The Baby Farmer…

Well it is finally here! The Baby Farmer has been birthed into the world featuring an incredible tale of darkness, madness and pain in 19th century London. The show is gripping in its intensity and not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend getting down to Brightspace Gallery to see the show and the accompanying exhibition from the wonderfully talented Chloe Neath. The images burn into the mind and give a strong visual reference to the narration from Nick Ravenswood, the twisted but greatly talented mind behind The Laudanum Project. A big shout out to Gareth whose musical accompaniment and vocals lent a palpable tension to the whole performance.

To top it all off, Chloe and Nick have written and illustrated a book together of the Baby Farmer. Below are some detail shots of the images and words within (At the back of the book are some of the photos I shot last year).

The images below were shot with my 90mm macro lens for a very shallow depth of field. I love how you can see the detailed texture of the paper stock in the book, but if you want to see more…well you will just have to buy one for yourself!

The Baby Farmer exhibition, play and book return to Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda this coming Friday, Saturday & Sunday (March 31st & April 1st & 2nd) To secure your tickets go to: The Baby Farmer

Video of ‘The Baby Farmer’ Performance

 

The Baby Farmer…

“Would you like to hear a story children?
The Baby Farmer is coming”

Well, I feel it is time again for some more Laudanum Project madness. Freaks extraordinaire, devilishly clever, a visual feast not for the faint of heart!

The images are from my latest photos shoot with Alphonse Cheese-Probert and his performance troupe, The Laudanum Project, with their latest offering…The Baby Farmer. Be afraid, be very afraid!

http://thelaudanumproject.net/

Photogravure…

Photogravure is a non-toxic photo/printmaking process where a metal plate is coated with a light sensitive emulsion and exposed to a film positive. Through exposure, the plate is etched and produces a very detailed image ready for the traditional print press. It is all printmaking from here on in, which is something that I have never done before, but the results produce exquisite tones and detail that would be very difficult to create with traditional etching. Of course there are many imperfections in the print but that only adds to the beauty of the final image and it’s handmade quality.

I was fortunate to be able to attend a photogravure workshop on the weekend, held by my lovely friend and mentor, Silvi Glattauer, at The Baldessin Press. The studio is an artwork in itself, nestled in the Australian bush just over an hour out of Melbourne. http://www.silvi.com.au/ http://baldessinpress.com.au/

I am really happy with the end results and can’t wait to get back out to the studio to learn more!

Capture Magazine….

Just picked up the latest Capture Magazine to find myself featured in the Talent section! So excited! Its nice to be sitting alongside the talented Fred Zhang who also got a feature (nice one Fred!).

I have been enjoying a bit of a rest these last couple of months, brewing a few ideas for the next series, but I think it is time to pick up my camera again. I am off to Toolangi to do a shoot for the St Andrews Project today and on Saturday I head out to to the victorian goldfields for another RACV mag story.