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Lost Nomad | RE-VOLITION

May 1st, 2016

A few weeks ago Ralf and I spent the afternoon with my dear friend and Sydney based Artist Gawaa, creating archival photographs of his work for the Newtown ArtSeat. We also captured reproductions for the May edition of Art Almanac and promotional images for his solo exhibition RE-VOLITION, opening next week.

A comment was made on facebook yesterday about about Gawaa’s Newtown Art Seat installation which caught my eye:

“Stopped by last night and had a good time viewing this. I loved the actual brush work on canvas instead of printed on paper. So powerful”

Why am I so excited about this comment? The artwork comprises of photographs and prints of Gawaa’s paintings. Our aim was to seamlessly represent his work as it should be seen in its original form. It just goes to show the importance of getting professionals to accurately document artwork for reproduction!

A decade after leaving the Mongolian desert home where timeless nomadic traditions defined by connection to earth and family were his touchstone, Sydney artist Ganbold Gawaa Lundaa’s vision remains firmly rooted in the many complex cultural collisions he’s experienced since plunging head first into Sydney’s urban concrete jungle. Lundaa’s upcoming exhibition RE-VOLITION opens 5 May at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, promising a pop art infused meditation on the complex nexus between Gen Wi Fi’s high tech hipster sensibility and those more arcane cultural traditions which forged his own creative and socio political vision.

RE-VOLITION runs 5 – 15 May at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, 2 Pidcock St, Camperdown NSW.

See you at Gawaa’s show!





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It’s a little late but … MERRY XMAS!

December 29th, 2015

This photo session was based on all the awkward Christmas photos travelling around cyberspace right at this very moment…





























Surry Hills Festival

October 8th, 2015

Meanwhile… earlier this month

The rain held off long enough to give Sydney a great day for the Surry Hills Festival.

It was hectic as there was so much going on but I loved every minute of it!

















































































The Olive Cotton Award

September 1st, 2015

A few weeks ago I attended the exhibition opening of the Olive Cotton award for Photographic Portraiture. Ralf and I decided to go, mainly because my family are originally from Murwillumbah – where the exhibition is held and also, I was a finalist!

It turned out that all of mum’s side was due to be in town that particular weekend. We viewed the exhibition early in the day and at one stage from across the room, I caught my mum standing in front of my picture. She was beaming from ear to ear, gesturing wildly and entertaining an audience of three.

Oh geez mum! Really!?  I was suddenly a teenager again!

It was embarrassing and at the same time… it was beautiful.

I was fortunate to run into the judge of the competition – Stephen Dupont, at the airport. I took the opportunity to thank him for the talk that he gave the night before. He was clearly surprised and said that he’d hoped it was ok? …He doesn’t prepare speeches of the cuff and all that…

He had spoken about how while he was choosing the images for exhibition and the winner he had made sure he was unaware of the names of the entrants. He chose all images for the exhibition on their impact and how they made him feel and expressed how heart wrenchingly hard it was to choose a winner.

Of course, this year – the winner was Natalie Grono, who turns out to be an ex Ultimo Photo imaging student, like myself. Congratulations Natalie!






















The beauty of Family | Sydney Harbour

July 26th, 2015

A family portrait is something to be treasured forever so if you get a chance to round up your loved ones, don’t miss the opportunity.

Our session with the Watsons was organised to fall just before sunset. Not only did we create some beautiful images but we had stunning views of the harbour while doing it!

In future, I will pack a picnic.

Visit here to book a session with me today.













Pretty Packages

January 3rd, 2015

Introducing the Elixir Photography Album!

This  flush mount, bound album comes in a variety of pretty linen colours and leathers, all contained within a beautiful box to keep your memories safe and sound forever.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”  Henri Cartier-Bresson




Oh Sister

August 11th, 2014

The little girl waits patiently as her sister takes forever to decide on a face…

She actually reminds me of my sister Joey, when she was little – which makes me smile.















Good things come to those who wait.














Copyright Elixir Photography 2014


Honey, I shrunk … the apartment!

July 31st, 2014

I really enjoy working on personal projects which stretch my creativity. I am currently very excited about a series where I build and photograph dioramas.

What is a diorama you ask? Basically a diorama is scale model but you can click on the word Diorama if you want to know what Wikipedia has to say about it all.

I intend to photograph and shrink full size human subjects and then pop them into my diorama photographs with a little help from Photoshop.















There is a lot to consider, from getting the scale on the furniture and “little” items right to making sure that the light falls correctly on my full size people so they look like they belong in the final picture.

Plus! There is hours of searching on Etsy for dollhouse furniture and other details to get the look just right (not that I’m complaining – I love Etsy!!)

I am in the early stages but I have included a test picture above which I took last weekend. The idea was to see what I could achieve with a basic set up.

Its hard to believe that the image above is actually a photo of the setup below (taken with an Iphone from above). You’ll notice that I’m using a normal household lamp (no fancy schmancy photographic lights) in the photo. I did this because I knew that it would give the room a nice warm glow, which is exactly what I was after.



So, I think you could make something similar, even with a point and shoot camera or smart phone. If you are interested, have a go and post your pictures as a comment on the  Elixir Photography “Honey, I shrunk … the apartment!”  Facebook post.

I would really really love to see what you come up with!



Sasi means “moon” in thai

July 3rd, 2014



Bollywood Nights

June 29th, 2014

A private event that captured the essence of  Bollywood.

Hosted by Wilson Sarella

At Darbar Fine Indian Cuisine – Glebe