When not shooting rosy-cheeked children frolicking in manicured blades of grass or flawless red lips seductively engulfing an ice cream, commercial photographers spend a lot of time with their camera, documenting people and places in subtler, more candid and touching ways.

A collective show at MCLEMOI GALLERY exhibits over 50 works from some of the best Australian and international lifestyle, editorial, advertising and interior photographers. All are highly regarded for their original style. From warm, textured food images of Vanessa Levis, to John Laurie’s colourful and emotive portraits, you can expect to see work from people who are obviously intensely passionate about their work. “They live and breathe photography,” says Samantha Simpson, producer of Sam I Am, the collective representing the artists putting on the show.

The exhibiting photographers are of a global caliber – Tim Georgeson is winner of awards from NY Festival, Cannes and World Press Photo and Michael Corridore’s Angry Black Snake series screened to acclaim at the New York Photo Festival (the images are a surprisingly mystical and supple documentation of Victoria’s Springnats Car Festival). Another photographer, Cory White, publishes an online collection of intriguing men in interesting places, with a striking eye for detail. We selfishly hope one of these portraits makes it into the show.

The photographers were given free reign as far as subject matter, so expect remarkable travel shots and other personal projects which have been incubating over a long period of time.

Sam I Am opens 6pm on 11 December and will run from 12 – 18 December (11am – 6pm).