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2012 Mardi Gras

2012 Mardi Gras

The Australian Human Rights Commission asked me to document the Sydney Mardi Gras parade this year with a focus on their ‘Respect’ float. For more info about the Commissions work in this area go here.  As anyone who was there will remember it was bucketing down most of the time, which produced both very challenging yet equally rewarding shooting opportunities.  All I can say is that the 5D MkII waterproofing is not that bad…  I did get some condensation in the LCD but it’s survived to play another day.  A selection of the images are up on Human Rights’ Flickr account or go direct to the slideshow here.

Batten Reserve

 
Batten Reserve – Images by Matthew Syres

A while back I was asked to photograph Batten Reserve – a small parcel of remnant forest in Lane Cove that is under threat due to development.  It’s home to 19 bird species including at least one Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), currently listed as Vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species Act.  Conservation group Birds Australia produced a detailed survey of the area, and a statement of the issue that you can view here.  The photographs are to form part of a video presentation, I’ll be posting about that when it’s online.  In the meantime enjoy the images or view the entire gallery here. All the images are available for licensing, so if you are interested please use the online system or just contact me directly.

New Documentary Wedding Portfolio Online

 
Weddings – Images by Matthew Syres

I finally got around to updating the wedding portfolio with my four most recent weddings.  These are a much better representation of my current shooting style, being candid, unobtrusive, shallow focus and slightly sepia toned in post processing.  You can view the slideshow above or for the full effect go here.  I’d also just like to give a special thanks to the four fantastic couples for wanting something a little different, and trusting me with documenting their wedding days.

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