I’m a Perth-born documentary photographer and digital collage artist. I planned to add my art to this site – but have now decided that i’ll create a separate site, which i’m building now – not quite ready to unveil my work yet!
My childhood was somewhat turbulent, so my memories of the houses I’ve lived in stir mixed emotions about my immediate family + the lives we led in these spaces. During my 40 years, I’ve lived in 25 houses – and 16 of those years in just two houses. So, in the rest of my 24 years I’ve moved annually on average. I even lived in 13 houses in the one suburb.
The house + suburb you choose to live in really shapes your existence + mindset – especially in Perth where property is at a premium despite our abundance of space. I think Perth has perverted my thoughts on property. I constantly compare our way of life and living when traveling.
I’ve always been artistic – writing, drawing, painting, photography – but in 2012, I started to feel compelled to document where people live, mostly in Perth and WA but also abroad. This urge was no doubt fostered by my career in local government and community organisations.
In 2012 I created Suburban Exposure as a documentary site for my meandering and thinking (read: obsessing) about how + where people live. I became a ‘house creep’.
When out with my dog in tow, I look for clues as to who lives there and wonder why they get to inhabit that space in time. I propel myself into these space-time points and explore the question: who I would be if I got to live there? How would that home determine me?
Since 2015, I’ve been creating pieces using some of the documentary-style landscape photos I’ve snapped as Suburban Exposure – the images that i really love + just can’t stop looking at. But for the last year I’ve spent every Saturday as ‘my sixth day at work’, refining my style as a digital collage artist and tracking my journey in a visual diary.
My work features my landscape photography of Perth, WA and the world – some are voyeuristic and suburban, some are natural and expansive, some are commonplace and urban. As an image-driven human who loves to travel, I love range and the freedom to explore. I’ll never tie myself down creatively.
That’s why I love my Mac and i work predominantly in Photoshop (right now anyway, I have plans). For me, digital tools are an inevitable part of landscape photography and as long as I can deem the final product a landscape then I’m comfortable challenging any purists, especially when the contemporary landscape itself (love a good pun) is constantly being reimagined, remaining fluid for all to participate in and value.
I love the process of creation – as someone who thinks way too much at times, photography and digital collage allows me to ‘be’ and create without a heavy skew of rational thought. It keeps me well.
I use digital technology to transform landscapes into virtual realities. They’re all my photographs and some creations are simple, some are more complex. I go with what the image deserves, and my mood.
Over raw photographs, I freestyle carefully considered alterations – layers, duplications, mirroring, flipping, blending and adding my ‘geoshapes’ and other images – to abstract and elevate. I want people to pause + wonder what’s real + what’s not.
As fragments of one image cross the path of another, new worlds come into play, worlds that didn’t exist before. I’m a landscape designer.
I’m energised by the new patterns, lines and shapes that emerge. New possibilities emerge; sometimes actual creatures and beings, oftentimes whole new micro and macro landscapes within the one image. Dada, surrealism, whimsy, dreams, thoughtful encounters with psychedelic drugs – they’re all influences.
I enjoy adding somewhat-hidden gems and off-kilter elements to make the observer (people) linger longer (time) in looking at my landscapes (space). People + time + space = narrative. I like watching people get confused as to what is real and what is not, especially if they actually recognise the place, or better yet, have been there.
I hope my images forge space + time for people to create their own connections and conjecture, and reflect on their own domestic or suburban or travel histories.
I’ve exhibited at in Foto Freo (2008), at Arterial Collective Showbag at Little Creatures (2009) + was part of PCP’s Collective in 2016. Now that I’m finding my style, I’ll start getting out there.
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