I AM. is a series of stylised photographic portraits of Australian Creative. The series aims to showcase a diverse range of Australia’s eclectic creatives across a variety of artistic genres. Both showcasing traditional artists, filmmaker, street art, to the lesser known or considered art forms, body-painter, permaculture designer, paper sculptor, circus and more, that includes a self-portrait of the photographer. This series relies on the willingness of each subject to participate in the creation of their own stylised image, often taking up to 2 days to create the set for their environmental portrait. Each image shows you the personality and character of each creative through their proud and sometimes an awkward expression. As Australian’s we are so lucky to have such an array of creative talent that deserves to be showcased and celebrated weather it be a well known artist, instagram sensation of passionate closet creative. This series hopes to document and showcase these talents through these ‘more is more’ conceptual portraits.
The is an on going series, which hopes to grow into a much larger and broader body of work. Eventually becoming a book I AM. – Portraits of Australians.
The Artist; portrait of Australian Artist Valarie Richardson at home.
The Toy Man; portrait of Australian multidisciplinary artist, Stephen Ives, dressed as his alter ego ‚’Cloud Boy’, in Brunswick.
The Fashion Designer; portrait of Australian clothing and textile designer Nixi Killick in her studio in Richmond.
The Street artist; portrait of Australian street artist Mike Makatron on Meyers Place, Melbourne.
The Permaculturalist; portrait of permaculture designer Taj Scicluna in her garden, Silvan, Victoria.
The Leather Tanner; portrait of traditional leather tanner Josh McLean in his ‘tiny’ studio, Christmas Hills, Victoria.
The Filmmaker; portrait of Australian Filmmaker John Richardson in his garage, in Melbourne.
Curated by Sandy Edwards, Arthere
Keren Dobia is a Melbourne based photographic artist and lecturer. Keren is the current AIPP Professional Photographer of the year and recently won first place in the 2018 World Photographic Cup – Portrait category, with her image “the Filmmaker’ from her ongoing series I AM. She is a passionate photographic artists and portrait photographer, with a background in painting, drawing and fashion design, which are skills she brings into her photographic work. She is the Photographer, stylist, retoucher and printer of her photographic works.
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