Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SNAP @ SNO Artists Portrait Show

Shots from the show now up on Flickr SNO Portraits on Flickr.

SNAP my Portrait show opens next Saturday. Please come and join me at the opening.

An exhibition of artist portraits taken at SNO openings since 2005. SNAP is a combined project with SNO and Australian Centre for Photography's Head On Photo Festival at galleries in and around Sydney.

SNO 59

Shots from the show now up on Flickr SNO Portraits on Flickr.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Being Born Again, RAFW Prequel...Hallelujah!

Art & Fashion mixed it up big time in this designing duos x 10 Couture collabo extravaganza at NAS, the National Art School last night in Sydney. As I think you my wonderful readers are fully aware by now. Most of the 'street style' I blog about here usually happens when I am out at art openings; personally I think this is just fine as the art crowd usually have a mind of their own & tend to do things a little differently anyway. So  last night at the NAS where I have attended many memorable openings (one of my most memorable experiences was beating author & art critic Robert Hughes to the very last glass of red wine one night by the slimmest of margins), was an event stylish, fun and quite I think outside of the usual.

We knew we were in for a stylish night right off the bat when we saw one of the shows Creative Directors Emily Fitzgerald in a stunning dress (which I shall describe later) and the most serious set of door people I have ever seen at an NAS opening. There was going to be no sneaking into this show!

And so it was that even though I had asked exhibiting designer & photography client of mine Shadi Tambrchi of Lulu in Chains if she could 'get me in' unfortunately this was a strictly +1 event. I even asked Emily a few weeks ago at another opening if she could slip Street Fashion Sydney a press pass only to find out I had left it too late, the event was already over subscribed. Fortunately, Freelance Stylist/FashionWriter/Editor extraordinaire (and personal friend) Rhiannon Bulley had a +1 press pass for Tangent Mag. And so it came to pass that a handbag I was to become, or at least a friend that could carry one.

Rather than doing the oh-so-boring thing of putting a picture up with the designer info below it I am going to give you all the the link to the 'Being Born Again' website (navigate to the Artist/Designer Collabbo page) and see if anyone out there; can can guess/see/work-out which dress belongs to who. I think the (mildly blurry atmospheric) shots contain all the clues you need; the magic link is HERE.

But enough already, on with the show!

Being Born Again, Shot 1
Being Born Again Parade, Shot 2
Being Born Again, Shot 3
Being Born Again, Shot 4
Being Born Again, Shot 5
Being Born Again, Shot 6
Being Born Again, Shot 7
Being Born Again, Shot 8
Being Born Again, Shot 9

So there are your nine Designer/Artist Collabo shots (the 10th is the Jewelery)
Lets see how you go & in about a week I will post the who is who under the shots in informative style.

Crowd, Being Born Again

Installation, Being Born Again

Lindy Lee and Emily Fitzgerald, Being Born Again

Lindy Lee and Emily Fitzgerald.

And as I promised a few words about Emily's dress which as you can see has a face on the front. This dress was causing quite a stir due to the nature of its extremely low cut back. I am not sure if many people noticed but I fancied I could see a face on the back as well! But it was not just the dress it was a combination of the lowness of the cut of the back which made a deep scoop like a smile way down south, if you can imagine for a moment two cheeks together and a line a little like a tiny nose and two petite dimples just above and there you have it; a smile a nose between the cheeks and a pair of eyes. A very daring look but Emily pulled it off with complete Panache. I guess when you have been a Vogue cover girl you just do it! Perhaps surprisingly this was one picture I was a little worried about taking with my camera so you will have to create the vision in your minds eye instead.

Enjoy the shots, visit the Being Born Again website for lots more information about the project. And please post your thoughts about the show in the comments section below.

Thanks to Emily, Davina Reichman, the Designers and Artists and all the people who made the show happen. Congratulations on a great show, lets do it all again next year.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Nude, is the New Black!

I suppose it had to happen & I am not referring to garments in a skin tone style. Nudity it seems is everywhere in fashion right now. Not just the flash of a breast or of a pretty young quim as photographed for Vogue France by Mario Testino. We are talking about full nudity, whatever happened to the clothes! Over the past couple of days I have been perusing the editorial photo stories over on Fashionising & can you imagine my shock and horror to find full frontal female nudity! OK Helmut Newton probably got there first in a strictly fashion sense with shots like "The Unclothed and the Clothed" for Vogue France circa 1981 or; even earlier with "Laura dressed in a fox cape, Avenue George V, Paris, 1974".
I am not sure why they always put NSFW next to these stories but being a photographer and being quite frankly mildly dishlexic; I always think the story has something to do with NSW the Australian state I live in and always click to see what is going on. Of course being so socially minded and a touch touched, as the saying goes as you can well image I get to see an aweful lot of nudity every single day! It kind of reminds me of my first job where there was a pile of Playboy magazines in the lunch room, I mean that was at work... Not to mention the first photographer I ever worked for shot for both Playboy & Penthouse & that was work! Sure it was a dirty job but someone had to do it...
So as you can probably imagine I was quite overcome; in a William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, "Cut Up" kind of way, when I attended last night; the 'Qualia' show at Mils Gallery near Central Station in Surry Hills.
Not only was there a B&W nude floating in the galleries display window; but once inside there was all manner of phsyco-sexual imagery! But enough of my talk, here are the shots from last night.

600_Adj_7592Art Performance.

600_Adj_7554The Vulvic Knitting Nancy

600_Adj_IMG_7590The phallic Rorschach Blot, (there was also a wombic one).

600_Adj_7581My own attempt at a photographic Rorschach test outside!

600_dble_Adj_7575J.G. Ballard would be proud; no?

600_Ella_Condon_7559Picture (from the show) by Ella Condon. There's a theme er I think...

600_Sml_Dble_7608I always have a soft spot for Houndstooth Tweed.

600_adj_7602This shoe and tights como reminded me of one of the great loves of my life. Meagan; come on lets talk, its been forever!

600_Adj_7566Ernest Aaron photographed in front of his work. Strangely I Perceived no Psyco-Sexual nature to this work at all (it could just be me) and asked him how he got to be hung in this show? However I did invite him to my show at SNO. BIG PLUG

I am having a solo show of my SNO portraits at SNO on the 8-05-2010, thats next month! Its my second solo and will feature over 30 of my SNO portraits taken over the last 4+ years. The show is also part of the Head On Photography Festival.

Opening is 3 till 6 pm on the 8th, all welcome. See you there.

Sydney Non Objective Gallery
First Floor 175 Marrickville
Road Marrickville.

All I can say is the 90s porn of Terryworld is gone. Black is Back. And it's wearing such a fine thread, no-one can see it at all. Great show. on NOW!