Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Series // The Gai Ryan Collection

In March 2014, a steadfast group of family and old friends gathered to document the vintage garment collection of the late Gai Ryan. Her beautiful Queenslander in the middle of town became awash with hair rollers and red lipstick and laughter. Women were hand-stitched into their delicate frocks and we marvelled at the detail in the design. We fought a losing battle against the humidity in a storm of synthetic fabric, under a sea of ceiling fans. How I stumbled upon the fortuitous opportunity to photograph this beautiful moment, I'll never know. The catalogue of garments and their story will be presented as part of the Tanks' Pecha Kucha night on Wednesday the 21st of May, 2014 (7.30pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, $5 entry - for more information, click here). Below is a small selection of images taken in between the formal shots on that Sunday in March.

Series // iD Blinds

Selection of shots produced for the recent iD Blinds campaign - Cairns' blind and window furnishing champions. Visit their website here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Series // An Off The Wall Project

An Off The Wall Project is an experimental and evolutionary two-phase live graffiti event and art exhibition by India Collins.

Suiko from Hiroshima, David Cragg from Sydney and Cairns-based Daniel Wallwork are three maestros of graff who joined forces for three days of live graffiti painting in August 2013.

A temporary 15-metre wall was erected on the front lawn at Salt House Bar and Restaurant (Cairns) where each artist's acclaimed style drew in the crowds. Tourists and residents witnessed this art-form enacted out of its traditional context and interacted with the artists and the works in progress.

In phase two of the project, designer India Collins transformed their gestures on canvas and plywood into a range of bespoke design objects, combining aesthetics and function, art and design. These designs, along with a series of photographic documentation of the process (which highlight the collaborative elements of the project) by Carly Whouley were exhibited at Kickarts Contemporary Arts from 11 November 2013 - 4 January 2014.

For more information on the project and the artists, and to enquire about purchasing the works, visit the project Facebook page here.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the KickArts website here.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Wedding // Scotty + Nicole

Last November, we travelled in droves to the other side of Australia to watch our Nic marry our newest, shiniest brother, Scotty. We would have been satisfied enough to go to the arck-arse of Mooroobool to celebrate this particular occasion.

However, what we got was a rambling old beach mansion overlooking an ocean where whales played silly buggers and the sun made its bed each evening. In the past, established bands had come to Wave House in Injidup, Western Australia to record albums and such. We came there to be with the ones we love. We swam in the day and drank beer by the fire at night. We felt small against the cave wall where the wedding ceremony took place. We spent time with long-lost friends and family. And most of all, we were happy.

This entire affair had Nic and Scotty written all over it. Perhaps the two most easy-going souls to walk this earth (along with their little one, Lucy), this wedding was a breath of fresh air and a beacon of pure joy. I felt humbled at being given the opportunity to melt into the woodwork and document what I saw the only way that I know how.