We Are Women. I wanted the image to resemble a painting, almost reminiscent of a paint swatch. One among many shades. We are women, in all our shapes and sizes and scars and stories. I wanted to reduce the graphic impact of so much skin, so at a glance you would see a wash of paint, on further inspection you would see the lines, and then so much more.
Suffering, suffocating. An experience empathy with the wildlife caught innocently suffocating in our plastic waste, a trio invest one hour of suffering at the oceans edge to gain a personal insight into wildlife's plight.
2/9 - Today I burnt the toast'. From my personal series documenting Melbourne's second lockdown 'This time it's different'
The greatest fear, 2019 . This image is about grief, loss and fear. After losing my dad, I often find myself paralysed by the thought of my mother passing away. They say that the time heals all wounds, but I'd say it just gives us time to contemplate and come to terms with the inevitable. The two portraits were taken at different times/years: mine closely following the death of my dad in 2011, and mum's in 2019.
Botanica. During lockdown my garden has been a constant source of healing, inspiration and connection to my ancestors. Even in death their is beauty.
Cured Contour. Cured Contour comes from my recent series - Beauty Myth. Exploring themes of female identity and self-image, Beauty Myth is a photographic social-commentary series; employing symbols, signs and pop-cultural references to articulate expectations sold to women through advertising and media.
Stellar Beth Fraser
Wheatbelt Magic. Image captured via DJI Phantom 4 Pro of Western Australia's amazing wheatbelt salt lakes.
Moth orchids. During lockdown my garden has been a constant source of healing, inspiration and connection to my ancestors. Even in death their is beauty.
The Ghosts of her departed leaves. This image is resonant of the ailing body. Losing agility as we age.
The light burns me down.. Selected from photo series "Sah? World". Sah? world refers to the mundane world in Buddhism a world where beings live. Using the approach of diptych and visual metaphors, I try to explore interactions between the concept of an ego, a personality, a being, and a life documented in the Diamond Sutra, through the connections between the two worlds that are seemingly different, yet analogous.
Trickle Down Sparkle of a Life Someone Once Said Would . 'It has now been Eight years Of trying to whistle away The hole in my heart.' This image was captured in September 2020, on double exposed 35mm film.
Paul The Visionary". This is a portrait of my Optometrist who has been practicing his profession for over 30 years. He has such a wonderful manner and personality when working with clients, but also a great sense of humour. I have always been fascinated by the equipment that they use, and wanted to show Paul as not only an optometrist, but with a bit of personality and fun.
Matthew Peter Cheel
JOES DINER. Have you ever met someone whose personality stormed in, brought light, oxygen, joy and pure life itself? You know, there are two types of people-ones who live their lives, & ones whose lives live them. You need to be the former, not the latter. Dont wait for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Stay connected and you will flourish.
Reflection. There's a garden in the front of a converted shopfront near the end of our local shopping strip. It's designed to be enjoyed from the inside and the foliage presses up against the big opaque window on the street. I've walked past it hundreds of times, this is what it looked like during Melbourne's lockdown.
Dancing Mangroves. Two Mangroves on the mudflats. Intentional Camera Movement. GFX50r + 100-200mm OIS.
Lone Home. Compressing many moments into a single frame, the Lone Home is balanced between representation of reality and the so-called realities we choose to notice. Scenes that maybe familiar, and at the same time utterly foreign.
The Audition. A fun little photo montage featuring a Scarlet Honeyeater "auditioning" to join the band "The Honeyeaters" Existing band members are: Yellow-faced, White-naped and Scarlet.
Plastic cemetary. A living art project in 2019 Burning Man, Nevada. One plastic sheet is exectly equivalent to 24 weeks of invisible microplastic ingestion through food, water and air, based on recent studies. The invisible polution made visible by totalling the consumption and displaying it individually over 24 volunteers. They suffered under the desert sun feeling the intangible made tangible.
God was laughin' when he made women. From the ongoing series, A Version of the World, interpreting literature dear to me, this work depicts Rose Pickles, from Tim Winton's Cloudstreet. In post war Australia, teenage Rose longs to escape her dysfunctional family and the rambling, ramshackle seaside house they share with the Lamb family. Sunshine and shadows are everywhere.
Outcast. Outcast is an on going series that explores dealing with the loneliness we experience as humans. The subject is covered to remove the identity which generalises the experience for the viewer, while working with sombre, natural landscapes to portray a feeling of isolation. There are common themes throughout each image including, vulnerability, existentialism, and the vastness of nature.
Quartz Hill. Prior to the colonisation of Australia, Dja Dja Wurrung land was lush and fertile. Rich top soils, wildflowers, tall gums and native wildlife were abundant. The devastating effects of the Gold Rush in Central Victoria during the 1850s can be witnessed most clearly in the Castlemaine Goldfields. Its polarising to see the beautiful landscape gouged and scared. The land is resilient but wounded.
Walking into the unknown. How 2020 has changed our lives, how different is the world going to be moving forward.
Wet Currawong. It was snowing hard in Tasmania this Currawong was sheltering on my verandah.
Petticoat Beauty. Finding similarities in the texture and form between my subjects delicate lace garment and a fully bloomed chrysanthemum inspired me to create a harmonious diptych through a monochrome composition.