There’s an interview with me the March edition of Kristianstad Open. The fashion section.
A dear friend was diagnosed with skin cancer (malignant melanoma) in September. Anyone who has been through that knows how difficult it is, to just helplessly stand beside.
I took up life drawing again and it has become one of my favourite moments of the week, to spend a few hours in complete silence, drawing.
It has been a rough year but there are also a lot to be thankful of. The surgeons managed to rid of all the cancer and I’m so grateful.
I was recently asked to participate in a group exhibition in Stockholm. I’ve had a couple of drawings published in Australian Sketch Magazine, but I’ve never exhibited any drawings before so this is all new to me.
Life is strange sometimes.
I entered three prints in the International Aperture Awards 2010 and I was happy to receive a bronze award in the wedding category, a bronze award in the people category and finally a bronze in Illustrative.
The Australian art magazine, Sketch, did a short write up on me and published some of my photos and drawings.
I’m not used to show my drawings, so be gentle. Published in the latest issue.
There is a Slideluck Screening in Stockholm tonight at Delight Studios. Slideluck is a New York City based organization founded in 2000 by advertising photographer Casey Kelbaugh.
I have work in the Stockholm show, an underwater series accompanied with music by Elina Johansson. Admission fee 100sek and there will be food, treats, drinks and afterparty. Welcome!
Related posts: Let It Fall
In a few hours, I’m off to Los Angeles and the DMU group show. And a wedding. You’re all welcome to the gallery opening of the show at the Brewery.
Poster design by Lawrie
I was just told that I am a finalist in the Edge Photo Imaging Excellence Awards 2009.
It is a portrait of stand up comedian Magesh, also well-known Australian drummer.
The images will be on display and the category winners will be announced tomorrow at the awards night (Tuesday 15 Dec), at The Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith Street, Collingwood. The function starts at 7 pm.
I have finished all my classes and assessments at RMIT and just waiting for my diploma to arrive in the mail.
The graduation exhibition will open Wednesday 25 November at Eckersley’s Gallery, 97 Franklin St, Melbourne.
Welcome to the show if you are in Melbourne.
Exhibition dates 25 Nov – 6 Dec
Mitchell, an art student at the university contacted me and asked if he could interview me. He had an assignment to write a review of a current exhibition and he told me that he liked to write about mine. And he did.
What is the purpose of photography? Are photographs merely two dimensional reference materials from which we identify people, objects and places of the past – tools that tell us details of our world indifferent to human sentimentality? Or do they posses within themselves individual interpretations? Can they offer us more? Can they disarm our sensory control and ignite within us feelings that challenge our rational thought and grant us the kind of experiences often submerged under the silence of dreaming?
These are some of the questions that you may find yourself thinking after viewing Melbourne based Photographer Annevi Petersson’s series Let it Fall, currently on exhibition at The Brunswick Street Gallery.
The twelve photos are hypnotic, involving the expressions of movement detained underwater, elegantly captured using only muted blue colours. They are haunting and dramatic without being overdone and mysterious in the way each shot has been captured without being overbearing. They are all simply numbered and are hung in a grid formation rather than side by side, which surprisingly works well without making them seem too cluttered. Although this is the case, sadly the space given to this series isn’t near enough; each individual image could easily command an entire wall, more likely giving the viewer an even better appreciation of each.
Photographs like 8 and 12 cleverly use illusion which completely de-rails the viewer’s sense of distinction between underwater and the surface. Annevi has also very effectively hidden the features of the face so as not to distract from the complete composition, where in some, the difference between the reflection and the actual body become less identifiable. The narrative by Annevi, written on the plaque next to the photographs is simple yet powerful, acting almost as a meditation, guiding the senses to fully absorb the almost overwhelming experience silently pulsating within each photograph.
Annevi’s ideas and technique with this type of photography is certainly unique and while there are no obvious influences for the Let it Fall series, some links may be seen in the underwater work of contemporary artists like Narelle Autio and Trent Parke. Annevi said she was interested in the dying Ophelia mythology, with the Let it Fall series exploring instead the idea of Ophelia fighting and choosing to live. While some may see the photographs as being too dark, Annevi sees them as being the complete opposite saying the series is a journey “from the darkness, stillness and despair, to the fight, attitude and courage to live and also the joy of life”.
Annevi has said of her work that she doesn’t “like to tell what the reader or audience is suppose to feel; I think that is very much to insult the reader. What I hope to do is to create a mood, a feeling that stays with them that they can reflect upon.” This is a real strength, especially for works like Let it Fall, because you do not necessarily need to understand the metaphoric, mythical or even existential overtones in order to enjoy the simple beauty of each photograph. Good advice would be to first read the narrative, then allow yourself to be absorbed by the pictures, to feel weightless with them and in that moment, leave the world behind.
Thank you Mitchell! (published with consent)
Related post: Let It Fall
When you walk along a shore, you are surrounded by the sounds of summertime. Laughter. Shouting. Playing. Talking. Life.
When you dive into its waters, everything grows silent. The only remaining sounds are those of your heartbeat and your thoughts.
Light fades as you dive deeper. The notions of time and direction no longer exist. Breathe out and fall deeper into the waters, ultimately finding the ground for you feet. Hold your breath, stay still and float to the surface and gasp the fresh air of reality.
Update: Let It Fall will be exhibited at Brunswick Street Gallery 31 July – 13 August 09.