January 31, 2014

Friday Round Up - 31 January, 2014

This Friday Round Up is dedicated to one of my dear friends who passed away this week after a valiant battle against an unbeatable and heinous disease, Motor Neurone. RIP Angela Batties.

On Friday Round Up this week Simon Harsent's exhibition Melt makes its Melbourne debut, Robyn Beeche's Retrospective, Claire Martin's Faeries photo essay, Max Pam on Supertourist and more.

Exhibition: Melbourne
Simon Harsent – MELT: Portrait of an Iceberg 

Photographer Simon Harsent says the underlying theme that resonates throughout his personal work “are the paths we choose in life”. It is this proposition that has influenced his series on icebergs, Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg. While the literal translation can be seen in the pathways these frozen behemoths follow in their physical journey, allegorically it can also be applied to the environmental choices that the human race has taken.

In Melt Harsent captures these glacial giants as they journey down “iceberg alley” from the Ilulissat Icefjord to Greenland’s Disco Bay and onto the east coast of Newfoundland. These icebergs can take years to make a journey that transforms these giants as they are reclaimed by the ocean. 

 All images (C) Simon Harsent

Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg, which is also an award-winning book, makes its Melbourne premiere next week.

Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg by Simon Harsent
Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
February 5 – March 1, 2014
Opening night: Thursday February 6th at 6pm 


Exhibition: Sydney
Robyn Beeche Retrospective

A retrospective of Australian photographer Robyn Beeche’s work opens at Black Eye Gallery next week in Sydney. In the 1980s Beeche turned her lens on the “gender-bending” world of counter culture in London collaborating with the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood and Divine. Here she immersed herself in the energetic, creative underground scene, which inspired her to push the boundaries of her own work.

As a result Beeche’s work from this period is infused with the passion and creativity that fuelled music and fashion in the eighties. Beeche's style also influenced others of that era and you can see the Beeche aesthetic in David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes video as an example. Beeche’s portraits, which were created in a pre-digital, pre-Photoshop era, demonstrate the versatility of film and what can be created in the darkroom. 

All images (C) Robyn Beeche

3/138 Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst, Sydney
February 2014

Photo Essay:
Claire Martin - Faeries

It’s fascinating to follow a photographer’s career especially when that photographer is the hugely talented Claire Martin, an Australian documentary photographer who continues to produce fantastic, original and thought-provoking work. I first interviewed Martin in 2010 at the now defunct Foto Freo festival in Perth about her work on alternative lifestyles; Slab City was the project at that time.

Martin continues to explore the experiences of those who choose to live off the grid. In her latest photo essay she captures the “Faeries” of Nimbin, in the remote countryside of New South Wales (Australia). Here those who have found the “real” world unpalatable, are able to get close to nature, to free their spirit and to live a life of their choosing where the words "weird" and "bizarre" are celebratory not derogatory.

Claire Martin is a member of the photography collective Oculi. You can see more of her work here.

Photo Essay:
Maria Turchenkova - Dagestan, Russia 

Russian documentary photographer Maria Turchenkova has spent the last few years focusing on life in the North Caucasus in Russia. Her long-term project, Hidden War in the Land of Mountains, investigates the impact of ongoing violence on inhabitants of the region. There is a unique visual quality in these images which leaves the viewer with no doubt that despite the perceived homogenisation of the contemporary world, there is nowhere else like Russia. 

All images (C) Maria Turchenkova

To view more work click here.

Book Review:
Max Pam - Supertourist

Australian photographer Max Pam’s latest book “Supertourist” took five years and two publishers to come to fruition, but for those who are fans of Max’s work, and there are many particularly in Europe, Supertourist is definitely worth the wait.

This month Max heads to India to continue his “obsession” with that country – this will be his 19th trip. The weekend before he is set to jet off I put a call into his home in Perth. When I talk to Max I always forget that he is now in his sixties, his voice carries none of the body’s years, he is still that curious, irreverent, creative heart that took off for foreign shores in the 1970s and has been travelling ever since.

Of Supertourist Max says...." Click on the Book Reviews tab above or here to read the interview and see more images.

Published by Éditions Bessard

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