The Darkroom

Someone once asked me what makes a friend, I surmised that it’s hard to quantify; however extensive shared experience has to be the only measure. After making this film I believe the most important thing is a level of trust that allows us to share something that we would only do in private, a personal truth.

If this is true, Olympus has unreservedly allowed Simeon and I to experience and record something that invites you into what we shared together; into that private space.

Thanks for watching our film and behind the scenes below.


The Darkroom - Directed by David Boon and DOP Simeon Pratt

The Darkroom is a short Documentary Created and Directed by Myself and DOP’d Simeon Pratt.

A photographer wrestles with raw emotions and a void in his life after his brother passes away violently. His emotional anguish does not prohibit him from bringing something positive out of the experience. Captured across Iceland and Australia this exploratory documentary art piece shows a journey both mental and physical.

Special thanks to the team:

Client - Olympus Cameras

Couture Garments - Designed and made by Iva Pfieffer (

Simeon Pratt - DOP

Associated with - Picture North

Chad Davis & Tom Clippard - Editors

Parker Jarvie - Company 3 - Colourist

Talia Pasqua - Trailer Editor

Model: Gabrielle Staunton

Hair and Makeup: Maggie Wang

Sydney Studio crew: Steve Harnacke

Printing - Photomart Kiama - Fine art Prints

All Music from MusicBed.

A Pixels Media Production

Olympus BTS - exploring what it was like making ‘The Darkroom’ - Captured on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Video Edited and coloured by Tom Clippard

The Stills From the Darkroom - Taken on Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II -

Each telling their own story from depression & feeling lost, recovery but in the traps of your past, and finally moving forward confidently but carrying your past with you and behind you always.