Lee Grant – Photography Blog

The Girl who blew her own Bubble and lived in it.

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It’s only January and already I’m tired……… I’ve just read the news headlines: “Man’s body undiscovered in unit for 1 year”, “Police officer remanded on rape charges“, “Russian beheads friends for ‘trying to eat his dog'” etc, etc…. I mean bloody hell…. what the??! Our world can be such shit sometimes.

Anyway, I digress a little…. life can be too surreal at times. We can be so in our own bubbles then pop! Read the damn news and hope like hell that we aren’t part of that world where bizarre and awful things happen to people that couldn’t possibly be real! But it sort of does actually and it happens everyday to you, to me and to them and to the point that we don’t even notice anymore until someone like the ABC thought it newsworthy. And yet still, there’s a hopefulness that somehow it’ll all get better… sometime, one day…..maybe, perhaps.

Picking up a copy of the latest Photofile yesterday and I came across yet another Australian photo-wunderkind, well at least in my opinion. Graham Miller, from way out West (Fremantle) where it seems that innovative and industrious and interesting photographers are being made. For me, Miller’s work conjures up a sense of that bubble and the isolation that we all contend with and yet there’s something simple and pure and hopeful in his images. Cinematic in sensibility they recall the suburban aesthetic of Greg Crewdson’s ‘Twilight’ series and of Australian films such as Lantana or Jindabyne (both directed by the genius Ray Lawrence), the latter of which is based on a Raymond Carver short story, whom Miller suggests is a great influence for him. The ‘homagesque’ (I just made this word up but I like it) references are clearly there but they work beautifully in their own right.

Alice by Raymond Miller
Alice by Graham Miller

Suburban zeitgeist indeed.

Written by Lee Grant

January 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm

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  1. Flick quickly down Graham Miller’s gallery thumbnails and see how consistently solid is his use of light?

    Nigel Lendon

    January 10, 2008 at 8:14 am

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