DESIRE - You can have anything you desire

Passion Victims presented 18 of Australia's established and emerging fashion photographers who interpreted the theme DESIRE. In support of the local fashion industry each image features an Australian fashion designer.
The exhibition was held at Somewhere Gallery 6 May 2010.
All images featured at the event will be posted soon.



Australian photographer Paul Westlake's photographic career began in Sydney in the1980's, where he rose to preeminence in the fashion arena. 

In 1991 he moved to London.  After working on Elle Magazine for many years, he was contracted in Australia with the emerging Marie Claire magazine in 1996 under Jackie Frank.

Paul relocated to New York in 1997 and from there he has worked constantly between the US and Europe. His work has appeared in international publications including Marie Claire, Elle, Esquire, Harpers, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Grazia, Red, GQ and Glamour.

His commercial clients include, Ann Taylor, Decleor, Armani, Jaeger, John Smedly, Harrods, Bloomingdales, Jockey, Marks & Spencer, & Swarovski.  He has gotten recent acclaim in Australia for shooting ten award winning David Jones campaigns with Megan Gayle.  

Paul is equally adept in the studio and on location and has a sophisticated ease that is evident in all his work.  He is currently working on a book.



James Pipino began his career as a photographer’s assistant in New York City, he then moved on to study art/history and complete a design and photography course. His editorial work, whilst elegant and classic, is informed by a unique point of view, and as such, emits a dynamism that separates his work from others.

Ultimately, it is James’ commitment to excellence and his energy in the pursuit of this, that has secured his reputation as a photographer of integrity, originality and style, which has ensured a demand for his work not only in Australia, but internationally. 



A creative and inquisitive thinker, Mick Bruzzese always had a strong desire for visual arts, photography in particular.

After high school, he decided to pursue a career in the industry. He assisted various fashion photographers before moving on to take a full time position with leading Sydney fashion photographer Chris Colls – a working relationship that has lasted over five years.

Confident in his artistic expression, his work has a style of its own - often combining an easy going aesthetic with a gritty outlook, yet always with a polished edge.

An up and coming photographer with a very bright future, Mick's fashion clients include Ben Sherman, Seafolly, Nudie Jeans, Mermaid Sister, Sony, and Sunday Life, Cosmopolitan and Russh Magazines.

A keen interest in music portraiture has seen him shoot the likes The Presets and Gerling.



Juliet Taylor discovered her passion at an early age, turning her back on conventional art school training, choosing instead to forge her own way in the world of photography.

She has been trained by unconventional creative industry leaders, working on many international campaigns around the world. Juliet's thoughtful and imaginative approach to her craft has resulted in a string of national and international awards including the Australian creative Hot shop awards for Best Photographer in 2008, & being featured in numerous worldwide publications such as the Luerzer's archive top 200 photographers 2009. Her passion is for shooting 'ideas' - experimenting and innovating - finding new ways to communicate a brief.

Deriving inspiration from iconic artists Magritte and Man Ray, Juliet employs the latest in digital technology for both the shooting and post-production processes. Her maxim? "A photographer's most powerful tool is the mind - without a vision you may as well just be a photocopier."



Best described as the littlest hobo, Trevor King was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised by his parents on sailing vessels travelling through the South Pacific. Trevor was fortunate enough to experience many cultures spanning Central America, South America, and the Carribean giving him great insight into the way people look at the world and express themselves. 

Through his travels Trevor developed a passion for photography, which first saw him pick up a camera at the young age of 17. It was this passion and his sense of adventure that took him to the Canadian Rockies, and armed with his camera he worked the ski season for a number of years.

True to Trevor’s spirit the next chapter to his life was to move to Melbourne, Australia to study photography followed by a graphic design degree. During that time he mainly skipped class and assisted some of the most respected fashion photographers in Australia. This only added fuel to the fire and shortly after graduating Trevor made the move to shooting himself directly for clients.

Over the last four years Trevor has established himself in Melbourne and most recently in Sydney (where he currently lives) as a talented emerging photographer on the fashion and advertising circuit. His work can be appreciated in his collective portfolio having worked seamlessly with creative teams capturing highly conceptual and styled work for Fashion brands such as Lee, Wrangler, Cassette Society and Life With Bird. This work has attracted some well-known publications listing Oyster Magazine, Frankie, and Culture in his repertoire. Not only can Trevor input creatively on all aspects of a photoshoot he also has the ability to work along side an art director or director which has given him opportunities to work on large-scale advertising shoots for Medibank Private, Aus Super, Holden, and Tourism Victoria. 

Trevor’s laid back and playful nature brings magic to a shoot and his magnetic personality gels people together. Trevor adds value to everything he’s involved in and through his enthusiasm and zest for life builds strong working relationships with everyone who crosses his path.  

With so many credits already under his belt, Trevor is surely one of the most exciting young photographers within the industry.



Sydney based photographer Amber Toms with her passion for painting with light and renowned for her Tourism Queensland advertising work has immersed herself in the disparate world of Fashion. Ambers’ unique take on chic modernity has seen her collaborate with designers Gail Sorronda and Gary Bigeni, and has had her work featured in magazines such as Oyster, Fallen and Culture.

Whilst completing her bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of Arts, Amber received international recognition after winning the Photo Imaging Education Association’s photography competition in the USA. Since then Amber’s art-form has seen her shoot in the UK, Indonesia and Malaysia, but it’s the geographical vastity and distinctive colours of Australia that inspires her most.

Amber Toms with her roots in laissez-faire Northern New South Wales has emerged with her feet on the ground and her photography in the lights.






Marnie Haddad is a leading fashion portrait photographer with over fifteen years professional experience and has been published in many magazines including Rolling Stone, Marie Claire Australia, Girlfriend, Cleo, Cosmopolitan and Harpers Bazaar.

Marnie has photographed and directed campaigns for Bettina Liano, Jeans West, Just Jeans and Sportscraft.

Celebrity clients globally include Rose Byrne, The Olsen Twins, Kate Ceberano, Kristy Hinze and The Veronica’s.

She has exhibited in many collaborative shows including Flamingo Sands for Breast Cancer, Sitesea Exhibition and is published in plus61 – a definitive showcase of Australian and New Zealand Photographers.

Her success lies in her innate ability to explore the emotional power of the subject within a staged environment.



Known for her highly developed aesthetic and technical skills, Aboud’s interpretive style as a fine arts photographer has been honed through her experience, education and ongoing experimentation and development.  Aboud has distinguished herself through the medium of commercial photography, winning many international and national awards for excellence. Aboud 's experience of shooting abroad is extensive. After spending many years traveling throughout Europe, an extended time was spent in Paris where an editorial focus was pursued.

Three years was spent with the New York agency Trelise before concentrating once again on the regional market of Australasia. USA clients include Bloomingdales, Lancome, ASPCA, Marks & Spencer UK.

International Campaigns include VISA Liv Tyler, LIndt Chocolate, Ferrero Chocolate Italy, Toyota, Maldives Campaign Singapore Airlines, Clarion Car Stereo Bozell Japan. Thai Airways, Japan, Nokia World Wide Johnson & Johnson Asia & Australia.

Magazines include Interview USA, Vogue Australia, Harpers Bazaar Singapore & Australia, Elle Singapore, Mexico & Australia, OYSTER, Wired USA, Rolling Stone

Noise, Australia Style, Belle Magazine, Vogue Living Australia, Ambiente Germany

Michele is currently working on a solo exhibition “Still”, featuring a selection of Black and  White portraits.



Jaclyn Adams grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. She moved to Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT and is currently based in Melbourne.

Jaclyn has photographed for several fashion and lifestyle publications including Fashion Trend magazine, Aspire magazine, Melbourne Living & Lifestyle Magazine and The Age newspaper and Melbourne magazine. Her aesthetic is informed by a diverse range of styles such as photojournalism, art photography and classical portraiture. Composition and form are the most critical components in her imagery.

Jaclyn has recently returned from Cannes, where she attended the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards as a finalist in the Fashion category. Following a three month travel period through Europe and New York, Jaclyn is currently working in Melbourne with plans to extend her work overseas in the near future.



Paul Barbera divides his time between Australia and Europe working on a range of advertising and editorial commissions while also running a number of self-initiated projects, or ‘studies’, in perpetual motion.
Barbera’s photography can be found online at the following self-governed sites.



Jo Duck and Jade Leung have been working on their own style of fashion photography along with Fiona Middleton for the past three years.
These three young ladies grow attached to each of their fashion stories, focusing on narrative and atmosphere as well as damn fine styling, make up and imagery.
You can see their centerfolds, covers and editorials in numerous Australian magazines including Fallen, Academy for Men, Fashion Trend + Spook.




Nirrimi is  a seventeen year old who is loud through images, who wants to be a part of the future of photographic and youth culture.  She is a daughter to an aboriginal artist and a swedish-australian hippie and am originally from Townsville, North Queensland- where it is always summer. She started taking pictures of her sister at the age of thirteen and never stopped. She likes pretty young things that she pulls from the streets and film (She calls what she shoots digital film, because it still has the colour). The sun is her lighting, the clouds diffusers and she finds studio images bland. She says "if you want to be original you have to shoot outside the (literal) box." She wants to be a traveller and live, photographing realness. Last year was signed to an agency and shot a commissioned editorial for her favourite magazine and came first in the photography division of Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards where she is being mentored by Tim Richardson. This year she is shooting in New York and releasing a book and next she wants to write and create films and live her dreams!



Jessica Klingelfuss is a young emerging Sydney-based fashion photographer with an affinity for the weird and the wonderful. Evident in her formidable fashion concepts and strong narratives, is her unique approach to imagery and a seemingly effortless manipulation of ethereal light and rich colours. Partial to taking natural girls and transforming them into curious alien beauties, Jessica is not one to shy away from the surreal and fantastical. She was selected as one of the ‘Hot New Things’ amongst Australian art schools and subsequently exhibited in a showcase of emerging talent in Canberra. With seven years of photography behind her, but only one year shooting fashion it would be difficult to argue that she has a bright future in the industry ahead of her. Her work has appeared locally and internationally in magazines such as Happenstance (AUS), Fruit Magazine (UK), Mirrin (UK) and most recently a cover for Peppermint Magazine (AUS)



Daniel is a self taught photographer from Perth. With his skateboard being his main mode of transport he has developed an eye for capturing street life with a passion and has a desire to bring out the beauty in his subjects.

Early in 2007 he obtained his first editorial and fashion shoot and by the end of that year Daniel based him self in London and assisted internationally renowned fashion photographers, Jonas Bresnan and Victor de Mello.

Daniel is currently based in Melbourne, and works with many Australian fashion labels with plans to extend his work over seas.



Melbourne based photographer, Amanda Fordyce comes from a Fine Art background. Majoring in Photomedia at university, she spent her days working primarily on images created without a camera, playing and painting with light in the darkroom and exposing hour long cyanotypes. After uni she went straight into assisting to learn the technical side of things. It was these last 3 years working alongside many inspiring fashion & advertising photographers that she realized her love and passion for the fashion photography world. Currently in her first year out on her own she has already built up a list of regular clients and believes it is just the beginning of a very exciting and successful future!



Ben Simpson is a promising young photographer with four years of practice under his belt. Surfacing from Western Australia, he relocated to Melbourne to chase his photography career in 2007. Specialising in fashion photography, his skills also reach areas such as music photography, promotional work and photography in media. His influences come from icons such as Helmut Newton, Hedi Slimane and Mario Testino. Ben’s experience is one that has included G-Star Raw, and new up-and-coming arts publication, Spook Magazine. Ben’s work is raw and edgy with an exceptionally resourceful and multitalented approach.



Amelia Soegijono’s passion for photography began at a tender age of eleven.
Her works in photography evokes the (narrative and surreal) sensations like a painter would,.

Amelia realised and developed her unique style whilst travelling around the world to various countries including Indonesia, Singapore and New York.

Soegijono has won many awards for her work in Australia and has recently been nominated for Australia’s Top Photographers 2008 by Capture Magazine, Australia.



Renee Stamatis realised the intensity of her love of photography as a 16yr old schoolgirl, skipping classes to hide out in the dark room & play with the possibilites of image creation. Today it continues to be photography that makes it impossible for her to imagine doing anything else. Having completed her studies in Fine Art Photography at RMIT, she is now in both her commercial and creative pursuits inspired by narrative and the desire to communicate and connect people.