Tuesday, June 30, 2009

William Meppem

William Meppem is one of Australias Leading photographers in the field of food and still life, travel and lifestyle, interoirs and entertainment. over the years I have work on many of williams projects for magazines including Vogue Australia, Gourmet Traveller, Donna Hay to name a few. His work as can be seen from the sample above is delicious. It always leaves me wishing I could carry his bags to the destinations he travels or sample the foods he has shot. To see more of his work please visit this website of his work by clicking HERE

~Stephen Frizza

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dan Himbrechts

I met Dan Himbrechts at a company called Photo Technica where I worked prior to launching The Lighthouse. Since opening The Lighthouse Dan has used my services for his analog work.
This Image was one from a series he took of famous Snow Boarding identities which went on exhibition. Dan has an amazing eye for sports photography and I highly recommend visiting his website at www.danhimbrechts.com to view more of his work.

~Stephen Frizza

Joy Lai

After another series of ultra late nights making magic in the darkroom these two images are teasers to an awesome new body of work by joy Lai which went on display at the Some Days gallery in Surry Hills . These two were shot in the glaciers of New Zealand. To see more of joy Lai work please click HERE or the photographs above.

~Stephen Frizza


The PMA (Photo Marketing Association) had their convention at Darling Harbour this week. Having attended I was suprised at how much Analog has been squeezed out of it. The Ilford stand a company loved for its awesome Black and White Film, Silver Gelatin Paper and Analog processing Chemistry only had Ilford Inkjet papers on display with no mention of anything Analog, The Fuji Stand a company which produces great products like Velvia, Reala and Neopan didn't have anything about film or analog products on display. And then there was Kodak whom I felt must have been mocking anlog by only having kodak 400 Max film and disposable cameras on display... A huge lack of analog! especially since kodak just launched kodak Ekta 100 a new colour film this year. All was not in vain though! Pete Longworth gave an awesome speech about his projects both past present and in the pipeline. To see Petes video from PMA please lick these two links http://www.petelongworth.com/Hello.html and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7HzB_YX1DI. I've been motivated to look into hosting a stand next year on Analog imaging!!...whos with me?

~Stephen Frizza

Nine to Five - Annette Goubran

Annette Gourbran who's fun images of Luna Park's clowns featured earlier in our blog has just won picture of the Week in 9 to 5 magazine. The image was shot during sydneys Vivid Festival. Congratulations Annette. To view the image and article please click on the image above. If you would like to enter this weekly competition sponsored by PAXTONS then please click the
this link : http://www.9to5.com.au/competitions/index.php?id=425.

~Stephen Frizza

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Justin Shoulder

This portrait of Dallas Dellaforce shot by Justin Shoulder really made me smile. Justin Shoulder is an ultra talented artist whos work spans from stills photography to costume design to preformance art. I met Justin through working with him at Photo Technica before I left to launch The Lighthouse Lab. I eagerly look forward to seeing more creations from him. To read more about Justin please click here. Oh and enjoy this video of one of his performances below.

~Stephen Frizza

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rupert Kaldor & Jesse McNair

This body of work which was processed and scanned at The Lighthouse Lab is currently a feature in Pulp Magazine. It was a joint shoot between Rupert kaldor and Jesse Mcnair. Nice work guys, to check out more of their work please visit their websites
www.jessemcnair.com & www.rupertkaldor.com or buy Pulp Magazine

~Stephen Frizza

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lisa Hogben

This Image from Lisa Hogbens Series "Ten Years From The Heart - Photographs of redfern waterloo" is just one of many I have been lucky enough to be involved with over the years. Lisa is a renound photo journalist in whos works documenting current aboriginal issues is certain to form an important historical collection in the future. Lisa has an awesome website with galleried showing various bodies of her work. I highly recomend checking these out please click this link to view her work www.lisahogben.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

James Cant

This beautiful photograph was shot on an 8x10" sheet of EPY which was cross processed. The negative which resulted is ultra dense but when printed with an exposure time of close to 13 minutes (not seconds) minutes!!!! this is the beautiful image that results. James is truly a master with the 8x10 format and I really enjoyed working with him on producing this image. I had no idea such things were possible. One of the great things about My Job is I learn new things every day. To see more of James work please visit his website at www.jamescant.com

~Stephen Frizza

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ann Niddrie

This Image by Ann Niddrie was printed in the early days at The Lighthouse Lab. I have always enjoyed working with Ann, she has a really good website with blog which I recomend you check out. www.annniddrie.com

Juilee Pryor

I met Juilee Pryor at a place called Platinum Imaging very early on in my photographic career. Since the first time I met her I have been hooked, she is one of the coolest artists in sydney who experiments with a range of photographic mediums. My favorite of hers is her Infra Red which is done on the now discontinued Kodak HIE. I mainly process her C-41 and E-6 materials and really enjoy seeing the magic she makes. The top two images were produced using a kodak underwater Disposable camera! Awesome. Visit Juilees website here www.juileepryor.com

~Stephen Frizza

Long Bay Jail

The Past month I have been juggling client work at the lighthouse lab with a private commission from the Heritage Office and The Department of Correctional Services to spend one month at Long bay Correctional Facility. This Site was built well over 100 years ago originally as an isolated women's prison. Over the years it has grown into one of the biggest male prisons in the country with some interesting features. Such as a hospital for prisoners and The largest coal fired boilers in the southern hemisphere. The boilers were a Highlight of my shooting there! The place was ultra dirty but the turn of the century machinery was stunning. One aspect of the job which at first worried me was that because of the jobs duration they did not have someone with me at all times. In fact there was never anyone with me, but the inmates were all really friendly.
The facility was quite diffrent to what i expected. The job was completed on 2800 sheets of 4x5" but im sure I could have easily shot another 2800 sheets there.

~Stephen Frizza

Monday, June 15, 2009

Skin Cancer

The Lighthouse lab worked on the stills images for this Skin Cancer campaign by Tim Gibbs. I have had the privilege of known Tim for 7 years now and his work never ceases to amaze me. I hope this commercial drives home the message every bit as strongly as it did for me. Seeing the 6x7 transparencies of this girl on the light box has made me realize how much I love my darkroom and am glad I'm out of the sun :-)

To see more of Tim Gibbs great work please visit his website at www.timgibbsphotography.com

~Stephen Frizza

New Year 2008

This image was photographed by Michael Waite. The process he used to create the colour in this image is very interesting. It is done by taking 3 images on black and white film and I had to sit very very still. The first image is shot through a red filter, the second through a green filter and the third through a blue filter. The three black and white negatives are then paired with their complimentry CYM colour accoring to the filter they were exposed with. Then when printed the diffrent densities of the negatives and their CYM filters combine to produce these colour renditions. This image was scanned by Mike Cockcroft of Bit Depth making sure to keep the colour true to its analog form. The image was then used to make my end of year cards.Thanks Michael Waite and Mike Cockroft for your great work.

~Stephen Frizza

Small But Strong

Mike and I made this advertisment for Email for our second Birthday, it was also re printed in The Photographic Trader Magazine with a slightly diffrent write up. The Image features a fun digitally minipulated image of Mike's son jack.

Christina McMahon

I met Christina McMahon through the lighthouse lab, These two images of hers shown above are just two examples of an ongoing body of work she is doing. Recently she has started shooting on the Bronica 645 system using a 500mm lens for her moon shots. Last year we assisted her with the printing of her exhibition "On Life, Death and existance" at Shapiro Gallery Queen Street Woollahra. To see more of Christinas work please visit her website at www.christinemcmahon.com.au

Dennis Del Favero

The Lighthouse lab was privileged to print these colour and density tests for Dennis Del Favero's work chimera this week. For anyone unfamiliar with the work of Dennis Del Favero to get some idea please click HERE or just type his name into google and be WOWed!

~Stephen Frizza

Lost and Found

After a series of long and sleepless nights down here at the Lighthouse Lab Joy Lai has printed a series of Stunning photographs depicting industrial abandonment in Sydney. The works made by her and photographers John Dennis, Darren Amesbury go on display June 13th at Somedays gallery. For more information please click on images above.

Tim Laffey

Over the past few months I have been processing, proofing and printing film for Tim laffey. One of the Things I love about The Lighthouse Lab is the sheer range of things I get to work on and Tims work is like nothhing else! His beautiful application of photographic technique results in this lovely paintily depiction of scenes. To see mroe of tims exceptional work please view his website at www.timlaffey.com

Murray Hilton

Murray Hilton has been a dear friend of mine for many years now. Over that time I have been lucky to watch various projects from start to finish and am always beyond impressed at his work. These 2 images are of light refracting through swarovski crystal. The final images are huge panels set under clear resin. Before these were put on exhibition i was invited over to help him photograph these for the invites. Murray exhibits at the Tim Olsen Gallery To see more of Murrays work please visit his website at www.murrayhilton.com.au

Mel Meek

Mel and I used to work together at Photo Technica, Since those days She now works at Lizard Management and uses my services at The Lighthouse Lab when ever she has film. Jobs I have done for her include her wedding (Bravo Mel and Jimmy) and a variety of Images for the music industry. To see more of mel's work please click here

The image above was shot using black and white film and a Holga camera. I think Mel made a great choice in using this kind of camera and film to create this image. It has a great feel to it.

~Stephen Frizza

Andrew G

Of all the people Im lucky to work with Andrew must be the one who utilizes the most different analog photographic formats and cameras from 35mm 360 degree to 120 holgas I could rant for hours on the cool stuff he shoots with and then there is the Film Stocks he uses! Its a lot of fun. Often when photographers use heaps of diffrent formats they use none of them well, with andrew this is definantly not the case! I especially love what he has shot of paparazzi and think it could make for an interesting exhibition (see top image for one example) Andrew has a constantly updated Flickr website I recomend you view www.flickr.com/photos/andrewgunsberg/ . He is currently shooting a series of self portraits titled 365 where he is taking one image of himself each day for a year. The work is Shmick.

~Stephen Frizza

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Romeo Devlin

I met Romeo Devlin thanks to Andrew G. Romeo has been working in the photographic industry as both a model and photographer around the globe and developed a great eye. These images above were shot on his Pentax 6x7" kit and delta 3200 film.I really like his composition and use of available light. To see some more of the projects romeo has been involved with please click here. I really look forward to working on more of Romeos work and with his permision sharing some of it with you.

~Stephen Frizza

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Petrina Hicks

Petrina Hicks is one of the few film photographers in sydney who also analog proofs her work, However on occasions I have had the honor of processing film and producing proofs for her. The above image is one from a series I got to proof for her. Over the years petrina has won great acclaim for her fine art and portraits. To view more of her work please visit www.petrinahicks.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rebecca Ryber

These two images were commissioned by Rebecca Ryber as part of her COFA major work. The top image was the feature piece in her exhibited works based on past lives, The second image of her with the snake was not used, however I still really liked the shot so decided to share it with you. The images were shot at midnight on cliffs just around from The Gap at Watsons Bay.The air was freezing which resulted in really nice goosebumps on her skin. I used EPR 4x5" and cross processed the film, this along with the hard lighting and pale make up produces this hard mute look.

Buna Collection

The Buna collection is actually a collection of images from 35mm kodak motion picture NITRATE FILM. The origin of the Film is from a deceased estate in Sydney. The material was being sold by the estate seller because they thought there might be a buyer interested in the old motion picture cans. They were in a very poor condition so badly corroded that they could not be opened as rust had sealed them shut. My intrest spiked though when on some of the reel labels I could read Nitrate Film. So I purchased all 7 reels for $20.00 just so I could do some tests on just how flammable Nitrate Film really was. Upon finally opening the tins which were bloody hard to open I realised there was content on the films. When I viewed them this is a sample of what I saw...raw unedited footage of Japanese soldiers who had been killed during world war two in Buna. The 7 reels contain about 500 deceased soldiers each getting about 5 seconds of footage.
These reels are now in the process of being duplicated and preserved for historical records.

~Stephen Frizza

Michael Waite

Michael Waite teaches at the Australian Center For Photyography (ACP). He is by far one of the most experimental and knowledgeable people in australias photography scene. The images above are just five examples of diffrent photographic techniques he has used. To learn about these works and many more he does please visit his blog at called Why Stop Time? by clicking HERE . Michael Waite is a huge inspiration to my own work and I thank him for everything he has taught me about diffrent photographic mediums and processes.

~ Stephen Frizza

Steven Papadakis

Steven Papadakis is an interesting sydney based artist who I met many years ago working at Platinum Imagining. He is highly skilled both as a photographer and Printer. These images are part of his work from "just let go" an exhibition he held at the Somedays Gallery. They were shot on the now discontinued Kodak HIE film which The Lighthouse Lab supplied. The film was manually manipulated and scanned before being printed as large murals. To visit Stevens website please visit http://www.spphotoart.com/

~ Stephen Frizza

Toby Dixon