Fifties Photo Journey

My Mysterious Mother. An opportunity arose last December to do an artist in residency at the Butter Factory Arts Centre from April 21 – May 11. So a ‘project’ that had been languishing once again came alive. This re-post is for you Helen.

I’m developing a new series of artworks using old family photos, collage and photomontage. (Pun intended.) While this work contains much that is personal and meaningful only to me and my family, it is also a commentary on the many roles of women, the changing images of women, the tensions and struggles that women navigate and much more.

The idea arose when I came across some old photos last year and started talking to photographer and friend Craig Holmes. We got together to select photos to reproduce. Craig brought a technical and creative eye to the process of selection. He made digital masters of the selected family photos, some of which were very small, with the oldest taken in the early 1930’s.

A high quality scanner in the hands of a skilled photographer yielded spectacular images. We were both surprised at the amount of detail contained in some of the images that had not been captured when the photos were developed manually.

Visit Craig’s site. He is a master of technique and has a real creative flair. I love his underwater series, several of which are on his office wall in large scale reproductions. The Metro Man series taken in the Paris Metro is also fantastic.

What makes them all the more spectacular is that they are pre-digital era. These are not Photoshopped, digitally manipulated images. They could only have been taken by a photographer with consummate skills.

Craig is represented in:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Photographers Gallery, London
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victora Arts, Melbourne
Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

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