I sent a message today to a friend that I have photographed a couple of times before, including for my first exhibition Shrouded. So it’s been close to three years since I have photographed Jason but today when I asked him if he was keen for another shoot, he was right up for it. When I explained the tribal theme and the high probability of being painted or covered in something, he was even more keen. In his words “The more menacing and weird the better.”

Jason is always a good laugh on a photo shoot and he is one of those friends that has a way of cutting through the bullshit and being very direct but doing it in a way that makes a positive impact rather than offending. He’s been very good to me over the years even though we rarely catch up. It’s great when we do and I’m sure while I’m slathering him in paint or clay or whatever I decide, he’ll be cracking jokes and keeping me entertained.

It’s always reassuring to know that models I’ve photographed are willing and comfortable to come back for more shoots, even if I have dusted them in charcoal that took three days to get off or had them clambering over slippery rocks at dawn nude. There have been some horror stories about the behaviour of some of Sydney’s other gay photographers and I don’t want people thinking baddly of me. I want models to enjoy the shoot and want to do more. Now I just need to decide what I’m going to do with Jason for his shoot.