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Breast Cancer Campaign

Check out these clever print adverts created for The Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore. The idea is to suggest that women should perhaps focus on health and have their breasts regularly checked rather that being obsessed about their bad skin or bad hair. The visuals were created at Republic Studios (body painted illustrations by Andy Yang Soo, and photography by Allan Ng).

Yours in Health,
Guest blogger Julia Lechien

VonVintage at Urban Grind



Brisbane-based photographer Mark Lobo will host his first Von Vintage exhibition at Paddington cafe Urban Grind from November 27.

Von Vintage, according to Mark, showcases the keepsakes of the past as remembered through the eyes of a dying media.

“It’s an effort to preserve the beauty in objects that once were so common place, now slowly finding their ways into op-shops and land fill,” he said. “Using old vintage film cameras, the images appear almost timeless – they could have been shot half a century ago or yesterday.”

The exhibition will be at Urban Grind, 121 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. From November 27th until December 10th. If you’ve not yet been to Urban Grind then this is your opportunity to sample the great atmosphere and check out this great photographic exhibition.

To find out more about VonVintage visit the website, follow on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook – whichever tickles your fancy.

Yours in photography,

Top 5 Australian Photographers

Such an art… So much talent required… Something I definitely appreciate.

I’d like to share with everyone my top 5 Australian photographers (this was hard to pick!)

WEDDINGS: Marcus Bell, Studio Impressions.

PORTRAITS: Stephen Walker, Grapeshot Studios.

 COMMERCIAL: David Collins, Blackbox Photography.

FASHION: “It’s a tie..” Between HenryK


Georges Antoni.

 Who’s your favourite…?


Yours in photography,


Star trails light up the night sky

star trail 1


You may think photography is easy, but think again or better yet ask Lincoln Harrison about the hours and adventure spent creating these spectacular photographs. These beautiful swirls of star trails charting the sky are the product of hour after hour of painstaking night-time shooting in freezing conditions, sunset to sunrise. Some shots were taken over a period of up to 15 hours, at the scenic Lake Eppalock, near Bendigo.

Lincoln is relatively new to photography, having only just brought his first camera in 2010 to take photos of clothes for eBay. He wasn’t planning on taking on photography as a hobby, but his passion was ignited and a week later he had around eight lenses and all the goodies. He now focuses on landscape photography of stunning natural settings, as well as his star trails.

The process of taking these beautiful pictures already feels like an intense amount of work, but you then have to throw the post production into the final product and that can take Lincoln up to the same amount of time. To give you a sense of the time and effort that goes into these photographs take for example the above image. This star trail involves 12 hours of shooting every 60 seconds, resulting in the compilation of 720 images in Photoshop to create the trail.

You can check out more of Lincolns work here.

When I look at these amazing pieces of art they feel to me like Vincent van Goghs ‘Starry Night’ brought to life. What do you think of Lincolns photos?


star trail 2

star trail 3

Yours in photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World

“During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World
Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932

‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image and The World’ celebrates the life and work of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), one of the most influential artists in the history of 20th century photography.

This major retrospective exhibition features some of the most famous and powerful work from the renowned photographer’s extraordinary career, which spanned over 70 years.

‘The Man, The Image and The World’ showcases some of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s most acclaimed images including iconic moments in history and intimate insights into everyday life in America, Mexico, China, Japan, Bali, India, Europe and the USSR, and portraits of many of his contemporaries in the fields of art, literature and philosophy.

This exhibition is exclusive to Brisbane from 27 August – 27 November 2011. Make sure you see it before it is too late. For more information visit Queensland Art Gallery

Yours in influential artists,

Lomography Society

The Lomography Society  is still strong, armed with a new website displaying new products and keen Lomography enthusiasts sharing their lomo-style photos.

The Lomography craze came about when two Austrian art students, Wolfgang Stranzinger and Matthias Fiegl, stumbled across a second-hand Lomo in a Prague op-shop. Knowing it was a spy camera they took on the spy persona and captured their surroundings shooting from the hip in haphazard directions as opposed to the traditional camera composition.

The results were random moody shots, which boasted obscure light effects against vibrant colour and movement. They spread the word and students from all over Vienna were became obsessed with the spy style that is Lomography. Lomos began appearing as installations at raves; a self defined interpretation of the youth culture. And so, the Lomographic revolution began.

They’ve even set 10 golden rules to live by:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules.

I’ve been following Lomography for a while now and hope that one day they will bring out a digital camera as I have lost the will for slide/film. Until the digital Lomo comes out I will keep cheating with the ‘Hipstamatic’ iPhone ap. Here are my results with my iPhone 3…

Yours in Photography,
Amber van Sloten


Semi-Permanent Brisbane a great inspiration!

This year’s Semi-Permanent Brisbane was an awesome day packed with some really inspiring speakers. The video above, by Supervixen, formed the introduction. The concept represents the conference making an impact on which ever country it arrives at.

Another of my favourite speakers was illustrator/fashion photographer, Kelly Thompson. Having developed a reputation for getting the sass out of models at photoshoots, she often illustrates over the photos or uses her photos as inspiration for her illustrations. Below are a couple of her beautiful illustrations.



 Semi-Permanent hits Melbourne next, over two days 23 and 24 September.

Yours in inspiration,


World Press Photo hits Brisbane Powerhouse

World Press Photo of the Year winner 2010: Jodi Bieber, South Africa.

The world’s most prestigious photo-journalism annual exhibition, World Press Photo, is coming to Brisbane for its fourth year running. The amazing collection showcases some of the most beautiful, haunting, shocking, and very raw moments from across the globe as photographed by the more than 100 million entrants.

Earlier this year the winners were announced (read more at Brio Daily’s article: World Press Photo of the Year 2010), and now Brisbane is lucky to have the chance to get up close with the work.

The Brisbane Powerhouse is presenting the collection from June 4-26. For more information, visit the Powerhouse website.

Yours in Brisbane exhibitions,


Annie Leibovitz – beyond the image

Today, anyone can be a photographer. But I think it still rings true that a special few have ‘an eye’ for it. I’ve particularly enjoyed watching the successful career of Annie Leibovitz, a renowed photographer to the rich and famous, who made a name for herself with magazine giant Rolling Stone.

Her eye for photography is exceptional, and her photographs, whether she intends to or not, reveal more than just a beautiful image. While looking through her images recently, I noticed a subtle trend that can be traced back to the beginning of her career. Not to do with her style… but her subjects. Her ability to capture a subject beyond the projection of self, to cut under the mask of what they want you to see. And if you look just that little bit closer, you feel like you’ve just glimsed a moment of pure thought, of true self and intention, and perhaps what is to come.

Her image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is particularly haunting. Taken on the morning of John Lennon’s assassination, you can’t help but feel like you just witnessed what’s about to unfold in just a few short hours. Yoko, dressed in black, gazes into the distance, taking comfort in Lennon’s embrace, but not acknowledging his physical presence. Lennon, naked and vulnerable, has wrapped Yoko up almost in comfort, as if to reassure her he is always with her and loves her with such a passion it transcends the physical. It’s as if she has started mourning him already.

Kate Winslet’s divorce from her husband Sam Mendes might have come as a shock, but check out the pose Leibovitz set up. Another insight? Heath Ledger’s broody slouch suggests a disconnection, disinterest, almost a lack of care. That’s the beauty of photography, it’s always so much more than just a picture.

What do you think?

Yours in thought,