Kangaroo Island Elopement – Claire & Jacob

Claire and Jacob held a super secret Kangaroo Island Elopement unbeknownst to all their family and friends except for their witnesses! From the moment I met with Claire and Jacob I knew their elopement was going to be a special one, and it certainly turned out to be a fantastic day starting from sunrise on pennashw’s beach, up to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse before finally heading to Pennington bay for their elopement ceremony.

Morning Photoshoot

We began the day at the crack of dawn – hoping for a stunning sunrise to illuminate the sky behind the lovely rocks at Frenchman’s rock. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be with a rather overcast beginning to the morning, we made use of the rock formations anyway, before finally slivers of the sunrise revealed itself towards the end of our time there.

As a result Claire and Jacob’s Kangaroo Island elopement photoshoot began by getting our feet wet a bit, which in my books is the best way to start a day of photo taking! Next stop was scaling cliffs near the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse!

Before heading out to the lighthouse however, we made use of the nearby Sculpture trail on Penneshaw beach to take some shots within some of the sculputes and on the lovely suspension bridge cutting across the gully.

The last time I was on Kangaroo Island before Claire and Jacob’s kangaroo island elopement was about 10 years prior, and I had just got into photography then. I ventured out this way myself hoping to capture some stunning landscapes and of course I did so – but that trip allowed me to remember some amazing spots bewteen Penneshaw and Cape Willoughby – including tree lines dirt roads and grass along the sides of some roads! made sure we made use of them.

Our time at the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse was the moment I was most looking forward to before heading out for Claire and Jacob’s elopement. I remembered there was an amazing winding road leading to the lighthouse itself, and also some stunningly tall cliffs whcih I was keen to ask Claire and Jacob to scale for photos! I was lucky they were keen to do so! Not since Georgia in Hobart had I seen a bride so willing to run around on rocks in her wedding dress before the ceremony!

It was absolutely marvellous despite viewing the footage my wife took after the fact and realising how high the cliffs under us really were!


Kangaroo Island Elopement Ceremony

Claire and Jacob’s Kangaroo Island Elopement ceremony took place on a little secluded beach, surrounded by cliffs nearby the beautiful Pennington Bay. This secluded location allowed for minimal wind to interrupt the ceremony and it made for a lovely, intimate ceremony.

Pennington Bay Glamour Shoot

The waters around Pennington bay is beatifully clear and shallow enough so that Claire and Jacob could wade out a bit for some photos, so of course I made them do so! The scenery just called for another round of wading so we certainly made use of it all!

Thanks so much to Claire and Jacob for having me as your wedding/elopement photographer I know some of the things I asked you do do for the shot wasnt easy, but I am so grateful you gavClaire and Jacob held a super secret Kangaroo Island Elopement on the pristine sands of Pennington Bay after scaling cliffs and getting wet!e me the opportunity to take some amazing shots!

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.