Yael Stone. Photographed for In Their Element.

Thanks very much to Capture Magazine for the interview and feature on my series In Their Element.

‘In the age of digital imagery, social media, and online news, the lifespan of visual content and photo essays has arguably diminished. As photographers cover events on their iPhones, Instagram it from the scene and upload to Squarespace simultaneously, it would seem that the efficiency of technology has facilitated the ephemerality of practitioners’ engagement with their stories. But for Australian portrait photographer Alex Vaughan, commitment to long-term storytelling is paramount. So much so that her series, In Their Element, seeks to span the majority of her flourishing career. Thirty years to be exact. Sam Edmonds gets an insight.’

Read the full article and see the pictures here: The Story Of A Lifetime

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Honoured to be selected as one of forty finalists in this year’s Head On Portrait Prize. There were thousands of entries again this year, so I feel humbled to have been selected, and I very much look forward to seeing my fellow finalists’ work! The image will be revealed at the launch of the Head On Photo Festival early May 2017 in Sydney.

 

 

Head On Portrait Finalist 2017

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“I wasn’t sure if I’d like you. That’s why I said I was only available for 2 hours. But you can stay now.”

Brutal honesty juxtaposed with quirky warmth, magical pianical (go with it) fingers and a slight element of distrust… I’m convinced these are key ingredients to Tim Minchin‘s brilliance.

It took me six months to finally get to him.

A warm overcast Los Angeles morning was spent listening to family recordings, being treated to piano and guitar solo wizardry, frank and witty dialogue about life and politics, and a short but lively jaunt into the local wilderness.

This is one of my favourite photos from our time together – I’d never seen him this way before.

His ferocious locks.
His painted eyes.
Gone.

And there he is.


Here is Tim being brilliant in this BBC sketch along with a bunch of wonderful talents including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan, Benedict Cumberbatch and Prince Charles.


‘IN THEIR ELEMENT’ – This project is an exploration of the more intimate aspects of life as an artist away from the lights of the main stage.

A study of transition in the lives of these artists over an extended period of time.

30 years in fact.

I’ve spent the last four years documenting actors, photographers, painters, musicians and directors in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and around Europe.

26 more years of observation, exploration and wonder lie ahead (I will be 58 years of age on completion of this series).

My philosophy is that images are of a place and time. Never to be repeated.

I feel the inherent value of this project will be in the documentation of how each artist morphs and changes over time, and the evolution of the landscape that I find them within.

Where will they be in 10 years? 20 years?

I don’t know, but I hope that I will be there to document their journey’s.

_DCN1635Tim Minchin in Los Angeles, California, 2016

  • Janet PalmerApril 29, 2016 - 7:31 pm

    Love your work lady xReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanApril 29, 2016 - 7:45 pm

      Thank you muchly Palmy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa HobbsApril 29, 2016 - 11:42 pm

    Totally awesome Alex. Tim Minchin is my son’s hero. Loves everything he does! We are of to see Matilda tomorrow. Well done lovely! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanApril 29, 2016 - 11:45 pm

      That’s awesome Melissa! Hope that you both have a rad time tomorrow night.ReplyCancel

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Portrait of Megan Gale.

Actor.

Photographed in Melbourne, Australia.

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LONDON_Light Lab Social Media Flyer_FINALI am so excited to announce details of my inaugural Europe workshop!

To be held in….

LONDON!

When: Tuesday the 7th of July 2015

Where: Angel, London (exact address provided on booking)

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Cost: $880.00 AUD

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

“In just 6 years, Alex Vaughan has developed an international reputation as a leading portrait and documentary photographer of actors. Known for her distinctive style of natural light portraiture and an ability to reveal what’s at the core of her subjects, she is sought-after globally and divides the majority of her time between Australia and the U.S. Vaughan has been a finalist in some of Australia’s most prestigious photographic awards, including The National Photographic Portrait Prize & HeadOn.  She was also chosen as one of Nikon Australia’s first official Nikon School Lecturers.”

If you are a photographer and the idea of working almost anywhere in the world, in virtually any situation, with minimal equipment and overheads appeals to you, then I would LOVE you to join me for my inaugural day long workshop.

Light Lab is about connecting with what is in front of you right now; the light you see, the heart and soul of your subject, and the way you capture these elements with your camera.

This workshop is designed to help you build a solid foundation from which adaptability and creativity can flourish.

For the last four years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world photographing actors and creatives.

The key elements that have enabled me to do this are:

  • The ability to adapt to photographing in virtually any situation. Learning how to utilize natural and available light exclusively to create distinctive and intimate portraits.
  • The ability to craft images that are connected and honest. Getting to the core of who my subjects are. This is enabled by careful and open communication, and creation of a safe environment for people to play, experiment and collaborate within. The result is unique and revealing imagery with soul.
  •  The ability to combine elements of framing, composition, shape and form to craft imaginative, intriguing and story driven environmental portraits.

In this day-long intensive, I will guide you through my process of image creation from beginning to end. This means that I will show you how to plan for a shoot and step you through my communication process with clients.

We will hit the streets of London, and I will reveal exactly how I work and what I look for on a shoot. I will then take you through the editing and post-production workflow (including retouching), right through to the finished image.

Everything will be laid on the table….

As this is an intimate workshop, spots are limited. To make it fair places will be allocated on a first booked, first reserved basis.

To secure you place,  BOOK NOW

If you have any questions whatsoever, please email info@alexvaughan.com

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