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Burn Brighter

I was walking in the wrong direction
I was walking like a man on a wire
Couldn't keep it for my own protection
Couldn't keep it from the fire
Stayed dead though my heart can't be dead
Stayed dead 'cause my head won't lie
Just waiting for the one salvation
The same one to make it alright…

…Break me from the chains
To keep us burning brighter…

-The Heavy

Model: Kat - one of many wonderful human beings I’ve worked with.

Fear & Loathing in Wollongong

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The tattoo on Bee’s right thigh signifies her love of Hunter S. Thompson’s famous novel “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”

I'll Shoot Anyone

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Another nude dude in your feed for ya. In the name of balance and variation and a host of other stuff. #boring

If you are a male, any age, any dimension, or a female with any characteristics (in fact I’m more interested in those who do not fit the social norm for ‘beauty’ and have a story to tell), and would enjoy being photographed then let me know. I will photograph anyone, big, small, white, black, old, young. Beauty is not confined to 20 to 30 year old females. .
#makemodel #shootmoremen #igpromotesphotographerswhopromoteinequality

This shot by Dr. Clayton @eric_clayton02

Don't be Anaethetised

I’ve received a number of messages recently from dear followers about what I do but this one from from @mara_paints has brought me back to life, breathing inspiration back into tired photographic bones. It gives me faith to #saysomething and #sayitloud if I think it matters, because there are people who follow me that are on the same page and care about the same issues. I’m not alone. Don’t be anaesthetised! I you can’t find something you want to speak about, your photography will never progress beyond pretty pictures which satisfy rather than challenge. This from Chris Jordan: “There's this kind of anesthesia in America at the moment. We've lost our sense of outrage, our anger and our grief about what's going on in our culture right now”.

I can identify with this post as an aging woman in these times! I hate getting older and I hate getting wrinkles and age spots... fuck! But artists like you help push back and shine the light on our humanity and what is important! As an artist, I don’t yet have the guts to paint what is not the society norm of beauty... but I think about it every day... and your photography reminds me that the beauty is in the soul and not the surface presentation of appearances... I will continue to try to embrace my age ... but I am not giving up the beauty products to try to reverse it!

This means so much that someone can see the essence of what I do through my pictures. It gives me the strength to continue now with projects that are deeply important to me - ones that challenge and explore social norms and consciousness. These explorations are far from model photography - in the same way that recent work has been, for example the NO HANDS exhibition with @lauren_michelle_artist

The last week I’ve been reading a lot, mainly about photographers who inspire me who are driving change in a social sense. People like James Nachtwey (@jamesnachtwey) and Chris Jordan (chrisjordan.com and @albatrossthefilm). The next few posts will include some profound (to me anyway) quotes from TED talks that those guys have done.

Photo: my dear friend and long time artistic collaborator @biancawolff.com_ just after her beautiful new haircut. Many more images from this shoot.

Trashed Art - Project Updates

Please check here form now on for updates of my work. Project status reports for my subscribers are important so that you know how I’m using your money. The latest one is available in the following link and I will update it monthly.

My usual Instagram account will disappear tonight midnight. My commercial presence will remain as @mikestaceycommercial and there is also my arts account: @avisuallife

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Am I a Puppet or Not?

It’s healthy to ask yourself this question every day, I do. Regarding the following:

Social norms say male and female body hair is unattractive, wrinkles are unattractive (ageist western culture which is now an industry), bitten fingernails are no good, neither are sun spots. So here, look at them. 
But my heart you cannot see.