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Mood Eyes

When Karin gets to photograph musicians, Karin is very happy :)

My latest music photo project has been for singer/songwriter/producer/teacher/friend James O'Brien, known as Darling James, and his forthcoming EP Mood Eyes. James and I spent a day in studio to create the above album artwork for the EP, as well as a couple of updated portraits of the fellow:

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Now we definitely didn't do it all ourselves. Set design was absolutely nailed by the very talented Zoe Rouse (who doubled as an assistant), and James' gravity defying hair was styled by Harriet O'Donnell. This was shot at Clik Collective in Kensington, my go-to studio these days.

Darling James and his four piece band are heading on an east coast tour in August, so if you like intelligent songwriting, high-key pop and synth-y goodness, check out the tour dates over on his Facebook page or give the band a listen on his Soundcloud if you're stuck on the west coast.

(Seriously though, go see this band if you can.)

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FoWo Fam

There is a little bar in Collingwood called Forgotten Worlds. Well, there WAS.

My friends Graeme and May opened the place in an old pawn shop three years ago after designing and building it from scratch and filling it with arcade machines. My partner Jason and I helped to build the exterior of the log cabin toilets in the courtyard right before I disappeared into central Queensland for 2 months.

It didn't take long for Forgotten Worlds to amass a loyal group of regulars and create a buzzing social hub for gamers, music nerds, artists and bar flies, who affectionately nicknamed the place "FoWo." After deciding that they'd done what they set out to do, May and Graeme sold the business in December. It is a major understatement to say that Forgotten Worlds has been a big part of my life for the past three years, and it was an honour to be able to occupy the walls for their very last art exhibition with a portrait series I'd been working on, entitled "FoWo Fam." 

Forgotten Worlds has also been a big part of the lives of each and every person I included in this series. Apart from Graeme and May, these people were strangers to me three years ago, and now I consider all of them to be my friends. 

To make this portrait series, I insisted on spending time with and photographing my subjects somewhere other than Forgotten Worlds. I knew these people from Forgotten Worlds, I saw these people almost solely at Forgotten Worlds, and I wanted to get to know all of them outside of Forgotten Worlds. Where else do they spend their time? What else do they do in their lives? 

This has all been such an experience. I found myself in places I didn’t expect, with people I knew on such a base level, learning things and growing friendships. I’m grateful to everyone who allowed me to photograph them and invade their lives, but most of all I’m grateful to Graeme and May for being the glue that holds all of us together. This portrait series really is a tribute to you two.

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DJ Sizzle

I met Jason Holmes, AKA DJ Sizzle, a few months ago through some mutual friends. He's been making the rounds in Melbourne's club scene for years now, and is the personal Australian tour DJ for the likes of Seth Sentry, Mantra and Akil the MC of Jurassic 5, among others. Let's just say the guy's done pretty well for himself.

We started hanging out a lot back in July, and one day after we had gone for lunch I asked if I could take some photos of him, because I had my camera with me. We were standing on Napier Street, and when he mentioned that it's his favourite street in Fitzroy I decided it was the perfect location.

I was so happy with the results straight out of my camera. I was carrying only one lens with me that day, my beautifully soft 50mm f/1.4 lens, and the overcast day made for some great, even lighting. However, I'm a big fan of utilizing black and white for portraits of men, and when I showed him the two versions he decided he liked the black and white version better.

Here are two different versions of our favourite shot from the day. You can check DJ Sizzle out on Facebook, or catch him on the Vacation Tour with Seth Sentry all across Australia now through September 29th.

 

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