Snapper flashes light on night
ARTIST Jared O'Sullivan looks at the world with a unique gaze, capturing the often overlooked and forgotten parts of society on the black and white film of his vintage '80s Pentax SLR camera.
Rather than shy away from the uncomfortable, the 23-year-old photographer is allured to Australia's streets and his revealing works will be exhibited this month when he returns to his hometown of Coolangatta for a solo exhibition at Comb Art Space.
"This latest exhibition of Street Ballads documents Australian culture and the way that life plays within a city environment," Mr O'Sullivan said.
"I have found that documenting the streets of Sydney has opened up wormholes into many different worlds.
"The majority of these images have been taken at night, so there is a dark tone through the work."
While his primary medium is photography, there is no denying Mr O'Sullivan is an artist.
"I love the power of photography and its ability to communicate ideas about the ideologies of our time," he said.
The creative-type has gone "old school" with his works, shying away from digital photography as he develops his photos in his own makeshift dark room at the back of his house in Sydney's inner west.
"I find using film to be a more involved but more fulfilling process.
"Not having the image displayed on the screen instantly allows an element of mystery."
And this element of mystery has carried over to his next step as he heads north for his first solo exhibition in his hometown.
"This exhibition focuses on the time between the spectacles evident found on Sydney Streets.
"I tend to look at the street with the idea that it's a play continually unfolding using the backdrops of the city as a set in which the spontaneity of life flows through.
"It will be great to have an exhibition at home to take the images shot in Sydney to a different audience.
"It's hard to predict how people will react, that's why I'm interested in doing it."
The seven-day free exhibition opens Friday, April 13, at 23 McLean St from 6.30pm.