Punch & Judy 12th May 2012

Ah…. the English!!  Punch turns 350 years old and out they come in large numbers to celebrate, participate and watch.  There were probably a dozen or so puppet stages running, all with some pretty wacky versions of Punch and Judy shows.  Around 150 ‘professors’ from all over the world gathered at St Pauls church yard in Covent Garden for a photo – which was apparently some kind of world record – and then everyone paraded around Covent Garden Market, led by the Bournemouth Carnival band playing in fine style.

The whole scene was completely ridiculous but great fun to watch !



AIPP Copyright photo industry

CEPIC May 15th – 18th 2012

I travelled to London in May to attend the CEPIC congress representing the interests of Australian photographers. CEPIC has been mostly dealing with Picture Libraries but want to expand their representation and get the people that actually create the imagery involved with this congress.  My colleagues Gene Mopsik and Judy Herman at ASMP were asked by CEPIC to put on a full days program that was called ”photocentric day”. They wanted to get an internationally broad spectrum of people involved, so with some funding support from the CAL cultural fund and the AIPP, I travelled to the UK.  Along with spending 3 days with 600+ delegates from around the world I spoke on 2 panels at the conference on the future of the professional photographer – quite a challenge!

I made this picture while on the stage! so there’s a couple not in shot – but here we have L-R Eugene Mopsik (ASMP), Bill Bush (the Premier League), Phillipe Schlienger (UPP), Dominin McGonigal (C8 Associates).   Others on the panel, not in shot were myself, Mike Watson (club footie) and moderator Judy Hermann (ASMP).

And along with the CEPIC congress, also spent time meeting with reps of some other professional photography organisations.


Orphan Works – 3rd May 2012

I was asked to speak at the launch of a white paper on Orphan Works  at UTS  Law school.  A link to the paper is here  My business partner,  Stephen Antonopoulos, made this photo (+ a few others) of me in action.  The idea was that I would put some ‘real life’ perspective on how legislation impacts on the people that are trying to make a living out of producing creative material.  No one fell asleep!

I guess the lawyers, academics and bureaucrats that deal with the pointy end of IP don’t ever spend a lot of time actually getting involved with the creative work on which their decisions have impact.

It’s a great privilege to be able to educate and hopefully make a difference for the photo industry and other visual artisits.


Cheryl the Peril – 21st April 2012

What a privilege to know this wonderful woman and passionate photographer – and such an inspiration to be involved with someone who is dealing with what life has thrown up for them.