan’s latest film project BULKLAND …
BULKLAND is a documentary on the obscure Chinese city of Yiwu, showcasing the world’s largest – if not largest – wholesale merchandise market. As a centre of international merchandise sales, attracting traders from around the globe, Yiwu’s markets are nothing less than huge and remarkable.
A real talent, Daniel’s completed a couple of successful short films and this will be his first feature documentary. Please reach out to support him in his efforts to fund this fantastic project by visiting the Bulkland home page:
The project is also featured on the producers FB home page:
Just want to share with you a feature story I photographed in this month’s issue of The Australian Financial Review Magazine titled Shanghai: City in Search of a Soul.
Written by Lisa Murray, it tells the story of a city that has undergone rapid transformation and reinvention, with a vast dichotomy of inhabitants, yet, regardless of its new found wealth in many ways it’s still unsure of its direction. As Lisa writes, “Shanghai has aspirations to become the cultural capital of Asia but it’s yet to develop the arts and cultural software to match its mega-metropolis hardware”
Unfortunately, asides from buying a copy at the news store, the article is only available online to subscribers, but I attach a couple sample images here, and please visit my web site for a broader selection of photos on the feature.
So there I was, descending from the 97th floor of the 101 floor Shanghai World Financial Center. On my own with the green light …. the green light, the space age like capsule … instantly, the thought occurred to me, one of my favorite movies 2001: A Space Odyessy … man, a perfect situation to recreate the spacecraft interior in digital film: self portrait, express elevator, from 97th floor SWFC, 2013.
So, where’s HAL?
Returning to China last month I shot a couple magazine features. One a commissioned shoot on contemporary Shanghai, another a story on Guangzhou’s Little Africa.
As part of a global diaspora that has come hand-in-hand with globalization, it’s estimated there are as many as 100 000 Africans living in Guangzhou, coming from all corners of the continent.
Mostly concentrated in a couple of the city’s northern suburbs of Yuexiu and Baiyun, many of the African’s are merchants trading in locally produced goods for export back to their African homelands. From several nearby trade markets, they buy products as diverse as clothing, apparel, electronics, building materials and machinery. It’s a thriving community, and one that is indirectly helping to create a merchant class back in Africa.
The combined African populous represents the largest foreign community in Guangzhou, southern China’s largest city. Though by and large while the Chinese have been largely very open and accepting, their presence has nevertheless not been without racial incident.
Please view a wider selection of images on this story on my web site at:
Going Up! A candid photo while riding the elevator at Victory Hotel, Shamian Island, Guangzhou in China’s south. A bell hop and two girls, having just checked in, curious about their room.