Bodyartscapes (NSFW)

    As soon as I saw Allan Teger’s Bodyscapes… I knew this was something I wanted to try. So the search for miniatures started..it was not until fellow photographer Rita Drysdale photographed some miniature people did the world of train modelling lead me to a supply of miniatures. Ebay got  a serious thrashing as I tried to gather a collection of miniatures. I  did not necessarily want to copy Allan Teger perse..so I started thinking of different angles…Lego miniatures were added then, Dr Who, Gumby, Smurfs,Teletubbies, Spacemen…you name it I am now patrolling the toy shops looking for miniatures of all sorts. This is my first attempt and must thank my  model Ella Jay and our assistant  EN who placed the models on Ella Jay. The lighting is a tad harsh and  I state this was a learning exercise and having done it I now know how to use my lighting better to get even better results next time. These images do feature Nudity so if Nudity offends please go no further. I hope you enjoy the art!

    Skiing the Slopes

    Caravan in Wilderness

    Go Mario

    The Dalek Returns……

    Somewhere in Space

    Checking out the sights..

    Zebra Frollicks….

    Traffic in the Country

    Somewhere in China…

    Cutting the Grass..

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    Surviving Suicide -How I Reclaimed My Life

    The first Wednesday night in June is usually associated with State of Origin…but last Wednesday I had the pleasure of photographing for Reanne Goes at her book launch of her book Surviving Suicide – How I Reclaimed My Life. The evening was co-ordinated by Karen Tancin from Classique Event with food from Jan Woods of Jans Fine Foods & Catering held in the beautiful showroom of  Infiniti Centre Brisbane. Around 100 people attended the launch and entertainment was provided by duo  Kara Towner and  Sebastien Macke with further entertainment from Adamo Dane,  Emcee for the night was Mark McConville.

    The star of the night was of course Reanne Goes, Reanne book is about how on one cold June morning 2004 she woke up to find that her younger brother had taken his own life in her home. In her search for meaning in books she identified that there was little to support the survivors of suicide. This prompted her to share her journey of grief and then her inspirational story on how she turned her life around and overcome her own depression so that she now lives a rich fullfilled life.(text from Amazon).

    The launch of the book also had a further purpose in that Reanne was wanting to raise money for Suicide Prevention Australia and it was pleasing to see a sizeable amount of money was raised on the night.

    Suicide is a subject no one likes to talk about, I have been lucky that I personally have not come close to it but I have many friends who have had to deal with the aftermath of a suicide. With us being more open about it perhaps we will become more aware of what goes through the mind of those who decide to Suicide to the point where perhaps we can recognise the signs. Depression is a real disease and help is at hand please if you are feeling depressed seek help.

    I have read Reanne’s book..and what can I say? Wow I was disappointed it was only 60 pages…I wanted more, however understand how hard that would have been to write that much . Want the book buy it here? I would also like to thank Peter Enright for recommending me to Reanne Goes.

    A few snaps from the spectacular night.

     

    Surviving Suicide – How I reclaimed My Life

    Reanne Goes Centre

    Kara Towner & Sebastien Macke

    Mark McConville

    Adamo Dane

    It wouldn’t be a Launch without a Book Signing

    Reanne Goes with Bob & Suzi Aldons

     

    Reanne Goes with her Mother Rae Goes

    Mark McConville - Hey Steve, Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the photos that you took the other night at Reanne’s book launch , very impressive indeed mate. I’m actually looking for some new promo photos at the moment and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind showing me some that you feel may be appropriate. The one that you’ve placed in this blog is a really good starting point.
    Mate once again. thank you for showing up on the night and doing such an amazing job, I really feel as though you captured the evening in pictures beautifully. I’m only sorry that we didn’t actually get a chance to meet formally and have a chat.
    Hope you’re well, and once again , great work…
    Cheers
    Mark McConville

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    Introducing Su’s Jewellery

    Some of you may know that my wife is into beading and jewellery making. Her mother first started and before long Su was into it also. Su has been doing Jewellery nearly as long as I have been serious about photography. After much nagging from Su I finally got around to getting the softbox out and photographing her pieces. So here is a selection of her recent work. It’s all for sale and she will make commissioned pieces.

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    Australian Body Art Carnivale 2013

    Last weekend I spent my time  at the Australian Body Art Carnivale in Eumundi. It was over 3 years ago that I last attended a Body Painting Competition so it was good to catch up with some old friends like Sandra Temple and Simon Catsby.

    The artists and models braved the colder weather and set to work 9am Saturday by about 10.30am the shape of a design was taking place and the organisers dropped the sides of the tent to allow the public to watch the designs unfold. The first day was basically body art in two sections Sponge and Brush or Air brush. Both techniques require care and dedication and the artists talents in bringing to life their creation on a human canvases simply amazes me. The rain Saturday afternoon did not deter the public but it did make it a bit chilly for the poor models. I must say it was pleasing to see a few male models. The theme this year was Best of Oz.. so we had Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Opera Houses, Anzacs, Snakes. Frogs and the winning design by Anke Catsby…(Simon’s wife)..an EMU!

    Sunday was Special Effects allowing the artists to use latex and other features to enhance and bring their designs to life. The other section on the day was Face Painting still in the Best of Oz theme.

    Bonnet painting was in full swing and so too was the wearable art.

    The whole weekend was a photographers paradise and now I have to decide  which 4 of my 1400 photos I enter into the photography competition!

    I will load more photos to my website over the next few days and hopefully feature more here.

     




    Winner and People’s Choice Artist Anke Catsby


    This was a clever design and was sorry to see it go unplacedWinning Face Painting

    Bonnet Art

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    Marcelle Rocks

    I can’t believe I haven’t written about Marcelle before now. Marcelle and I have done several sessions together. I like working with Marcelle as Marcelle has some really great ideas and has made me extend my photography and even do some photoshoping. Marcelle is into Metal….if you didn’t know. Here is some shots from a recent session.


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