From the Inside Looking Out
From the Inside Looking Out

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The Discovery and the Revelation
The Discovery and the Revelation

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Darkness Prevails
Darkness Prevails

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From the Inside Looking Out
From the Inside Looking Out

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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.

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Isolation
Isolation

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Irrelevance
Irrelevance

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And the importance of touch
And the importance of touch

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Isolation
Isolation

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FLUX

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.

 

Incubus (untitled #01)
Incubus (untitled #01)

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Incubus (untitled #02)
Incubus (untitled #02)

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Incubus (untitled #09)
Incubus (untitled #09)

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Incubus (untitled #01)
Incubus (untitled #01)

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Incubus

 

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.

This is me pressing the button 01
This is me pressing the button 01

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This is me pressing the button 02
This is me pressing the button 02

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This is me pressing the button 03
This is me pressing the button 03

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This is me pressing the button 04
This is me pressing the button 04

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This is me pressing the button 05
This is me pressing the button 05

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This is me pressing the button 06
This is me pressing the button 06

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This is me pressing the button 07
This is me pressing the button 07

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This is me pressing the button 08
This is me pressing the button 08

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This is me pressing the button 09
This is me pressing the button 09

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This is me pressing the button 10
This is me pressing the button 10

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This is me pressing the button 11
This is me pressing the button 11

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This is me pressing the button 12
This is me pressing the button 12

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This is me pressing the button 13
This is me pressing the button 13

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This is me pressing the button 14
This is me pressing the button 14

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This is me pressing the button 15
This is me pressing the button 15

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This is me pressing the button 16
This is me pressing the button 16

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This is me pressing the button 17
This is me pressing the button 17

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This is me pressing the button 18
This is me pressing the button 18

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This is me pressing the button 19
This is me pressing the button 19

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This is me pressing the button 20
This is me pressing the button 20

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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.