work in progress
At the beginning of the summer of 2016 I started photographing with a very simple, plastic-lens camera. Having spent much of the past twenty years working on visual documentary projects that involve a degree of research, planning and accuracy, I wanted to make pictures that were more about direct experience of the world, without the structure and precision that’s usually involved in telling someone else’s story.
Time was spent on the road, and in my home town of Wollongong; I always kept the camera and film with me and appreciated the freedom granted by the uncomplicated nature of the mechanism: even photographing strangers felt like interacting with friends because the camera was a curious novelty. And despite the soft focus of the rudimentary lens, the images sometimes offered perspectives and surprises that weren’t apparent to the eye.
These pictures are part autobiography, part visual document; and part optical (and chemical) transformation nearly as unpredictable as the unfolding of life.