Our relationship with natural phenomena in Australia started 40,000 years ago with the original human inhabitants and the Dreamtime. White Australians then overcame terrifying obstacles to arrive by ship over 200 years ago. To present day, Australians still face these same challenges from wild seas and weather, to bushfires, to a harsh, hot desert. This series is my interpretation of this phenomena and our place in it.
Living near Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia, I witnessed many ocean rescues by the local life guards. I even had to be rescue myself once. Being caught in a rip is quite a common experience in Bondi Beach, though the life guards do an amazing job to keep people safe. This image depicts the moment a lifesaving boat breaches the top of a wave.
To create this series, I start by either creating a painting, sculpture or a photograph. The photograph I will either paint over the top of, or cut pieces from. I then photograph this object using various lighting and filtration techniques to render the final image.