My third trip to Japan in May wasn’t really a photography trip, but I did manage to spend some time making photographs of some people.
After a few days in the dunes, we travelled to Sesfontein for a couple of days visiting and photographing in two Himba villages in the area.
Himba are pastoralists with the men primarily taking care of the livestock while the women remain behind and undertake the bulk of the work in their small villages, including cooking, collecting water and firewood, looking after the children and maintaining the village.
The women wear traditional dress, and cover themselves in ochre. Different hairstyles represent varying stages of life or marital status.
Most of these portraits were made inside the small mud huts which the women are kind enough to let us into. Inside the huts is quite dark, with the only light source coming from the natural light through the small door.
A few months ago, Shaun and Susan got in touch looking for someone to shoot their wedding. Except it wasn't really going to be a wedding. More a party at the Regatta Hotel, during which they would get married.
They didn't want the whole wedding package - formal bridal photos and all the trimmings. Their friends and family are most important, so they were after coverage that focussed on the people at the "non-wedding wedding" having fun, having conversations and celebrating the day.
A little over a week ago, my phone rang. There was a lot of noise in the background, and the caller explained that she was in a beer warehouse. "There are worse places to be", I thought.
"What are you up to next week?", she asked.
Luckily, I was free all week, so was brought on to cover the Australian Craft Beer Industry Association's annual conference and awards, which were in Brisbane for the first time. It was a really busy week, with long days and late nights, with quick turnaround of photographs for social media use by the event's PR team from Red Stockholm.
As well as travelling around the place and getting up early in the morning to cover events for Supersport Images, I've also recently photographed a couple of events in Brisbane for CEDA - the Committee For Economic Development of Australia. First was an event on investment and competitiveness in the agribusiness sector, and the second was all about Queensland's future energy policy.
As is my preference for these type of events, my focus is always on capturing candid moments and connections between attendees, rather interrupting conversations for awkward, posed 'social' shots.