During family “slide nights”, I was transfixed by the colour and texture of Dad’s Kodachrome projected images - a red-beaked bird perched on my sister’s head, cousins leaning on a farm fence in the orange glow of a sunset.
Photography was my exploration into larger world. Portraits of school friends were captured and printed in the mini-studio and darkroom in the garage loft. I shot super-8 movies for school projects, with a soundtrack of The Beatles, The Stones and Pink Floyd.
After leaving scoool, I backpacked with camera in the mountains of Java & Malaysia, photographing people in wild places which I never knew existed, and I still enjoy trekking in the remote mountains of Nepal, India, New Zealand and Tasmania. I love the fragile nature of these unique landscapes.
After working and travelling, I studied at photography at RMIT – the leading photography course in Australia. I then assisted busy advertising photographers, joined George Patterson Advertising then went freelance shooting with talented art directors for Melbourne’s leading advertising agencies.
In 1989 I founded and managed 7Phoenix Studio (South Yarra) for 30 years, supporting a diverse community of talented photographers, videographers, assistants and designers.
I’ve now joined Ian van der Wolde at an exceptional studio in Moorabbin with ample free parking, equipped with Pro Photo flash, drive in cyclorama, large format print production and a extensive library of photography books for inspiration.
When planning a project with clients, it’s essential to ask “why?” as well as the the “who”, what, when and where” about the messages they want to convey. Honest dialogue opens up vast creative possibilities.
All images ©Rob Anderson