My Shadow and I

By Jon Laurenson | Featuring Kane Skennar and Mark Vassallo
Australia
23/02/2017

My Shadow and I is a series of photographs deconstructing one of the world’s most beloved superheroes, the cultural icon Batman.

Mark Vassallo and photographer Kane Skennar together depict Batman as a lone ranger, a sole caped crusader living in his own world.

My Shadow and I explores the notion that unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers. He makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, martial arts skills, an indomitable will, fear, and intimidation. This is what defines him, no weapons, no magic, just himself, alone. My Shadow and I aims to be nostalgic, a little tongue in cheek and a reminder that everyone needs a hero.

We asked photographer Kane Skennar a little more about My Shadow and I:-

The concept reminds me of that brilliant movie Birdman with Michael Keaton but in much more positive light - ha ha  

Do you feel like many people have a shadow that is your hero or at leat you can imagine yourself as this greater “hero” person than you are?

Yes definitely people have a shadow side,but i think from the press release its about everyone has a  hero to look to in this

world wether it be fictional or not….

Has Batman always been your hero or do you have other super heroes that inspire you?

Creative Director Mark Vassallo  has always had a love for  Batman where as i  loved the Phantom  as i was introduced to the comics as a kid from my step father Alby Falzon who had a great love for The Phantom, so maybe thats where i first learned about these god like superhero’s!

How can your shadow self inspire you?

I think in regards to the shadow self, id say its that father/mentor like quality that u see in someone else that maybe is stronger or more fearless that u install in yourself that i guess you could say is your shadow side that drives you to be fearless.

Where is the location for your photos in My Shadow and I? 

Mostly shot in around The Pass and Watego’s Byron Bay Australia

Who are some of the muses?

Harry Henderson of 88 surfboards fame plays the role of Batman riding an 11ft Derek Hynd special.

Byron Bay surfers Soli Bailey, longboard queen Josie Prendergest and Liam Flannigan from the Byron Roadhouse also feature in the images.

Will the images be available to purchase online also?

Yes the images are available from the MCM house in Bondi or at the website www.myshadowandi.com 

Thanks Kane looking forward to checking this out at the exhibition.

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Mark Vassallo and Kane Skennar are long time partners in image making and both connected to the ocean and surfing culture in Australia.

Kane Skennar is a photographer who grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Kane is supported by Nikon Australia and Aquatech. His images have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Stab, and clients include Billabong, Bonds, Roxy and Camilla. www.kaneskennar.com

Mark Vassallo is a creative director and fashion stylist. Notable projects include working with Kanye West, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Nicole
Kidman, Mick Jagger, Romance Was Born, Scanlan Theodore and Nike. www.markvassallo.tv

The EXHIBITION
MCM House Bondi Beach
24 February - 17 March 2017
180 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach

For further enquiries mark@markvassallo.tv WWW.MYSHADOWANDI.COM

My Shadow and I by Mark Vassallo and Kane Skennar // @kaneskennar

BATMAN from My Shadow and I by Mark Vassallo and Kane Skennar // @kaneskennar

My Shadow and I by Mark Vassallo and Kane Skennar // @kaneskennar

Author
Jon Laurenson

Jon Laurenson is the publisher and creative director behind Summersite Media and The Summersite in print - a travel and lifestyle magazine. But that’s only what he’s up to right now.

He’s a bit of a visionary, a ghostwriter behind countless brands, products and ventures.

You probably didn’t know that his first ever gig in the world of business was a job making and distributing boomerangs and brewing beer with a bunch of hippies in Perth, Western Australia. But that was when he was only 14. He just wanted to make a bit of cash and surf all day with his mates. Not much has changed really.

You might know that his history includes heading up sales and marketing for Arnette sunglasses in their boom time of the late 90’s and then co-founding Electric Visual in 2000. He put his head down, worked hard (still surfing) and turned a small time start up into a multi-million dollar brand. But no biggie really, he was chasing the next challenge and quickly moved to take on the fashion industry. As the Australian distributor for Poko Pano Bikinis and Brixton he established a finesse for nurturing niche brands, something he’s continued to do with his involvement in Vampirate Surfboards, Fallen Broken Street, The Anchor Bar Bondi and Komune at Keramas in Bali.

With a growing crowd of surf, style and travel inclined creatives trailing in his wake, Summersite was realized by Jon well before pen was put to paper. “With Summersite I wanted to provide a platform to develop the best up and coming creative producers along with the crew I’ve enjoyed working with over the years,” he says. For Jon, the magazine concept is an amalgamation of every story he’s told, every idea he’s fostered on his travels and the people he’s brought together on the way. “The purpose of this magazine is to inspire people to travel, get out of their own backyard and enjoy the moment and everything this crazy little world has to offer.”

“I always had this kooky dream to be a magazine publisher – which seems a bit of a pipe dream in this era of digital media and the big shift of content to online platforms. But print isn’t really dead. Just like the vinyl is to the music industry, there will always be a place for a beautifully printed “coffee table” style magazine. It’s in the quality of the paper, or the weight of the magazine in your hands and the inspiration you can always refer too.”

Summersite draws together all the facets of Jon’s career, from boomerang-wrangling to high fashion and surf culture. You’d be hard pressed to find a character more ingrained in the Australian creative industry than Jon Laurenson. Summersite isn’t just a project, it’s the product of a life of big adventures and even bigger ambitions.

He does it for THE LOVE and ODYSSEY.

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For more on Summersite media, events and partnerships Contact:- Jon Laurenson

jon@summersite.com

+61407794464

Summersite.com

@summersite

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