Kevin Chamberlain Photography | Seeking Inspiration to Push our Photography Boundaries

Seeking Inspiration to Push our Photography Boundaries

May 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

After working two weekends in a row, Sue and I decided to “play hooky” and recharge our batteries with a trip to the Biennale at Cockatoo Island last week.  It was a glorious autumn day in Sydney so the river cat ride to the island was a great start.  We had seen some of the pieces on an earlier visit with good friends but this was an opportunity to wander with open minds and absorb the intent of the pieces and their connection to the theme of “Equilibrium and Engagement”. There have been some negative reviews of the 2018 Biennale – one critic suggesting it is “on life support” with many pieces that “have posed fascinating intellectual challenges for the artist but have little to offer an audience”.  Documentary photography of artistic shipping container installation at Cockatoo Island's Biennale ExhibitionText from the poem ICARUS Embodies Icarus ContainerYukinori Yanagi's Icarus Container includes text drawn from Yukio Mishima's poem, ICARUS

To be honest, there are some on Cockatoo Island that left us shaking our heads in bemusement but others that really DO draw us into the artist’s headspace and challenge us to step outside our comfortable daily routine and look at the world from a different perspective.  Yukinori Yanagi’s works are, in our opinion, amazing – the Icarus Container, Landscape with an Eye and Absolute Dud are powerful and confronting! 

How do they impact us as photographers?  The answer is “don’t know” but the pieces that attracted us made us stop, think laterally and discuss – 3 things we don’t do enough in our daily working lives.  Can we do this with one of our photography images?  Time will tell so watch this space!!!!  If you have an opportunity to take a day trip on Sydney Harbour to a fascinating island and explore some “artistic” installations, then we’d suggest you do it just to see and judge for yourselves!

If you'd like to see some of the sights that captured our attention, go to Sydney Biennale on Cockatoo Island 2018

Documentary photography of artistic installation at Cockatoo Island's Biennale ExhibitionDetail of Sydney Biennale 2018 Installation - Planes, ErodeMit Jai Inn's Installation is Planes Hover, Erupt, Erode


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