Friday, May 22, 2015
Another in a portrait series. Pras Michel, cousin of Wyclef Jean and proud member of the Haitian diaspora in New York, achieved worldwide fame with The Fugees. His new project is a film about his role in the Haitian Presidency. It is called Sweet Mickey. I will post my interview with Pras once it is played on Sunday Morning.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Two absolute global stars in their own field. Great to get back to black and white portrait work. Shot in the Radio New Zealand National studios. Co creator of Little Britain & best selling children's author David Walliams, and one of the great journalists of our time, Amira Hass.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Just to mix things up a little on the site, I thought I’d put into the mix what I think to be the ten best fashion album covers of all time. And one of them, surely has to be this. Lionel “owns” yacht rock here, and by God he knows it. Hands half in, and half out of white trousers (hard to pull off), nice gold watch as the only jewellery in sight (Rolex of course) and then of course..the sweater. But you don’t don a sweater in this era and not have the pink collars showing. It all merges to say I’m more than casual, I’m super casual, and my music is super casual, and if you put this onto the turntable, you too can have a super casual evening. In only the way a Lionel Richie album can do. Fave fashion album covers ? Let me know.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sometimes it's nice to go back and discover a changing city. The 'Facadism' in the top photo has been a real issue in Auckland. Gutting the rest of the building and leaving just the front. These film scans were taken around 2005. I find it interesting how black and white can extract information from an image, leaving the essentials.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
It's been a shocker recently trying to photograph on the NZ Street. It is always a combo of being too busy, inspiration, or lack of, after many years, and mundane weather. BUT..I came across this image that I never posted. FILM, I have decided IS more delicious than digital..it really really is. Tabitha, in the small city of Avignon, late afternoon.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Marion is from Reunion Island – she is in New Zealand for several months to learn English. I must admit, I had never met anyone from Reunion Island. It is a French speaking country is the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometre southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island.
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French colonizers imported Africans, Chinese, and Indians as workers, and from1690, most of the non-Europeans were enslaved. From what I see in images the island has an incredible natural environment. In fact, Reunion Island has been recongnised by UNESCO as a significant ecological island. There are many ethnicities tat make up the 850,000 odd population.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
If you are wondering what to do this Easter, I recommend going to see Dior and I.
Dior and I goes inside the world of the Christian Dior fashion house. The documentary centres on a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of quietly spoken Belgian Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director. It is a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the pressures of the modern fashion world with echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a great homage to the seamstresses who serve Simon’s vision.
I’ve always been fascinated by Raf, and his vision on fashion. His pick for head of Dior raised eyebrows, many thinking his Belgian minimal approach wouldn’t cut it in his first role at a haute couture brand, especially Christian Dior.
The Director is Frederic Tcheng, who also did the fashion films Diana Vreeland - The eye has to travel, and Valentino, The Last Emperor. I spoke with Tcheng on Sunday Morning Radio NZ National, last year. You can hear it here.