I live in the city of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. It was founded more than two hundred years ago, as a convict settlement. Epochal changes are happening: the devastation of the natural world accelerates, the wreckage of a twentieth century industrial wasteland continues its decline. At this moment of closure and transition we are experiencing a period of extinction . . . the abandoned, the neglected, the despised, the condemned, those who will determine what happens . . . are the survivors.
My neighbours bear witness every day of their lives to the destructive processes that surround us, this ‘human wreckage’ is testament to the forgotten and overlooked. Through religious belief and personal faith, through strength in adversity, through experience and built community, there is a hope and a knowledge that can survive any challenge. With intuition as my guide and an awareness of artistic tradition, I attempt to reveal presences that may give us clues as to what is real and unreal. I am not seeking a form of aesthetic contemplation, but a way of finding guidance. My photography is the documentation of this search, through which I express emotional realities primarily through the captured images of the lives we lead, and the environments in which we now live. Photographic evidence of present and past dilemmas and continuities . . . this is my determination.
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