I come from a traditional art background, drawing with pencil on paper. Since childhood, I have also practised writing and photography.
My collective artwork is titled the Anima Series because it is inspired by the anima part of my psyche. I have expressed this aspect of myself since 1984 when I began the Anima Series.
The Anima comprises the feminine traits or qualities within the masculine. It is part of the psyche associated with feeling and creativity. The Latin root of Anima means soul / spirit /breath of life and is found in many English words, such as animal, animate and animation.
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My interest in the anima stems from my upbringing.
My father was a professional boxer and I was raised with a mix of boxing, shooting, athletics and football. At the age of seventeen I joined the Regular Australian Army and rose to the ranks of the SAS Regiment.
Ironically, this very masculine start to life has moved me in the opposite direction and triggered an awareness of my emotional and spiritual self.
Giving my anima a female face allows me to express something that would otherwise remain hidden. To this end, I employ models through whom I express this part of myself – my alter ego. Without the collaboration of these people, I could not achieve the same results.
Some of these collaborations have been on-going for many years and involve a lot of input from the models themselves in the form of ideas and suggestions. Including the people I photograph in the creative decision making process is an integral part of art practice.
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The Anima Series is symbolic in nature. These symbols are inspired by the esoteric, mystic traditions of my European ancestors. Like Carl Jung, I am also interested in the Western spiritual tradition.
If you look closely, there are no power lines, wrist watches, or other modern items in my photos. This is because I have excluded any references to the modern, material world and focused instead upon the enduring nature of the human psyche.
My work is a tribute to the feminine part of the masculine.
To view a video of my work go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoirzoKMSHA
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