I have a studio in the Blue Mountains called Feathermark® where I work on post capture and print all of my photographs. It’s important to me to carry out all of these processes, down to the choice of paper. I print my works on beautiful cotton rag and bamboo fine art papers, or handmade Japanese washi.
In the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects at two National Trust of Australia (NSW) properties, Everglades Historic House & Gardens (Leura) and Retford Park (Bowral). I also belong to a creative group called Artists of the Round Yard based at Retford Park. We exhibit together each year, the next one will be in the spring of 2020.
I also exhibit in local galleries in the mountains, soon at Braemar House Springwood (Feb-Mar 2020 see here!), and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (Portrait Exhibition 2020). I participate annually in Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival in a group show, and held two solos in the festival.
My work… always tread lightly, very lightly
I think about everything I do in my practice and the impact my activities and processes have on the environment, whether in studio or on location. I have a sustainable, carbon neutral practice – I’ve had Feathermark’s footprint measured twice. You can read more about what I do right here.
As a separate initiative, and in addition to the measured footprint, I fund the planting of trees for habitat and carbon sequestration. It’s simply a donation to reforest Australia in a managed, sustainable way. Through Feathermark, I plant a tree for works in exhibition, and one for each photograph that leaves my studio. Since the bushfires, I’ve upped it. It’s an imperative, we’ve lost so much.
Assistant, Office Mate, Aide-de-Camp
Jasper is Feathermark’s loyal Office and Location Assistant.
He is especially valued for his eagerness and [dogged] determination in his pursuit of work-life balance.
This is Jasper watching over my gear at a shoot. An excellent companion.