20 August 2015

Meet the 2015 Fremantle Portrait Prize Judges - Mark Greenland

Mark Greenland
Mark Greenland is well-known amateur photographer excelling in portraiture. His portrait images have won numerous awards. Mark is long-time, enthusiastic member of the Northern Exposure Camera Club (NEPG) and is also  a highly experienced and eloquent photographic judge. 

By day, Mark is a lawyer and runs his own law practice.  He is familiar with some of the technical and legal aspects of photography and photographic judging. Mark is a valued member of the judging team who have the challenging task of selecting winners in the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

Whenever Mark is in a room with you know its not going to be a quiet evening.  One needs to be on guard as Mark's quick wit can easily leave you wondering what will happen next!. The sheer  exuberance  of photography and life is never far away when Mark Greenland is within flash distance.

Here are Mark's  answers to the questions I posed:

Mark as an Elinchrom flash model. photo: Dale Neill
FiPP:  What is your favourite overseas country/location? Why? 

Mark:  Avalon (the fabled isle to which King Arthur retired), because it would be mystical and spiritual, and free of marketing and electronic devices that don’t work.

FiPP:  Do you have a favourite sport/hobby/pastime? 

Mark: I’m fond of playing guitars, as long as I never find out how poorly I do it.

FiPP:  If you had the opportunity to do a portrait of anyone in the world (living) who would you choose? 

Mark:  I have not yet identified this person. He or she will be from a fallen race of dark hued kings and queens, and now is a victim of reduced circumstances in an uncaring white society. This could be your cleaner or ironing lady. Do you know the person I’m describing?

FiPP:  Besides your cameras and lenses what's the most essential thing you always carry on a  shoot. 

Mark: Batteries

FiPP: If you could speak to your 17 year old self, what photographic or life advice would you give yourself? 

Mark: Don’t give up so bloody easily! Also, not unrelated, take the time to look deeper than people’s faces.


19 August 2015

Meet the 2015 FiPP Judges - Abigail Harman

Abigail (Abbe) Harman has a trifecta in training in three different countries.

Initially Abbe undertook traditional training in the UK at City and Guilds of London Institute in Photography (Distinction) in 1983. She followed this with an Art and Design Degree at Michigan State University. In Australia Abigail has put that training and development to good use by establishing herself as a successful Commercial photographer in Perth, Western Australia. You can see some of Abigail's work by clicking HERE.

The effervescent Abigail's approach to Commercial success is reflected in her personal approach - an amazing capacity for work, creative flexibility and winning ways with her clients. Just like with Clint Eastwood, Abigail always makes your day. Once you've met Abbe, you are not likely to forget her.

In a recent chat with Abbe I posed her these questions.

FiPP:  Abbe, you're a keen traveller, what's your favourite overseas destination?

Abigail: My fave overseas country is the USA, particularly the South West – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. We lived in California for a time, so I love it there too. I think there is a link between these places and the music I listened to growing up and the movies I saw. 

FiPP: Do you have a favourite sport, hobby or past-time?

Abigail:  My favourite sport, hobby and pastime, all rolled into one, is observing my beloved ‘Mr Grumpy’ in action! He has me laughing in stitches all day long. My favourite occupation is photography (no surprise there) – whether doing it professionally or for my own pleasure.  Photography is like a love affair with life.
(FiPPnote: 'Mr Grumpy' is Abigail's husband John)

FiPP: If you could photograph anyone in the world who would you choose?

Photo by Sue McLeod
Abigail:  Clint Eastwood! He has the most interesting face. He seems to have been around all of my life and I have always enjoyed his movies, whether acting or directing. I think it would be an awesome challenge as I suspect he’s not that fussed with being photographed. 

FiPP: What is the one extra thing you always take with you on a shoot?

Abigail: Crunchy bars, chocolate and nuts: I have them in lots of pockets of my camera bag. I’m like a squirrel, but I get so hungry!! 

FiPP: What advice would you give to a 17 year old Abigail?

Abigail: There is so much I could tell myself now that I’m a wee bit older! I think it was Henri Cartier-Bresson who said ‘Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.’ It really is the case that the more you do something, the better you get at it and as you mature you will come to see that you have the potential to have a profound effect on others. The kinder and more empathetic you are to people, the more they’ll reveal of their true selves. In other words, be nice to people. You will then have a portrait of who they really are instead of just a picture of them.


 Entries to the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize close on Friday 21 August. 

Click HERE for details.

18 August 2015

Meet the FiPP 2015 Judges - Garry Sarre

Entrants in a photography competition usually don't know the judges. Judges don't necessarily reside on a remote mountain top, eat mung beans, practise meditation or have long flowing beards. They are, for the most part, quite normal people. However they have a special interest and expertise in photography.
Garry Sarre

Garry Sarre is one of the trio of 2015 FiPP Judges. Garry is a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. He's added three Gold Bars to that Award in recent years. In 2015 he became the Western Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year. 

Garry also runs one of Australia's most successful and enduring Glamour Photography Studios in Australia. His work is stylish, creative and personal with a clearly identifiable signature style. Click HERE for more details. 

On a personal level, you couldn't meet a friendlier, more genuine guy who sets the highest ethical standards. But Garry has a normal life as well and I posed a few questions to Garry last week.

FiPP Garry, what's your favourite country?

GS: Japan because the country is cold and beautiful and the people are so considerate of others.
Self-portrait of Garry Sarre flying in a Tiger Moth over Fremantle

FiPP: Do you have a favourite pastime or hobby?

GS: Driving in the country side where I have never been.

FIPP:  If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be?

GS: Glen Campbell – he has such a warm and wonderful face.

FiPP: What is the one essential thing you carry on a shoot?

GS: A fold up reflector

FiPP: If you could speak to your 17 year old self, what would you say to him?


Set the ground rules for work ethics and relationships early, and be true to your word.


Entries to the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize close on 21 August 2014.