THE PROJECT: It's no understatement to say that this is my life's work. However the more tangible intention is to compile a retrospective collection of portraits for exhibition and a self published book. Although I'm unsure of the time frame, every collaboration is done with this intention.
THE LOCATION: My studio is located in Lithgow NSW (two hours drive from Sydney). It is also possible to do the photo shoot in Katoomba. The Lithgow studio is a relaxed environment where creativity can flow without concerns for time. The Katoomba space is a co-working community hall which I use as a remote studio and a better option for those relying on public transport.
PROCEDURE: A portrait session can be weeks in the planning or immediate and intuitive. Often (but not always) there's a theme. Past themes include concepts such as androgyny, anonymity, blur, figurative art (nude/semi-nude), dance, sexuality, gender, gothic, tattoo/ink, wearable art, etc. We'll soon chat about possible themes and plan details such as what to bring. A typical photo session takes 2 to 4 hours. Subsequent to the photo session I will require 7 to 14 days of post production editing time. Once this is complete a viewing day will be arranged (your 2nd studio visit) or the viewing can be done virtually (e.g., Zoom or Meet) if distance is an issue.
FIGURATIVE ART: An age limit of 18 years and over applies in the case of any semi/nude theme. The objective here is a series of tasteful artistic professionally posed figurative art images. If you're of age and comfortable with this idea please let me know.
USAGE: All participants will be asked to sign an agreement giving permission for the possibility of selected portraits being publish on this website, art exhibitions, social media, editorial articles. Participants are granted permission to self-publish to their own social pages.
WHAT'S FREE? Your participation is free. In exchange for your contribution I'll gift you FIVE screen resolution image files in appreciation for your contribution to my expanding creative folio.
WHAT'S PAID? I believe my portraits belong on paper. Therefore prints are available to purchase which helps to support my art practice. This is optional but I ask you to please consider this. Purchases happen when you return to view the images. Prints are archival exhibition quality, presented on Hahnemühle cotton base textured fine art paper. It's a rare exception when a participant does not purchase any art prints. I consider your purchase to be the ultimate act of support for my art practice and a very kind gesture of appreciation.
PRICING: Prints are $90 @ A4 (210mm x 297mm) or $110 @ A3 (297mm x 420mm).
ABOUT ME:  I am a photographic artist, commercial photographer and design enthusiast. I boast two decades of committed industry practice consisting of studio employment, freelance sole tradership and a devoted art practice backed by ongoing academic and personal development. I graduated from Sydney University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Visual Art. I've photographed commercially at studios in both Sydney and Melbourne since 2000. In fact I still do. I approach work as I do life — with a foundational belief in the need for ethical practice honouring inclusion and diversity.
I appreciate your interest in participating and I look forward to the possibility of meeting you in the not too distant future :)
Graeme Wienand
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