“Oh lovey pum. It’s all gone by so quickly. It feels like it all happened yesterday.”
– My Grandfather, Les Vaughan on life (he was 96 at the time)
I’ve always had a very close relationship with my Grandfather. From an early age he played a big hand in shaping the person I am today. I will never forget the unconditional love, support and encouragement he’s provided me all my life. He’s taught me to see the beauty in “youman beans” (human beings), guided me towards the magic in nature, and he’s showed me the importance and power of love.
Two of Grandfather’s favourite songs (which say a lot about him):
1. ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong
2. ‘Oh what a beautiful morning’ from the musical Oklahoma (or as Grandfather would call it, “Yokahama”)
It’s been almost two years now since he passed. And two key things remain… The memories in my head of our time together, and the physical evidence of his life – notes, bits and pieces, videos and photographs. These are precious items. Some of my favourite videos and photographs are not even special occasions, they’re beautiful little moments. Snippets of life. The everyday. A place and time never to be repeated.
It’s fair to say that this very much forms the basis for my approach to my work and how I see the world.
To save myself the awkward challenge of writing about my career in 1st person, you can read my bio below….
Alex Vaughan – Biography
In just 5 years Alex Vaughan has established herself as one of the leading portrait & documentary photographers of actors in Australia.
In 2014 Vaughan has been one of 40 finalists selected from more than 2500 entrants for the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize.
In 2011 Vaughan was also one of 40 finalists in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. Her work was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. That same year she won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize.
Vaughan received critical acclaim in 2010 as an emerging photographer after winning ‘The People’s Choice Award’ at the Sony ACMP Projections Emerging Photographer’s Competition for her series ‘Les and Eileen’. The series was also published in and won Capture Magazine’s quarterly Exposed Challenge.
Vaughan has spent the last two years working in and around Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the U.S. and U.K. on various commissioned and personal projects. The first part of her current major body of personal work ‘In Their Element’ is due to be exhibited in Australia in 2016.