Erin & Chris. Big Indian, Catskill Mountains, New York.
Erin & Chris. Big Indian, Catskill Mountains, New York.
Lisa & Josh. Little Italy, New York.
Hayley. Bowery Hotel, New York.
and rolled down windows
of summertime cicadas.
the velvet dark
of a thousand midnights
spent in the arms of
the sound of snow-fall
and the smell of
the shiver running up
Over the past two years I have been working on an ongoing project about my dear friend Harold Martin, who is now 97 years old. He was a prisoner of war during World War 2, captured by the Japanese in the Fall of Singapore, and spent the next two years in POW camps building the Burma Thai Death railway along with 60,000 other allied soldiers, of which 12,399 died as a direct result of working on the railway. Harold has an epic tale of survival.
I have been documenting Harold and his story now for two years, both video and stills, filming in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, San Francisco and at Harold’s home in Albany, Australia. Along the way, I have recorded his stories with the intention of compiling a documentary about his experience about being a POW and his travels going back to Myanmar and Thailand.
Two years ago, I traveled to Myanmar (Burma) with Harold, my father and a few of his close friends. Myanmar finally opened up to tourism and it was his first opportunity to go back to find the gravesites of his fallen mates. It was an amazing experience to be alongside Harold and you can see more of project from then here.
Harold’s latest request was to travel to Thailand to attend the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day service at Hell Fire Pass in Kanchanaburi. My dad and our dear friend Murray, decided it would be another great adventure. I decided to join in too to continue the project. In the middle of already a very hectic travel schedule in April, traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Mexico for work, I managed to get a week in Thailand. I surprised Harold at the hotel in Bangkok with a knock on his door, he didn’t know I was coming. We kept it a secret incase it did not work out. That moment will forever be a favorite. I was a little nervous I may have given him a heart attack from the surprise, but instead he pinched me to see if I was really there. He didn’t really believe it :)
From Bangkok we headed to Kanchanaburi, which is close to where the Thailand side of the railway line had started. We visited and walked many different parts of the railway line, went to the bridge over the River Kwai and we attended the ANZAC day services at Hell Fire Pass and at the cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Harold was a VIP guest along with two other POW survivors who had traveled over from Australia. We also visited one of the original Japanese trains that carted the POW’s on the 5 day journey from Singapore up into Thailand. Each carriage had 34 men crammed into them, the carriage door was closed and it had no ventilation. There were no toilets and many of the men were very sick and many died along the way. I have been working on this project for two years now and it was not until seeing inside one of these carriages that it all really hit me. The reality of it all.
I headed back to Australia last year to document Isabella & Adrian’s sweet wedding in Fremantle, Western Australia. They lived directly across from my old office in Fremantle that I spent many years working from. I decided to make the trip over and photograph their wedding based on this fact alone as I knew it was going to be a great day spending time in my old beloved Fremantle. After the church service at St Thomas’s in Claremont, we headed to The Attic for coffee before continuing to roam the streets of Fremantle before heading to the Maritime Museum on the wharf to continue the celebrations.
Lauren and David bought their children and parents over from Perth, Australia to marry in a intimate ceremony at Thorncrown Chapel in the little town of Eureka Springs in Arkansas. They celebrated in the evening with a dinner at Crescent Hotel. It was such a lovely day to document for this sweet family.
Last August took me to Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off Spain to document Sarah & David’s destination wedding. Their close friends & family came down from England to celebrate and they hired out a beautiful house in the countryside near Inca, where the evening celebrations took place. Sarah & David had their ceremony in up in the little village of Fornalutx at a little boutique hotel called Can Verdera. David is an amazing wedding photographer, so it was an honor he asked me to photograph his wedding. Not a terrifying experience at all ;)
Last September I headed over to Italy to document Daniela & Remo’s wedding day near their home town of Terracina, just a few hours south of Rome. The wedding took place at Abbazia di Fossanova, an amazing Cistercian monastery built around 1135.
My dear friend Kelly Tunney was in the neighborhood (England) the week prior so with a little tempting with a few days in Venice and surviving the crazy drive out of Rome to Terracina (mostly thanks to her great navigating skills), she helped second shoot this wedding with me. The hospitality that Daniela & Remo showed us was amazing.. we have never been so well looked after (and fed!) in our lives. I had to go on a 3 day juice detox when I got back to New York to recover :)
I have photographed many Italian weddings in Australia.. but this took my idea of what an Italian wedding was to a whole new level… a 7 course dinner, many many many toasts, a crazy amount of dancing and a toilet paper covered get away car :)
Yesterday I headed to a sky suite at the London Hotel in Manhattan to document behind the scenes for the Sareh Nouri 2015 Spring Collection on behalf of Burnett’s Boards. The New York International Bridal Week took place over the weekend, where designers from around the world come to NYC to showcase their latest designs. It was a fun hour photographing these pretty models.