Sometimes in life – if we are very lucky – we get to meet someone who sees the world in a unique way. If we are even luckier, that person also has the ability to express that view of the world in a way they can share it with others.
That’s the way it is with Australian photographer Tommy Campion. He has an extraordinary eye for the unusual, and for expressing the ordinary in a way that no-one else would have thought of. And it is often a joyous way, producing images that make those who see them smile – or even laugh out loud. They have a sponteneity and life of their own.
Tommy has been taking photographs all his adult life, becoming one of the most prolific and recognised press photographers on Australia’s Gold Coast, where he lives. My good fortune – and yours – is that he has agreed to let me share some of my favourite shots from his files with you on this blog. They are mostly black-and-white images from the 1970s and 1980s. There is no photoshop involved, no tinkering with the raw shots. It is all straight from the camera and from Tommy’s clever mind and photographer’s eye.
IN TOMMY’S WORDS: In the ’80s. Going past a hairdressers on the Gold Coast and spotted this bloke having a mohawk. Asked if I paid for the haircut, would he pose for a photo? He agreed. Couldn’t sleep that night thinking what I had in mind – would it work? Met him the next day with a cocky under my arm and attempted to make them father and son. This is the result.
I hope – and Tommy hopes – that you will enjoy their timeless fun. Look out for them on Fridays to start your weekend with a smile. This is one of my favourites.