Stuart's sample photographic portfolio
Some of the pictures & ideas I explore.
My static website is back online, it too houses a gallery of my work of sorts.
Neo-Documentary [2011- ongoing]
Psychogeography [2004 - ongoing]
#emptyshops [2011- ongoing]
My wanderings didn't amount to a great deal pictorially, but at some point afterwards one image caught my eye. It was of an empty shop, with green walls and a contrasting purple set of stairs strewn with some detritus at the rear, photographed using my smart-phone, for a variety of reasons. For some reason this image struck a chord with me, perhaps the colour, perhaps the objects strewn on the floor, whatever it was, it seemed a pleasing image. As I scrolled though my digital archive a few days after, I started to notice other empty shops I’d photographed prior to this one, most likely subconsciously.
All had a similar composition. It then dawned on me it may be possible to create a body of work that examined this phenomenon of empty shops, after all, Australia at this point was meant to be weathering the GFC quite well. Yet these shops were not difficult to find. I spent the summer of 2012~2013 walking the shopping strips that radiate outwards from the central business district. Breaking down the city by major arterial road and drawing a rough boundary at the approximate 10 kilometer mark I felt I could ‘document’ these strange edifices, all similar, yet subtly different.
I found the size and shape of my smart phone suited this project quite well. I could quickly and easily traverse long stretches of road photographing any and all I encountered, by the end of the summer I had almost covered ¾ of the northwest of the city. The size of the device and its design meant I could jam the camera hard against the glass and photograph through it. The composition was easy to recreate from shop to shop, again made easy by the way the camera on my phone worked.
As I wandered the shopping strips, I contemplated such ideas as the situationists and their manifesto, ideas of the photograph as documentary evidence, and typologies generally.
This project was in fact only made possible by technology, the smart phone I carried everywhere with its discrete form factor and portability meant images could be made any time anywhere and I would never need to gain legal access to the properties in question. I may never had considered it at all if I had not been successful at making a couple of interesting pictures through dirty glass. The growing series is hosted on tumblr
Concrete CanvasThe work is on flickr
Art & MathematicsMore on flickr
Doorways to the West
More on flickr
Analogue Work [Solo Exhibitions]
Silver in Sunshine [Stanza One] 2018
"... across the river styx" 2007
These images attempt to explore the ironies inherent in the mythological representation of the Australian landscape, that have long been apparent; but what makes us desire the unattainable rather than redefine our desires? Is it possible to live in the present? To relax and enjoy the gothic beauty of our damaged (sub)urban backyards? To give up or at least concede the dream?
It is a dark visual essay that relinquishes the search for a pristine nature as false and useless. The work suggests it's time to take the banana lounge outside, sip a beer and relax as the sun sinks in the West, and celebrate all aspects of human endeavour.
Urban or Urbane? 2002Urban or Urbane? It consisted of 8 inkjet prints of scanned 5x4 inch film, each measuring 95 x 80 cm.
Bridges 1999 - ongoing.flickr.com.
Maps 1993 - 2000flickr
Roid Rage 1993-2000One edit on flickr.
Other Digital online projects?
- Sunshine pc3020 2016 - ongoing. A project documenting the changes to the suburb where I live. As a former hub of heavy industry Sunshine is now rapidly gentrifying.
- backdoor at work 2014 - ongoing. Every morning when I'm at work I make this picture at 08:30
- Saturday 17:17 2018 - ongoing. Every Saturday at 17:17, I step out and make this picture. It is as much about time and light as it is the view.
- 10 years ago today 2020 - ongoing. Revisiting my digital archives finding the forgotten gems.
- instagram account 2011 - ongoing. My relationship with this app has fluctuated widely. I delete its contents once a year and start over.
- flickr account 2004 - ongoing. This was my first online community engagement, it is still my preferred cyberspace hangout.
- dot . 2000 - 2007. This work percolated for many years. Flickr helped me coalesce the work. I hope to publish a book of it eventually. It was inspired by Ed Ruscha's seminal work in the 70's
- Art & Mathematics. Inspired by a Frederick Sommer Quote. It also has been made into a book.
- The natural the constructed & the in-between. An intensive invetigation of Sunshine where the battle between the constructed and the natural simmers quietly.
BooksI self publish some of my work. This is a list of some the titles.
- Art & Mathematics 2012
- The Ericsson Files [A mobile phone camera journal, 2007-2009] 2012
- What's the ugliest part of your body? 2016
- Body Bags & Other Misdemeanours 2020