Sue Daley - Between the Tides:
I wanted to combine the sense of belonging I feel when walking through the ever-changing landscape of my Australian home, with the sense of belonging I have when I look at generations of my family gazing back at me across the years and across the oceans, from photographs I have loved since I was a child in England.
I first saw the photographs spilling out of a broken cardboard box in the bottom of my parent’s wardrobe, I was mesmerized by them: I think they were my first experience of beauty.
I had a bit of an epiphany when I realised that to accomplish my goal I had to give myself permission to step back into the imagination of the child I once was. The inner critic we tend to develop as adults was banished and gradually I recreated the rich inner world of my childhood.
The animals and birds I love to photograph became observers, treasures and also guardians, the children depicted are at the beginning of their journeys and they are challenged, awestruck, strong and protected.
It has been incredibly rewarding creating these images. Photoshop is a great tool, but the really exciting moment was when I saw them outside of my computer for the first time, printed tonally and texturally in a manner so reminiscent of the original family portraits at the bottom of the wardrobe.
Sue Daley - Between The Tides
23 June to 10 July 2017, opening Saturday 24 June 2/4pm
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