The Gold Coast, subconsciously, is a place I have identified with since birth. My father was a hotelier. I was born in Denpasar, Bali and grew up living in hotel rooms. We moved back to Australia and the Gold Coast in 2000. I was ten years old, living at the Novotel in Surfers Paradise. Every afternoon after school was down to Cavill Avenue for a swim; a 50c cone from McDonald's. We moved around the city to places including Chevron Renaissance, depending on my father's job.I believe my father's obsession for tourism also impacted my creative practice. My contemporary photography is largely concerned with architecture and urban landscapes; the everyday scenes that go unnoticed. This style of imagery is especially interesting for the Gold Coast as it documents the middle ground, or perspectives of the city seen by residents, not tourists.
Once graduating high school in Southport, I left my family home in Ashmore and began descending the coastline in search of something different. I started in Main Beach... moved to Palm Beach... moved to Tugun... moved to Kirra.
With photographers capturing our stretch of golden sand and the Pacific Ocean so beautifully, I also had to look inward to find difference. I wanted to cross the 2nd and 3rd highways and find those isolated elements to simplify my busy life in the busy city. Nearly all images were taken in the space bordered by the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast Highway, where nearly all Gold Coasters live.
Film and digital photography postcard souvenirs — Printed on FSC card stock
Exhibited in the Super Souvenir caravan at Bleach Festival + Festival 2018. Gold Coast.