Ever Christmas I challenge myself to design a Seasonal Card for an emailer … they usually end up as different forms of collage – photos mixed with sketches and handwritten text. This one was inspired indirectly by my mother Elvein … after I become riveted and lost in fascination looking through an selection of her old family photos. I like the feeling generated here, it crosses boundaries in time: a collage of family members across decades from 1920s through 1970s. The background image is from a family road trip up the west coast of Australia in a Holden Kingswood station wagon in about ’65. That’s me standing outside the caravan between my brother Christopher and sister Babette. My eldest sister Suzette has been superimposed at the doorway from ’73, and other sister Glennis, circa ’55, looks a little lost at the far right infront of the Model T. My mother is centre stage, appearing again as a young girl (holding the banner aloft) in the background, and with her parents as a new born. Her husband John, my father, stands proudly in his Army uniform circa 1943 at far left. Three generations … connected in spirit.
Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas and, as the banner declares, All The Best For 2013
I had to chance to photograph in black & white -the first time for a long while. Albeit in digital b&w but the ‘feel’ and approach to the portrait was quite different from doing colour. I used to shoot mostly b&w up until about 2005 when I dismantled by darkroom and relocated to Shanghai from Australia. Those were the days … all day sessions under the infra-red, breathing in the chemicals, radio on, … mmmm. Only taking breaks for tea, lunch and a beer along the way.
American author and screenwriter Kirk Kjeldsen needed a portrait for the back-cover of his new novel, and the HK publisher (so as not to clash with any color cover design) had requested b&w. We went into a few laneways in the French Concession, a similar environment to that used in his novel, and shot near dusk. A couple samples from the shoot here …