28 Days Later
This was my last day photographing at pinmatik/Rocky Cape and there was a bit of symmetry of location and subject, but my knowledge of this Place let me go much further than I did back in the early part of the residency.
Tomorrow I go West, with one week of my residency left I have been given the chance to explore some of these concepts; Place, Landscape and human habitation of environment in a different location.
Can you feel it?
Recently I've used these words to describe the aim my artistic practice,
"explore image making that, goes beyond expected representative images of landscape and environment and seeks to offer a personal interpretation of human connection to Place."
Applying this to my current location and work, I would like the images I've made at pinmatik and the wider Rock Cape National Park to convey my experience of place from a within rather than a distance vantage point. To be able to share how it felt as well as how it looked.
I was thinking today that I don't need my images to communicate a thousand words, I'd be really please if they could be concise and focused and transmit just 10 or 20 words - I think that might take more skill.
It seems a bit odd that there is a suburb(s) within a National Park - technically excluded but it is surrounded by the reserved land.
pinmatik/Rocky Cape has a small shack community but Sisters Beach is something else, kind of strange.
Sights, sounds, smells, touch, emotions and memory are all employed to understand sense of place, expressing that sense is another story. The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" might be true, but sometimes there is a need to go beyond the literal, where do you begin then?
Without a focus or direction in our daily lives many of us struggle to find a healthy mental state, but how much of what we do is just empty action? Empty steps towards a life full of stuff that we don't really value.
Kelly Slater is an emerging artist, building an arts practice in photography in Northwest Tasmania.