Photojournalism

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Taken on an AusAID training trip to Can Tho in Vietnam in 1999. Every monkey wants to have their opinion on a shot.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
A man and his dog outside a St Kilda cafe. While dad has his ciggie, coffee and a read, the little one looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. Or maybe that’s his default expression.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
This little girl was of a fleeting moment as I passed her on a boat in Kashmir in 1986. We caught each other’s eye for a second. In her eyes I saw a depth. I still wonder what lay behind them. I didn’t notice the duckling under the window until many years later.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
The above shot was taken in Seoul. A captured moment of joy among the brutalist architecture in the city’s main square. I titled it Chairman Mao meets Kim Jong-Il. If only.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
This is a photo I took in Shanghai in 2004. It was featured in a photography magazine and in an artists’ exhibition at the ABC. A frozen moment in a sweaty street stall.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Taken backstage at a theatre in Asia. Jac was playing Madame Girl in Phantom of the Opera. The severe make-up and clothing was based on Mrs Danvers from the movie Rebecca. Perfect, I think. It was entered in National Portrait Prize in 2017.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Also taken backstage, this time in Hong Kong. Even the boots had to be authentic to the time that Phantom was set. Jac’s hands, in doing up her laces, creates movement in a still shot.

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Jac Santorini 1998 (1)

(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
I took this photo of Jac in a cliff side villa in Santorini. It was in 1999, eleven years after we were married just up the path in Firastefani. This was a frozen moment involving coffee, peace and a view of one of the world’s most beautiful places.

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Flying Bella

(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
This was our Bella frolicking at St Kilda beach. She barked as she jumped.. giving the impression of viciousness, but there wasn’t anything in her but joy at that moment.

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Flying In

(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Taken on Victoria’s Wye River, in an area burnt out by fires a couple of years later. I first loved this photo for the capturing of the wing movement, but I have come to value the eyes of all the birds just as much, from the “what are you looking at” attitude of the one on the left, and the greed of both the flyer and the guy on the right.

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Four hands

(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Shot from the window of our apartment in Seoul, these four restaurant workers seemed, on first glance, to be copies of each other. But the similarities are outweighed by the differences. All four are looking at different places; no two have their postures, legs and arms the same. The only common factors are the cigarettes and the bench. Relief, rest and boredom.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
A moment in a small village near Lijiang, China in 2006. The woman is proud of her little grandson, but the boy shows attitude to the camera.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Another shot of parental pride from the same village. This father was always playing with his son.. and he always had this expression of warmth and pride.

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Jac on ice (fall)

(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
Jac falls on an ice lake in Amsterdam in 2002. The local girls turn the mishap into a party.

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(Photo: Phil Kafcaloudes)
A sunset moment of joy on St Kilda beach. 2016. People and birds alike.

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