The cenotaph at Martin Place has inscribed the words “To Our Glorious Dead”.
As a society we have recognised the sacrifice soldiers made but also the hollow sentiment that there is glory in killing and death.
In this exhibition I try to explore the idea of entrapment as a state of mind. I use the red poppy of the Great War as a reference and symbol of soldiers who came back scarred by the trauma of their experiences.
To this end I have used collages to express beauty and suffering.
100 years after the Great War we have started to recognise the psychological scars that soldiers carry in their lives and confront their pain and the pain of the families who grieve after them. All wars create painful memories.
On the other side of the cenotaph are the words “Lest we forget”.
I have been doing photography for over 30 years, starting in a serious way when he joined his local camera club in 1984. In those days he worked casually for a theatrical agency making portraits of extras working in films. He has also taught basic photography at high school for some 15 years. He retired from teaching in 2002 and continues to teach locally. He has had several exhibitions in the library since 2003, six with Head-On.
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