The exhibition, We Are Changing addresses issues that young
artists face within a contemporary art world, where photography
faces a departure from traditional modes of thinking.
Each artist originates from a different background in photography,
shifting across fields and pulling threads from different genre’s
together into one practice, expressing a current shift in the
attitudes of this generation of image-makers.
During development of this collaborative exhibition the four
contributing artists engaged upon a group dynamic where
personal gain and compromise took place in a collective pursuit
– Lea Schlatter
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Ryan Meta, 2014. Untitled. Collection of the artist.
As a photographer, breaking into the industry comes with different emotions; excitement, elation and eagerness. It is unnerving to say the least.
Feeling like a fish out of water comes with the territory when attempting something new. The self-portrait reveals my features, red cheeks and freckles conveying my youth.
As a child, whenever I was stressed or worried my nose would start to bleed randomly.
Lea Schlatter, 2014. Chye-Ling: Could you be more specific?. Collection of the artist.
Lea Schlatter, 2014. Katy: Could you be more specific?. Collection of the artist.
Lea Schlatter, 2014. Narelle: Could you be more specific?. Collection of the artist.
Could You Be More Specific?
The work is the result of a behind-the-scenes dialogue, questioning the commercial conventions of a photo-shoot. As a starting point, the model was directed by the photographer through a series of traditional poses. This is where the model asked the question, could you be more specific?
The relationship between aspiring model and photographer includes a fluctuation of agreement, disagreement, success and disappointment. Mimicking the balance of a commercial setting, such implications have the ability to generate images containing an unintended outcome.
Kate Syme, 2014. Monty. Collection of the artist.
“When I first started, I lost 6 fights and I got beaten up. It was kind of embarrassing, if I was someone else I would have gone ‘ah na, do something else’. It was the drive in me and I just knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel and that’s boxing. I knew there was something and I just kept at it, I never gave up.”
Monty Filimaea, 2013
I started to see that fighting is about understanding your strength, using your skills wisely and being fully committed to it. Realising this allowed me to look for those moments which show a glimpse into his vulnerability, fears, strengths and courage.
I was inspired by Ashley Gilbertson’s project ‘Bedrooms of the Fallen’ as he portrayed soldiers who have died in combat through the bedrooms they grew up in. As Monty steps into the ring, it is like entering the front lines and it is those final moments in the changing room that can mean winning or losing a fight. It is the gentle and inspirational conversations with his trainer (David) and the inspiring Samoan music playing in the background. This along with the support from those around him stopping in to wish him luck and a final prayer from David are those moments that make him ready to step into the ring.
The final photograph is where it sunk in; he won his second belt and is now the NZBF and NZPBA cruiserweight champion.
Delena Nathuran, 2014. Untitled. Collection of the artist.
Pursuing the urge to discover, explore and understand all that is close and familiar. The desire to lay bare the unknown from the click of the shutter to the manifestation of image. The investigation and mystery, the making.
These works are part of an ongoing meditation on life, on my childrens world and relationships and how I see them and tell their story, my version of their truth.