Shot From a Suitcase @ The Unorthodox Church of Groove by Kian West


 Shot From a Suitcase @ The Unorthodox Church of Groove

With Malcolm Grieve

By Kian West

We were fortunate enough to grab Malcolm for a quick chat ahead of his exhibition in 'The Unorthodox Church of Groove' here in Newcastle later this month to find out a tiny teaser of information about "Shot From a Suitcase" before it captures all of Newcastle's attention April 24-29. Don't miss out!

Launch Party is April 24th from 6pm with a special speech from Matthew Tome, head teacher at the Hunter Street TAFE Arts campus.


Hey Malcolm, How would you describe yourself in three words?


Zippity Doo Da


Not to give to-much away about “Shot from a Suitcase” but you have obviously done a fair bit of travelling ahead of this exhibition, do you have a scary travelling story for us?


There was a time just last year when I was in the Dominican Republic and we were heading down a mountain in the back of a ute/taxi that literally had 17 people in the back.  Half of them were Dominican soldiers, and to make it worse it was raining. We were all chatting, laughing, and trying not to fall off the back of the ute when we were surprised by a very loud BANG! The mood changed in an instant as they grabbed for their guns and prepared to fire; my head was as far down as I could manage. Then everyone realized a split second later that it was just a car back-firing and the casual chat resumed. I was holding my camera at the time and got a shot of a soldier’s intense look. It is featured in “Shot from a Suitcase” and is one of my favourites.


Where is the favourite spot you have visited?

I don’t want to get too specific about the location, but there is a spot up in the Snowy Mountains that is my favourite spot on the planet. My favourite place overseas would be Trinidad, Cuba. It’s hard to explain, but Cuba is really special. It’s in the people, the live music in the street, the culture of an untouched country. I just love it.cuba taxi poster (1:2 internal page advert)



Moneyperry...December by Kian West

"When the sun starts to slide, like an egg down a wall after a domestic disturbance, you'd better have your camera with you. If you don't have your camera bolted to you at all hours*, at least don't leave it at home when the sun sets. DSC59742 copy smlr

Sunsets are often the subjects of the first photo we look at and think "I just took a good picture". The beautiful thing about photography, though, is that you can return to the same subject matter ad nauseum and apply the lessons you've learned on all the other unpredicted, unfamiliar jobs and push the standard sunset shot somewhere new.


For me much of the charm of photographing Newcastle is the challenge posed by it's small size and small population. I tend to return to the same few, sparsely populated areas day after day and force myself to shoot something different. The question I face when I visit Sydney is "What will I shoot today?" but in Newcastle it becomes "How will I shoot today?".



*bolt your camera to you at all hours. "