Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fujifilm Ex X-Photographer...

I have officially requested Fujifilm to withdraw me from the Fujifilm X-Photographers program. As of a few weeks ago I decided that it was the right thing to do considering the running of the program and my own future direction. To everyone that contacted me over the last 18 months seeking advice regarding the capability of the system etc... I still stand by my reviews and comments and I have withdrawn from the program on good terms.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Royal Gala... it's been 7 years!

'Royal Gala' - Fuji X-T2 & XF16-55/2.8

And here's a shot we just did the other day. We decided to shoot this in the same corner in our house where this whole series started 7 years ago in 2010. 

We far more enjoy location shoots these days with both the challenges and aesthetics that come with it, but when it's quite cold outside, shooting indoors seemed a good option.  We have another couple of location shoots lined up with this amazing costume that my friend Liesbeth van Muyden and her awesome team from 'Kidstorical Costumes' in Amsterdam made for Athena. For those in the northern hemisphere... stay cool, for the rest of us here in the southern hemisphere, stay warm. 

Losing Control in Hong Kong... July 2017

A few weeks ago we took a 5 day trip to Hong Kong and I managed to get some street photography done as well whilst away. Here's a short slideshow on a selection of street images I made. Opportunities for photography are endless there and I barely scratched the surface of this bustling metropolis. We'll be back early next year! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Singapore Sling... April 2017

We got back from our 5 day trip to Singapore yesterday and I just managed to put together a small video clip of a selection of the street photographs I took. During the day I carried my X70 with me when we were going places and later at night when Nikoleta and Athena were sleeping I was hitting the streets for some night shots. The colours in Singapore demanded I shoot this series in colour, something I haven't done before with my street work.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fujifilm X70... a street journey!

'Fujifilm X70'
Wrist strap by Hyperion Camera Straps

I've been frequently asked by my portrait colleagues... "What's your deal with street photography all about?" For those that have followed my conceptual stylized portraiture work over the years and have come to know me because of that... then it's a valid question and one that deserves an answer. That answer though is longer than what this blog post should be and it's not what this blog post is primarily about. One day i'll give the long version of that answer, but for now in short, it's a part of

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Book review... 'A snapshot of Melbourne'

© 2016 The Worldwide Publishing Empire

What's better than a good street photography book? A good street photography book comprising of images both past & present from your own city.
Firstly, i'm a portrait photographer, it's what i'm recognized for before any other photographic genre. And although I have been acquiring a selection of photography books over the years, the irony is that

Thursday, June 30, 2016

GOLD! PX3 Paris 2016...

'Sanday' Gold award at PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2016

Waking up in the morning with good news that eventuated on the other side of the planet whilst you're sleeping is a surefire way to get you out of the right side of the bed in the morning!
Honoured to have found out that my photograph 'Sanday' received a first place gold award in the professional childrens portrait category in the prestigious '2016 PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016)' international awards!
Last year I received a second place silver award for my photo 'Silverleaves' and the year before that in 2014 a first place gold award for my photo 'Laundrette', so i've had a good run with the PX3 awards since 2014!
However this year's award is a bit more special to me. This photo of my daughter happens to be one of my favourite pieces from my whole body of work. It has something surreal about it that I haven't been able to put into words, i've always wanted to do my own interpretation of the Mona Lisa, perhaps this is it, I don't really know, but ever since taking this photo i've been in no rush to do it.

Earlier this year this photo was also selected to be a part of the Fujifilm X-World gallery exhibition in Tokyo Japan during the official X-Pro2 announcement.

'Sanday' on exhibit during the Fujifilm X-World gallery in Tokyo Japan earlier this year.
Photo courtesy of David Hobby.

For those interested in the technicals, the awarded photograph was taken using an off camera speedlight through a shoot thru umbrella synced at 1/1000s with the Fujifilm X100S' camera lens wide open at f2 whilst we spent a few days down the coast having some family time off.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Moscow International Foto Awards 2016...

Moscow International Foto Awards 2016 awarded entries.

Honoured to have found out the other day that a few entries I submitted a couple of months back were awarded in the professional categories of the 'Moscow International Foto Awards 2016'.
Congratulations to all the other awarded entrants. A pleasure seeing some familiar names participate and do so well amongst some very strong work at an international level!

I've also received a few emails from some people wanting to know the cameras I used for these images. The top two photos and the one in the middle were taken with the Fujifilm X100S and an X-T1 with an XF10-24/4 lens.
The bottom two were taken with a Pentax K3 shortly before I switched to the Fujifilm system for all my work. Yes! And before I get asked again... The Fujifilm system is more than capable for this type of work and the sensor is more than capable at printing large exhibition size prints with fine detail!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

X-Pro2... a brief evaluation.

A few months ago back in March I finally got my hands on the much anticipated Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera. For most photographers that aren't familiar with the hype that was surrounding it's release, you've been spared the crowd noise that came with it. Shortly following it's release the reviews started coming in thick and fast and the camera is still being and will continue being reviewed by photographers that perhaps want to give it some more time before drawing any detailed final conclusions. I'm not going to review this camera in any in-depth way at all as most reputable...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Losing control...

As most already know, my genre in photography is stylized conceptual portraiture. It's what i'm known for and what I enjoy the most, creating something slightly surreal out of nothing more than an idea. It's been the type of work where i've had complete control from the idea stage, the aesthetics to the technicals, from the beginning right to the very end and it's been reflected with a successful body of work produced over the years that we're proud of. However sometimes we reach a point where things get too comfortable, almost easy, and as tempting as it is, throwing money into bigger personal projects is not the solution in creating more emotive and meaningful work, for me.

So almost a year ago I decided to take a detour in my photography journey by shooting street photography, a type of psychological reset for myself. A genre i've had no past experience with as it's way out of my comfort zone and the only genre that was really going to challenge me on many levels. Up until recently I thought of this as a detour in my journey, but it may be a bridge instead. If it's a detour then i'll be back on the main road again but with a different perspective on my portraiture, if it's a bridge then it'll lead me towards a different style of portraiture. Either way, a win situation as the whole purpose in this psychological reset is to ultimately further myself as a photographer that's looking for meaning, knowingly i'll come out a better portrait photographer because of it. After all, we still have many more awesome concepts to shoot with Athena!

In the meantime, i've put together a brief slideshow on a selection of my street work i've shot in the last 11 months documenting my journey. This side street project i've called 'Losing Control' as that's what i've felt since this detour. I have no control in the streets like I do in my chosen genre, the only control I have is where to point the camera and when to press the shutter. Like my known work with Athena it was never intended as a project but with time it's sort of evolved into one. And I always believe the best projects are usually the ones that never start off as projects but sort of evolve into them. The irony... I've found losing control frustrating, yet very liberating.

Thank you to everyone that's been riding this creative journey with us, we hope it never ends!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

What's in my kit bag...

A few weeks back the team at got in contact with me wanting to know what's in my usual kit bag. 'Click here' to find out how simple I usually keep it!


Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Copyright breaches...

In this day and age of the internet, social media and other forms of instant networked communication I still don't understand why some so called 'artists' want to risk their reputation and the repercussions of litigation taken against them by copying other peoples works without asking permission and then trying to pass it off as their own and thinking they can get away with it.

It's unfortunate and as many people already know, i've been a victim of this many times over the years but in many ways i'm also fortunate that my works are well recognized amongst many photographers and artists alike worldwide and i'm usually informed almost immediately once a copyright breach against me is discovered.

The latest copyright breach of my photo 'Pears' by an oil painter made the news in the U.S media recently. Again... no permission was sought or any credit referenced back to my original photograph by the copyright infringer.

(Thanking San Diego based photographer Erika Thornes in bringing this copyright infringement to my attention. Shortly after this copyright breach against me occurred I was also interviewed by blogger Mandy Schoch regarding the situation. A link to this blog post interview is here: 'Bill Gekas has been copied... again!')

Most times these copyright breaches take place it usually happens to be by painters or digital artists and only in a few circumstances has it been by other photographers.
Now one thing I have to mention is that I also receive many emails from painters doing the right thing and asking for permission to paint the works and respecting my ultimate decision. However, only in a handful of instances have I given permission for the works to be reproduced of which a mandatory requirement was that credit must have been referenced back to the original work and all correspondence of how the works were to be used for of which I have full records of.
If my works have been copied as paintings or in any other medium with no credit referenced back to me and the original work then it's a copyright breach of which I gave no authorization to.

Another thing i've discovered as to why it's usually painters doing the wrong thing by me and other photographers is that painters and photographers in most cases hang around in different circles. The unscrupulous artists rely on the fact that they won't be caught out as their circle won't intersect with the other circle... But here's the thing, sometimes these circles do intersect and the more well known the works are, the higher the chance you'll be called out. Now is risking your whole reputation as a respected artist worth it? Simply put, true artists understand and respect other artists works, bullshit artists don't!

Some of my more frequently copied work by painters.
'Red Beret, Potatoes, Pleiadian & Cherries'

Any respected artist who takes their work seriously and expects others to take their work seriously too have to be aware of international copyright laws. There is 'The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works' of which these 'countries' are signatories to and which makes international litigation proceedings a feasible prospect. Then there's also the internet and the social media weapon. The naming and shaming which can be just as detrimental if not moreso than litigation. Many years of hard work and earning some sort of respect in the arts community can be destroyed in an instant by being caught out, it just takes one act of stupidity. Is it worth it?

I've now decided to take the approach of both litigation where it'll be worth my while and naming and shaming when it's not. I've even had a suggestion by some of my friends and social media followers to create a new gallery with my copied works next to my original pieces, perhaps calling this gallery 'The Wall Of Shame!?'

The internet and it's powerful reach is a double edge sword for those that want to play against the rules and the approach i'll be taking now is simply compiling a list of the copyright breaches of my work i've come across over time and taking appropriate measures whether through litigious channels or using my social media reach in exposing the copyright infringers. It doesn't matter whether it's a commercial entity churning the dollars or a one man artist calling it an interpretation, because at the end of the day i'll be calling it bullshit and calling it out loudly!