Hi I’m Bec. I’m pragmatic, not super fancy, not a crazy romantic, I’m a bit of a nerd in fact (but only mildly awkward). I read lots, I’m a coffee snob (like all the other bios out there). I’m a friendly introvert.
I photograph as a response to time and to stories. Photography helps me to pay attention to reality. Photography is a time turner.
Photography connects us to our past but also to our present.
Here’s why I think this.
I grew up in the Solomon Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. A bit unusual perhaps. A few weeks before returning to Australia forever, I spent days and days photographing everything that made up my life and home. After returning to Australia, our hard-drive failed and I lost it all. It was a hard lesson, especially for a 15 year old. But in the process of creating those images, I slowed down and paid so much more attention to that place than I otherwise would have.
We want images to remember the past and to remember how home felt – the places and the people.
I made the jump to photography after a the design firm I used to work for foolishly sent me overseas to shoot for a not-for-profit – I fell in love with photography and its power of telling the story of the now.
I was there to document a water/hygiene project – on the way I met a little girl whom because of a well in their village could still go to school because she didn’t have to walk kilometres to fetch water each day.
Goodbye graphic design.
We need images to celebrate the present.
Photography reminds us of our connection with others – both with the family we see everyday or someone on the other-side of the world. A snapshot can remind you of the past, kinda – but a great image can take you right back into the everyday beauty and complexity of life.
Photography is magic. It turns time.
I’ve been married to a teacher man (Geoff) for a bit over eleven years now and we have three little girls, Claire (7), Céleste (5) and Maggie (8 months). They’re genuinely funny humans.
Besides being out with my camera, I am also more than happy to be at home – failing just as well as any somewhat sleep deprived parent at being present.
I edit purposefully with timeless black and whites and rich, true-to-life colours.
And for another timey-wimey type reference, my intention is that my photographs are ‘bigger on the inside’* because home is bigger than the place you live and it’s worth holding close.
*which is totally a Dr. Who thing but I wont hold it against you if you haven’t a clue and just want me to wield my camera. I’m really not that obsessed but it is good fun. See: nerd.