‘IN THEIR ELEMENT’ A Portrait of Tamara Dean at Home

This is the first official photo from my series ‘In Their Element’ to be released. I was so suprised when I asked  photographer Tamara Dean if she would be interested in playing a part in this project – she said yes before I’d even shown her the work (this is testament to how open and generous Tamara is as a person and artist). I’ve always loved and admired Tamara’s work for the hauntingly beautiful narratives, the level of intimacy and trust she shares with her subjects, and the freedom her images portray. It’s Tamara’s receptivity and abandon that made the experience of photographing her so special.

Working on this series (‘In Their Element’) has given me the opportunity to explore the quiet determination and solitude of the artistic spirit. The isolation. The combined resilience and openheartedness required to overcome the many challenges that artists face. This photograph was taken at Tamara’s home in Sydney’s southwest. Hanging in the background is a canvas of her work ‘The Pack’.

I’m delighted that this image is one of 40 photographs selected this year for the 2014 Head On Photographic Portrait Prize finals, and will tour with the festival from Australia to New Zealand, China and the U.S.


  • oliviaJune 17, 2014 - 9:31 am

    you are wonderful!!!!ReplyCancel

    • adminJune 17, 2014 - 12:41 pm

      Many thanks Liv 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sam HardingJune 17, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Love this!ReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 17, 2014 - 12:45 pm

      Glad you love it Sam 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ElJune 17, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Alex, Congratulations on your new amazing home! What a treat to my Tuesday it’s been to scroll through your images. Your personality shines through your words, and your love for your Grandparents makes me adore you even more. Beautiful and wondrous, the whole freakin’ thing, and I’m excited to follow along! El xoReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 17, 2014 - 2:08 pm

      Thank you lovely El Hogan. You made my heart flip flop 🙂ReplyCancel

  • rachelJune 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Alex you truly are very talented and your work is to be greatly admired – as it is already. Your photos of “Les and Eileen” are very touching and moved me and that is saying something!

    Well done girl.

    Lots of love

    • Alex VaughanJune 17, 2014 - 11:18 pm

      Thanks Rachel. They are very complimentary words. Grandma and Grandfather were very special people and we (our whole family) miss them greatly. But they’ve left us so many wonderful memories. We’re extraordinarily lucky.ReplyCancel

  • MeganJune 17, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 17, 2014 - 11:15 pm

      Thanks Meg 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tim AngerJune 17, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    So pleased to finally see some of the work you’ve been slaving over in recent times. I so love this image. I too am a big fan of Tamara’s work and your image of her pays due homage. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 17, 2014 - 11:15 pm

      Oh TAnger, it’s so nice to have such positive feedback on the work I’ve been slaving over in recent times! Haha! Thank you. I value and appreciate your opinion very much.ReplyCancel

  • BettyJune 18, 2014 - 11:34 am

    Wow Alex/Betty, congratulations on the new website and blog, very impressive to say the least – but not surprising coming from you…!! We feel honoured to have you as part of our family and beyond words fortunate that you have captured our growing family with you talents. We love u. Love DAAFO xxxxxReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 18, 2014 - 1:01 pm

      Naaaw, shucks Betts! Much love to you and the midgets. Hope to see you all very spoon. xReplyCancel

  • CharleneJune 18, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Hell of a first blog post.

    Love the site, love this series, and particularly this portrait. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

    • Alex VaughanJune 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm

      Many thanks Charls!ReplyCancel

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