CONCRETE POETRY
CONCRETE POETRY

Around 85% of Australia's population lives within 50km of the coastline making it one of the most urbanised nations in the world. Every year tourists flock to the Gold Coast and take photographs of its iconic beaches and landmarks. But with the ongoing series ‘Concrete Poetry’, I aim to document the quiet and manufactured microcosm within the growing city.

As well as being my own exploration into the basics of composition, colour and light, ‘Concrete Poetry’ is an ode to localism—to the sign makers and mechanics, the ones building the Gold Coast. Their buildings aren't flashy like the high-rises along the esplanade, but there's a certain and simple beauty that attests to the humility of their business. They demand no attention. They stand there on the fringes, out of sight, but go about as always, creating the foundations for the city. 

Tourism on the Gold Coast is impossible to deny and without it, the city perhaps wouldn’t survive. Tourism however, can impart a state of confusion for citizens like myself. I grew up on the Gold Coast and feel a sense of patriotism toward it. But this patriotism is imbued with concern. What does being a Gold Coaster really mean? It’s a difficult question to answer as the city’s identity is built around the identity of others.

By photographing the architectural and minimal landscapes of the city’s industrial areas, I endeavour to address the question of Gold Coast identity by representing the fundamental, often-unseen environment around us.

Concrete Poetry was Highly Commended in Capture Magazine's Australia's Top Emerging Photographer Awards, Art Category 2017

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CONCRETE POETRY
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DSC00097.jpg
IMG_6783.jpg
IMG_9784.jpg
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CONCPOETRY-15.jpg
CONCPOETRY-11.jpg
CONCPOETRY-13.jpg
award.jpg
CONCRETE POETRY

Around 85% of Australia's population lives within 50km of the coastline making it one of the most urbanised nations in the world. Every year tourists flock to the Gold Coast and take photographs of its iconic beaches and landmarks. But with the ongoing series ‘Concrete Poetry’, I aim to document the quiet and manufactured microcosm within the growing city.

As well as being my own exploration into the basics of composition, colour and light, ‘Concrete Poetry’ is an ode to localism—to the sign makers and mechanics, the ones building the Gold Coast. Their buildings aren't flashy like the high-rises along the esplanade, but there's a certain and simple beauty that attests to the humility of their business. They demand no attention. They stand there on the fringes, out of sight, but go about as always, creating the foundations for the city. 

Tourism on the Gold Coast is impossible to deny and without it, the city perhaps wouldn’t survive. Tourism however, can impart a state of confusion for citizens like myself. I grew up on the Gold Coast and feel a sense of patriotism toward it. But this patriotism is imbued with concern. What does being a Gold Coaster really mean? It’s a difficult question to answer as the city’s identity is built around the identity of others.

By photographing the architectural and minimal landscapes of the city’s industrial areas, I endeavour to address the question of Gold Coast identity by representing the fundamental, often-unseen environment around us.

Concrete Poetry was Highly Commended in Capture Magazine's Australia's Top Emerging Photographer Awards, Art Category 2017

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