Unconscious Images

Session 1

Chaos Theory - a random number generator selects 5 images from the unconscious images. These images are then combined to create a single image.

Saung

The saung, the traditional Myanmar harp, is regarded as a national musical instrument of Myanmar . The saung is unique in that it is a very ancient harp tradition and is said to be the only surviving harp in Asia.

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Scan QR code to hear live recording of the saung.

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Press play to hear saung being played.

Slices of Time

Take your camera with you every where, you never know what will catch your eye.

Oil Field

Questioning Representation Through Portraiture

Workers, away from home

This project captures expat workers on a mega oil and gas project in Kuwait. While the financial benefits are far greater than can be earned in their home country, sacrifices are made. The work tiring, 10 hour shifts, 13 days a fortnight with some employees commuting up to four hours a day. Also time away from family and friends, up to 12 months and then only for four weeks before returning for another 12 month stint.

Note: A part of this project was to be as mobile as possible. The workflow involved

  • Transferring the raw images from the camera wirelessly to an iPad.

  • The raw images were then processed and saved using the Affinity Photo app for iPad.

  • The images were then uploaded to my website using my iPad.

  • Finally the images were printed will then wirelessly using Affinity Photo (automatically resized, very easy) from the iPad a Canon Selphy CP1300 5x7 inch portable printer. The prints are great, exactly what I expect.

Saifi Khan, 25 y/o HVAC Supervisor   Saifi, still single was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India on 27th February 1994. He works as HVAC Supervisor in Kuwait. His position is of special importance helping make sure all ventilation and exhaust systems work as designed when charging batteries to reduce a possible explosive hydrogen atmosphere from forming.  Saifi has been working as an expat for five years.

Saifi Khan, 25 y/o HVAC Supervisor

Saifi, still single was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India on 27th February 1994. He works as HVAC Supervisor in Kuwait. His position is of special importance helping make sure all ventilation and exhaust systems work as designed when charging batteries to reduce a possible explosive hydrogen atmosphere from forming.

Saifi has been working as an expat for five years.

Dasharath Humnabade, 22 y/o, Painter/Grit Blaster   Dasharath is from Ghaborael, India. He left home at 18 to support his family income which currently comes from farming. His ambition is to do the best he can and one day be a Supervisor.  The orange device near his chin is a carbon monoxide monitor used to make sure that the air coming inside the helmet is safe to breath.

Dasharath Humnabade, 22 y/o, Painter/Grit Blaster

Dasharath is from Ghaborael, India. He left home at 18 to support his family income which currently comes from farming. His ambition is to do the best he can and one day be a Supervisor.

The orange device near his chin is a carbon monoxide monitor used to make sure that the air coming inside the helmet is safe to breath.

Flavio Medori, 48, Technical Advisor, CEG   Born in Italy and now living in Rome, Flavio is married and has an 11 y/o son. However living away from home for 10 months in a year makes the time at home with his family very special.

Flavio Medori, 48, Technical Advisor, CEG

Born in Italy and now living in Rome, Flavio is married and has an 11 y/o son. However living away from home for 10 months in a year makes the time at home with his family very special.

AI

Facial characteristics identified and scored

iPad Application BetaFace

Fingerprint registration on phone

Smartphone fingerprint registration

Age-O-Meter Application

Age app 41, actual 59

Golden Ratio measurements. Overall score 8.06/10

Golden Ratio measurements. Overall 8.06/10

Expression Identifier

Expression identifier and emotion tracking graph

Left Side Flipped vs Right Side Flipped

Attractive Score App

Who belongs to you "Facial Data". You?

The year is 2027, and it’s now been fours years since Alphabet Inc. successful took over Facebook with its 750 billion photos and BetaFace the facial recognition software company. Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. has successfully become the market leader in smart glasses having bought out many of the other leading smart glass technology companies.

Your excited, today is the day that you pick up the latest pair of google glasses. Within a few minutes of walking out of Google Glass, faces are being analysed, names, age, political persuasion, attractive scores, personality, emotional stability and social credit rating are coming up clearly in your view.

That evening you muster the courage to say hi to Megan, 24, liberal, emotionally out-going, attractiveness score 83 with an A++ credit rating. Then Megan gets up and goes to the ladies. Then your excitement drains from your body when you remember that you are a 45 year old democrat, recently divorced with an attractive score of 43, an anxiety disorder that you would have rather kept a secret at least until the fourth date and a credit rating of C-.

BetaFace facial recognition software used to analysis images.

What does your desk say about you?

Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs had messy desks, just like most other geniuses.
— Geoffrey James (www.inc.com, 2017)

Blood Sugar

Over Christmas I made a trip to the Doctor for a regular check up. My fasting (at least 8 hours) blood test results came back 5.9 mmol/L which is prediabetes.

  1. When fasting after 8 hours normal results are between 4 to 5.4 mmol/L

  2. Testing 2 hours after a meal a normal result can be up to 7.8 mmol/L

After being on a strict diet for 11 days I decided to see how my blood sugar results had changed.

  1. Fasting after 8 hours 4.6 mmol/L (4 to 5.4 normal) - NORMAL

  2. Testing after 2 hour meals 6.0 mmol/L (up to 7.8 normal) - NORMAL

So I guess the weight loss and healthy diet has paid off, or I never really had a problem in the first place.

Choices

A common site on the Kuwaiti highway number 80 are extreme crashes occurring at high speed or cars burnt out due to poor maintenance and electrical faults. All behaviour has a consequence. What will yours be!

This is me: Then and Now (Minus 15)

After getting the results back from my GP after a visit back to Australia in December 2018 I realised that I needed a change in my lifestyle. Over weight by 15 kg, high cholesterol, prediabetes blood sugar and a waist line 19 cm too high, I set out on a journey to turn things around, drastically. The only good news was that my PSA (prostate) results were good, no problem there.

Online Exhibition - In Progress

Doctors Report

The series of images are taken roughly once a week to document the changes in my face and waist until I lose 15 kg.

Weekly Weight Loss Images

Weekly Portraits

Shrinking stomach, From 110 cm to 104 cm, Goal 91 cm.

Food for a day

635 calories, enough food for the day, “for me”.

Get some doctor’s advice before cutting your calorie intake this low.

Track your success

Tracking the weight loss keeps me motivated towards my goal of reaching 80 kg.

Let people know

Publicly announce that your trying to lose weight.

Read the Accompanying Journal

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Perth to Kuwait +21 hour trip

Visual diary of my back to work flight from Perth to Kuwait after 2018 Christmas holidays. Luckily I was offered an upgrade to business class.

Legs

Rig 919

The cost to drill one well is around USD$2.6 million. Just over 2 billion has been invested to drill around 900 wells in this middle east heavy oil project. Then another USD$4 billion to provide the infrastructure to get it out of the ground. With oil now around USD$72 per barrel. Thats 27 million of barrels to recover costs. If my calculations are right, producing 120,000 barrels of oil per day it will take just under 8 months to recover the costs of developing the oil field. Who know how many years it will last 5, 10 or even 15 years.