Artist talk - Phil Bayly, Jenny Papalexandris and Michaela Skovranova
Join us at Paddington Reservoir Gardens to hear three Australian photographers share their beautiful exhibitions.
Phil journeys through the small isolated communities of South Australia, the harsh empty spaces bringing up memories from his childhood holidays in Interior. He’ll talk about his reportage-style work and give insights into this series.
Jenny explores a different continent in her Yonder (within sight but not near). She journeys both physically and narratively along the Amtrak Crescent line from New York City to New Orleans. She will talk about her work with its strong sense of poetry, symbolism and metaphor in this series.
Michaela’s work in End of the world documents the slow death facing Antarctic ecosystems thanks to climate change. She will share how she works to draw our attention to such environmental and ultimately human stories.
About the artists
Phil Bayly is a Sydney-based photographer who has travelled the world since leaving his hometown in rural South Australia more than 40 years ago. He has documented his journey with a focus on Mexico, Australia and the Pacific.
He studied at the South Australian School of Art in the early ‘70s and received his BVA at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, in 1995.
Working predominantly in a reportage style, influenced by Klein and Cartier-Bresson, he seeks to capture the ordinary as extraordinary. His work is intimate and personal, shooting to capture feeling and atmosphere, to preserve the moment.
Jenny Papalexandris is a visual artist based in Australia. With a Master of Art and a Bachelor of Education (Art), she explores photography as a subjective response to the world of light and shadow through highly expressive and visually commanding images. Thematically rich and diverse, her work is imbued with a strong sense of poetry, symbolism and metaphor and positions viewers in a state of mystery and wonder.
Jenny exhibits nationally and internationally, particularly in the USA, and has participated in photography exhibitions and festivals in Australia, Spain and Italy. Papalexandris' photography book published in 2016, Five Bells_Being LGBT in Australia was a two-year project launched at Aperture Foundation in New York.
Michaela Skovranova is an Australia-based artist working in photography and film. Michaela's work focuses on capturing intimate environmental and human stories - from documenting coral reefs and Great Barrier Reef restoration for National Geographic, the Great Australian Bight for Greenpeace to the aftermath of Australian Bushfires for Time Magazine.
On World Ocean's Day 2018, she completed the first Facebook live underwater video in Australia as part of a National Geographic Australia campaign about plastic in marine ecosystems. Her latest short film, End of the World, premiered at TEDx Sydney 2020 and speaks to the devastating impacts of climate change in Antarctica.
She has featured in various documentaries and campaigns, including Curiosity Stream's latest series Nature through her eyes (2021). Michaela is a National Geographic expert and Olympus visionary.
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