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Still life-balance, 2020

These six handmade photographs, taken in a still-life style explore the theme of isolation and life balance, and were made over a two-week period. The photographs manage to fuse our current collective state of mind and the sense of endless mundane routine that shape our house-bound lives and contrasts it with the often overlooked simple pleasures like seeing the sheer beauty of sunlight falling on a vase of flowers.

 

But these are not static still-life vignettes, they come with a chase scene. This is a pictorialist demonstration in composition. The sunlight appears to visibly race across the wall infusing the scene with a warm glow and in that perfect fraction of a second everything is in absolute balance and all of our current worries are forgotten and we can once again breathe.      

 

These photographs were made on film using a large format camera. Working with a combination of film and digital, the final prints were made using the traditional 19th century Van Dyke Brown printing process.

 

In a digital age where granular sharpness is often the benchmark, these images present an older artisanal practice, one that celebrates authenticity. One where paper is coated by hand with a light sensitive emulsion, where prints are finished with varnish and bees wax and the finished work is presented as a tactile object behind a finely crafted frame.

 

Elwood Bridges, 2020 

The Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne restricted our movement to one hour of daily exercise within a 5 km radius of home. It was an all too brief moment away from news channels. I spent time wandering the Elster creek close to home. The creek flows into the Elwood Canal before emptying into Port Phillip Bay.

This reflective series of four prints were made with a large format pinhole camera. I'm currently fixated with the Van Dyke Brown printing process. The results are quite lovely, very tactile and reflect the hand made nature and uniqueness of traditional photography. 

“I turn my back on the street scape with its clutter that distracts and instead focus on this beautiful natural corridor that cuts across this residential suburb connecting inland creek to sea. Almost primordial if you squint, a languid passage of water with timeless reflections. The thoroughfare of shrieking cockatoo’s and small wading birds… and bridges like lost monuments stumbled on in some far away jungle”

 

 

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