Exhibition: GAZE

Kim Phan

Untitled
Tokyo, 2018

“I'm drawn to these convex safety mirrors because of the way they reflect these small, warped versions of the everyday. The images in them offer new and unusual perspectives of seemingly mundane surroundings and can sometimes feel like small surreal wormholes perched just high enough for you to never notice them at all.”

 
 

Izzy Huang

Mandarin Picking
Sydney, 2018

“Our search for mandarins led us into the mountains. We followed a long and twisty road into a hidden valley within the gums.There we found hundreds of mandarin trees -their branches weighed down by the sheer number of fruit! It was their overflowing colour that caught my gaze - my eyes feasted on them before we happily collected handfuls to bring home.”

 
Gabrielle Kendall, Milford Boy, Milford Sound, 2018.

Gabrielle Kendall

Milford Boy
New Zealand, 2018

“The soft light, the gentle breeze, the striking yellow against the moody sounds that day. The plastic poncho flitted against the railing as the boy cast a watchful eye over the water. Fleeting moments that catch my gaze and stay still enough to capture is when I feel most compelled to use my camera.”

 

Isabella Brown

Ebisugawa Hydroelectric
Kyoto, 2018

“I saw the island first as a rectangle on Google maps, perched in the junction of two canals. This photograph was taken as I walked along nearby banks one morning, looking for a bridge over. Though I didn't quite make it, I later found out that the island holds the Ebisugawa Hydroelectric Power Plant, one of the first of it's kind in Japan. The plant was built in 1914 and is still providing power to Kyoto today.”

 

Jessica Ticchio

Red Japan
Tokyo, Japan, 2017

“A visual summary of our Japan experience, seen walking through the streets of Tokyo. Together in harmony - old and new, tradition and technology; A rich cultural history in a modern city.”

 

Kylie Joo

Urban Poet
Sydney, 2018

“This image is a part of a photographic series that delves into the concept of territory and the interaction between the environment and personal life/relationships. Surviving and keeping up with life in modern society make people move toward and fast but with their head down. Will be there any chance to stand still, look up and see where you surround?”

 

Emmy Lehman

Discarded
South Bank, Brisbane, 2019

“It was an overcast morning, I was on my way to work and workers were trimming the Bougainvillea that lined the path I was walking. Branches were dropping from higher up and all I could see were flashes of purple. I came across this section where discarded clippings fell in such a way; the way they were arranged, the lighting and surrounding colours, caught my eye.”

 

Charlotte Tegan

Untitled, Belvedere Series
Hong Kong, 2018

“This image was captured on a wandering day in Hong Kong, 2018. I'd been presenting my photo media research at a conference, so had been thinking heavy theoretical underpinnings to images, visual communication, and composition. I often work in a hybridised style of documentary realism and fantastical surrealism, prompting double takes with familiar images taken from foreign or non-traditional points of view. I am particularly drawn to this image because of the window views - each window on the old ferry presents like its own TV screen with different, yet similar content. The young woman and her grandmother sit calmly, drinking in the view of the fast approaching buildings that appeared so suddenly from our view of the calm ocean, only moments before.”

 

Emily Doran

Girls in Gion,
Kyoto, Japan, 2018

“Visiting Japan moved me in so many ways, I've never felt more connected to a place in my life. This moment in particular caught my gaze when I saw the way the light moved with the girls, as they walked in unison the light followed and illuminated behind them. There was something special about watching them stand under the sun in their beautiful kimonos, as I'm sure many have stood in the same way before them. There is an indescribable magic in the air in Japan, this photo felt like a little bit of that magic captured on film.”

 

Julia Frolov

Wonder in the Blue,
Bulli Beach, 2018

“A father and child wonder in the blue. Never letting go of each other, simply drowning in the sky, sea and sand.”

 

Monica Larosa

Bird’s Eye View
Launceston, Tasmania, 2018

“Thank you for your gaze. As I stood on a suspension bridge overlooking Cataract Gorge, my attention was brought to these people playing in the rocks as they yelled and bantered. My gaze dances around this photo not necessarily seeing them at first, and then slowly taking in the scene, always looking for more.”

 

Lana Adams

Untitled (Self Portrait)
Adelaide, 2018

“My home fronts onto the street, with the windows facing straight out to the footpath. Shielded by a privacy screen, you can't see in from the road but I often watch the street go by from the inside. In the morning the light streams through the screen causing slits of light and shadow. The light there is strong and harsh and soft all at once, wrapping itself around your body if you sit there. This self portrait was taken with my 27th birthday flowers.”

 

Haidee Lorenz

Wave of Nostalgia
Jervis Bay, 2016

“This image reminds me of that strange feeling of being with someone again who you have been with previously on an intimate level. You may have drifted for a variety of reasons, but when reunited there is an odd emotional mix of familiarity, nostalgia, and contentment and also a sense of excitement; something old is new again.”

 

Isabella Cassidy

To Look At Her
Red Hill, Brisbane, 2018

“The person in this photograph is my partner, Imogene, who I have been in a relationship with for two years. Visibly queer people, especially those in relationships who show affection towards each other in public, can attract negative attention from others. In order to feel safe, sometimes we get fixated on the way we are perceived by strangers, as an attempt to neutralise potential threats. The way we see ourselves can become rooted in how we feel others see us, in the projection of their stereotypes and prejudices. Growing up, I was made to feel like the way I looked at and felt about other women was abnormal and predatory. Since then, I have come a long way in terms of self acceptance and rejecting those notions drummed into me by our heteronormative society. However, sometimes I still struggle with feelings of internalised homophobia. At the time this photograph was taken, Imogene and I had recently moved in together. In making a home for ourselves with one another, we have created a place where we are free to look and be looked at without fear or shame, and I'm happy because I really love to look at her.’

 

Hannah Davies

Untitled
Beijing, 2017

“I walked past this particular patch of Beijing often, on my way to visit friends who lived down the road. Each time I passed, a different kind of fruit or vegetable was hanging up or lying around outside. I think that’s what caught my eye first, causing me to bookmark the place in my brain. I walked past the next time, camera ready, and took this before either of them looked my way. Their gazes don’t meet - and that’s what unnerves me. Human eyes made for looking at other human eyes, at the real and living world around them, look at screens instead.”

 

Lydia Heise

Punch
Tea Tree Gully, 2017

“This is one of my most favourite images I have ever taken. Captured with my friend and long time collaborator, Matthew Smith, the image is part of an ongoing series in which we photograph in our suburban neighbourhood all the while contrasting it with alternative representations of gender, style and glamour. This picture in particular always stands out to me for the ways in which it playfully subverts and reverts the male gaze. The ‘kitchy’ but hyper masculine fitness advertisement is contrasted and engaged with by Matthew who challenges it. I love the shadow and the way in which plays with masculine image but ultimately I adore how the image turns the spotlight back onto and reverses the dominant male gaze to a degree that it almost parodies it, removing its power through collaboration.”

 

Taya Gregory

Heide
Melbourne, 2019

My gaze is one of documentation. Immortalizing in film, forgotten objects and places once touched, once loved and now left to wilt, to be taken back by nature. It’s beautiful to think about the lives lived.

 

Peri Ewin

A Quick Fix
Sydney, 2019

“I put myself in a position where I need to focus on what everyone else isn't.”

 

Poppy Paraw

A Sense of Belonging in Japan
Shibuya, Tokyo, 2018

“I travelled through Japan last year and discovered myself in a different light, internally and externally. There was an ominous feeling walking through the streets through winter. It was easy to get lost in a crowd but find a sense of harmony on your own. The culture of reservation was a change of scenery for me, I got to explore myself as an introvert in a serene manner. Whilst I reflected on the personal challenges at that time in my life, I found a form of peace I’d never experienced before. It was the first time in my life where I felt like I blended in somewhere. As someone who’s grown up as a second generation migrant, I feel like I don’t fully belong in my own cultural community and have a distance with many spaces in Australia. The trip was symbolic towards my own personal journey. It gave me a refreshed outlook that I was excited to share back home.”

 

Irina Strauss

Career in Carrara
Pietrasanta, 2018

“The raw blocks of Apuan marble emerged from the heavy alpine mist as we rounded the corner of a pine-lined country road. There was no one else, just a small truck parked, abandoned with chains loosely draped over jagged stone. After weeks of inspecting the paragons of renaissance art, I had become numb, almost iconoclastic in my perusals. These fragments of pure, snow white Carrara, harvested from the same hills as Michelangelo's own legacies, snapped me out of habituation. They had the raw potential to become anything or everything, menial or masterpiece.”

 

Holly Riding

Beauty in Banality
Hakone, Japan, 2019

“Imitation timber frames a glistening Ficus, you're told it's 'closed' and yet asked to 'push'. A complimentary contradiction demonstrates the intrigue of banality.”

 
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Olivia Alexis

Blues of a Youth
Brisbane, 2019

“Blues Blues Blues, if you gaze into the image you will find a restless soul trying to run away with the winds. A lonely soul falling in love with the beauties of life but struggling to comprehend the struggles of the mind. It is about growth, yet, as a young person I am in my early years of heart ache, confusion and mistake making. I have decided to allow my soul to take a trip as my body remains on earth in hope to return and provide me answers to my questions.”