The medium format film camera Cebra used, manufactured in 1989, dictated her exploration of the city. The habitual traversing of streets was slowed by the stopping and framing of pieces of urban landscape via this photographic apparatus. Winding the film on, framing, focusing and considering each shot prior to removing the darkslide and depressing the shutter release button. The experience of first sight then viewing the scene backwards by means of the camera's focusing screen, changed Cebra's way of seeing, as well as her photographic experience. The colour quality and depth of tone in each image was determined by the film choice and the light temperature of the location. The final images reduce the scale of the world, reimagining it and transforming it into something new, an object to be printed and held, which has flattened a three dimensional fragment of Paris onto a two dimensional plane, far removed from it's origins.
Archival photographic prints, mounted, 500 x 500mm.
la vue de la place Armand Trousseau vers la rue Charles Baudelaire, T-MAX 400
la vue de la Cité Internationale des Arts vers la rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, T-MAX 400
Pont Neuf, T-MAX 400
rue de Rivoli, Portra 160
Jardin du Luxembourg, Fuiji PRO 160
Pont au Double, Portra 160
Hôtel Melia la Défense, Boulevard de Neuilly, Courbevoie, Fuiji PRO 160
vue de la Place de l'Aigle, la Défense, Fuiji PRO 160
Boulevard de Neuilly, Courbevoie, Fuiji PRO 160
Le Marché d'Aligre, T-MAX 400
Place d'Aligre, T-MAX 400
Square du Vert-Galant, T-MAX 400
Quai d'Orléans, Portra 160
L'impasse des Boeufs, Fuiji PRO 160
Esplanade du port de l'arsenal, Portra 160
La Cité Internationale des Arts, Fuiji PRO 160
Inherently Temporal (2016)
Inherently Temporal (2016) draws out the dull, desaturated tones of the cosmopolitan. These characteristics link the photographic representations of various cities and urban spaces. The series is a reflective observation on metropolitan Europe and the temporal feeling inherent in built up, densely populated environments. An exploration of architectural lines and infrastructure and how together, these elements determine a populaces daily movements and provide the material for visions of a disconnected contemporary existence in these complex city ecosystems.
Archival photographic prints mounted, various dimensions.
Abandoned Glaswegian schoolhouse
Two seats, Paris
Forum des Halles, Paris
La Cité Internationale des Arts atelier
La Cité Internationale des Arts ateliers
Interstitial Interiors (2015)
The Interstitial Interiors series explores the movement of people through institutional transitory spaces and the oddity of such spaces when void of human presence. Through an investigation of transience, liminality, flow, the feeling transitional zones may evoke and the ritual of the pedestrian commute in structured interiors, Cebra developed the still interior photographs.
Archival photographic print mounted, 600 x 1310mm.
No. 3 U.T.S. green
No. 1 Sydney University
No. 2 U.T.S. stairs
No. 4 Sydney University chemistry
No. 5 Sydney University chemistry
No. 6 Sydney University linguistics
No. 7 U.N.S.W.
Do you ever wander? Or simply travel from A to B. There are things to do and no time to be wasted idly wandering and watching. Dérive (2014) reflects upon the urban environment and pedestrians innate nature to walk purposefully from one location to the next. Dérive is a series of small books which document urban drifting via word and photography. Here are a few of the images from in and around Sydney.
"Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance - nothing more, but to lose oneself in a city - as one loses oneself in a forest - that calls for quite a different schooling." - Walter Benjamin
colour inkjet print 105 x 130mm.
03.10.14, 15:33 Susan Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:34 O'Connell Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:35 Prospect Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:55 Camperdown Cemetery, Newtown
06.10.14, 9:37 Mary Street, Surry Hills
06.10.14, 9:24 Central Station
06.10.14, 10:15 Riley Street, Surry Hills
Splash, Disperse, Swarm (2014)
Splash, Disperse, Swarm (2014) freezes in time the interaction between substance and skin. This dynamic works to tranform the portrait with the addition of the food and beverages.
photographic colour inkjet print, 297 x 385mm.
Sugar Glenys #1
Sugar Glenys #2
Tomato Soup Stephen
Golden Syrup + 100s & 1000s Emily
Golden Syrup Emily
Instant Coffee Emily
Green Pea Emily
Tomato Soup Emily
White Rice Joe
The series Triplicity (2014) derives from an exploration of occupying the same space at one point in time and interactions with oneself.
photographic colour inkjet print, 420 x 594mm.
Spilt Milk (2014)
Spilt Milk (2014) is a narrative which combines the inky dark that enshrouds environs upon nightfall and the artificiality of night lights that attempt to cut through this darkness.
photographic colour inkjet print, 420 x 594mm.
Dark Night Driver
Red Dress #1
Dark Night Jimmy
Red Dress #2
Dark Night Gone
The formation of photographic image through liquid, the formation of life with the existence of water. The fluidity of liquid forming or destroying the images waiting to be released from a light sensitive camera film. The flow of liquid solidly imbedded onto the film. Capturing the transient traces of liquid. Fixing to the film what inevitably can not be fixed, it is unfixable - Unfixed (2014).