Public: Art in the City!

Street Art in Perth – Shut the front door!

We really are an up and coming city!

Form’s Public brought international, local street and urban artists who created site-specific worlds of significant scale and diversity. Incorporating 45 artists from around the globe there are over 30 walls across the city inspiring a broader dialogue about how we experience our city!  See below some images I took myself, and head to Forms website for details how to tour the art in the city. PUBLIC.FORM.NET.AU

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Pixel Pancho, an Italian street artist from Turin creates ‘anatomical street robots” inspired by different environments. He’s idea is to get the viewers thinking ‘are we all machines’?

Head to his website: www.flickr.com/photos/pixelpancho/ to view more.

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Street artist Hyuro from Argentina blends politics and surrealist sensibility in her uncanny black and white murals, paintings and drawings. Check out her personal website here for more of her amazing street work:  www.hyuro.es

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Possibly the coolest interactive artwork I have ever seen. Jordan Seiler, artist and activist hails from the US of A and is the founder of PublicAdCampaign. His work here changes colour once the app is downloaded on your phone. This hidden gem is located off Wolf Lane just beside the Secret Garden Cafe. See for yourself right here on his website: www.republiclab.com/projects

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Alexis Diaz is a Puerto Rican street artist known for his intricate line details, bold colours and the melding of fantastical animal imagery, often with human forms. – Also located in Wolf Lane. Check out his website for more of his epicness artistry at: cargocollective.com/alexisdiaz

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ELK – Melbourne www.elkstencils.com

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The two images above are created from Gaia a New York City man. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world and his street work has been documented and featured in several urban art publications. For more on Gaia, head to: gaiastreetart.com 

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This colourful beauty is by ‘Beastman’ from Sydney. Beastman’s work symbolises natures geometric patterns and organic lines. Their large mural work can be found all over Australia, UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Get more from: www.beastman.com.au

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A modern-day naturalist ROA (Belgium), is famous for his large scaled depictions of animals. Check out more of ROA’s work on his Tumblr at: roaweb.tumblr.com

Paper Crab!

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A Friday morning is always well spent catching up with a good friend at the markets. Today, whilst guzzling a fresh coconut, I chatted with one of the souls behind Paper Crab whilst she delicately flat layed their dainty necklace range. Paper Crab combines two individuals love together for handmade goods, uniquely designed and locally produced on a small scale by worldly talented people.

From Thailand to Perth, they share a deep connection and pride for time honoured traditions and skills that are sadly being abandoned only to be replaced by mass produced disconnected rubbish. I lived in Thailand for a few years and can sadly say, I have been apart of the rat race participating in purchasing such goods that too easily fill our lives. However, with the thoughtful inspiring Paper Crab, we can now go back to basics where our goods are honourably crafted.

How they carefully select their items is beyond me, as each individual hand crafted piece tells such a meaningful story. My personal favourites are definiatly the ‘Jungle Daze Pom Pom Clutch’ and of course the ‘Baby Crab’ shoes for children. – Every child should own a pair.

Paper Crab showcase their cross-cultural finds at various market stalls around Perth. This weekend they’re at The Fremantle Markets, head down to see for yourself this unique collection bought to you from across the seas.

Follow their Instagram to see where you can catch them next: @papercrabpeople

Check out their Facebook page: Paper Crab

And…

Stay tuned for their website launch :)

Hats off to “Harry & Gretel”

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On a casual Friday – post brekkie, I stumbled across Leederville’s ‘Harry & Gretel’. The curated boutique has such a welcoming vibe from their ever so friendly staff to the carefully selected homewares. Their ethereal jewellery perfectly placed in glass cabinets had me in awe, as I just can’t get enough of crystals at the moment. With no doubt what this store is known for is their women’s fashion, stocking some of Australia’s leading brands such as Nobody, Alice McCall, Ginger & Smart and Ace of Something. The fabulous ‘Navy Spade Felt Fedora’ by Ace of Something, was my purchase of choice. I couldn’t not have it before my trip as my ‘plane outfit’ accessory.

 

Ten with Tom Harfield

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                                        Aimee Thompson – @ChadwickModels

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                                             Ebony Hunter – @ChadwickModels

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                                    Ruth Willmer – @ViviensModelManagement

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                                                     Clare Gibson – @ChadwickModels

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                                                      Aimee Thompson – @ChadwickModels

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                                             Suraya Skehan – @ViviensModelManagement

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TOM HARFIELD:

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a Perth photographer who studied for three years at University, now I’m a full-time photographer testing for modelling agencies and shooting editorials.

2.What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my life! (we both giggle) For me its a means of making art, not necessarily something pretty but something that’s edgy. Something that you can look at, think about for a while and go back to, not just a “page tuner”as they say.

3. What were the difficulties you encountered when starting photography?

Oh my gosh so many… First of all you can’t get models, so you have to shoot your friends. Nobody wants to work with you because they have never heard of you and nothings free. With networking you have to start from scratch, talk to everyone, be really polite and work your way up. Stylists are few and far between, of course nobody wants to lend anything so I would buy things at Myer and return them with their great returns policy. Its one thing to take a great photo but to be consistent is the challenge. Now I have to take a great photo all the time because there’s money riding on it.

4. Who are some of your favourite photographers and how do they influence you?

Nicole Bently hands down! First and foremost right, because she went to the same university as I did, she’s from Perth and she started testing with he same agencies as I did. I have been told we have a similar style in our shots, clearly she coined it before I did but I’m definitely influenced by her. I’m also a big fan of Gavin O’Niel who’s from Perth, I’ll go a little famous with Patrick Demarchelier but my all time favourite photographer is Stephen Mizel – always keeping it original, even now, how does he do it? Very creative man always beautifully shot and memorable.

5. When you are shooting, how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

I admit a lot of what I used to do was instinctual because I used to go with the whim but now if you don’t plan, ‘whats the saying’? plan to fail? (laughs). Honestly though now I have to plan as there are people who are depending on good photos. I used to take photos for myself, building my portfolio but now I’m here to build their portfolios.

6. Why do you take photos?

(Tom whispers ‘stupid question’) I love opening glossy magazines and seeing the different styles of editorial and unique looks. It’s amazing, we can all shoot the same model and it will look completely different. We all have the same lights, same cameras but its our individual style that creates our signature.

7. How has social media played a role in your photography?

It’s definitely played a big role in getting my name out there. Obviously I started off as a nobody and very quickly within a year and a half ,I have gone from getting my first camera to now being a full-time photographer. Social media has projected my business through the interconnection of Facebook, Instagram and my Website. http://tomharfield.com.au

8. What are some tips/advice you would give to upcoming or aspiring photographers?

You will hear 9 no’s and 1 yes in every 10. Keep persisting, make friends, don’t dismiss any contacts and help others.

9. What is your favourite shoot to date or would you like to shoot in the future?

Coughs “Aimee Thompson”haha no but really, the shoot that changed me was my shoot with Miley in the studio. It was the first time everything just looked a whole big stepping stone better than anything else I had ever done, it was a great relief and one of my favourite photos of today.

10. Whats one question you’ve never been asked?

Do you have a girlfriend? haha

 

Thanks Tom Harfield for the time to interview you.

Tom took the photos for my Bunupsandbananas website – Legend!

Be sure to check out Toms:

Webpage: http://tomharfield.com.au

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Harfield-Photography/

Instagram: #TOMHARFIELDPHOTOGRAPHY