These two images were taken under a mix of natural and electric light at the Niagara Café in Gundagai. Arms crossed and eyebrow raised, my friend JB assumes the pose of a university lecturer. I say “assumes” because, while this may indeed be his profession, I’m most used to seeing him with a beer in one hand, a play station console in the other, and a bag of barbecue-flavoured crisps and tub of French onion dip nearby. His ultra-cool Ray-Ban sunglasses hint that all is not as it seems.
Like most photographers, I sneak off when other people bring out their cameras, which is why I’m usually invisible in family albums. Every now and then, however, I set the exposure, choose a location and let Justin snap away. So here I am in my signature red, with hands cradling my face. Hands reveal personality — in this case, a sweet fragility — which is why I try to relax people until they fall into their everyday, comfortable poses or photograph them doing an activity.