Artsbox Residency by mike read

Christine and I are currently undertaking a residency as part of Maribyrnong Council's Artsbox program.  As part of this residency we are running a series of workshops for members of the local community in the Artsbox, which is located outside Footscray library. Through these workshops we are teaching people visual literacy and story telling skills to help them create a photographic series about Footscray which will then be exhibited in September at V.U. at MetroWest.

More info on the Artsbox program can be found here.

Photodust Interview by mike read

Christine and I recently spoke with each other about our photographic practices for Asia-Pacific photography website Photodust. 

Click through on the image below for the full thing.

Wyndham Vale residency by mike read

Wyndham Vale Residency
Christine McFetridge and I went out to Wyndham Vale, in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, today to start a residency which will be ongoing over the next three months. 
During the course of the residency we'll be engaging with the local community to understand how they view the area while documenting our own responses.

Before any film is processed here's an image from today that Christine took on her iphone;

Joop Swart Masterclass by mike read

Very pleased to be one of the nominees for World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass.
167 photographers from 59 countries have been nominated this year with twelve to be selected later this month to take part in the workshop, which is held in Amsterdam each year.

Congratulations and good luck to all the other nominees.
The full list can be found here.

Moonee Valley Public Art Billboards by mike read

I was recently approached to take part in the first run of Moonee Valley Council's public art billboard project. Having grown up in the region I had a back catalogue of images shot in the area, three of these are being used on the billboards until the end of March.
Two are already up, one outside Incinerator Art Gallery at 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds and the other near 293 Racecourse Road, Kensington.

The Howling Tasman Wind by mike read

The wonderfully talented Christine McFetridge curated an online exhibition and wrote an accompanying essay for Terratory Journal. Titled The Howling Tasman Wind, the work looks at the relationship that artists working in Australia and New Zealand have with the land.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute an image and piece of writing for the exhibition which features some great photographers working in the region including Kate Golding, Katrin Koenning, Tim Veling, Talia Smith and McFetridge herself among others.

Click through here to check it out.

Interview with Urbanautica by mike read

Talia Smith recently asked me some questions for Urbanautica.
I tried not to ramble too much, click on the image below to check out the interview and find out if I succeed or not (SPOILER ALERT: I didn't)