These images depict an ominous corporate life, capturing the hustle and bustle of a pre-pandemic city scene. Before COVID-19, capturing landscapes void of population in a city like Melbourne was a feat.
While working as a commercial architectural photographer, I often photographed corporate spaces for sale and lease purposes: stale, uninspired and sombre. Featuring stark design and tedious lighting, these spaces were expected to welcome office workers’ 9 to 5 lives for years to come. I was tasked to photograph these places to evoke ‘inspiration’; however, I also photographed them as they were – intrinsically lonely, desolate and all-consuming.
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, a third of one’s life. Though the Covid pandemic has inspired a desire for work-life balance, how many of us are likely to achieve this long-term?
At work, we are replaceable.
Queensland-based photographer Jennifer Dean has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Starting as a photojournalist and later specialising in architecture, Jennifer’s eye for the decisive moment has evolved through documenting hundreds of weddings, high-profile fashion catwalks, media events, and commercial advertising projects in Australia and overseas.
Jennifer’s ability to capture unposed moments often mistaken as cleverly staged, together with her meticulous knowledge of light and composition, has informed her highly polished and commercial style. Her works, however, are a distinct deviation from her paid projects. Subscribing to Picasso’s ethos, ‘Learn the rules like a pro so that you can break them like an artist,’ Jennifer meticulously approaches random moments, finding splendour in the otherwise mundane.
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