I’ve been working steadily toward my upcoming show at Tinning Street in May, and am very pleased to now present what has been a true labour of love.
Over the last year, I have made a series of photographs and slides which document some of the architectural and cultural ephemera of my own neighbourhood, Coburg. This is the third installment of an ongoing series of works about the North-West Suburbs of Melbourne which started with Footscray and Moonee Ponds.
With technical (and moral) support from Rae and Bennett, and the exceptional craftsmanship of Nick Blackmore, I’m excited to be showing my first photographic work since graduating from RMIT nearly 10 years ago. It has been a mind-boggling reminder of how expensive and labour-intensive analog photography was/is/can be! However, though I may hesitate at using 35mm film in future, I believe it has been worth it. I’ve unapologetically used both analog and digital processes in the work, but the resulting softness and texture of the images is something I could not have produced digitally, and is important to the finished works.
The Coburg Plan
Thursday 2nd May, 6-9pm
As Moreland continues a limping march to the staccato beat of urban renewal, Jessie Scott’s The Coburg Plan quietly catalogues some of this suburb’s past lives. Shot itermittently on 35mm over a year, Scott’s block-mounted portraits imbue its residential subjects with both gravitas and cosy familiarity.