February 7, 2007
Blink - don't miss it
Fabbo! BLINK is getting publicity.
Here is an article from today's West Australian Newspaper's art section. Written by Nyanda Smith.
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We are into phase two of the BLINK photography project. First was my residency in remote town, Meekatharra which concluded with a big screen slideshow of images at the Outback Festival. Now it's Perth's turn to experience slices of life from a far away place.
The images will be on display throughout the Perth Festival for the next month or so and featured on opening night! Wacky splendidoo.
I considered these strikingly different audiences whilst I was up there photographing... there I am framing up a captivating picture of a little girl in a nappy holding her baby brother on a cushion in a yard full of rubbish, cherishing the contrast and insight, and a whole load of intellectual aesthetic wank. Then when I turned the camera back to their eyes, I saw a different experience being had. "Hey, look at me and my brother!"
This difference didn't just apply to young people, but to adults too.
The project was all about balancing these two perceptions of photography - one as art form or documentary and the other as a enjoyable process, perhaps art without the analysis?!
I tried my best to create meaning for both. There I am, some city slicker girl wandering in and asking an entire town to take photos with the theme of the human family... "uhh, why would I do that for you?"
Instead I left that objective to the side and spent time with people to find their individual desires to be in images, to create images, to share images.... and through passionate engagement ultimately creating stunning photographs for their own real enjoyment and what appears to be Perth's appreciation too!
One of my favourites. Shot by a boy from Meekatharra District Highschool.
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Posted by natalija at February 7, 2007 10:53 PM
you go, girl! :)
Posted by: carla at February 7, 2007 11:43 PM
Great work. Very well done. People need to be inspired!
Posted by: Iris at February 8, 2007 2:11 PM
onya natty, wish i could be in perth to see the shots!
Posted by: mik at February 8, 2007 9:42 PM