“For me, this series is fundamentally about my interpersonal connections. My aim is not to try to document anything or to try to give a platform to anyone. These photographs result from making time to meet and spend time with someone I know. Someone close, or sometimes someone newer or perhaps peripheral in my life —photography is just a reason to connect.
Sometimes, I meet with someone I don’t know that well, and sometimes, I meet to reconnect with someone close I haven’t seen in a long time. We talk a lot about many things, often the photographic process itself.
I find the processes around justifying artwork odd and alienating. The written space that often accompanies a photographic work has never felt like mine to fill, so each work has something written by the person being photographed.”
Tristan Still is a multidisciplinary artist living on stolen land, the land of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation. Personal relations in the photographic practice often drive his work. His collaborators are often linked by a commonality of resistance to capitalist ideals and authority – those who fiercely challenge normative cultural behaviours, practices and expectations through their actions and identities.
His work has been published internationally and selected as a finalist in several awards, including the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, and the Head On Portrait Prize.
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