It has been a busy year. It was my final year at the photographic course at RMIT. It was also a lot of fun and I met so many new lovely people this year, stylists, hair-stylists, photographers, make-up artists, artists and models.

I had my first show of the year in July and exhibited an underwater series – Let It Fall that I photographed back in Sweden last Christmas. It didn’t quite make it to the final in Projections, but was given a highly commended in the art category.

Let it Fall XII

The second show, the graduation show at Eckersley’s Gallery in November was intended to be the last show, but then there was Hogan Gallery this month. It was kind of unexpected but I was happy to be a finalist in portrait in Edge Photo Imaging Awards.

This series was one of the beauty shoots I enjoyed the most this year.

In June I went up to Sydney and the APPA Awards. It is the highlight of photographic events of the year and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) arranged seminars, cocktail parties and award dinners. It was so much fun and I was very happy for my 2 silvers in portraiture.



The top photo was part of a photojournalist series I did of a contemporary dancer. I got to hang out in the dance studios every week and I absolutely loved it.

I also got a new website.

I look forward to 2010 and there will be a lot of changes in my life next year. Enjoy the last hours of 2009 and see you in 2010. Happy New Year!


Finalist in The Edge

I was just told that I am a finalist in the Edge Photo Imaging Excellence Awards 2009.

It is a portrait of stand up comedian Magesh, also well-known Australian drummer.

The images will be on display and the category winners will be announced tomorrow at the awards night (Tuesday 15 Dec), at The Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith Street, Collingwood. The function starts at 7 pm.




It is summer in Australia, but today I felt like doing some high key winter photos.(self portraits)


RMIT Graduation Show - Applied Photography

Look right through me

I have finished all my classes and assessments at RMIT and just waiting for my diploma to arrive in the mail.

The graduation exhibition will open Wednesday 25 November at Eckersley's Gallery, 97 Franklin St, Melbourne.

Welcome to the show if you are in Melbourne.


Exhibition dates 25 Nov - 6 Dec

Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
Sat: 11am-5pm
Sun: 12am-4pm


Liam McIntyre


Liam McIntyre, actor

He is currently seen on TV and primarily working as an actor, but he occasionally models too. I photographed him a couple of months ago in a film noir series. He is in Hollywood at the moment.

Related posts with Liam

I am Spartacus
When you walk away



Loren Chambers
Paige Lee
Tori Bellentina
Sue Zhang

Make-up artist: Lysha Maree

Hairstylist: Markis Weis


Alpha 60

You have certain fashion stores you just love and Alpha 60 is one of them, with shops in Sydney and Melbourne. I had a portrait assignment at RMIT and contacted the Melbourne based design duo Georgie and Alex Cleary at Alpha 60.

I went to the design studio with my assistant to do a location portrait and we started to set up lights. Alex grabbed a shirt from one of the many hangers in the studio and came back a couple of minutes later with the new shirt on. I wish I could do the same.

Alpha 60

Georgie and Alex Cleary, Alpha 60

Photoassistant: John Szatkowski


La vie en rose

Candice Canon and Robbie Yates

Photoassistant: Suzy Barraclough


Gallery review - Let It Fall

An art student at the university contacted me and asked if he could interview me. He, Mitchell, needed to write a review of an exhibited set of works currently on and he told me that he liked to write about mine. And he did:

What is the purpose of photography? Are photographs merely two dimensional reference materials from which we identify people, objects and places of the past – tools that tell us details of our world indifferent to human sentimentality? Or do they posses within themselves individual interpretations? Can they offer us more? Can they disarm our sensory control and ignite within us feelings that challenge our rational thought and grant us the kind of experiences often submerged under the silence of dreaming?

These are some of the questions that you may find yourself thinking after viewing Melbourne based Photographer Annevi Petersson's series Let it Fall, currently on exhibition at The Brunswick Street Gallery.

The twelve photos are hypnotic, involving the expressions of movement detained underwater, elegantly captured using only muted blue colours. They are haunting and dramatic without being overdone and mysterious in the way each shot has been captured without being overbearing. They are all simply numbered and are hung in a grid formation rather than side by side, which surprisingly works well without making them seem too cluttered. Although this is the case, sadly the space given to this series isn't near enough; each individual image could easily command an entire wall, more likely giving the viewer an even better appreciation of each.

Photographs like 8 and 12 cleverly use illusion which completely de-rails the viewer’s sense of distinction between underwater and the surface. Annevi has also very effectively hidden the features of the face so as not to distract from the complete composition, where in some, the difference between the reflection and the actual body become less identifiable. The narrative by Annevi, written on the plaque next to the photographs is simple yet powerful, acting almost as a meditation, guiding the senses to fully absorb the almost overwhelming experience silently pulsating within each photograph.

Annevi's ideas and technique with this type of photography is certainly unique and while there are no obvious influences for the Let it Fall series, some links may be seen in the underwater work of contemporary artists like Narelle Autio and Trent Parke. Annevi said she was interested in the dying Ophelia mythology, with the Let it Fall series exploring instead the idea of Ophelia fighting and choosing to live. While some may see the photographs as being too dark, Annevi sees them as being the complete opposite saying the series is a journey "from the darkness, stillness and despair, to the fight, attitude and courage to live and also the joy of life".

Annevi has said of her work that she doesn't "like to tell what the reader or audience is suppose to feel; I think that is very much to insult the reader. What I hope to do is to create a mood, a feeling that stays with them that they can reflect upon.” This is a real strength, especially for works like Let it Fall, because you do not necessarily need to understand the metaphoric, mythical or even existential overtones in order to enjoy the simple beauty of each photograph. Good advice would be to first read the narrative, then allow yourself to be absorbed by the pictures, to feel weightless with them and in that moment, leave the world behind.

Thank you Mitchell! (published with consent)

I have previous published the exhibited body of work here.



RMIT Applied Photography, used a couple of my fashion photos to showcase the program I am enrolled in. It is my final semester and I look forward to the graduation show at the end of year.




Ben Abraham

Ben Abraham is a Melbourne based singer and songwriter, known from Australian Idol and music scenes around the city. He is also a good friend and we have photographed a couple of times.

You can listen to his music here.


Final week

Let It Fall - Exhibition 2009

It's the final week of the exhibition and my underwaterseries will be shown till Wednesday 12 August at Brunswick Street Gallery, 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The Gallery is open Wed-Sun 11-6pm.



I will be exhibiting later this month in Melbourne and you are welcome to the gallery opening Friday 31 July 6pm at Brunswick Street Gallery.

Hope to see you there!




One happy girl

I'm in Sydney for the Australian Professional Photography Awards. I won two silvers yesterday for the following images. Now it is just the cocktail parties and award dinner left.



Fox Klein

I met stand-up comedian Fox Klein for the first time at charming Misty bar a couple of years ago when he did his solo show during the Comedy Festival.

This year all his shows sold out instantly at the Comedy Festival. He signed a contract with an American production company and will be moving to Beverly Hills next month.


Croft Institute

It is Saturday night in Melbourne. The bars in Melbourne are often found at the end of a dark and obscure alleyway. The Croft Institute in China Town is no exception.



And the bathroom.




Phil always asked me if I could photograph him. I never did until the last rehearsal. He smiled when I gave him this.



Australia’s best

I went to the galley opening to the portrait show Head On at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington. I think the show has outgrown its venue; everybody was there, well except the winners. The standard of work was sensational and well worth a look.

Another inspiring photography exhibition is the Moran Prizes at State Library.

But the show I enjoyed the most was Narelle Autio’s The Summer of Us at Stills Gallery. I have admired her underwater work for a long time and the new show is full of humour and life. Narelle exhibited for the first time at Stills Gallery in 2001 together with her husband, Trent Parke (Australia’s only Magnum photographer) in the show The Seventh Wave. I love the existentialistic feel of the photos, classic really. I was fortunate to meet both of them, so talented and friendly people.


Projections 09

Projections is a photographic competition that showcases the work of emerging photographers in Australia. My underwater series (below) is featured in the video.

Update: My underwater series was judged highly commended in the art category.


Rhythm of Dreams


This is my first photoblog, although it is not my first blog. I study commercial photography in Melbourne and I am currently doing my last year. I have worked in advertising in Stockholm and as a language teacher in a French university. So here I am, at the end of my photography course trying to put it all together.