A statement of union..

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Engagements, Henry + Anji | No Comments

There’s a song inside my head

Plays on constantly

Loud enough to wake the dead

It’s a song for you and me.

It has been several years now that I have been doing this wedding thing. I always said that I’ll only do it for as long as it fills me wholeheartedly. Fills me and fuels me. Soothes my soul and completes me. When I first started doing this, it was because friends or their friends had seen my work and so then I would be asked to create something for them. Now it’s different. I’ve put myself out there in many ways. I have shared my heart, I have cried and laughed in front of clients and in front of friends and the experiences and passing of energy has kind of amalgamated into one. Friends are just people you like to have around you and so my clients have become my friends. Having said that, we all only have a particular amount of time to give, we make incredibly strange decisions on who we want in our lives and the reasons for it. Sometimes the reasons for our choices are intangible but sometimes they are tangible but only through what would best be described as a feeling. It’s not pragmatic but rather, romantic. A feeling of comfort, of warmth and solace in the counterpart of another. I have a particular friend who indeed brings me this. Simple comfort. I admire and respect him, the way he sees the world and the way he sees me. I would love his angel purely on the basis of entrusting him but it’s much more than that because within their togetherness, their immense spiritual power is magnified and it’s something that’s incredibly humbling to witness.
A couple months ago I for the first time visited a magical piece of land they have bought and are beginning to make home. The day was one I will never forget but I wouldn’t be able to explain why if I tried. I guess it feels a little like love. The whole day, their land, their love for that land, the ties they have with it and over time will make further.

Oh my God, just the way that you’re breathing…
Feels like home to me.
Feels like home.

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Music by Marti West.

Ben + Kendall

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Ben + Kendall, Engagements | No Comments

I love Hong Kong, it’s one of my favourite cities on the planet. It’s becoming a usual stop over for my annual Europe trip so when Ben and Kendall asked if I would do an e-shoot with them in the incredible city, more excited I couldn’t have been. I am photographing their wedding in little ole Adelaide next year but seeing as they live and work in Hong Kong and I suggested we could probably make some magic happen, we all started planning. Fast forward a few months and I was there.

Hong Kong is always an adventure. Absolutely always, so when I jumped aboard my first metro, I already felt a sense of excitement. There’s a real energy in Hong Kong, there’s an audible bustle that makes you feel a part of something much larger than yourself and your immediate surroundings. I find myself often feeling so lost but intrinsically connected when exploring Hong Kong. Three metros later I found myself in a very hilly part of the city, sky scrapers had made way to smaller streets, shops and restaurants, vernacular in their design, inviting curiosity with the sounds of merchant voices and the aromas of traditional cooking.

Sat in a little place called Pici Central, high above the city were Ben and Kendall and so we first met. I could write entire books about the people I meet, the psychology and morphosis inherent in those first moments, starting as strangers and slowly becoming friends. I can also sum it up in a few words and it’s the definition of living. So many people have such different stories and in many ways such similar stories but it’s the life blood of humanity. Meeting and learning from other humans is something I’ll never take for granted and the fact that I can basically put these interactions into the category of work feels borderline unfair. 

We spent a lot of time together that afternoon, beginning with good food and conversation and ending with a stormy boat ride in the dark from the very beach that Ben had spent much of his youth. In between though. That interstitial space, that infinitely complex grey area where we found a balance of work, photography and an exploration of love and adventure, well that’s what these photos are all about.

So with that said. Here is what happened when I travelled to Hong Kong to tell a small portion of the infinite love story that is Ben and Kendall.

See you next year lovers…

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Music by Balmorhea.