Robert Maxwell is the first in a series I’ll be posting on photographers that inspire me. His work is so singular, and recognizable. I love the power and I love the honesty of his portraiture and the duality of his work, its both classic & contemporary. Originally a surfer from La Jolla in California, it wasnt till his girlfriend bought him a camera at the age of 28 that he thought about photography as a possible career. Even then he thought of it as something only rich people did. Jan Wenner of Rolling Stone gave him his first big break shooting seventeen pages of men’s fashion. Soon after he moved his wife and family to New York, he now mainly shoots celebrity portraits and fashion for some of the most prestigious magazines of our time, such as American Vogue, W, Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine.
New kids gallery on my website, ‘Little Humans’ Here are some outtakes from one of the shoots.
Australian Junior Triple Jump Champion, Tay-Leiha Clark.
Legendary Australian Musician, Mark Seymour from the Hunters & Collectors.
The violent force of huge ocean swells smashing the coastline.
Collaborated with ECD June Laffey and AD Kate Chisnall from McCann Health and Cream Studios on the 3D for this concept for the Clio Healthcare Awards.
In between assignments Im always looking at new ways of photographing my 2 boys and their friends in and around the water.
Feature article and interview on the value of photo awards in the latest Australian Capture Magazine.
Some of my work in Lurzer’s Archive 200 best Ad photographers 2014/15
From a recent trip to Hawaii.
Caught the outdoor on the way to the airport the other day. Working with Clemenger BBDO and Virgin Australia. Behind the scenes and crew wrap pix from the studio component of the shoot.
Virgin Australia A330 Business Class with Clemenger BBDO on outdoor sites across Australia.
The next installment for the Colonial First State Campaign, shot with Leo Burnett Sydney.
Sneak peek at some images from a recent underwater project.
Some location outtakes from an assignment in Kakadu.
The new campaign that we shot for Colonial First State is up everywhere at the moment.
Worked with the talented Brad Grey and Pim van Nunen @ Leo Burnett Sydney and Mike Roberts on special effects, boom !
A selection from a new personal series that has just launched on the website called “These Streets”.
New work for the Art Series Hotels: ‘Find Your Inner Muse’ has just launched.
Concept and Art Direction by Katja Hartung & Thorsten Kulp @ Toben Design.
The campaign is about discovering your own creative place, inspired by each artist that the hotels are themed after.
Some of the images and making of video below.
My portrait series UP CLOSE has won second prize in the portraiture category of the PX3 2013
Shooting a dynamic campaign with an Indian Festival Of Colour theme.
What a blast !
Just back from shooting a beautiful campaign for a luxury hotel group in Melbourne. Fill you in when it launches.
Shooting in Melbourne.
Wonderful team to work with and smiling faces of Georgina and Vanessa from Virgin Australia.
New campaign for Virgin Australia with the team from Clemenger BBDO is out on the streets now.
My recent campaign for Schweppes, shot with those talented guys up at MK is out right now, just in time for the winter thaw in Europe.
Have been shooting a very exciting and challenging campaign between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Back in Sydney now.
Share it with you as soon as it launches..
Excited to join up with Louis & Co
and a world class group of photographers.
Music guys from the casting in Buenos Aires.
More behind the scenes snapshots from the shoot in Buenos Aires.
Been shooting a campaign in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Some pics from the casting call and on the street.
lo que es una ciudad hermosa, con gente maravillosa !
Schweppes ‘your taste’ wins bronze for Advertising photography at the 2012 International Epica Awards.
New Campaign i shot for Origin Smart Energy with the funky guys at DDB.
I shot a humorous campaign for Devondale. Collaborating with the cool guys at DDB.
My Video Art ‘ After The Parade” along with works from 19 other Creative Professionals will be exhibited in Shanghai China at “A Double Life” Exhibition, 17 Nov – 2 Dec 2012.
SOHO Century Plaza 288 Xiangcheng Rd, Pudong Shanghai.
Up Close is a portrait study of 8 faces, young and old, male and female.
The approach was to intimately photograph each face from the same distance with the same lighting each time. The aim was to explore the physiognomy of the face, questioning the relationship between the individual’s outward appearance and inner character. A selection from the project can be seen here website
‘The Island’ my personal series shot in Hawaii picked up 2 honorable mentions in the Fine art category and the Schweppes ‘your taste’ campaign that I shot earlier in the year in New York picked up 2 honorable mentions in Advertising.
I recently was commissioned to shoot a series of ads for Emirates Airline’s global tourism campaign, ‘Hello Tomorrow,’ promoting Dubai as a destination. We collaborated with the good folk at Impact BBDO Dubai, (and many many extras !)
The Schweppes “your taste” campaign that we shot in New York has recently picked up some press in Communication Arts.
Here’s the link to the exhibit feature, Communication Arts, Schweppes ‘Your Taste’ Campaign
The complete series can be viewed on the website.
James ‘the missile’ Magnussen, with the team at Leo Burnett.
Great to see the refresh campaign that I directed and photographed in the press and picking up some positive support. Check out some recent coverage from Australian Creative, Campaign Brief, Desktop Magazine & Onscreen Asia.
The Deira Abra in Dubai gives a glimpse of textures from the original 1930’s city. It apparently was a popular trading port with smugglers then. It is where the first Dubai settlement was built as the driving force behind the early pearl trade with the outside world. The creekside is lined with dhows still trading with most ports of the middle east including India and East Africa.
Hotel lobby Dubai style.
Was shooting a campaign here last month. First of a few posts with impressions of this dazzling city. Stay tuned for the launch of the campaign soon..
Pier 62 skatepark in Chelsea. Ive been wanting to check it out for a while. The skatepark is built on top of a pile supported marine platform and uses structural foam to create the shapes and forms that are usually sculpted into the earth. The project is unique and the first of its kind. Be sure to pack your sunglasses if you come on a bright sunny day.
Dawn in and around Central Park and mayhem at the MOMA.
I teamed up with talented creative director, Armando Zuniga from the innovative agency MK, to shoot their new Schweppes “YOUR TASTE” Campaign underwater in New York City. A big thank you to the support and co-ordination of Silverscreen Marine and their director Adam Browne and the beautiful work of Jenny, our underwater model. So comfortable underwater, she could well be a mermaid..
Agency: MK Norway
Creative Director: Armando Zuniga
Project Director: Britt Hege Karlsen
Producer: Donna Belej
Model: Jennifer Wyse
Underwater Team: Silverscreen Marine
Agent: Jai-Lee @ Glasshouse
Very nice to win Australian Creative Hotshop Photographer of the year
Here are some words from Australian Creative about the judging.
“The more the market is crowded with good ideas, the harder it becomes to SHOW US SOMETHING DIFFERENT. It’s not always the one who screams the loudest that cuts through – sometimes it’s the one whispering, making you lean in closer, that gets the message across.”
Click below left to read on…
Really cool to win this.
Cityscapes and streets.
Love this space.
We certainly had the appropriate “Scottish” highlands weather for the Refresh TVC and print shoot. At one point a storm came through and threatened to take the crew pavilion with it.
Working with the super creative team from Ward 6, Creative Director Grant Foster and Writer, Steve Samuel.
Vitek Vodka sends up its polish heritage with a new wickedly satirical print campaign.
Fun stuff working with Jay Grey.
My work has been selected for the Luerzers Archive 2012/13 special edition ~ 200 best Ad Photographers Worldwide.
The Oznostic Front Creatures tour at the Barr Beach Bowl. Darren Navarrette, Al Partanen, Dave Gravette, Taylor Bingaman, Truman Hooker, Ryan Reyes and Santa Cruz shredder Emanual Guzman, along with RJ, Pee Wee and Gabbers.
Here is the article that ran in Campaign Brief for the win in the International Photography Awards.
My Streetkids project will be showing at Cross Projections 2011,
Leave only footprints….
Here are some behind the scenes images and outtakes from the Surfrider foundation photoshoot. Brendan and Guy the top notch dudes from Leo’s.
Outtakes from a shoot with Maria.
A great honor to be awarded Advertising photographer of the year in the 2011 International Photography awards from over 10,000 entries, for the Surfrider Campaign “Our oceans aren’t the only ones in danger.” I am now a finalist for “photographer of the year” at the Lucie Awards, New York City October 2011.
It was wonderful working with the talented and creative team from Leo Burnett: Art Director, Brendan Donnelly and writer Guy Futcher.
Click below to read the PDN feature:
Watch the IPA finalists video here:
My Photography has been awarded 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in the 2011 PX3
“The Surfer” was awarded silver in Fine Art Landscape.
“Streetkids” was awarded silver in Portraiture.
“I wish I wasn’t in this Ad” was awarded bronze in Advertising.
Some recent outtakes attached and description for the recent Pampero Rum campaign with the funky fellows at Leo Burnett.
After The Parade
Filmed on location in New York City 2010
“I was in a Venice gang called the Venice Hoodlums we were a mixed up bunch of White Boys, and Mexicans and we dressed up like vatos, Dickie pants, white shirts, and Pendletons, and bandanas. But after I saw that show I completely got into punk rock it was perfect because I was troublemaker, and thought it was cool to have people fear me. When I walked into a room I wanted people to say damn these guys are crazy you better watch out or they’ll fuck you up. Punk rock shows were perfect for that because it was all about violence, I started hanging out with Mike Muir he had just started Suicidal Tendencies band he used to wear a leather jacket with safety pins in his ear and we all wore boots with bandanas tied around them. I was still wearing Dickies, and vato clothes with my blue bandana because Venice was a blue-color town. So Mike started dressing in Pendletons, and Dickies as well, and Ric Clayton started drawing hand-drawn Suicidal shirts before every show we went to. We’d all meet at Mar Vista Park before every show, and pretty soon we had 30 to 50 guys showing up to go to the shows. We all started wearing the same kind of clothes, and it started looking like a gang, but we had to because the other punks from Orange County were beating everyone else up from LA so we put a stop to it by protecting each other.”
The smaller courts lead to a very physical brand of basketball that has been likened to a “steel cage” match. Usually the sidelines are simply ignored during play. Due to the large number of players who come to play here, especially from the Bronx, competition for playing time is stiff, and losing players rarely get to play twice in a row.