As the COVID crisis hit Australia in March 2020, this little portrait photographer (me) was left with no clients. It was up to me to step out and challenge my way of seeing.
The idea of genre can be simplified to a description of the ways in which we interpret the world. In this (very simplified) definition, we can lool at landscape as a study of space and portraiture as a study of character. Andrew Wurster and I have had this conversation before – his ‘portrait’ photography focuses on the relationship that a person has in space (and his portrait photography is exceptional when he embraces this). On the other hand, my landscape photography focuses on the character of a location – the atmosphere of place.
Not only has COVID19 restricted my access to clients and human subjects, it has also restricted our physical movements around the places where we live. In this restriction, I have ventured out very locally to capture some of the distinctive features of my neighbourhood. It has led to a richer experience of place as I come to know better the suburb in which I now live. I am exploring for details and finding richer meaning in foliage, fencelines, architecture and colour.