I have been photographing seriously now for 20 years. I approach photography as a way of exploring and understanding the world I live in, of taking the mystery of a moment or place, and permanently recording light, detail and structure. My current practice celebrates the diversity inherent in Australian culture, with particular emphasis on understanding the effects of multiple narratives of immigration, settlement and tourism (including the ubiquitous ‘Aussie backpacker’) on Australian cultural identity. Borrowing from the traditions of landscape, documentary and political photography, and composed with a larrikin sense of humour, my imagery features a combination of local and international places, personalities, icons and myths. Some photographs explore the importation of cultural icons into Australia, such as Bengali sculptures in the Grampians or Egyptian icons lining a suburban street in Coburg. Other images explore international representations of Australia, such as a miniature version of the Sydney Opera House in Shenzhen, China, or the startling presence of a Ned Kelly-themed bar in Hong Kong.
My work has been exhibited internationally and nationally within Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and Monash Gallery of Art (MGA).
I currently work at RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, where I am Associate Professor of Photography, and Deputy Head of School (Higher Education) in the School of Art. I lecture and supervise post graduate students. I write on contemporary art, photography and art education. I have a PhD from RMIT University.