I get sick of photography.

I get bored with it.

I lose my inspiration. I go cold.

Digital photography leaves me empty.

I go on Ebay to get my inspiration back.

I buy ten dollar 35mm film cameras and rolls of film and I shoot like it was mean’t to be. Raw and natural. A frame at a time. A sniper not a machine gunner.

This is a series of work with an assortment of old film cameras and an assortment of old films. Some long since expired.

Thanks to my model Bec.

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Model: @bec_boshum

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This is my shoot with @maisie.dixon for the “Newbie Series”‘. These are Maisie’s words;

“I am someone with constant confusion over the person I am, who is generally too awkward to speak and someone who can’t seem to let go and live freely.

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I am someone who can be easily motivated and on top of the world one minute, to paralytic in bed for days.

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I am someone who explores cities all over Australia, and someone who sometimes cannot leave the apartment for weeks.

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I am someone who tries and tries to love and accept the body I was given, but I am someone with the mind of the devil which tricks and manipulates my own self to believe I am not worthy.

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I am someone who some would say was the strongest I could possibly be, yet I am also the person to feel so damn weak.

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I am someone with Borderline Personality Disorder and I am someone who will continually try in all my power to learn to love, accept and respect the body I was given.

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This is why I felt the overwhelming desire to collaborate with Duncan. This is the first step on my journey of self-acceptance.”

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Model: @maisie.dixon

So it’s been a big year of shoots with myself and @tullyaldridge.

We have had sets published in magazines and online. Gallery after gallery of great work.

More so though, Tully is a creative spirit who strives to achieve your artistic goals in a shoots…It’s her goal too.

These are her words;

 

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This shoot with Duncan last night has become a baptism of sorts. It was a much needed cleansing, required in the wake of a tumultuous couple of months (or year really) in which the view I had once held of myself – a strong, confident, sexy and carefree rookie in the world of modelling and art, became distorted.

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Both Duncan and I have experienced a lot of negativity from all sides pertaining to the art form that we both feel so passionate about and have chosen to combat it the only way we know how – by shooting yet another flawless set which combines fragility, strength and sex appeal and begs the question to the close-minded among us #whatsgood?

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No matter the reception we receive after this, I will forever look back on this shoot as a fresh turning point for myself and I can confidently say that the carefree, confident and empowered sasscat is back and she’s here to stay.

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Model: @tullyaldridge

“I wont keep breaking my own heart, and neither will you.”

Caitlin’s story;

“Deep down I know better. which is why i wanna rip my heart right out of my chest sometimes.

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I keep giving love to people who have no idea how to love me back. while i’m still struggling to figure out how to love myself.

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A vicious cycle of beating myself up over things that weren’t my fault. things that couldn’t be controlled. over people who couldn’t see ‘me’.

People who didn’t care to figure me out. figure out how to love me. people who just couldn’t be bothered and use me as a convenience, no thought of commitment.

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I’m tired and i’m moving on from the naive person I was. Each day trying little by little to listen to myself and teach me how to love me, fully and unconditionally… because that’s all the love i really need.

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I wont keep breaking my own heart, and neither will you.

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It’s strange being brought into a world and put into a body that neither of which you’re comfortable in. i didn’t choose any of it. it just happened, and here i am, not really sure what do with all I’ve been given in this lifetime. Do you ever think about that? its hard not to stop and think about the bigger picture. so many people are tied up in distractions, like robots, going through the motions day by day.

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Are you really doing what makes you happy? are you living out your dreams, or just doing what is expected of you?

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Society today makes it so hard for man to be authentic.Lack of authenticity leads to lack of understanding oneself.Lack of understanding leads to the inability to truly give and receive love,and at the end of the day love is what makes the world go round.”

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This is my shoot with Cindy. She hasn’t done a shoot before and I know she procrastinated for a long time before doing it. I think the photographs speak for how well she did.

Duncan

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Journey of self discovery 2016.
Anxiety, fear, self doubt and potential criticism has played an astronomical part in the sheltered life I have lived.
Hitting rock bottom in November of 2015 was the turning point in the journey of my self discovery. I was definitely my own worst enemy. 

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Choosing to seek help, repair and heel old wounds has led me to embrace, enjoy and celebrate life in its entirety instead of hiding away in the comfort and security of my own home.

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This year I have aimed to be my own best friend, accepting and loving all of me. So the time has come in being more vulnerable to my truth, my honesty, my passions, my desires, to being open and challenging myself.

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Most of all, taking notice of what inspires me, what captivates me and what excites me to core of my soul.

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I fell in love with Duncan’s nude art photography which had captivated and inspired me from the moment I stumbled across it, however denying myself the opportunity for allowing self doubt to creep back in.

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The day of my photoshoot I was quiet at work so I jumped on line and the first news on my news feed was Duncan’s Newbie Photoshoot call out.

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With no excuses left and my self worth growing by the day, I applied immediately and was in front of the camera that afternoon.

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That being said, upon meeting Duncan I felt an immediate feeling of relief, relaxed, comfortable and at ease which made it very easy to put my trust and faith in him. ( I made her say this…hahaha .Duncan )

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Throughout the photoshoot I had no anxiety, no fears, no self doubt and not a care in the world. I was simply in the moment, having the time of my life, being me.

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At the end of the photoshoot I was on an immediate high, hyperactive and so glad I took the leap of faith.

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Thank you so much Duncan for the experience, for being apart of my journey and for the following words I write.

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I finally feel as free as a bird with the feeling of ‘I can do anything if I put my heart and soul into it whilst having fun doing it’.

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I know now without doubt I am going to live, love and celebrate every single moment in life to its fullest.

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The premise of the “Newbie Series” is the belief that I can get great photos out of anyone.

it’s not arrogance, its self-confidence.

 

The people in this series are beautiful, but they are not experienced in front a camera. It’s a foreign and awkward situation. Magnified by the anxious nervousness of apprehension and the unknown. Expectations and unanswered questions.

 

It’s not about the camera, or the lens, or the location…. it’s about a connection you can get with a subject. I firmly believe that. That connection can be dynamic, but transient….a moment is all you need. A moment is beautiful.

 

If you can make someone feel relaxed, be themselves, then you can get a photo.

A trained chimp could get a photo if he can make the subject laugh or relaxed.

Every person I photograph is unique and interesting and beautiful. Some more than others….

but when im taking that photo, they are the most important person in my world for that moment.

 

So here I am. Here you are…Welcome to my world….if only for a moment.THAT moment.

 

Let’s begin….

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Allanna’s story

 

This is what I’ve got.
Honest opinions.
Only I’ve always believed in art and the beauty of the human body and when you find someone who captures it so perfectly it’s hard to not want to be part of it…

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As a media production student my comfort zone is behind the camera, but what is life without some risks and actually believing in yourself.

I’m doing this for me, for a new experience, a new perspective, and a new confidence.

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Working up the courage to do this shoot has been a journey in itself, but once you stop caring about whether other people will think you’re good enough you realize you are your own person and no one’s thoughts or comments will change who you are.

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Every body is unique and beautiful and to help show that, I’m doing this shoot, and hopefully people will see the beauty in these images and appreciate the art as much as I do.

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I’m not a model, I’m just an awkward girl trying to live life to the fullest.

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