In the summer of 1985 Orkin set up a camera in a canvas booth at public events in Canberra and invited passers-by in to make photographs of themselves. Over 400 images were collected that summer, investigating the idea that something interesting might happen when people were asked to portray themselves, in one photograph, at one moment in time.
Significantly, the project pre-dates the selfie by some decades. In contrast to the performative nature of that style of contemporary self-portraiture, the photographs collected by Picture Yourself are gentle, quirky, honest and straightforward depictions of a community and individuals not yet obsessed with self-image making, privacy and image ownership.
Presenting images captured over a year, Wong presents an intimate portrait of the ACT region’s threatened Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland habitat. Wong documents the intricate beauty of these unique places and traces diverse ways in which people know, interact and care for them. Accompanied by an outdoor exhibition produced through a PhotoAccess workshop documenting the ecological character and significance of Bluett’s Block.
In the third instalment of PhotoAccess’ successful Life in the Landscape (LITL) series, Canberra photographer Sari Sutton led a collective exploring our city’s fringes. Focusing on Parkwood, a north-western area soon to be developed into suburbs, the participating artists documented this soon to disappear site, capturing layered remnants of its former lives and considering how human industry has intermingled with natural forces and species to create a distinctive landscape.
This suite of exhibitions will be formally launched, at 6pm Thursday 17th November, 2022 in the PhotoAccess gardens. Please join us for a drink, a chat, and to see some wonderful art! Or if you can’t make it, be sure to catch the live stream of the opening speeches on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photoaccess
No registration is required for this event.