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Weaver Ants photographed by Dzul Dzulfikri in Indonesia July 9, 2021

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Weaver Ants photographed by Dzul Dzulfikri in Indonesia carrying wild sweet cherries after a foraging expedition in the photographer’s garden..

Native to to South-East Asia and Australia, the ants live in colonies of up to 500000 members and are known for their unique nest building technique which uses larval silk to weave leaves together.

Sarah Matheson: The Uncommon Cold A Dogs Perspective; a publication currently at Shopfront Gallery 149 Beaufort Street Northbridge June 21, 2021

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Aiswarya’s Death at Perth Children’s Hospital: a protest May 25, 2021

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The lawn next to Perth Children’s Hospital was inundated with nearly 1000 nurses and doctors on Tuesday afternoon calling for change, after a young girl’s death highlighted problems staff said they had raised for years

The rally was a boiling point for tensions between the government, hospital administration, staff and the unions that have been building since Aishwarya Aswath died waiting nearly two hours for medical attention at the hospital.


On Tuesday, angry staff from hospitals across the state booed and blew deafening horn blasts as Health Minister Roger Cook repeated previously announced promises to boost staffing, and add 500 beds, over the next four years.

But there were wild cheers when he said he would proceed with requests from the Australian Nursing Federation’s 10-point plan and put an extra 16 nurses in the children’s hospital emergency department, including boosting triage with a separate resuscitation team.

 He also announced an additional 20 beds at Perth Children’s Hospital, which include 10 inpatient beds and 10 beds in the high dependency unit.

One nurse yelled back: “Where are you going to get the staff?”

Others pointed to understaffing at other Perth hospitals including Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley and asked officials,“Please don’t throw us under the bus”.

One said simply, “We care about Aishwarya.”

Perth’s James Simmons wins the 2020 International Wedding Photographer of the Year award May 17, 2021

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Perth’s highly respected James Simmons has won  the International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2020.

Speaking more generally on his work as a wedding photographer, Simmons also shared, “I believe everyone deserves amazing images to preserve their own history and it gives my photography a purpose to help them remember how they felt at the time, not just what they looked like.”

Mads Nissen: Brazil in the time of Covid PANOS PICTURES WORLD PRESS WINNER April 27, 2021

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Mads Nissen’s series on the Covid 19 crisis in Brazil from which the World Press Photo of the Year 2021 was selected. Mads talked to us about how he came to take the winning image.

In March 2020, care homes across Brazil closed their doors to all visitors, preventing millions of Brazilians from visiting their elderly relatives, while the home’s carers were ordered to keep all physical contact with their vulnerable residents to an absolute minimum. However, at Viva Bem, an elderly people’s home outside São Paulo, a simple new invention ‘The Hug Curtain’ has enabled families and their elderly relatives to see and hug each other without risking lives. For residents who do not have visitors, volunteers and staff are ready to step in, because, as they say at Viva Bem, “Everyone deserves a good hug”.

Brazil has one of the the world’s highest rates of COVID-19 infections, at over 13,5 million, and a staggering death toll of nearly 355,000 people (by April 2021).

Q: How did you end up covering the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil?

I saw a beautiful people devastated by, not only this horrible virus, but also by the failed and irresponsible policies of their own President. The death toll in Brazil is staggering, more than 355,000 dead by April 2021, which is among the highest for any country in the world. President Bolsonaro has continued to neglect the pandemic which he has described it as a ‘small flu’. He has refused to apply any of the internationally recognised measures to mitigate the damage caused by COVID-19 and protect his own population.

I lived in neighbouring Venezuela when I was 18 years old, I’m married to a Colombian and have made two photographic books on the region, so I felt a really strong urge to go and document the crisis at eye level. From the graveyards to the favelas, the suffering and grief, but also the endurance, hope and warmth that is so vivid in the Brazilian culture. These are some of the emotions I hope my image ‘The First Embrace’ will pass on.

Lockdown Sunday Morning Perth Photos Bohdan Warchomij April 25, 2021

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A house in North Street in Mt Lawley with a tribute to fallen Anzacs Photo Bohdan Warchomij

This morning I was at the end of my driveway listening to the Last Post playing from my neighbours’ radios at 6 am  with the shadow of a lockdown hanging over me and Perth and Peel created by an outbreak of covid19.

I photographed my father’s photograph in a commemorative act  to mark victims of the wars that plague our planet.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Perth had an outbreak on the sixth floor of the Mercure hotel, which was being used to quarantine travellers to WA from overseas.

One man was released after 14 days of quarantine in the Mercure and spent five days in Perth, before flying to Melbourne, where he tested positive for COVID-19.

His travels around Perth are listed  on the government website: www.healthywa.wa.gove.au .

If people have been to any of the hotspots listed it is a good idea to get tested and to quarantine oneself for 14 days until an all clear is pronounced by the testing.

Community transmission has been recorded in people he came into contact with in Perth.

Oliver with the red ensign in Kings Park Photo Bohdan Warchomij

In Kings Park I photographed a young man called Oliver with a Red Ensign who told me the following “The 1901 Federal Australian Flag originated from a competition held where 5 similar designs were chosen by the people. It was used unofficially by the people on land, and at war from 1901-1954.
Civil and Merchant use was to be the flag with a  red background, as well as the public generally.
The  blue background flag was used for Government buildings and a White background was for Naval use for commissioned war ships and naval bases.
A version of the red ensign was later brought in to be used by merchant marine fleets complying with admiralty guidelines for ships at sea in 2:1 ratio.

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In 1954 Prime Minister Robert Menzies adopted the blue background version as the official flag of Australia.”

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With a mask on and a camera I visited the Kings Park War Memorial travelling through Mt Lawley and then Northbridge where I photographed a homeless woman from the safety of my car.

A woman from Armadale sleeps homeless in Perth. She has been on the street for over a year Photo Bohdan Warchomij

The next location was Cottesloe Beach where I photographed people with and without masks enjoying the sunshine.

In the water at Cotteloe Beach Photo Bohdan Warchomij


The Patti’s Manifesto and Art PERTH CENTRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY April 23, 2021

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Patti Smith
concerned more about bees than terrorists
contemporary artist;
rock star,
polaroid shooter,
paper napkin journal jotter;
Patti’s everyday
imbued with the cosmic
coupled with the Universe;
but why does she watch
all that crap television?

Perth’s disparate and famously
non – conforming;
Patti Smiths Art Collective;
describe their work
loosely as
post / retro-punk
with ironic dollops of pomo kitsch.

Starring – Kevin Ballantine, Emma Dowdell, Mike Gray, Joe Landro, Sarah Landro, Nicole Lobry de Bruyn, Graham Miller, Harry Reid-Sadler, Duncan Wright.

Kiteboarding at Woodman Point Photos Bohdan Warchomij March 24, 2021

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Airborne Folkert Bosma Woodman Point West Australia Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Bran Bieleny Slovakia heads to the beach at Woodman Point Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Kiteboarding or kitesurfing, is an extreme sport where the kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. It combines aspects of sailingsurfingwindsurfingskateboardingsnowboardingwakeboarding and


Airborne Folkert Bosma Woodman Point West Australia Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Had an opportunity to photograph Bran Bieleny from Slovakia and Folkert Bosma from Holland showing

Bran Bieleny Slovakia Photo Bohdan Warchomij

off their incredible skills at Woodman Point, Indian Ocean.

Bran Bieleny Slovakia Photo Bohdan Warchomij


Shadows of Hope March 17, 2021

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Robert Hoey Leader Shadows of Hope

Shadows of Hope is an officially registered 501(c)(3) charity currently operating in 4 global theatres spanning more than a dozen countries.

It  is also suddenly in the mainstream over news of the arrest of a Perth man over  a sniper murder of biker chief Nick Martin at the Kwinana Multiplex. The uncharged sniper engaged with Shadows of Hope in Myanmar and  with organiser Robert Hoey working on an ethnic operation. The organisation labels itself as the ‘world’s most dangerous and fearless charity.’

In a Facebook post, the former SAS soldier said of the meeting: “It was love at first sight. I tracked them down and offered my skills. They accepted me into my ranks. And now here I am, surrounded by sacred kin, those willing to put everything on the line for others.

Robert Hoey, leader of Shadows of Hope, defended the alleged killer, and claimed that he had “suffered and bled for those who were most vulnerable.”

“The actions of one of our members who is being questioned for the alleged murder of an Australian gang leader was not a Shadows of Hope operation, ” the American said.

“we have no knowledge of the alleged crime and offer no support or judgement of this crime.”

“Our members have earned their right to privacy and their actions off duty do not reflect our organisation,”

Shadows of Hope

With a uniquely skilled core of volunteers that fluctuates between just a few to over a hundred members, Shadows of Hope draws its labor pool not from overseas specialists, but from local experts. This allows for rapid deployment and a broader view for the past, present, and future impact of operations. This also helps cut down massively on costs as well as communication times.

Using local resources and expertise allows for the continuation of operations beyond what any one organization could hope to accomplish using so few people in such an austere environment. It also grants Shadows of Hope unheard of connections, from authorities in the highest government office to lowly pirates and thieves, securing friendships for prospective operations in the future and a way to avoid red-tape when lives are hanging in the balance.

Shadows of Hope currently has more than 500+ contacts in almost 30 countries employed in countless professions, ready to act when an official field operative hits the ground.  Shadows of Hope is nevertheless in the limelight because of the arrest and a household word in West Australia.

Catching the Light JACK LOVEL: The architecture of Iwan Iwanoff March 16, 2021

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“Catching the Light” Jack Lovel Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Jack Lovel’s book launch, namely “Catching The Light” at the Mobilia Studio in 888 Hay Street Perth was a special occasion.

Jack Lovel Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Featuring the work of Bulgarian architect Iwan Iwanoff in Perth it captured more than light. It captured the genesis and the spirit of and the technology of Iwanoff’s powerful work. And sensitively it showed respect for the landscape in which these works were made. The light in Perth is astonishing and Jack’s work through his lens has made the work stand out palpably. It attracted architects. Neil Appleton from Lyons Architecture,  Adrian Iredale from Iredale Pedersen Hook, who gave the keynote opening address,  and Kayisha Iwanoff, the niece of Iwanoff, who is an interior designer.

Kayisha Iwanoff Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Kayisha Iwanoff Interior Designer

There were numerous other guests revelling in the work and the beautiful backdrop of the Mobilia showroom. Miles Openshaw from the Globetown Project with his wife Amanda and son Xavier. Owner of Mobilia Sam Fazzari was at the opening although owner Mirella Scaramella was unable to attend.

Owners of  Iwanoff properties Matthew and Merja Shield, Mark Baxter and Karen Featherby were in attendance.

Neil Appleton and Adrian Iredale Architects Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Adrian Iredale in his address mentioned Jack Lovel from a recent conversation
and ‘his obsession with the work of Iwanoff’.
“This is a healthy obsession, it is productive and focused. Over the last decade I have
heard of numerous attempts to produce dedicated books or catalogues on Iwan’s
work. Such attempts to create a meaningful focus fail to materialise in the intended
manner, we are generally left with project articles in magazines or more recently,
detailed descriptions and photographic portrayals on real estate agents websites.
Here the ‘weight’ of Iwanoff seems to manifest as a curse.
As noted earlier, the Iwan Iwanoff catalogue from 1991 focused on the art of
architecture. Here Jack has adopted a specific and focused approach, the title
‘Catching Light’ immediately identifies his approach. The front cover embraces the
scale of the block, the block texture can be seen and almost felt, reinforced by the
textured paper. The back cover contrasts the grey natural block front cover with
painted block, here the texture is reduced and the shadow pronounced (Iwanoff was
critical of owners later painting his blocks). There is an honesty and authenticity in
these photos, Jack captures qualities of light against an evolving approach of Iwan
Iwanoff from the Californian modernists inspired houses of the 50’s to the very
personal approach with the concrete block. What remains consistent is Jack’s
approach to capturing the diversity of approach of Iwanoff to light.”

Jack Lovel is an architectural photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. With ten years worth of experience, Jack has worked with some of the leading architects and design practices in the field including Splinter Society, Carr Design, Christopher Elliott and Biasol. His editorial work has featured in global publications like Dwell, Elle Decoration, Houses and Habitus.

Alongside his freelance practice, Jack has spent the past three years documenting Iwan Iwannoff’s architectural legacy in Western Australia, culminating in a 2019 exhibition entitled The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff – Through the lens of Jack Lovel at Perth’s There Is Studio. This body of work was initially inspired by the Iwanoff-designed Jordanoff house that Jack grew up in, and is a testament to his long fascination with – and passion for – contemporary architecture.

The closing words by Adrian Iredale at the opening  were from a well known quote by Iwan Iwanoff: “Architecture without Art is like life without a pulse .”Here Jack Lovel maitains the pulse through the frozen art of capturing light.” Adrian Iredale Architect.



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