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Light Journeys presents Kylie Ruszczynski

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Light Journeys is proud to present Paris based, Australian artist Kylie Ruszczynski as our featured artist for October:

ruszczynski_kylie_5from the series Solar Tetes

(courtesy of Kylie Ruszczynski)

Written by Lee Grant

September 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Suburban goings on….. sort of, not really.

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Well I’ve been kinda slack…… not much going on or if there is I ain’t noticing. So can I be honest and say that I’m actually feeling a little flat and have a major case of not being arsed to do anything! I mean don’t get me wrong – a lot is happening – and really it is all good, but hey, even photographers get tired sometimes I should think….

Anyway, just a quick hello, and no I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth (though that could be interesting). I’m sharing some pics here from some recently returned films – you may recall a few posts earlier I had some digital pics of a Sudanese family here in Belco… Kinda weird but wonderful to photograph another culture in my own community. I’ve often felt slightly uncomfortable photographing overseas (you can’t help but not – especially when you consider how you fit in the power schema of things between yourself (with a giant camera ‘stealing souls’) and those whose homes you might be visiting and whose photographs you might also be taking. I’m not sure yet, if it’s different here, but I definitely feel on a more even keel. Plus, here the families are asking me to photograph them, so that also changes the dynamic somewhat. Plus I speak suburban so that really helps ­čśë I tell you conversation about kids, home decoration and the merits/wonders of mobile phones can do wonders to building relationships – let’s face it that is something we pretty much all have in common…


The Duot Family outside their home.


Aker in traditional costume.


Ngor and Matot

One of the good things going on is that I got in as a finalist for Critical Mass 09 (made it into the top 175 at least) and did fork over the big bucks to go on to the second phase, which will culminate in a Top 50 plus 3 winners of a book publication deal plus massive exposure, so please wish me happy thoughts! It’ll be great just to have my work seen by more than 200 jurors from all over the photography world, so I am pretty chuffed about this (though somewhat the poorer…. I’ve figured that by now, this is the life of a photographer… every cent and dollar goes back into making photographs and frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way… well, except the bit about making money from my work, which would be quite OK with me!).

Oh and lastly, for those travellers to Light Journeys, I apologise for the downtime on the site. We’ve had a few technical hitches with our host company changing servers. Hopefully we will be back online within 24 hours. Thanks for your patience.

Written by Lee Grant

September 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm