Monthly Archives: June 2009

There is no nicer sound than rain on a metal surface, whether that’s a corrugated iron roof or the off-white painted exterior of a campervan; it’s the same in any language. Rugged up under the covers listening to the rain pelt down on our top-heavy little Britz van (with a missing Z so now it’s the kiwi version of my name) we waited until we could start our journey north to the sandy shores of Lancelin – a sand dune bordered town a couple hundred clicks north of Perth. A simple design flaw of the van being that you had to go outside to get in to the cab to drive anywhere. We did have plans to take Carla, our model, up to the Dunes and do a shoot for a clothing label (Gospel Clothing) but the rain just settled in so we ended up stealthing our way into an…

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As the plane shuddered and slid sideways, I pulled my head upright from the headrest and looked around franticly for my shoes thinking “I’ll need these if we crash”. Then realising we were just landing in Perth I mumbled to myself “Lucky, I don’t have time to die”. Western Australia had never really held much interest for me, but once I visited here earlier this year I fell for it pretty hard. The lonesome landscape, the abundance of earthy colours and ruined buildings that belie the relative youth of this country. There is an old soul here that I have only found in a place like India, a deep sleepy soul that you know rather than feel.  It sees you and sighs. My plan here is to photograph a couple of models for a clothing label with my friend slash Make-Up artist Jaime Leigh and then hit the road for…

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Miss Eva Strangelove, a burlesque dancer from Wellington, joined Jaime Leigh and myself on a shoot in a very cool old apartment building in Cuba St one very rainy weekend. We raided Eva’s wardrobe and Jaime went to work her magic on the hair and make-up. The apartment building had some wonderful art-deco fixtures. After a heartbreaking incident with one of my strobes, we had to get a little creative with the lighting. You can find more info on our portrait packges at www.brettstanleyphoto.com

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