Silver with Distinction at the AIPP 2014 CPA Awards

With today’s judging of portfolios submitted to the 2014 AIPP Contemporary Photographic Art Awards, or CPA Awards for short, it has emerged that the portfolio of images I submitted received a silver with distinction award with a score of 87. My portfolio also happened to be the second highest scoring portfolio of work submitted to the awards, which is quite exciting to have been rated so highly for my work. The competition in this year’s CPA Awards was very tight with an average score given by the judges of 87 across all entries, amazing considering that’s an average of a silver with distinction award. The highest score in the CPA Awards this year was 92 (Gold), and lowest was 84 (Silver).

CPA Awards entries are a portfolio of work consisting of 6 separate photographs that together with an artist statement comes together to form a piece of artistic expression. As such, my wedding photography would have been quite out of place here. Instead my CPA Awards entry was a set of images I had created using a very old technique documenting the passage of time in regards to the motion of the sun through the sky. I think my Artist’s statement I put together for the entry can communicate this better, so here it is below.

CPA Awards artist’s statement

I titled my portfolio ‘Photographing Time’

Modern cameras are able to produce images at an indefatigable rate, so much so that it’s often said that more photographs have been produced within the last 12 months than all images created throughout the rest of human history combined.

This made me think.

Was there a way of slowing down?

That is, to capture a single image that encompasses everything that happens within a time frame akin to that 12 months through which the entirety of human visual artistic endeavour has been more than doubled in depth due to modern photography.

This is a series of images that together represents everything that has happened within frame over the past 12 months. Each image’s exposure time ranges from 1 month through to 8 months in length. The white lines you see are the sun’s star-trail as it moves through the sky during the exposure.

The method by which I achieved this is a process called ‘solorisation’ with my own unique twist I developed through very patient experimentation.

Pinhole cameras were used, made from shortbread tins, duct tape and black spray paint. Instead of using conventional media to capture my images I intentionally used out-of-date photo-sensitive paper that I had baked in an oven in place of traditional film.

Using my homemade equipment, I was able to place my cameras in opportune places and duct tape them in place for months on end, producing my portfolio, and capturing essentially 12 months within 6 frames.

CPA Awards Images

The images were displayed in this order.

CPA Awards Exhibition

If you are eager on seeing some of the most creative photographic portfolios the state has to offer, I suggest heading down to  the AIPP affiliated Light Gallery run by the Center for Creative Photography when the 2014 CPA Awards exhibition officially opens on Friday 20th of June, 6-8pm located at 138 Richmond rd Marleston, SA. If you can’t make it on Friday, the exhibition closes up on the 18th of July and you’re able to visit Monday to Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays 10-3.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens wedding – Alexis and Brandan

Alexis and Brandon were married on the 20th of April, 2014 in the midst of the beautiful Adelaide botanic gardens. Having travelled from Murray bridge, Alexis and Brandon chose to stay in a nearby hotel and travelled via stretch hummer to the botanic gardens one group at a time. After the ceremony we were able to spend some time in and around the botanic gardens themselves to take some photos, then headed off to the Japanese Himeji Gardens on South terrace for more. Their reception was held at Ayers House, just across the street from the Adelaide botanic gardens, which was very convenient for their guests.

Preparation photos

As I said, both Alexis and Brandon stayed at a nearby hotel in the Adelaide CBD for convenience sake that also happened to overlook the Adelaide oval while a crows game was going on. The boys were obviously big AFL supporters so they wanted to show that in their preparation photos.


The girls were getting ready in a room just down the hallway in the hotel complex.


Alexis and Brandan’s Adelaide botanic gardens ceremony

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are a 125-acre public garden at the north-east corner of the Adelaide city centre, in the Adelaide Park Lands. It encompasses a fenced garden on North Terrace (between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the National Wine Centre) and behind it the Botanic Park (adjacent to the Adelaide Zoo). Established in 1854, the botanic gardens in Adelaide boast lush green scenery comprising of a vast collection of flora from around the world. The Adelaide botanic gardens makes for a wonderfully green backdrop for a wedding, giving a soft, natural flair to photos.


Alexis and Brandan’s Adelaide botanic gardens and Himeji Gardens bridal shoot


The Adelaide Himeji gardens on the other side of the city to the Adelaide botanic gardens was a gift from Adelaide’s sister city, Himeji, in 1982. The gardens showcases quintessential Japanese aesthetics in gardening including a small zen garden and koi pond. The wonderful Japanese maples make for nice soft wedding photos. After walking about the gardens for a while we moved on to a nearby playground were we took some silly photos and then spent some time taking photos of the stretch hummer.

Alexis and Brandan’s Ayers House reception

Ayers House is the modern name for an historic mansion in AdelaideSouth Australia located on North Terrace. It is named after Sir Henry Ayers, five times Premier of South Australia and wealthy industrialist, who occupied it from 1855 until 1897. Since Sir Henry Ayers’s occupation, the mansion has had many functions including a dance hall, a club for injured soldiers (from 1918 to 1922) and an open-air cafe (from 1914 to 1932). Today, the mansion serves as a classy location to host functions such as for weddings or other such occasions. Alexis and Brendan’s reception was held in the west wing, which features a large glass greenhouse and ample space for a bar, dancefloor and extra room which was utilised by a photo booth.

I’d like to thank Alexis and Brandon for choosing me as their wedding photographer at their Adelaide botanic gardens wedding, I had a great time and I hope you enjoy your photos.