The following is the blurb for my contribution to the exhibition.
Living in Newtown makes it a natural subject for me. Every day is a new opportunity to see how this community has changed. During last years lockdown I found myself exploring the aspects of community which are not face-to-face. Examples turned up everywhere; donations to an op shop becoming an unlikely gallery, some shared mischief upon leaving the hospital, an artistic restoration to a neglected building. The members of these communities all add or subtract to the world around them, maybe never seeing who they share it with, but participating all the same.
As I overcome my fear of portrait photography I’d like to take this work further. I’m inspired by the work of Julie Riley, who often paired her portraits with interviews about the people and their lives. Over time, I would love to develop my work towards the thoughtful and insightful books of hers such as Men Alone, and Our Town.
Since this is just for my blog I’ll include a few of my favourite B-Sides. I’ll let you decide which those are.
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