I’m not a professional photographer; I’m a failed academic who now works as a high school teacher but in every spare, waking moment I have, I am making photographs or thinking about them. In my sleep, I’m dreaming them.
In 2008 I moved to Sydney to take up a position at a university. I didn’t know anyone who lived there, but jumped at the chance to escape from stifling industrial suburbia of western Melbourne that I had lived in all my life. I walked most places hoping to gain a sense of place and found that in Sydney I felt incredibly alone as it’s pace and vastness were overwhelming. This was further intensified by the phenomenon of the light in this setting.
After I began to use photography as a way of exploring and making sense of my place within Sydney, I began to see that the light that originally made me feel exposed while walking through the city was now able to reflect my perceptions of the beauty, struggle and strangeness of everyday life.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PRIZES
2017 & 2016 - San Francisco Street Photography Festival, finalist and 3rd Prize Winner (2016).
2016 - Brussels Street Photography Festival, finalist. Exhibition held at Galerie Ravenstein.
2015 - Miami International Street Photography Festival, finalist exhibition at History Miami museum.
2015 - Art and About Sydney, ‘Australian Life’ finalist, Hyde Park, Sydney.
2014 - Urban Picnic International Street Photography Competition finalist, Third Floor gallery, London.
Photography as a Social Research Method, 2017, Sten Langmann, Springer Publishing, Singapore.