Ethnography – An observational science providing accounts of particular culture, society, or community.
Destiny – An individuals path through life through the selection of the path through one’s own decisions
Destined Ethnography II – is the second installment of an ongoing photographic essay observing my travels as a photographer. The portfolio depicts the visual experience of my travels not as a travel log but as an abstraction of form of the environments I have found myself passing through.
The work conveys a photographic expressionism of my world and my emotions through these travels. Photographs taken as if they are of a state of mind or the language of my emotions – what am I seeing when I think or what have I been thinking to see.
The compositions come when I am at my psychological and physical extreme’s, conditions that play on the senses and evoke a visual language using form, color and line. In a daydream like stasis the environments that surround me take on a new light, a visualization of these compositions emerge almost non-representational of the subject verging on the abstract, it is here at this moment that the composition is complete.
These extraordinary images are captured in a straight forward manner there’s no contrived theme, there’s no documentary and there’s no planning – there is just spontaneity and the moment.
These photographs form part of my destiny through my conscious decisions on my journeys, the journey has its stories and the subjects of the compositions have there stories but it is the abstract expressions of my visualizations that I am photographing.
The essay is a photographic ethnography of my travels conveying a visualization of the global village through my experiences, it’s a depiction of my descent through cultures and communities, exposing my abstraction composed in the environments that surround me.
Travelling can lead one to undiscovered treasures.
Tourist tat* is a discovery of these 'treasures'. It is a collection of photographs from my travels around the world, focusing on what must be a billion dollar industry. We visit and we buy, some of the most kitsch and audacious memorabilia around simply because we visited or went somewhere.
With the traditional vacation values that are held across the world, we save a bit for ourselves and we also bring a bit home for our family and friends. There they sit in gaudy glory, gathering dust on a shelf somewhere.
The displays that confront us on our travels are an assault on the senses, the colours and the cheesiness of it all. The sheer volumes of these products peddled every day are surely a strain on the environment and earths resources!
But beyond the tourist mafia, these products start to bring a smile to ones face. They offer interesting new creations, blending colours, shapes and patterns into a new vision and art form.
These photographs explore these new artistic creations, offering the viewer a different view of some of the finest collections of tat I have come across, taking the Kitsch into a an art form.
*Tat - a term, found particularly in England, referring to anything which appears shabby, cheap and tasteless.
This collection of photographs has been a long time coming but in essence it is a smashing reaction to reality. We have lived through a tough few years and we have experienced a great deal of change in our society and in our lives. I wanted to create a body of work that was familiar and brought smiles to the audience yet was reflective of where we are today in a society. Damaged Goods is a reflection of today’s world whilst giving us some familiar flavours. Enjoy!
Travelling the world has been a privilege and an honour over the last 18 years of my life. I have seen spectacular and breathtaking sites. But I am always drawn and fall in love with tourism and its impact and mark on our travels. This body of work explores a still life approach to beautiful viewpoints and the telescopes we often find at iconic and famous locations.
I enjoy the irony of the ‘viewfinder’, its suggestion that looking through the telescope here and you will be enlightened with a better view that what sprawls out in front of you, but sometimes really we just need to open your eyes and admire the view, unaided. I also love the iconic nature of these telescopes, they have always been around in my lifetime and offer happy memories to my child hood on family holidays.
It’s taken some years to compile this body of work, so I hope you appreciate and enjoy the view, and maybe recognize a few of the iconic locations!
Where Did My Toys go?
The series evolved after one day a close friend asked me; When did I last climb a tree? What a question, when did I? When was that day that all the joys of childhood slipped away and I became that teenager that was too cool to climb a tree? With this notion came many images and many more thoughts, when did I put away my Action Man or where did my sister’s Barbie go!? Come to think of it, Where did my toys go?
At some point at the end of my childhood I put down my toys, and at some point at the end of my teenage years the toys had disappeared. I did not have any younger siblings, my toys were not inherited or passed down so where did they go?
If I think back to my childhood, I can see many opportunities for my toys to disappear, maybe they went to the numerous car-boot or garage sales my mother went too, or maybe it went into the rubbish or trash bag that my mother threatened us with when we left our toys out. I do not know….
With this collection of staged photographs I wanted to evoke memories of ones youth and childhood on an adult scale, in a familiar landscape, my new playground, New York City.
I hope you enjoy Where did my Toys Go? Enjoy!
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The Land Down Under
Visiting Australia was a lifelong ambition and I had the privilege to be able to spend 2 months in this great country. I touched only on a fraction of the vast landscapes that occupy this continent country. Spending time travelling around the east coast from Noosa to Melbourne and onto the great Ocean road I was able to witness some amazing landscapes, mostly focused on the coastlines of this country.
This body of work merely scratches on the surface of what is out there, but I hope you enjoy the scenery as I did!
The Great Kiwi Landscape
Travelling from the top of the north island and down across the Cook straight and continuing through the south island I had the privilege of spending three weeks exploring the utterly beautiful country. This was a dream come true exploring, in a campervan, the landscapes that defy even words to describe the abundance of beautiful and ever changing landscapes this island nation has to offer.
The body of work is unable to do justice to the landscapes that I drove through, camped in and soaked up for these three weeks. The photographs here are a collection that I felt best showed New Zealand’s pure rugged beauty.
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
This is a collection of landscape photographs with a difference, after living in the US for over 7 years and visiting 31 states, I have seen my fair share of roads and the landscapes that they pass, on their way through on the road that eventually leads home. The photographs unlike with American L. allows for the human touch to creep into the photographs, roads and homes sprinkle the photographs as I speed through the American Landscape. Enjoy!