Gliding is an amazing sport and leisure pursuit. There is always so much to learn; especially the wide variety of things you can learn about. Ok, I like to geek out, but you don’t have to. The best memories of gliding I have as a teenager was the late afternoon smooth silky air. The views of long shadow sunsets. Performing a very difficult landing during unexpected rain in my most hated glider: the Blanik (however, a proud moment). Also, the variety of people you meet, who have a wide variety of knowledges, expertise, and personalities.
Above: Wendy in a Melbourne Gliding Club glider (the high performance Duo Discus and DG-1001).
Recently, I got in contact with the Gliding Federation of Australia to see if I could do a shoot or two or more with them. I love flying. I love aeroplanes. I even used to be a member of the air force cadets.
Above: Some photos from when I was a teenager in the 1990’s. Me in the glider I spent the most time in, an IS-28, fling in the Interservice Competition at Leeton in a K7. My favourite glider the K-13. My old learner’s motorbike with the dream glider: the Club Libelle. Photos were taken on film, and photographed from an old album.
As a part of the presentation of photos that I’m building up is the story aspect. I was so lucky to work with the very patient and helpful Iain and Belen of the Melbourne Gliding Club. Special thanks to Sarah of the Gliding Federation of Australia for helping to make these possible. Featured below is Wendy, a great Melbourne-based model.
Above: Preparing for the day. For more information about gliding, please go to these websites:
For the first time since the foundation of Melbourne, and since the last pandemic, will we see the building and rebuilding of the small business sector in Melbourne city. I want to photograph – visually document – this process. This project is the opposite to David H Wells documentary project, Foreclosed Dreams: Foreclosures Across America (2008 to present). In contrast, Resurrecting Dreams will be the visual story of how small business begin, build, and succeed; a positivistic view.
Since Melbourne’s foundation in 1835 to February 2020, businesses have built the city into a vibrant, confident, and wonderful place. Melbourne was home to many amazing cafes, vibrant nightlife, unique fashion stores, fantastic bars, and brilliant sport life and allied health businesses. The coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS CoV2) was persistent and dangerous, which necessitated citywide lockdowns, social isolation, and physical distancing to protect the vulnerable and reduce virus transmission. Consequently, a lot of the small business sector in the CBD was decimated in the eight months of these lockdowns in Melbourne. In November 2020, we achieved zero community transmissions, but at great expense economically, societally, personally, psychologically. As of January 2021, there are a myriad of vacant and available street level business spaces – and opportunities.
I have photographed small businesses in Japan doing their thing. Since I’ve moved back to Australia in 2019, I myself have to rebuild my own photographic business, and I’m learning how to do that for this city. I’m curious about how new small business owners plan, create, build, trade, struggle, and succeed. I want to show the resurrection of the dreams of small business owners and help celebrate their wins. Their wins are the real “trickle down” in the city economy. Their success means employment of many of the city’s people.
How you can help; contact me if…
You’re opening your own business. Let me photograph that process (even if you’re still in the looking-at-real estate options stage)
You know someone starting their own business
You’re a real estate agent for landlord: let me in to photograph the empty space
You want to help fund this project
You what to help exhibit this project (funding or other support needed)
You want to see it published in your outlet (funding needed)
You want to use the photos to tell the story for your brand (funding needed)