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What’s Hidden? Assignment Proposal

What’s Hidden? A very good question.

Many people incorrectly place a negative stigma upon spear-fishers, however I intend to create a piece whereby these silhouettes are given a name, a face. A story. I intend to discuss the relationship each “spearo” has with the ocean – the respect, love and commitment – and reduce the negativity associated with such a sport. Having recently diversified into loving this sport, many friends have now taken up spearing, and the excitement they show when sharing their latest dive is infectious and some of their catches are rather impressive!

"Blue Sights" - Nautilus Spearfishing

“Blue Sights” – Nautilus Spearfishing

Similar to this photograph from Nautilus Spearfishing, i hope to capture the eerie serenity attached to underwater adventures – the blissful silence, stillness of the diver, yet movement and life all around. It will hopefully include a variety of shots of the divers themselves, the point-of-view aspect from the divers, and scenes of the aquatic life they dive amongst. I shall be including sounds captured when out diving, along with the “chilled-out” music synonymous with beach vibes in the pre- and post-ludes. The key characters will include my friends who go out spearfishing, discussing what they love about it and everything else they associate with the sport, along with possibly the view of a traditional rod-and-reel fisherman sharing his views on the sport.


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Mega-Stories: Nature adds perspective

“A Game of Shark and Minnow” just sounds like a great article straight off the bat. And whilst it turned out to be about geopolitical tension, it lived up to its bold title. Staring at the sidebar upon opening the article, I vowed to read enough to establish the fulcrum of the article and proceed no further, yet I have found myself intrigued enough to have plowed through two thirds of this behemoth. And for a university student to complete so much of a reading, that deserves a Nobel Prize for ongoing commitment to the field of study.

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Snapping fingers snapping photos

Landscape photography naturally lends itself to my taste in exploring creation and all the marvelous sights many city-dwellers may never experience. I personally believe the beauty conveyed in capturing the essence of the natural world seems to evoke a greater sense of the surreal than those of concrete-jungles or portraits, even though they may not be able to provide the same connection to a viewer whom has never visited that particular place. I often find myself wondering how people come across places like these, however having investigated the true extent of some photographer’s portfolios, these shots are too consistent to be accidents.

The unique aspect taken by Jeff Grant in utilising the square-ratio brings an alternate thought upon traditional and conventional rectangular images, and his use of helicopter-taken images facing directly down upon the forms also adds to the unusual yet intriguing aspect of his work.

"Delta Study 9" - Jeff Grant

“Delta Study 9” – Jeff Grant

Perhaps a more conventional photographer who adheres to the landscape aspect of pieces, Ken Duncan has been a name synonymous with photography in Australia for decades, and his published works are often collected due to the preceding reputation of a seemingly eternal talent. Having partially been the inspiration for my brother to begin his own amateur photography business, I have been subjected to a lot of Ken’s works, and their consistency of strong colours and simple transfers between subjects – ie landscape-seascape crossovers – makes following his pieces an enjoyable experience.

"Mount of Beatitudes" - Ken Duncan

“Mount of Beatitudes” – Ken Duncan

Finally, Matt Lauder provides a vast diversity to his portfolio, touching upon Cityscapes, Landscapes, Ariel and Surf photography over his time. As mentioned previously, exploring the places some may never reach is a section of photography in which I enjoy dabbling, and surf photography delves into this through the famed “green rooms”, otherwise known as barrels, the grand prize, and as a surf-lover, this image is still yet to connect to a personal experience, whilst simultaneously turning envy into motivation to go out and “get pitted”.

"Morning Curls - Just Waves" - Matt Lauder

“Morning Curls – Just Waves” – Matt Lauder

The portfolios for all mentioned photographers may be found below.

Jeff Grant –

Matt Lauder –

Ken Duncan –