Believe in your fucking self.

It’s February 2015.

The sun may not be shining, but it’s still swimming season in Clovelly, Sydney.

In a not so little share house on the main drag, almost overshadowed by the adjacent power station to it’s posterior, Harriet Dyer is in fits of laughter.

Something funny has gone down (most likely her preceding ukelele solo).

But then Dyer has built a life around the absurdly playful. Known for her nimble wit and unflappability, it’s no surprise that she has enjoyed a diverse and plentiful career with roles in Love Child, No Activity and Killing Ground.

Tonight, she leaps into the next realm of her passage, starring as clairvoyant Cassie Bedford in NBC’s new drama: The InBetween.

Believe in your fucking self indeed.


‘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.

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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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