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Photography as empathy

Photography as Empathy

Head On raises awareness not only for photographers but for the important issues they explore, writes Jagath Dheerasekara.

I chiefly explore vulnerability and conflict in my work. I mean conflict not as war. It traces back to my past as an human rights defender in Sri Lanka. The fact that I am alive today, I believe, is a mere coincidence if not a miracle. Very few people would come out alive from the torture chamber where I was kept in Sri Lanka.

fotostrada: On a Bus

fotostrada: On a Bus

Photographic collective fotostrada share a vision to capture unique images and stories of life and the human condition. The group has returned to Global Gallery for Head On Photo Festival 2012 with a lighter topic: the bus. Opening Wednesday May 30 6-9pm until June 3.

Derby Chang: Street

Derby Chang: Street

On LA’s Pacific Coast Highway near the old Getty museum, Derby Chang first snapped an image of a pretty lady walking by with her pet pig. His first taste of real life theatre in public spaces kick-started an obsession with photography – and for capturing intriguing women – that followed him long after his return to Sydney.

Alice Sarginson: Aqua Ladies

Alice Sarginson: Aqua Ladies

When a group of inner-west women started aqua aerobics at their local pool, they had no idea that it would lead to more than just fitness – least of all, posing for a glamorous calendar.

But a cause close to their heart led them to do just that to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS).

The calendar depicts women styled inspired by the look of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s in a beautiful and tasteful way.

Katrin Koenning: 10335, Blue June

KATRIN KOENNING: 10335, BLUE JUNE

(A SUB-NARRATIVE TO THE SERIES NEAR)

His parents arrive on a Monday. He has taken five weeks off so we can spend it with them. It’s been a year and five months since we last saw them. The big void between Cape Town and Melbourne doesn’t make reunions a regular occurrence. We try to anticipate nothing, to see everything, to take the days as they come. We share stories, laughter - and silence. Not all days are good. Realising our differences, we clash, mostly over silly things like maps or dishes.

Andy Adams & Larissa Leclair: In Conversation with Adriana Teresa, FotoVisura

Andy Adams & Larissa Leclair In Conversation with Adriana Teresa, FotoVisura

Andy Adams is the founder and editor of FlakPhoto.com. Larissa Leclair is an independent photography writer, curator, and collector, and founder of the Indie Photobook Library.

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Milton Rogovin’s Approach: Photography, Class, and the Aesthetics of Making Space

Milton Rogovin’s Approach: Photography, Class, and the Aesthetics of Making Space

An edited version of Joseph Entin’s paper to the American Studies Association Conference. Read the full version at americansuburbx.com.

Working closely with his wife Anne, Milton Rogovin undertook a range of projects to document people he refers to as “the forgotten ones”: workers, the poor, indigenous peoples, people of colour.

Elena Zhukova: Dreams

Elena Zhukova: Dreams

The purpose of my photographs is to illustrate the magnitude and vast range of human character and individuality in fictitious ways. I draw parallels between individuals I meet or see in real life and cartoon-type characters I envision in my fantasies. Some ideas are inspired by paintings, some are based on movies and books and some find their roots in the depth of my imagination without correlation to any of existing forms of media I know of. On the same note, I find listening and communicating with kids to be essential for my creative process.

Medium: Vinyl is open for entry

Medium: Vinyl is open for entry

This year, the Hardware Gallery joins Head On to invite photographers to take part in their annual Medium: Vinyl exhibition which encourages photographers to make art on a vinyl record.

“Every year, we find a lot of artists use it as an opportunity to try something new, or experiment a little with their work,” said Lew Palaitis, Director of Hardware Gallery.

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How I got that: Franky Tsang

How I got that: Franky Tsang

In our first Head On Backstage interview, Franky Tsang tells how a free portraiture session for his yoga teacher and her mother resulted in the image that took out 2010’s People’s Choice Award.

Franky Tsang’s yoga teacher Denise loves to tell stories - a trait he can well relate to as a photographer.

One story in particular caught his ear and made him think while he should’ve been meditating. Recently, Denise received one of those dreaded calls.

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