Solomon islands oil spill for the new york times

Recent work for The New York Times.

Three months ago the seven hundred foot long ‘Solomon Trader’ slammed into a reef on remote Rennell Island, a coral atoll and part of the Solomon Islands. The ship carrying bauxite rich soil bound for China ran aground in Kangava Bay, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Three hundred tons of fuel oil leaked into the sea, wreaking havoc on the sensitive coastline and its delicate marine ecosystem. The spill is a tragedy for the ocean and the locals whose lives depend on it. However the incident exposes a more calculated and sinister catastrophe unfolding in real time on Rennell Island and throughout the Solomon Islands: The illegal exploitation of natural resources from an economically poor nation by foreign owned companies.

The full piece can be seen here.


Deep Sea Shipwreck Hunting for the New York Times Magazine

In January writer Ed Caesar and I spent seventeen days on the Coral sea aboard the R/V Petrel searching the ocean floor for the USS Wasp, an American aircraft carrier lost during WWII. The Petrel is a 250-foot converted North Sea oil-and-gas vessel, retro-fitted for wreck-hunting by the late Paul Allen, the multi-billionaire who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates.

On September 15, 1942 the Wasp was escorting a convoy of US Marines bound for the island of Guadalcanal, when she was hit by three torpedoes fired at close range by the I-19, a Japanese submarine. The lives of 193 men were lost. At approximately 9pm, the giant ship slipped below the surface of the ocean. It remained lost, shrouded in watery darkness until the crew of the Petrel found her using their high tech submarines, resting on the ocean floor at a depth of over 4000 metres. As the lights of the Petrel’s ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) shone on the wreckage, we witnessed the haunting, well preserved evidence of the violent end that met the ship and its crew. One of the first pieces of debris we encountered was a lone helmet.

Many thanks to the crew of the Petrel and to the amazing team of editors at the magazine. The full piece can be viewed here.


Ancient dna for the New York Times Magazine

A fascinating story to shoot that took me from remote villages in Vanuatu to a high tech laboratory in Germany. An Incredibly well written piece by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, "Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?".

Excited to have my first cover for The New York Times Magazine. Link the the story here.


The Dhimurru Indigenous Rangers for the new york times

I wrote and photographed a piece on the Aboriginal Rangers working to preserve their traditional country in Australia’s remote Arnhem Land. They are tasked with protecting 550,000 hectares of country in the face of some big challenges.

By combining contemporary training with ancient knowledge, Australia's unique Indigenous ranger program facilitates Aboriginal people once again being in charge of managing their traditional lands.

You can see the piece here.

Drought and Faith in rural Australia for The New York Times

Recent work accompanying a story by Rick Rojas looking at the worst drought in decades gripping Australia and the role of faith in the impacted communities.
"The repercussions from the drought — now affecting a stretch of Australia larger than Texas — seem almost biblical. There was the town swarmed by famished emus searching for food. The crops overrun by feral camels migrating toward water. Around Wee Waa, it has been the kangaroos invading soccer fields and crowding roadsides after dark, their carcasses littering the pavement in the morning. But the consequences have been especially brutal for livestock farmers, who have been forced to sell off stock and take on mountains of debt. Hanging over everything else is the spectre of harder times to come, leading many to reckon with the potential devastation of their livelihoods and their communities.” .

You can see the full story here.


The Marawi Siege for Mother Jones Magazine

At the end of 2017 myself and journalist Saul Elbein spent two weeks in the Philippines reporting on the ISIS inspired siege that had destroyed the city of Marawi. We embedded with tropps clearing the city of IED’s and unexploded ordinance, travelled to IDP camps, visited hospitals where soldiers were recovering, interviewed detailed militants and those whose lives were forever altered by the violence. You can view the recently published piece here.


American Express Campaign - Motion and Stills

The campaign that I created for American Express has hit the streets on billboards, buses and televisions sets around the world. I shot stills and directed motion for the campaign that had us in all corners of Indonesia for 12 days in July. I am so grateful for such a supportive and talented team at Flint Sydney and Ogilvy Australia and to my talented DOP, Glenn Pokorny. 


New Zealand Rugby for the New York Times

I pitched, photographed and wrote a story recently for the New York Times on the dominance of New Zealand rugby. It was a joy to shoot as rugby was my first sporting love. Many thanks to the Gisborne Boys High School for hosting me.


The story can be read here.


Winter Appeal campaign for st vincent de paul

At the beginning of the year I was commissioned to shoot stills and direct a TVC for St Vincent de Paul to launch their winter appeal campaign. The work has just gone live on their website and can be seen here. A link to the motion piece and a couple of the stills can be seen below.



I visited Australian researcher Dr. Kate Brandis who has been relying upon citizen scientists to send her feather samples from around the country to get an idea of the health of Australia's wetlands and bird populations. You can view the article here.



The Sydney suburb of Cabramatta has a rough history of a thriving drug trade and gang activity born out of it's Vietnamese refugee roots. Fast forward to today and it is a dynamic example of how refugee communities can evolve into positive and vibrant. I spent a day there for the New York Times, you can see the story here.


Sudanese Australian refugees finding success overseas for The New York Times


After pitching the story almost a year ago, that moons finally aligned for me to be able to shoot an interesting story for the New York TImes on a Basketball team of Sudanese Australian youth who were finding success overseas in the United States. The "Savannah Pride" have humble roots, most of the players came to Australia as refugees or are the sons of refugees.

I shot stills and 360 video for the piece that was a feature in the launch of the recently opened Australian bureau for the paper.

You can see the finished online piece here and the print edition below.