"...For me it represents cleansing. A washing away of the day. Preparation for rest. I wanted to explore what this moment often disregarded represented to other girls. To understand what they saw when they looked up and saw their makeup smeared face staring back in the reflection. What was. What is. Vulnerability. Idealism gone. Facades taken away..."

CLEANSE is a photo documentary exploring the daily ritual of facial cleansing & what that represents. The full body of work was recently exhibited at the Creative Collective HOME exhibition in Birchgrove, Sydney. 

I write

"I write to discover. I write to uncover. I write to begin a dialogue. I write to honour beauty. I write to remember. I write as a form of translation. I write because it allows me to confront that which I do not know. I write to record what I love. I write to listen. I write as a witness to what I have seen. I write by grace and by grit. I write knowing words always fall short. I write past the embarrassment of exposure. I write because it is a risk, like love, to form the words, to say the words, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are. I write as though I am whispering in the ear of the one I love."

Excerpt from "A letter to Deb Clow" in Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams.

Wisdom from my dad

It's Fathers Day in Australia. I'm in Singapore this weekend, to photograph a wedding, and nowhere near my father.

He's a wise man, full of vision, I get my love of all things creative from him. I wish I had his logical thinking too. He see's things and comprehends how they operate. I love hearing his perspectives on situations. It challenges me to think differently, to look objectively from another angle. Thought I'd take the opportunity to share some of the less deep, but still helpful insights he's given me over the years. 

Advice from my dad: 

When taking a bath always run cold water through the tap last before you jump in. //To avoid being splashed by a boiling drop.

When cooking on a stovetop always keep the saucepan handle angled towards the wall. //This Minimises the risk off accidentally knocking off the pot.

When driving and waiting to turn into a street always aim your steering wheel straight ahead until actually turning. //In the unlikely event of an accident - being rammed up the behind - this method prevents you from being thrust into oncoming traffic.

Never drink hot liquids through a straw. //Hot liquids sink to the bottom therefore drinking through a straw increases your chance of scalding your mouth.

When waiting at traffic lights to walk across a street always position yourself diagonally behind a telegraph pole or signpost. //This way if a car goes off the road the pole can take the brunt of the force.

Always wear denim jeans when flying. //The premise here is to avoid synthetic materials as they can melt onto your skin if involved in a fire, explosion or crash...

Eat the outside corners of a sandwich before the middle. //So you don't wear jam or PB all over your face.

Don't sit in the last carriage of the train....Or the nose of an aeroplane. //The last train carriage is more likely to be derailed in an accident, and if an aeroplane nose dives, the front is the point of most impact. Avoid. Ha.

Thanks Dad. Love ya.

//Photos taken by Candice Casagrande. X

Bondi mornings

Bondi on a Saturday. Juice at Porch overlooking the ocean. Design markets in the local school. Wandered into the school play ground holding too a rigid dual colour scheme & in quiet contrast to the supposed weekday chaos that would happen here.

Chuck Close

Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition > March 2015

Chuck's exhibition at the MCA seriously impacted me. Seeing the fortitude of this artist who has continued to create despite partial paraplegia & learning disabilities. A visionary, who painted photorealism in an abstract era. A meticulous artist who would spend months working on a single piece. He was incredibly experimental & collaborative - creating with paint, traditional Japanese wood carved stamps, mezzotint, tapestries & other mediums - all of them large scale. He pushed the boundaries - having printers made & computer programs designed to print the work in the size he envisaged. And he's so transparent with his processes, disclosing how he achieves his finished product to allow people to better appreciate his work. I definitely left inspired, but then as he's known for having said, "Inspiration is for amateurs..."

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction...”