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item 744

The series Preserving, conveys my frustrations and fears for the earth’s environment. Through exploring motivations and methods of preservation, I am examining our will, ability, and power, to preserve in the Anthropocene. Will it be enough?


In ‘Item 744’, the photograph within the jar, like the environment it depicts, is isolated, fragile, damaged, and collapsing.  It is already a historical artefact – a moment in time, preserved. It documents what we have now and what we stand to lose. The vintage domestic jar references the simple act of preserving food, a task practiced by humans throughout history to ensure our own survival. It is a reminder of our ability, across time and cultural differences, to do what needs to be done.

item 744 is included in the Museum of Australian Photography's annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia through the 2023 William and Winifred Bowness Prize Finalist Exhibition. On now at MAPh to 12th November 2023.
Also featured in The Guardian Australia.
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