Gallery below. View them larger on Flickr.
Models: Steven Bustrin, Brian Pickett and Greg.
You can follow the Instaseries on Steven’s instagram.
From the streets
There are around 4,000 people sleeping rough on the streets in Portland. The homeless situation in the USA is always a culture shock for me. I even saw 2x police officers issuing a ticket to a man sleeping in a car park, what an outrage! I’m not sure what the solution is, but what I learned is the best thing I could do was to overcome my fear and treat everyone with kindness and respect.
I couldn’t help but get into gig photographer mode and put together this gallery.
For the 13th event, I was proud to contribute my photograph, ‘Aurora Milky Way’ from my Starry Night series. Photographed in the Tasmanian wilderness, to witness a night like that was ‘beyond words’.
Congratulations to the lucky bidder! View more of my travel photography on Flickr.
Thanks to Emma at Truly Deeply for the photos.
View the full gallery and archives from Open House Melbourne 2010-2015.
Meat Market, North Melbourne
Built in 1880 to the design of architect George Johnson – now a grade one heritage-listed building. Noted for it’s character-packed, ostentatious architecture with decorative ram head sculptures dotted throughout. Today, it’s fully preserved thanks to the Bracks government and now used as a performing arts space. George Johnson also designed other notable buildings including the Fitzroy Town Hall and St Kilda Hall.
Edgewater Towers, St Kilda
Australia’s first multi-residential apartment complex, designed to bring the Miami-style living to St Kilda. Designed by émigré architect Mordechai Benshemesh and completed in 1961, it’s the perfect time capsule of Mid Century Modern architecture in Melbourne.
RMIT Design Hub, CBD
Completed in 2012 to house RMIT’s School of Architecture, Design Hub’s minimalism architecture is designed to inspire the students to explore solar energy and environmental factors in their work.
While these works are best experienced in real life, here are some of my highlights of the event.
View the full GSPF Archive Gallery on Flickr.
Earlier this year, I traveled to Tasmania and MONA (in the midst of its annual MOFO festival) was at the top of my list. After spending a full day at the museum, and thinking of my years studying Bachelor of Visual Arts, it was refreshing to see art can be done for arts sake.
Highlights from MONA and MOFO
Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer
Originally installed in January 2011, the silver 1982 Rover 3500 SE was squeezed between two concrete walls. Over the years, the installation has decayed over the years with some beatings to the rear, even more evocative of a car wreckage.
Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz
A multi-channel video installation depicting super Italian Madonna fans singing the entire Immaculate Collection album, acapella. Examining the star status of Madonna, the fans often mimic her moves, evoking the themes Madonna has challenged throughout her career. As a Madonna fan, it made me question how much of an influence she has had on me and my work, subliminally and consciously #bitchwearemadonna. Watch the entire video on Vimeo.
The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody
A morbid self portrait of the Boody as a child, a drooling doll enclosed in a cage in a fairytale-like dress with pet mice. Whimsical, macabre, perfect!
Chapel by Wim Delvoye
A useful piece of architecture or sculpture? The Chapel features ornate mock-gothic architecture and stained-glass windows – a nod to tradition and history? Think again… the windows feature erotic images, and yes, you can get married there. David did.
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis
A wooden chair, enamel bowl and two goldfish swimming puzzled around a large knife. As far as I know, the fish haven’t swum into it.
Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)
A large-scale, inflatable luminarium… referencing mosque architecture, the sculpture plays with light and colour and encourages wonderment and curiosity. Currently traveling the arts festival circuit, be sure to catch it in your city.
The mX newspaper is a free, daily newspaper, published by News Corp for the past 14 years. A beloved part of the daily commute for inner city workers across the Eastern seaboard of Australia.
On a personal note, thank you to the talented team behind the mX for brightening up my daily commute. I remember when the first issue was published, the mX will be sorely missed.