Expression Series Portraits

In Portrait Photography

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: Tony Vacher
Tony Vacher from Sterling Hair at his salon

Sometimes you get a photography commission that’s right up your alley and so enjoyable that it doesn’t really feel like work at all. Which is how it was for this project for Lynx for their “Expression Series“.

In their words, “we invited photographer Dan Boud to capture twenty Australians taking on the world in their own unique way, with their own authentic style.”

: David Bonney
David Bonney in his swimming pool

Their agency Soap pitched it to me and it was a no brainer. They’d commissioned artists to do a big mural, a typographer to do a 3D render, and wanted me to do photography. My task was to find 20 people (primarily males) who had an a strong sense of personal style. For Lynx my impression was that it was a small part of a bigger goal to reposition the brand from the juvenile connotations of old, to something a bit more sophisticated.

Sometimes brands sponsoring creative endeavours can be fraught with ethical issues, stiflingly dull creative briefs or crass in your face sales pitches. Thankfully I think we avoided those dilemmas and I was pretty much left to my own devices to execute it as I saw fit.

: Brian White
Levi’s Account Director Brian White outside his office in Surry Hills

I didn’t want to just do a random street style thing, as just aimlessly traipsing the street for interesting people can take an eternity, but more importantly I wanted to find people of more substance, who either worked in the world of style or who did interesting jobs and just happened to be stylish too.

So I drew up a big spreadsheet and starting plotting it out with people I knew and taking recommendations from friends.

The shoots were all pretty straightforward, I’d meet the subject at their home, office or a favourite spot of their liking, we’d chat, walk around and shoot pictures. The majority are Sydneysiders but I also made a trip to Melbourne to represent South of the border too.

: Giussepe Santamaria
Graphic Designer and Photographer Giussepe Santamaria at home
: Kate Neil
Hairdresser at Sterling Kate Neill (who cuts my hair!) in her bedroom
: Daniel Milkovic
Part time cosplayer Daniel Milkovic in a Homebush playground
: Sean McManus
Head Barista at Single Origin Sean McManus in their cafe in Surry Hills
: Rhys Nicholson
Comedian Rhys Nicholson in the fire escape at The Comedy Store

Pedestrian has featured the work, and you can see more of it, including interviews with the subjects on the Lynx Expression Series website. They’re also producing a photo book.

: Justin Fox
Man of many pursuits Justin Fox in his driveway
: Luke Ashton
Bartender Luke Ashton in the building site of his new bar ‘This Must Be The Place”

: Thommy Tran
Designer and Style Consultant Thommy Tran
: Andy Glover
Andy Glover in a hotel lobby in Melbourne

: Mojo Juju - Rolleiflex
Musician Mojo Juju at home in Preston (shot on film on my Rolleiflex)
: Oscar McMahon
Brewer and Musician Oscar McMahon in the lane outside Young Henry’s