Scoot Airlines recently needed photographs of the Gold Coast and since I moved here in October and have shot for them before in Beijing and Tianjin, I got the call-up.
The brief was to shoot a feature for their in-flight magazine, which aimed to dispel the Gold Coast’s reputation as a wasteland of cafe culture. Sydney and particularly Melbourne, have very vibrant cafe cultures and tired of weathering judgement and assumption, Queenslanders are finally rising and proclaiming “We’re tired of being latte losers! I’ve just smashed 3 long blacks and I’m angry”! And so has begun a growing collection of groovy cafes around the Gold Coast, to satisfy even interstate and international coffee snobs. For Gold Coast locals, the scene has never bean brighter.
* Paul Williams issues no apologies for the above pun.
I really enjoyed photographing the various venues and chatting with the friendly owners. As a photographer, I’ve come to rely on caffeine as a post-production partner, so it was great to find out where I can get a good coffee on the Gold Coast and shoot some nice images for an old client and new contacts. You can check out the Scoot magazine feature right here.
There is sometimes a belief that farming photography in Australia is necessarily dull, due to the industrial subjects and rural locations being photographed. Recently I was asked to photograph a robotic dairy farmer in Queensland, for client Bauer Trader Media. Excited at the prospect of futuristic cow-droids with laser teats that this subject matter conjured for me, I accepted the brief. I was also excited by the challenge of getting some striking images from a subject that many may be tempted to shoot without much thought for art direction.
Rising at shit-o-clock for sunrise over the escarpment was well worth it, to catch that magic hour and get some beautiful landscape photography of a cloak of frost rising from the valley floor.
After briefly becoming the only man in history to be bullied by a cow, I was greeted by Farmer Greg, who was very welcoming and enthusiastic to see the “National Geo-style” shots that I’d taken (thanks, Greg)!
You can read all about Greg’s state-of-the-art robotic dairy farm here and if you are in the Gold Coast or Brisbane region, drop by for a guided tour. It’s an awesome way to spend a morning. Enjoy the shots – I hope they make you see farming, rural and industrial photography in a more interesting light than you’re used toâ€¦
Here are the results of a food shoot, taken a week ago for another new client on the Gold Coast.
The brief called for vibrant, descriptive shots of their delicious slices and bread loaves – and I’m happy to say that the clients are ecstatic with all 70 shots.
Mena Delights use quality natural ingredients in their gluten-free products, so I decided to photograph them using natural props such as lightly-oiled slate stone, native timber and hessian. These surface textures beautifully complement the textures of the food, caught the play of light that was crafted and when coupled with the talented presentation of Chef Eric, produced these excellent results.
And yes, I ate virtually everything as it came off the product table – and it was awesome! Food photography has it’s benefits!