I continue this idea here on this blog, when it suits me.
This picture I made 10 years ago today on the 22-11-2020. It was part of a series I was exploring at the time, that looked at light and time. The project shifted focus when we renovated our home, and I picked it up from a different angle with a different set of parameters.
Australian Centre for Photography closing.
I visited the space when I was in Sydney while it was still at its Paddington Street address several times of the years. For me however, the CCP in Melbourne is more central to the medium and the local art scene than the ACP ever was. The Sydney Morning Herald article suggests one of the losses of income plaguing the centre was teaching. Something that never attracted me either. So really I feel the ACP was very Sydney-centric. Perhaps the CCP is Melbourne-centric?
In its own right, photography, and in particularly those genres of photography primarily focused on events in the world, is underpinned its own set of apparently self-evident truths. Many of these concern ideas about the correct way to use photography, in other words what it should be able to do that the other representational tools we have available to us cannot. This is significantly a little different from the often-discussed medium specificity of photography, in that these beliefs do not necessarily need to have a direct relationship to the actual technical qualities of photography (indeed sometimes they ignore these qualities altogether), but in many cases originate elsewhere in society and culture, often in ideas which significantly predate photography’s invention. The problem with these beliefs, and the value in exploring them, is that they shape and direct the ways we use cameras and photographs in ways which sometimes prevent us using photography as dynamically as we might, and as a result undermine rather than strengthen the goals we seek. For this reason, if no other, we should try to draw them out and assess quite how useful they are.
Three early influencers on my creative endeavours are, Richard Misrach, Robert Adams, and Frederick Sommer.