My trip back home to Australia came to a very short and abrupt end earlier in March when I was forced to leave and come back to my family in New York before the borders shut down. This trip was all about making another collaboration with my friend and artist Otto Sims
and directing our first main photo shoot. Good ol’ Covid put a harsh reality on things for a bit.
Later in August I was supposed to travel back out to Australia to spend time with the The Warlpiri people and direct another photo shoot with an Aboriginal model in the Tanami Desert.
Cheers again Covid; I’m stuck in New York and can’t come home to Australia in person just yet.
Spending time in ‘Country’ and forging my relationships with the artists that I collaborate with is very important because for them this is the ‘right way’. I don’t want to just bring you a picture that I found on the Internet and licensed. I want to bring you out to central Australia and introduce you to people that I know and understand. People that give you truth to their culture the ‘right way’ and share it with you.
It has taken a very long time to bring you Sunzi digitally and launch this website. I truly have a respect and appreciation of the work that goes in to such a complicated job. I’m feeling pretty lucky that I was able to be a part of the technical process all the way through, rather than just hand it over to someone that doesn’t understand the importance if the entire concept of Sunzi. I feel like the website is a reflection of me and who I am as the person that brings you this inspirational culture from the first peoples of Australia. Having to pivot and build the website without key features that introduce you to the Aboriginal people and culture was quite the challenge.
When I get back to Australia you will be the first to know when I shout it from the roof tops. For now I hope you enjoy Sunzi today.