Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I had the rare honour of a photoshoot of a collection (Winter 2003) by Artist Rod McNicol. Rare because Rod does not do commissions, or any commercial photography, least of all.... fashion shoots. He agreed to this one occasion - because he like the colours and textures of the clothes; and I was not to intervene in any of the art direction whatsoever!. His hypnotic portrait photographs are housed in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and he is also the recipient of the Australian Photographic Portrait Award in 2004, which, I suppose is like the Archibald for Photographers. Rod is a rare soul, and his work is truly his life. And he is such a funny and interesting man, you just need to see his portraits to see all this in the person; from the 1960's to present.