I have the worst memory known to man.
Which is why photography is the perfect profession for me, simply for the fact that it’s essentially my job to ruthlessly document everything I do, everywhere I go. I can’t remember what I did two minutes ago, let alone a year back.
So here’s to remembering a hectic 12 months on the road across 2015.
21 countries, 56 cities, 100 flights…. it’s been a wild one. Here’s those 52 weeks in 52 photos
- A new year, a new city. Kicking off 2016 in Malindi, on the east coast of Africa.
2. Shooting Hannah and Will’s wedding in Kenya. Casual zebras in the background.
3. Touring Australia’s most beautiful venues with this big boy – Passenger.
4. Finding a moment of serenity with Wafia amidst the madness of the Obliteration room at GOMA.
5. Crossing the Tasman for the first time and finding little gems like this. Love a good hedge. And then we made this!
6. Shooting this mega talent Meg Mac in Melbourne. She kinda blew up this year, proud of you Meg!
7. Shooting the mermaids of Fringeworld.
8. Before jetting off to explore Tasmania’s ancient caves, cliff faces and breathtaking night skies.
9. Returning home to shoot the spectacle of The Giants at the opening of the Perth International Arts Festival.
11. Came home to meet another legend – my long lost brother… Von Wong.
12. I don’t often shoot fashion but who can turn down a bikini shoot with former Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris?
13. Or a sunrise rooftop session at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.
14. Sculpture by the Sea – one of my favourite campaigns to shoot each year – we’ve been working together since 2012.
16. As well as this guy, Max Veenhuyzen, who held up a metallic object in the middle of a lightning storm for this epic shot! “Say, are iPhones good lightning conductors? Asking for a friend.”
17. And it’s not a visit to Broome without heading to Cable Beach for sunset. (One day I’ll actually ride the camels).
18. The big one! Spending a week in Tropical North Queensland shooting a short vignette celebrating Indigenous culture. Our film ended up winning a $20,000 prize package from Qantas, and was broadcast on national television. A huge honour. You can check out the clip here!
19. A blissful week in Bali with the Miss Universe WA Finalists. Someone’s gotta do it…
20. Raising $10,000 in 24 hours for the Nepal Earthquake Red Cross Appeal by completing some crazy challenges…. like getting a selfie this this little guy on Rottnest Island. Check out the entire crazy ordeal here!
21. Although arguably the best thing to come out of the whole project was getting my nude picture in the local paper.
22. My Melbourne mate Jackson Loria sent me a text saying that it was snowing in Victoria. Nek minnit… I’m on a plane.
23. But this time I was able to bring my lovely Bec (@thehatchling) on a trip with me for the first time!
24. Whereby I coaxed her into walking up fifty flights of stairs to get this view with our new mate Connor Vaughan.
25. And upon returning home realised my hair was getting a bit long and booked in haircut with the one and only Taku. Not really. If I ever get my hair cut it will be on top of a mountain, in blizzard storm, with a samurai sword… or equivalent epicness (Taku you are still invited).
26. A quick trip to London to shoot my main man Passenger supporting Ed Sheeran at Wembley frickin’ Stadium! This was an unbelievably cool moment and I couldn’t be prouder of Mike. I’ve watched him play to a dozen people in a manky pub four years ago…. and now this. Incredible.
27. People don’t realise this but tour life is freakin’ exhausting. You gotta squeeze in those naps whenever you can. These abandoned castle ruins in Southern Germany seemed like a good spot.
28. I really do get to see some beautiful places in the name of work…
29. I do, however, often find myself in incredible photogenic locations…. alone. Which doesn’t matter too much as I just take creepy photos of strangers instead.
30. Trying to juggle campaigns, schedules, timings nearly made my brain explode this year. But it was worth the trouble! I received an invitation to attend the Converse launch of the Chuck II in….. Shanghai!?! There was no way I’d be turning that one down, so found a way to find a few days off in the middle of the Passenger European tour. From Switzerland to Berlin to Moscow to Shanghai to London. Such an epic, random trip!
31. Now this one was a challenge and half. What may seem like a simple image, in reality involved a whirlwind visit to Oxfordshire to meet up with the incredibly talented Bella Kotak, recruiting Natasa Leoni and Lewis Watson as flour girls and running around a secret forest.
32. It doesn’t end there. The image needed to be turned into a window installation in Perth. One catch. I was in the middle of a European tour with Passenger. Somehow with a bunch of friends and a bunch of Skype calls, we made this! Team work makes the dream work, eh Butcher, Baker Stylist?!
33. I was invited to trial the new Panasonic Lumix on a campaign in Bangkok. Unfortunately, the trip coincided with the tragic bombings in Thailand and it was a little too unpredictable to make it over. Instead, I gave the camera a road-test in The Langham’s magical spa.
34. And then I found myself on the other side of the lens for once. James Simmons and VAM media filmed a short documentary on what it takes to be a music photographer. You can find it streaming on ABC iView here for a limited time!
35. Flying high over Rottnest Island for an upcoming collaboration with local artist Amok Island.
36. And hanging out with all the cool kids for a social media campaign in Armadale.
37. From #TheDale to the Northern Lights in Iceland. An unforgettable night, witnessing the aurora for the first time.
39. From Iceland to Paris, to shoot the wedding of these two darlings, Stephanie and Ollie. Lighting options at the Eiffel were surprisingly limited so we improvised…
40. From France to Dubai. Dangling my feet from the 125th floor of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The image feels significantly less hardcore when I tell you that I was behind glass the entire time. Getting my legs under the gap though was a whole other ordeal…
41. Desert sunsets with some of the best people I know.
42. Then in complete contrast – we traded in the Middle East for Middle Earth. If you look really closely, you might be able to see Lauren Bath and Jewelszee huddled up in the glass pod while I took this shot. The southern lights even came out to play!
43. Back home just in time to capture this dreamy moment with Stephanie and Peter.
44. What a delightfully inconvenient place for a picnic with Tara Milk Tea.
47. And then we found this magical flame tree in Darwin.
48. Back on the road for another lap around Australia, this time with Passenger, Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and Foy Vance.
49. A last minute (I’m talking a 4pm Friday afternoon phone call here) chopper ride thanks to Tourism Tasmania to gather some aerial footage for this video.
50. This view will never get old. A sea of dancing lights during the A Team. Ed Sheeran you are legend!
51. The tour ended in New Zealand although I made sure to save a few days exploring Middle Earth with @thehatchling. Just a casual visit to Bag End…
52. Smashing the bucket list on the home stretch of 2015. Glow worm caves!
52. Finally taking a moment to reflect on the year behind. Just joking. I was more concerned with a futile defence against the mosquitos, and not falling off the swing due to sleep deprivation at 3am. That’s #InstagramLyf for ya.
2015, it’s been real.