This image is a portrait of a resident of a private Melbourne hotel that provides accommodation for a transitioning sector of the population. The resident is photographed with a blanket covering their face and upper body. The work communicates invisibility but does so in a context where anonymity and retreat from social dialogue are obviously connected to social inequality. Conceptually the idea of retreat is a temporary position of choice, however in this image the retreat extends forever, locked within the frame.
If a woman with a camera disturbed a herd of kangaroos on a mountaintop, but no-one saw it, does it mean anything?
This self portrait explores who we are when no-one else is around. So many of us are trapped in a world where we define ourselves by what others think of us. Is it ever really possible to reach a point where other's thoughts, values and judgements don't matter anymore? I had an experience on that mountaintop that had nothing to do with anyone me (and the kangaroos), and yet I cannot resist sharing the resulting image.
SM05.02.067 is a portrait of Marlene Ford, who is the secretary from Tamworth Historical Society. The photograph is part of the artwork SMALL MUSEUM.
SMALL MUSEUM investigates the individual encountering of 41 small museums and their caretakers, throughout rural Australia, culminating in a body of collective imagery and conversations. The research, spanning in total, three years, crosses Australian States and Territories, mapping and tracing unique collections and archives, attests to both visually and through transcribed interviews, the human imperative to collect, archive, display and sustain objects and information for public consumption. Throughout Australia, SMALL MUSEUM proliferate, when classified and intended for the local community and historical preservation or the commemorating of an event or trauma, particularly in a country such as Australia, where the human diaspora and issues of colonisation are considered and experienced.
The portrait is of Gillianne, a young indigenous mother, with her son Djamahl, daughter Cienna and nephew Mikah. The image was taken after visiting her son's grave for the one-year anniversary of his death. Lachlan (one of her twin boys) passed away at 11 days old from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The image is from the series "We met a little early, but I get to love you longer" which is a collaboration with young mothers from Indigenous and/or disadvantaged backgrounds from my neighbourhood or local area. By investigating and individualising the complex range of issues that lead teen girls to early pregnancy and the challenges they face, the collaborations seek to show that each mother is different, and there is no "uniform" type. By listening and telling the stories of others, we come to understand that there are no stereotypes and we stand as individuals.