William Hall - Photographer: Blog https://www.williamhall.photography/blog en-us (C) William Hall - Photographer [email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:38:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:38:00 GMT https://www.williamhall.photography/img/s/v-12/u266721336-o258064531-50.jpg William Hall - Photographer: Blog https://www.williamhall.photography/blog 120 120 James Mountain https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/8/jamesmountain

James Mountain

  James is currently in his last year at Canberra Grammar School. 


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/8/jamesmountain Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:36:23 GMT
Alison Mountain https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/8/alisonmountain

Alison Mountain

  Alison is currently studying at Australian National University.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/8/alisonmountain Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:35:36 GMT
Joshua Healey https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/joshua-healey

Joshua Healey

Joshua Healey is currently the co-captain of music at Canberra Grammar School. Joshua commenced Cello studies in 2005 and is currently studying under Kalina Krusteva (Monash University/MSO).
He completed his AMEB AMusA in 2013 and is the Tim Murray scholar for 2013/14. Joshua is studying HSC Extension Music, is principal cellist for CGS Symphony and Chamber orchestras and has the privilege of playing associate cellist for the Musica Da Camera orchestra for their 2014 first concert series.
Joshua says he enjoys assisting other developing musicians and has recently helped organise the Classical Encounter Masterclass series set to commence in May 2014.
Joshua has clearly worked very hard to become as brilliant as he is. In spite of his skills, he is looking to pursue a career in medicine rather than music.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/joshua-healey Wed, 14 May 2014 05:35:18 GMT
Bill Maude https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/billmaude

Bill Maude

I believe Bill started teaching at Grammar the year before I started there in 1975. He retired in 2013.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/billmaude Fri, 09 May 2014 12:45:44 GMT
Bridget Middleton https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/bridgetmiddleton

Bridget Middleton

I first encountered Bridget in 1975. She was married to the housemaster of the other boarding house at Canberra Grammar School. I boarded in my first year.

Bridget has been working at the school right up to her retirement this year.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/5/bridgetmiddleton Fri, 09 May 2014 12:22:28 GMT
Bill and Wendy Cowey https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/cowey

Bill and Wendy Cowey

I spent nine years filming and editing film of Wendy so I know how much she dislikes being photographed.

Wendy is one of the key developers of a major literacy program in Australia. My role was to record and edit video-footage for teacher-training. We spent years in remote (typically indigenous) schools accumulating zillions of frequent-flyer points. I think Wendy may have grown wings of her own. Wendy is now working as a consultant across Australia. 

My work with the program and with Wendy was truly life-transforming. It helped me understand where and why my own education failed, how education fails for so many kids, how it could have been different, and how to teach others.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/cowey Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:26:48 GMT
Leonard Weiss https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/leonard-weiss

Leonard Weiss - have harp will travel !

Leonard kindly brought himself and his harp to my studio. What an instrument to lug around? But someone has to do it and Lenny plays beautifully. He also a Carillonist here in Canberra and composer.

What an interesting instrument the harp is to photograph. Whatever you do it is going to dominate an image, naturally. But how do you bring something fresh to shots of the harp, or any instrument for that matter? Is the shot about the instrument or the musician? Whatever, one of the functions of a shot is to make people look in the first place which is why I've chosen this particular image. But then I hope there is something else to look at when I have your attention.

With these shots getting around poor Lenny might not get any more engagements. But it may reflect how he feels at times, sitting in an orchestra waiting for his part...


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/leonard-weiss Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:49:48 GMT
Sunday, Melissa, Millie and Bella Oloyede https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/oloyede

Sunday, Melissa, Millie and Bella Oloyede

I photographed the Oloyede several years ago and included Melissa and the girls in my Mothers and Daughters collection.

The photographic appeal of the frizzy-haired girls is obvious. I also captured the girls many times when they were in the infants section of the boy's Grammar school. Now they are at the girls' Grammar I miss them (and the school misses them too).

I will, however, endeavour to capture the family every few years for as long as I'm around and they are all nearby. It will be interesting to see them age and grow.



[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/oloyede Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:34:31 GMT
Donna Storen https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/donna-storen

Donna Storen - at a reflective age (somewhere in her 40's)

I have known Donna about 12 years now. Our first-borns were at school together and are now at university on different sides of the world.

Donna helped select the images displayed here. I had made a short list and had some favourites but a few of those were discarded and a few others added.

Donna is rarely photographed because she prefers being behind the camera. A lot of us are like that. So the process of being shot was a novelty. She loved the experience but was a bit shocked (startled? confronted?) by the results.

Donna brought along a few costume changes and we had more fun working with the dress she had bought for a ball but never actually worn because she didn't end up going. Long story... 

I liked this because it contrasted her glamourous side with her more rugged golf-obsessed and suntanned lifestyle. It presented an interesting contrast of textures and personality.

So, why 'shocked'? Well, women are always tough to photograph. As a man I'm amused (but understand) how a woman will look at herself and just see problems, no matter how favourably her genes, life and ageing may have treated her. This is not such a problem for men, although we are all confronted by the mismatch between our self-image and the photographed-image (particularly as we age).

But this was never a glamour shoot. It was about capturing an attractive woman at a particular point in her life, "somewhere in her 40's" she tells me. With the right treatment a photograph can be flattering, but my objective is to tell a story of life. This is why we chose the main 'reflective' image. Donna preferred the image with me in it for the humour and to prove she is willing to be photographed ...if she must. 

I have included other images to flesh out Donna a bit more, particularly for others who know her.



[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/4/donna-storen Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:59 GMT
McGrath: a young family https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/3/mcgrath

Tristan, Carissa and Annalisa McGrath: a young family starting a long journey

I really do wonder how humankind managed to evolve to this point WITHOUT "i" technology. Kids (and many adults) take to it like their lives depend on it. It is the ONLY important thing in our lives. Without doubt it is a major game-changer for humankind.

My kids are older, but I feel some sympathy for younger parents who will have to battle the iDemon forever.

When, during this shoot, the iPhone was produced to make Annalisa look in the right direction, the challenge then became to get her to forget the device. 

Technology is a fantastic tool, but a bad master...

I have photographed Carissa many times: with her Mum, with tristan many times and now with Annalisa many times, including when VERY pregnant.

I hope to photograph them for many years to come.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/3/mcgrath Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:42:31 GMT
5 young Women at 24 Years https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/3/5-young-women-at-24-years

Ellie Templeton, Ally Gould, Erin Straude, Claire Daly and Jemima Daly ...age 24.

No One Gets Left Behind...

No, it's not referring to a football position. It is their motto. As they move through life these close friends pledge to support one another and always be there for each other. I guess we all need family and support and a gang or friendship-group provides just that, particularly as young people try the big world around them. Sadly, they did leave one behind for the shoot, but she was in Melbourne and couldn't make it. Another time, I hope...

My connection to this group is through Jemima's Dad, my old school mate. I met Claire through a previous shoot and the others I recognise from their images popping up on each others' facebook snaps.

Their friendship goes back in some cases to the first years of schooling. The others got tacked on as they progressed through life. They are all now 24 years of age.

I was interested to know what they hoped for in the future and asked each where they thought they'd be in 5 and 20 years from now.

All have a tertiary education. One is currently a public affairs consultant, one a media adviser for a politician, one has just finished University and is working in childcare, another is a teacher and one has just quit her job in retail. Four had a reasonable idea where they wanted to be in the future, with two pretty sure they'd like kids. One claimed to have no idea where she'd be in years to come. I will try to catch up with the gang in 5 year to see what has become of them.










[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/3/5-young-women-at-24-years Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:54:50 GMT
Nathan Storen https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/nathanstoren Nathan Storen
From a series of shots of Nathan taken 2013. Nathan's passion is theatre and film. Nathan receive many awards for his theatre work in his final year of school.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/nathanstoren Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:22:53 GMT
Callum Bodman https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/callumbodman Callum Bodman
Some images from a series of portraits Callum taken in 2013, shot to capture the school student with his interests. Amongst other things he is an actor and representative fencer. 


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/callumbodman Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:05:39 GMT
Monica and David https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/monicaanddavid Monica and David


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/monicaanddavid Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:14:48 GMT
Harriet Daly https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/harrietandkids Harriet Daly with Scarlett and Liam


Harriet is the sister of Simon Daly, an old school friend of mine. I met her at Simon's 50th.

At the party her daughter, Scarlett, had the most wonderful dyed red streaks in her hair. She plays Cello so I said come in and let's shoot.

So they did and I shot all of them (the kids' Dad was away so he missed out this time).

Harriet is a Homeopathic practitioner, currently working with Wellness of Woden (in Canberra).


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/harrietandkids Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:56:36 GMT
Dick and Ginny Anderson https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/anderson---dick-and-ginny Dick and Ginny Anderson (both born 1932)

Dick and Ginny, from Illinois, are the parents of some close friends. Dick and Ginny visit Australia to see their grandchildren every few years.

Ginny has been a teacher most of her life and I believe Dick still works as an accountant. 

Not only was I keen to capture the grandparents for the sake of their children and grandchildren, naturally I wanted to capture the texture of their skin. The individual images I selected were chosen more for the texture and 'character lines', and the portrait together was to capture their relationship. 


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) anderson grandparents parents https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/anderson---dick-and-ginny Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:34:35 GMT
Rachel and Tony Hall - my parents https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/0001rachelandtony Rachel (b. 12/1938) and Tony (b. 3/1939) - my parents

I understand my father was evacuated from London during the blitz to the village my mother lived in Cambridgeshire. So they have known each other since they were 4 years old.

There seemed to be something that 'clicked' with them from childhood because they always seemed to be together, along with a few others. While my father was back in London after the war, he seemed to spend a fair bit of his childhood and teenage years in the village still. I'll upload some more photos of them from their childhood soon.

My father joined the Merchant Navy at around 16 years of age - his mother was keen to get him out from her life and independent so she could get on with her life (she was left with 3 kids to raise and my father was the last of them). My mother left school at around 15. She was not academically minded and her parents couldn't afford to keep her at school. 

While my father sailed the seven seas my mother worked in cafes and factories and married young and had my older brother. Apparently my father was a bit put out by this. As they've recalled, it was 'understood' they were meant for each other even thoughI don't think that was expressed between them at the time. The first husband killed himself when his motorbike hit a lamp post.

My parents then married in 1960 when they were still only 21 and 22. I was born in 1962 and tony left the Navy a year or so later. Left England for Australia in 1972.

These photographs were taken in 2011. I see my parents for lunch about once a month. They live in the country outside Canberra. We usually talk about photography and during one of the lunches we were talking about remembering people, particularly those who had died, and what our enduring memories of them might be. Often we are left with an image of when they were sick, which is a shame. So we decided to take some shots to make sure we had some alternative options. Not that they look like dropping off for sometime, but you never know.

It is a shame that we tend to avoid the camera as we get older. Vanity... We might be caught here or there in snaps, but these are usually terrible shots and not something we'd ever like to be remembered by.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) grandparent hall parent https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2014/2/0001rachelandtony Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:50:04 GMT
First wedding in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at National Arboretum Canberra https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2013/7/first-wedding-in-the-margaret-whitlam-pavilion-at-national-arboretum-canberra Wedding of Toby and Merete at the National Arboretum Canberra, Thursday, July 18th, 2013.

A cold and windy Canberra Winter's day but absolutely superb location, vista and atmosphere.


[email protected] (William Hall - Photographer) arboretum first national wedding whitlam https://www.williamhall.photography/blog/2013/7/first-wedding-in-the-margaret-whitlam-pavilion-at-national-arboretum-canberra Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:18:51 GMT