Schoolies || Byron Bay NSW

After lockdowns, remote learning and pared-back formals one time-worn year twelve tradition held strong. This weekend the Class of 2020 flocked to seaside towns for NSW’s week of schoolies photographed for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Stephanie & Matt || Alstonvale NSW

Steph and Matt get hitched on a beautiful, rainy day in Alstonvale in the Northern Rivers in front of a small group family and friends and many more via zoom. Steph is the calmest, coolest bride I’ve seen yet. Two beautiful people with gorgeous friends and family to share their day with. Such a joy.

Alistair Larmour || News Corp

Alistair Larmour spent two years in Bali’s Rutan Gianyar jail for his son’s abduction. Photographed on his macadamia farm in Main Arm, Northern NSW for News Corp.

Jade & Jake || Harvest Newrybar

The ever delightful Jade and Jake get married at Harvest Newyrbar in the Northern Rivers. After having to postpone their wedding due to Covid in May these insanely beautiful people get hitched in October in front of small group of their closest friends and family. I can not tell you how much I LOVED documenting their day. 

Lindy Lee || SMH

Australian artist Lindy Lee at her studio with assistants Demian Burman, Zoe Wesolowski-Fisher and Angelika Stepanova in Coorabell, Northern NSW, in the Byron Bay hinterland. Photographed for the cover of Spectrum Magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Still Life In Lockdown || Darwin Festival NT

When COVID-19 restrictions suddenly came into effect in March, Helen Orr and I found ourselves immediately without work and, like many others, staring down the barrel of a grim looking 2020.

Over three months capturing Still Life in Lockdown we saw many moments of inspiration and community spirit as people creatively adapted their businesses to keep their doors open and sporting groups, clubs and classes went online to stay connected with their communities. 

From different parts of the country (myself in Lismore and Hels in Darwin) we captured the lives of people living through this pandemic in self-isolation or under COVID-19 restrictions – from a safe 1.5m distance! Still Life in Lockdown features strangers, friends, neighbours and businesses in everyday moments documenting this difficult and strange time in history through the lens of hope and humanity. We were so excited to have the work shown as part of the Darwin Festival  on Larrakia land this year, I think it must have been the only festival in the whole of the country to go ahead.

Darwin Festival || Northern Territory

Darwin Festival 2020!! I can’t believe we made it to Darwin this year to photograph the beautiful festival. After cancelled flights, re-booked fights, border closures, travel restrictions, masks and the stress as to whether or not we were making the right decision to travel during the middle of Covid-19, we safely made it to my old hometown. Darwin Festival you never disappoint and I think you must have been the only festival in the whole of the world during August 2020.

Road Trauma II SMH

Michelle Underhill and her daughter Elaina, who was seriously injured in a head-on collision that killed her older sister Elle.

Michelle Underhill at the roadside memorial where her daughter, Elle, 4, was killed in a head-on crash near Casino in December 2015 for the Sydney Morning Herald.

NSW QLD Border || SMH

Changing rules at state borders have left travellers and workers battling to navigate new permits and isolation requirements. Photographed for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Grey Nomads || SMH

Grey nomads Dorelle ‘Dee’ and Ian Dunn from Albion Park Rail in NSW are stuck in Ballina in far northern NSW waiting for the Queensland border to open so they can continue their annual migration north to escape the chill of the southern winter. Photographed for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gai Taylor || SMH

Gai Taylor at home in Lismore, the daughter of captain P.G. Taylor, who made a historic Pacific crossing says the Catalina, part of Australia’s aviation history, should be protected. The daughter of the famous aviator who made an epic flight from Sydney to Chile in a Catalina aircraft hanging in the Powerhouse Museum fears it will be irreparably damaged by the institution’s relocation to Parramatta. Photographed for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Bushfires || Lismore NSW

We’ve been inside for days, the smoke is so thick and the house smells like a bush fire even with everything locked up. I can’t imagine what those are going through that are close to the fires. It feels like the apocalypse. How hot is the planet going to be when my little one is my age? I can’t even imagine. And why is our government not doing more? 

Professional Bull Riding || Grafton NSW

The PBR in Grafton was the first one I’d photographed in a year. I drove from Lismore through the bush fire smoke and when I got to Grafton it was blowing an absolute dusty gale. It’s sad that the fires skies are some of the best lit skies.

Dark Mofo || Hobart TAS

We took lil’ Emmylou on her first trip down to freezing cold Hobart, Tasmania for Dark Mofo for her papa’s bday. I bloody love Tasmania!! I ate a tonne of pastry from Pigeon Whole. I’ll dream of their chocolate croissants until we go back again. The Dirty Three played and were fucking incredible although Warren’s gentle distortion put Emmylou to sleep. 

Bun in the oven || Lismore NSW

I spent most of the year being pregnant with our daughter. I really don’t like having my photo taken and the thought of taking a self portrait made me cringe but I remember seeing the photos of my own mum pregnant and loved looking those old pictures! Especially old film photos. I want Emmylou to see herself being baked in the oven and remember for myself that I used to have perky boobs. Some of these are shot with 35mm colour film and the others are with digital. I made it a point to not take any photos of myself with an iPhone during his time, mostly because I look like an absolute tool when I try taking a selfie.

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