For the last few weeks I have been photographing in Country NSW, working on a project I have had in mind for some time, but have never had the opportunity to bring to fruition.
A family portrait must also include aspects of their life. It should not be just a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional subject. I try to tell more in each portrait than mere words can convey. Instead of just looking AT the portraits, look INTO them. You should see lifestyle, hopes, aspirations and memories of achievements. These are the portraits that will remain forever, not only in the memories of family members who view them, but in their hearts and minds.
Each viewer may see the portraits differently, someone from the city would see a lifestyle they may never even consider, while the country viewer will see a place they could call home.
Todd and Don were working in the cattle yards when I arrived. They kept working while I photographed Todd's family, then as the sun set and cast shadows in the right places they stepped in for the father and son portrait. These will be very valuable portraits in fifty years time.