In Perth, I stay in a 1968 caravan, fondly known as the Lemon Delicious, in a backyard in South Fremantle. Other times, you’ll find me in my home office in Denmark on the South Coast, where I do all my pre-shoot and post-production work.
I started my business in first-year uni on the fly when I scored a last-minute fill-in job shooting the Bombay Sapphire Design Awards in Melbourne in 2004. Long story short, I never drank free sponsorship alcohol on a job. Ever. Again.
I’m a certified Artwork Handler, trained by the Conservation Team at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and have safely moved thousands of artworks there over the last 12 years. My training is constantly updated as a regular handler and photographer of the State Art Collection where I work with installation, registration, curatorial, conservation and marketing teams – balancing the safety of artworks and people with outcomes of reproduction and archive.
I haven’t been counting, but I know that I’ve photographed (at least) tens of thousands of artworks including paintings, works on paper (framed and unframed), multi media works and objects made of glass, metal, wood, ceramics, pop sticks, human hair, echidna quills, infectious diseases and much more. I have shot the backs of paintings, cracks in paintings, used UV light to shoot under paintings and more than once, shot immersive sound-only artworks – somehow, I make it work.
I’ve taught as a sessional lecturer in Studio Practice at Edith Cowan University as part of the Photomedia degree.
I’ve found the best outcomes for projects have been collaborative. I take your best ideas, add them to mine and together, we come up with something we’re both really proud of.
My favourite lap pool is Greens Pool – if you follow my Instagram account, you can watch this incredible bit of coastline change throughout the seasons as I swim all year round from there, through to Elephant Rocks and beyond.