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TAXI! Sunset To Sunrise.



To support my independence in my photojournalism I drove a Sydney taxi for 15 years. For the last six years I photographed and documented my passengers. I drove at night between sunset and sunrise.  I documented the pick-up time, location and destination of each passenger I photographed. On the journey I conversed a little about their lives and their reasons for catching my taxi. A twelve-hour taxi shift presents and telescopes a variety of characters and situations that would normally be experienced over a much longer period of time in every-day life.

Each of the more than 250 passengers photographed signed a model release form permitting me to use their image and information.

(I am currently looking for a book publisher for this photo series. If you have an interest please contact me.)

Awards

  • 2009  New York Photo Festival:

– Nomination (final round) in Book Category for TAXI!

  • 2006  Newtown Flicks (Newtown Film Festival):

– Finalist for TAXI! Two years in one night.

  • 2005  Reportage (Australia’s leading intnl photojournalist festival):

– Winner People’s Choice Award for TAXI! Two years in one night. (Sydney and Melbourne).

TAXI! Sunset To Sunrise. Exhibitions:

  • 2009  New York Photo Festival, Nomination (final round) in Book Category for TAXI! series.
  • 2008  Parnidis Landscape Reserve, Baltic Sea, Lithuania, TAXI! projection for the local photographic society (an adjunct to Kaunas Photo ’08).
  • 2008  Kaunas Photo 08, International Photo Festival, TAXI! series.
  • 2008  Spring Kaunas Photo 08, Lithuania, an exhibition showcasing Australian photographers.
  • 2006-2008  TVS (Independent Television Sydney), TAXI! Two Years in one night. , screened five times.
  • 2007  Daylesford Photo Biennale, Daylesford, Victoria, TAXI!
  • 2007  Head On (portrait exhibition), Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, photo in projection section.
  • 2006 Alliance Francaise, Sydney, In Transit.
  • 2006  Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (Western Australia), Suburban Edge (part of a national tour by the Australian Centre for Photography).
  • 2006  New Theatre, Newtown, Sydney, Newtown Flicks 2006 Film Festival, my audio/visual piece TAXI! Two years in one night., screened twice and short-listed for the finalist selection.
  • 2005  Palace Academy Twin Cinema, Sydney and Palace George Cinemas, Melbourne, Reportage 2005 – Australia’s leading cinematic presentation of Australian and international photojournalism. My series won the People’s Choice Award in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 2005  Victorian Regional Art Gallery, Suburban Edge (see April 2004).
  • 2005  Darwin Art Gallery, Suburban Edge (see April 2004).
  • 2004  Tusculum House, Sydney, Cross Projections 2004 (a sell-out digital projection show of 14 photojournalists), TAXI! Two years in one night.
  • 2004  Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Suburban Edge. Photos taken over a one year period of my passengers. Ten photographers were exhibited from around Australia the exhibition toured nationally for 2 years.

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