The Head On Screenings will show a selection of works from local and international photography collectives, festivals and photographers from May 6-14 in the festival hubs. Featuring short films and videos from: LensCulture, Alexia Foundation, Eva Collins, Annette Willis, Photo Festival Leiden, Werner Mansholt , Raphael Korman, Friso Spoelstra & 24 Hour Project.
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Cities are peculiar formations. They're hectic, reckless, confusing, alienating, and lonely. But all cities preserve a slice of the seemingly naturalistic village. Their inhabitants are always looking for familiar settings to call home.
When I started to take pictures with the city as my muse, I especially captured the residents and how they arranged their lives. I always try to discover the poetry of everyday life, such as the moments that make me stop and small scenes that trigger stories in the viewer.
‘Understanding my Country ‘: selected documentary photographs and stories from Muller’s time travelling 'on country' from North East Arnhem Land with the Yolngu people, to the Far West NSW with the Barkandji (River People) mob.
Muller is a multidiscipline artist working in: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and writing. She uses photography to document her journey. Her photography is the back bone of her research and visual connection, allowing her to better understand her country and her identity as a non-indigenous Australian artist.
The Surgery Ship was created during the making of The Surgery Ship documentary series and highlights the work of Mercy Ships, a charity operating the world’s largest charity hospital ship.
Paul was officially given his first film camera at the age of five, but has been playing with cameras since he was two years old.
Born in the the UK in 1968, Paul bought his first DSLR in 2003. Freelancing for various UK regional and national newspapers, he moved to Perth, Western Australia in 2007.
In 2015 he commenced a Bachelor of Contemporary Art at Edith Cowan University and was first invited to exhibit with the Head On Photo Festival in 2016. he prefers not to say too much about himself, instead letting his photographs do the talking.
Beneath the Surface explores the concept of otherness in the central Queensland community of Rockhampton. Rockhampton has been labelled a town of intolerance, racism, homophobia, and rednecks. Photographer Lisa Clarke confronts and challenges mainstream understanding of regional Australia, in particular, a region predominately known for being Australia’s beef capital.
Rather than focus on generalised stereotypes, the photographer actively sought to document the different cross-sections of Rockhampton’s population, each going about their everyday lives.
Rough and Cut is a photographic exploration offering a vivid perspective on the mining town Coober Pedy and it’s desert surroundings – photographed in 2015. Located 850 kilometres north of Adelaide, the town's isolation is palpable throughout the photographs, suffused with a strange dreamlike quality. Infamous for its underground housing and opal mining, an inhospitable heat forces residents to shelter within – and under – the land, creating unique and intriguing scenes.
Australian documentary photographer and artist Tom Williams began his career as a photojournalist, before developing an interest in the controlled interventions of the documentary process. His work has been exhibited and published in Australia, South East Asia and Latin America.
At the start of summer 2016, Williams abandoned his usual practice of projects involving accuracy and research, and began taking photographs using a very simple plastic-lens camera and a sense of spontaneity.
Acclaimed Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s images have won many prestigious prizes over the past two decades, with his work featured in major exhibitions as well as numerous libraries, museums, publications, and universities across the globe.
His ongoing photographic series – ‘The Australians’ – focuses on local artists and well-known community figures from Wollongong and its surrounds, including David Field (actor), Anthony Mundine (boxer), and Ben Quilty (artist).
In this ongoing project, Natan Dvir explores the unique New York underground architecture and the people that temporarily pass through it. The opposite subway platform is often dissected by columns and visually resembles a developed roll of photographic film. One needs to scan across in order to see the complete picture. The space is fragmented into virtual display windows inviting a voyeuristic opportunity to gaze at commuters traveling in the opposite direction. Interactions, or lack of, manifest themselves in body language and spatial locations of the people observed.
Spy/Spy is a cross-look at Cannes Film Festival 2015 & 2016. It covers the dark side of Cannes, the glamour, the secrets & the wannabes. Spy/Spy is a same-same but different approach, with beautiful portraits and intriguing images that look deeply into the dark side of the cinema world.
There is an intense dialogue between what we see in the media, the aspirations of the wannabes and the shy stars fighting to protect their privacy.