Kate Miller Heidke 2013
Kate Miller-Heidke performing at the MONA Bushfire Benefit fundraiser, Hobart, 21st January 2013. Her song, ‘Zero Gravity’, is about shaking off depression. However, when I saw her performing in 2013, I had no idea that she had extensive operatic training and wrote highly personal songs with her collaborator/husband Keir Nuttall. I just concentrated on the dynamic face before me, eyes twinkling, pearly teeth, Cupid’s bow lips and a striking hair arrangement including ribbons and metallic spikes. It was very difficult to choose the best frame from the many contenders I shot. But for me this one really is her: charming, flashily quirky, radiantly expressive and very deep. Wonder in those eyes.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.