Seven, Fourteen, Twenty-one. 1996 – 2010.

Seven, Fourteen, Twenty-one. 1996 – 2010.

Seven, Fourteen, Twenty-one was made over a fourteen year period. Initiated as a mother’s response to her child’s recurrent nightmares, I later focused my attention on her transition to womanhood, which began at age fourteen.  Throughout this series, I have handheld the camera during long exposures in order to capture something fleeting and internal.  By eliminating background and context I sought to discover what remained of the child of seven in the adolescent of fourteen and the woman of twenty-one.

Seven,1996, shows the visual remnants of recurrent nightmares, the fearful place of the dreamer within the dream and was conceived as cathartic for both the subject and photographer.  Fourteen, 2003, is concerned with the brooding teenage discomfort and anxiety associated with growing up. I wanted to capture her at the tipping point, but also felt unease as I watched my daughter mutating before my eyes. This raised the question of voyeurism, in myself and in others.  Twenty-one, 2010, shows a woman still not entirely sure of her place in the world, but fully formed and able to meet my gaze on equal terms.”

 Works from Seven were shown at the Australian Centre for Photography in Disclosure (1997), Blackwattle Salon (1998), A Passion for Pictures (2001), Changeling – Childhood and the Uncanny (2004), Decisive Moment (2015) , and also toured nationally with Changeling in 2006.

Works from Fourteen were shown in Changeling at the Australian Centre for Photography in 2004 and toured nationally with Changeling in 2006.

 Seven, Fourteen, Twenty-one was published in Square Magazine, Issue 4.4, in 2014.