The continuation and completion of the previous photoessay.
It occurs to me I never addressed why these images were presented as monochrome rather than color – Australia has wonderfully intense blue skies (I suspect this has something to do with the ozone layer, or lack of it at those latitudes) which in turn produce extremely intense colours. Personally, and I suspect also for a lot of other people, monochrome images are associated with a sort of timeless quality; I don’t – and didn’t – want the impressions to be affected by my current color choices and preferences. It’s one of the reasons we associate certain color palettes with certain eras in history – think of the 1960s and 1970s, or late 1980s, for instance; unfortunately I suspect the current period is going to be defined by over filtering, low-fi and HDR. The least I can do is spare my subjects from that…
Some of you may have noticed my continued exploration of the idea of isolation: my subjects are mostly alone and not interacting with anybody else. This is intentional: no man may be an island, and we are all members of society, and beyond that actively choose to live in urban agglomerations of millions of other people, but at the same time we choose to seek solitude and private space: isn’t that a contradiction of sorts?
This series was shot with a Ricoh GR. Enjoy! MT
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