I am particularly fond of this image from my street photography series, “Humanisation”.
I chose this image because it speaks to me of the beauty and many layered facets of the built environment one encounters in city life. I am a keen street photographer as well as a landscape photographer.
“Humanisation” followed a period of prolonged illness and stress a couple of years ago where I became totally disheartened at the increasing urbanisation of inner Melbourne, all I saw was the dirt, squalor in the streets, traffic, constant graffiti and ugly new high rise buildings all around me. I made a decision to embrace my environment, accepting these changes rather than constantly wishing for another reality. I focused my creative expression on street photography, inspired by photographers like Jessie Marlow who look for the human element, the beauty within the urban environment. I discovered gems like the alleyway gallery of framed paintings in the inner city on an old grungy brick wall, a shadow of a human form hovering over an abandoned shopping trolley, a reflection in a mirror of a high rise building embraced by a tree branch.
Humanisation captures moments in the built environment that are quite prosaic, tender and beautiful, from that journey I found a renewed enthusiasm for life and a peace within that comes from focusing on what you love.