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Pinhole Camera

The process of photography has changed almost beyond recognition from its inception.

Going back and shooting film feels almost nostalgic now. This series was shot on medium format film on a wooden pinhole camera.

With no lens, no viewfinder and without an accurate shutter the process dictates a slower and more considered approach. Exposures take minutes or hours and the final images reflect this meditation.

Catherine Anselmi - WOW!! They are beautiful, Danny
Well Done


At the beginning of the year all the photographers at Pool each began working on a personal project. These projects grew independently but were combined as the exhibition and publication called Blow Up. My project evolved in two halves – documenting the rubbish as I collected it and then re-photographing it in the studio.

Discard is a photographic study of metamorphosis.

The discarded is transformed; by abstraction the unsavoury is made beautiful.

This beauty eclipses the toxic nature of the discarded.

“All things change, nothing is extinguished. . . . There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.”

Metamorphoses – Ovid


All prints and copies of the publication are available through Blow Up.

Blow Up – Exhibition and Publication

This weekend Blow Up is finally happening.

Blow Up is the inaugural publication from Pool – it is a showcase of the dissimilar perspectives and common ideals of an artistic collective.

It is being launched at an exhibition being held this weekend – 5th & 6th of November 2011. The exhibition is being held at Fleet Steps in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. All the details and a map are on the Blow Up website. If you have a chance please come down and check it out.

It has been a remarkable experience to see all the photographers at Pool come together and produce quite disparate bodies of work that are equal in their brilliance. Personally it has been challenging and inspiring – it has pushed my creativity and skills further than I believed possible and I have the collective, in particular Simon, to thank for this.

The collective strength and support of Pool is an amazing thing but it is the vision and dedication of Cameron and Mel and the creativity of Maud that has made it a reality. This publication has grown and evolved in something that is truly extraordinary – and this is a testament to everyone involved with Pool.


Burn Off

Last week I got to go to the Northern Territory as part of a job for Droga 5. The Northern Territory is an amazing place and like no other I’ve been before.

I wasn’t there to photograph the burn offs, they were simply something I passed one night as I drove back towards Alice Springs. I pulled over and grabbed some quick shots and then the following night went out looking for more…

Watching these fire moving across the landscape was an extraordinary experience. The flames bought an immediacy and intensity to this place of ancient quietude.


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