MONA – one MOFO of an Art Experience

MOFO at night in Hobart

MOFO at night in Hobart

No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). Founded by gambler/art collector David Walsh in 2011, a privately owned contemporary art museum that defies conventions, packed with eclectic pieces which are often confronting and challenging with a generous representation of female artists. MONA has done for Hobart what Guggenheim had done for Bilbao in Spain – the swift regeneration of the sleepy southern-most state into one of the hottest art destinations in the country, if not the world.

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.

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Highlights from MONA and MOFO

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer

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

Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz

Detail of 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

The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody

Detail of 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

Chapel by Wim Delvoye

Interior or 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

Untitled by Jannis Kounellis

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)

Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)

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.

MONA ROMA Ferry

MONA ROMA Ferry arriving at MONA

Reserved for God

Reserved for God

Published in the mX

Vivid Sydney and Melbourne at night

Published in the mX:
(left) Youtuber Miss Liddles getting hands on at Vivid, Sydney. (right) Docklands at night.

A great honor to have had a couple of my photographs published in the final issues of the mX newspaper, across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this week.

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.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre at Darling Harbour

Vivid brought Sydney to life during Winter, with an expanded program and new precincts in the program. I traveled to Sydney a documented the action, here are some of my favourite photographs. View my Vivid Sydney photo essay.

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

The Milky Laneway by Kate & Martyn

A gorgeous, whimsical installation in an alleyway in The Rocks. Depicting a starry night sky alive with meteor showers, shooting stars and supernova.

Paint The Town

Paint The Town by 32 Hundred Lighting – colour scheme by Naomi Rahim

Paint The Town took interactivity at Vivid to the next level. Members of the public were given the controls to literally paint the town. This was my design.

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

An ethereal collection of extravagant dresses, created from hundreds of delicate fibre-optic strands. Emerging as apparitions in the darkness, as beautiful as it is creepy.

Mechanical Colour Assemblage

MCA Building – Mechanical Colour Assemblage

Mechanical Colour Assemblage transformed the Art Deco facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art into a trippy, mechanical audio and visual experience. Artists: Rebecca Baumann (Australia), Danny Rose (Sergio Carrubba (France), Paola Ciucci (France), Lucia Frigola (France), Cédric Péri (France), Emanuele De Raymondi (Italy).

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex Group

One for the kids and big kids… a series of organically animated images of Sydney’s flora and fauna, wrapping around the iconic facade of Customs House.

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One day in Annecy, France for AIAFF

One Day in Annecy for the AIAFF
Situated under cartoon-like clouds over the French Alps, the pure blue waters of Lac D’Annecy reflect cute medieval castles, framed by snow-capped mountains. Sounds like a fantasy? It is no wonder that Annecy was a key source of inspiration for Walt Disney.

Such as its heritage, it’s become the international spiritual capital of animation. Animation aficionados descend on the fairytale lakeside town in the Rhone-Alps region of France for the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival. If you make the pilgrimage to “The Venice of Savoy”, be sure to wander the enchanting streets and create your own fairytale day in Annecy. Full gallery on Flickr >
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Monaco in one day

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

The world turns its collective sights onto Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix each May.

Monaco marches to its own beat. The second-smallest country in the world and home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita. It has no formal borders with France (so you won’t get a Monaco stamp in your passport), yet has it’s own royal family. It isn’t a member of the European Union, but uses the EURO currency and has no income tax.

Monte Carlo is THE playground for the rich and famous on the French Riviera. European sports cars line the streets, yachts swan about the harbor and gamblers the world have a roll of the dice.

Last year, I had a brief visit to Monte Carlo, whilst traveling around the Cote d’Azur. Here is my travel photography, from a quieter moment in the most exclusive city in the world. Read more…

Offbeat Travel Guide to Rome

Offbeat Rome Travel Guide
You have wandered around the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum? Check. Admired the renaissance art at the Vatican Museums? Check. Thrown a few coins into the Trevi Fountain? Check. Crossed the Pantheon off your bucket list? Check. All the major tourist attractions in Rome are absolute must-sees. However, the Eternal City also has a progressive side, perhaps fueled by the student population or Roman ingenuity. I hope this guide will encourage you to get off the beaten path in Roma. Read more…

UNIQLO eCampaigns

UNIQLO Christmas Sale eDMs

UNIQLO Christmas Sale eDMs

Over the second quarter, I had the pleasure of taking the creative reigns of UNIQLO Australia’s e-marketing. With a striking, globally recognised brand identity, it was a lot of fun giving the company an Australian-spin on their digital campaign roll-out.

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Ines De La Fressange

The bi-annual UNIQLO collaboration with French fashion designer, Ines De La Fressange was launched globally in January. Below is one of two of the e-newsletters I designed and wrote copy for this campaign. The pretty & layered look and feel gave me the chance to portray UNIQLO in a different way.

UNIQLO x Ines De La Fressange eDM

UNIQLO x Ines De La Fressange eDM

Kara Baker A/W 2015 Runway

Kara Baker runway at Kozminsky

Opening the Allure showcase at Kozminsky

As we head into the cooler months, the designer showings keep coming. Last week, Melbourne’s historic jewellery boutique, Kozminsky was re-imagined as a Parisian salon for the Kara Baker A/W 2015 Runway show. I captured the action for Kara Baker, check out the gallery below.
Camilla Jones in Coral Cruise

Camilla Jones in Coral Cruise

The face of Kara Baker - Clementine Isaacson

The face of Kara Baker – Clementine Isaacson

Cocktail Hour in Mustique

Cocktail Hour in Mustique

That's a wrap... Kara Baker

That’s a wrap… Kara Baker

Highlights from VAMFF 2015 – Photos!

Miss Vogue runway finale

Miss Vogue runway finale

The highlight of every Melbourne fashionista’s calendar, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, arrived at the Docklands precinct once again. I covered the runway action, for the 6th consecutive year (I am becoming quite the veteran)! Maybe the influence of Virgin is responsible for the increasingly international presence, this year saw a few labels with roots in US and France.

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Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje on the David Jones runway

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Gorman's latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

Gorman’s latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

A new look from Thurley

A new look from Thurley

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Costarella's LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Costarella’s LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

That's a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

That’s a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

Backstage with Priceline

Backstage with Priceline

Don’t forget, you can check out the full gallery on Flickr.

White Night Melbourne 2015 Photos

St Paul's Cathedral during White Night Melbourne 2015

St Paul’s Cathedral – White Night Melbourne 2015

White Night Melbourne returned for a third year, attracting approximately 500,000 people to the streets of Melbourne for the all night program of illuminations and cultural events. Scheduled on the same day as Soundwave, I managed to capture a few highlights. Another fascinating sensory overload on a hot Summer’s night. This is what I saw.

Wonderland

White Night Melbourne 2015 - Wonderland

Flinders St – White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden

Sita's Garden Lotus Pond - White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden Lotus Pond


Sita's Garden - White Night Melbounre

Sita’s Garden – The Crucible

Colonise

Scots' Church - Colonise

Scots’ Church – Colonise

Check out my archive of White Night Melbourne photos, 2013-2015.