I met a man from Strathalbyn, South Australia, who’s exquisite taxidermy work underpins this body of work. I photographed the exotic animals displayed in his showroom using a homemade camera obscura. I discovered that my clunky process involving old and new image making technologies resulted in interesting images. This photographic chain of events is my personal interpretation of the way a camera
obscura operates; a hybrid of awkward manoeuvres that produces enigmatic, beautiful images. By looking closely at the animals, I found the taxidermists' earnest and sincere attempt to restore life to these majestic trophy 'kills', only stills them further. My interest lies within this paradox, as I explore alternative views. The works in STILLED LIFE speak as much to the process as the end result.
Bullet Hole, a,b,c,d,e,f,g, 2016, photographic image on german etching paper, walnut veneer cylinder, dimensions variable.