In print, a recent portrait I shot for the Guardian (UK) Weekend Magazine.
The woman pictured (who had to remain anonymous) is the mother of a young girl who was abducted in Sydney. Thankfully her daughter was quickly rescued and the culprit was caught, arrested and charged a few months later. Now, 2 years after the incident, while behind bars he is up on several further charges ranging from child molestation to rape in over a dozen other cases. The paper was concerned that showing her identity could compromise the other legal proceedings.
As a new dad, I was mortified by the story this woman had to tell… what she had to go through is every parents worst nightmare. I was amazed by her bravery and honesty in sharing her experience. The photograph was actually taken in the park where the abduction occurred.
I received a copy of The Other Hundred in the mail today, a beautifully created book featuring the work of 100 photographers from around the world spanning 100 different locations.
The concept behind the book is quite simple: Show through the eyes of photographers how the majority of the people on the planet live. So much of the media we are fed focuses on celebrating the elite lifestyles shared by only a small number of the people in the world. The creators and editors of the book looked to shed light on those that live not in a world of wealth and publicity but rather must work hard to make ends meet and provide for themselves and their family, those that offer an alternative view of our world and how we as a population live. The images offer a reflection contrary to “how the other half live”. Rather it shines a light on how “the other 99 live” (to borrow a term from the Occupy movement), the individuals that live away from the spotlight.
Along with 98 others, myself and fellow Oculi member Andrew Quilty were chosen from over 1500 entries to represent Australia (myself) and Fiji (Andrew) through our images.
Great thanks goes out to Project Director Chandran Nair, judges Ruth Eichorn, Richard Hsu and Stephen Wilkes, as well as Director of Photography Stefen Chow and the many others involved.
Very pleased to have found out that my Multimedia piece "Living in the Shadows" has again been recognized and was selected for the AI-AP International Motion Arts awards for 2013.
This years jury included Barbara Davidson from the Los Angeles Times, Nancy Donaldson from the New York Times, Kirra Pollack from TIME Magazine, and Floran Bachleda from Fast Company.
The piece will be aired in November at the launch of The American Photography 29 and American Illustration 32 Editions in New York CIty and will be housed in the American Photography Archive.
That makes an impressive list of accomplishments for the short piece, including:
2013 AI-AP - Selection
2013 International Photography Awards - Honourable Mention
2013 Anthrophographia Award for Human Rights - Finalist
2013 Walkley Foundation Slide Night - Winner
2013 Photoville NYC Slideluck - Selection
2013 Reportage Documentary Photography Festival - Selection
The recognition for the hard work that myself and Christopher Baron put into this project is outweighed by the international exposure the piece is gaining for the challenges faced by Aboriginal people and the strength of their communities. That is and always has been the purpose of this work…
Rising Waters Exhibition at the International Centre of Photography/Museum of the City of New York:
Photographs from Hurricane Sandy of mine and fellow Oculi member, Andrew Quilty were among those exhibited by The International Centre of Photography on Governor’s Island in New York in the lead up to the storm’s one year anniversary.
As well, 3 of my images were selected to be shown at an additional exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, opening Monday, October the 28th.
Tibetan refugees Monlam Pilungstan and Kalsang Doyitsang photographed near their home in Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia. The couple escaped from Tibet five years ago after suffering persecution and torture at the hands of the Chinese government. They were forced to leave their children and all their friends and family behind. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.