I apologise for my absence. I have been absent for some time.
When asked if I’d like to help document this I could not resist.
Emily Embers & Christopher Hawkins pose for Drawing Blood, an occult life drawing experience in Sydney.
In todays age of instant gratification it is easy to see why the preference runs for digital material, it is quick versatile and very share friendly.. So some time ago I aimed to bridge a gap by digitising my art, only like many of us I didn’t really like everything I was producing.
Why? I can’t ever imagine, the only advice I could ever see giving to my just turned twenty something self is generally a massive slap in the face.
None the less I spent countless hours and funds on rolls of film which I fed through several cameras of varying quality which I developed, printed and X-processed to then scan. Do I remember shooting most of these? Not entirely no… do I like them now? yes. Because to me they are honest. A slice of time that was before today.
And this is why I have now compiled them into a gallery. I solemnly swear to like my own work more from now on.
B sides of a life of adventure between 2008-2012
In late 2013 I asked a number a participants to visit my studio to participate in a shoot themed around them, only when asked what about them I wanted, I told participants “it is up to you”. The only overall explanation was along the lines of it had to be expressive, very outward and glamorously engaging (and occasionally my response was “I don’t know.. dress up or something, this is about what you want”).
Is it any wonder people thought I could not articulate myself?
The idea was to try and get a feel of Ego, and people’s outward portrayal of themselves given a chance to do anything as long as it was impressive.
What followed was an adventure though peoples ideas and expressions in a foil lined room lit to resemble the inside of some sort of science fiction film set.
None the less we captured some very interesting ideas from the absurd to the subtle.
Here are the highlights
This has been a fantastic experience and something I’d love to look into doing again in the future.
It has been a very busy few months.
Congratulations to my long time friends, colleagues and occasional assistants- Tim and Nancy of NAT photography
This has honestly been one the coolest shoots I’ve done!