Shadows Within


This series explores the duality of identity; the façade that we sometimes present to the world, and the selves that we inhabit when we are alone.

I set out to examine these facets of my own personality, looking at the truth buried beneath the façade. My images are a reflection of my state of mind, of how it perpetually oscillates between hope and despair. Light is glimpsed, but is otherwise absent, cloaked by a darkness that stems from within. I am intrigued by this dichotomy of darkness and light, and by the balance that is formed when these two diametrically opposed elements come together. It is this spectrum – this grey-area of uncertainty – which forms the basis of my work.


Created during Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown of 2020, this work is a reflection of the constant state of uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each image represents this period of anxiety, and the resulting disconnect caused by such an unprecedented deprivation of human interaction of this magnitude.


These photographs were produced using an experimental technique in which thousands of frames from a moving image are combined to create a single photograph. Capturing this motion in camera allowed me to embrace the unexpected.




This series aims to explore our fears, anxieties, and the ostensibly incoherent ramblings of our subconscious. This concept stemmed from my fascination with the idea that dreams are an entirely personal experience, and that any attempt to translate the visual sensations of a dream through words alone is ultimately futile. Instead I have created these glimpses of terror, which take the viewer on a journey through the darkest corners of my psyche.

All you do is press the button, right?


As a photographer, the creative decisions you must make before releasing the shutter vary from the nuanced to the extreme. Before I even pick up the camera I must first determine what I want to communicate. Only then can I decide on the approach that will allow me to most effectively create the “correct” exposure. This playful series acts as an exercise in style, demonstrating just a minute range of the myriad ways in which one can interpret and shoot a “normal” portrait.

© George Poulakis Photography

© George Poulakis Photography