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Wednesday, 16 January 2008
"You shoot a lot of shit and you're bound to come up with a few good ones," says Trent Parke. Parke has shot a whole lot of shit in his time and come up with a whole load of good ones - in work that portrays his native Australia in a spiritual, apocalyptic and personal light with intimations of life, death and rebirth thrown in for good measure.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Trent a couple of years ago, and a more honest and down-to-earth photographer you couldn't hope to meet. I also saw his Minutes to Midnight dummy and it was phenomenal - but not published as a book yet. You can hear Trent Parke talking about his work here.
He's since moved on to colour work, but I don't know what he's doing now - taking a rest perhaps. Anyway, here is my interview for the BJP with Trent Parke.
“I love taking pictures,” says Trent Parke, “and I love Australia. It’s the only place I want to photograph.” Parke’s dual passions have resulted in a body of work that portrays Australia in a revelatory light, a light that is as revealing of Parke’s own psyche as it is of Australia itself.
“My mum died when I was 10 and it changed everything about me,” says Parke. “It made me question everything around me.” Soon after his mother’s death, Parke began taking photographs with an old Pentax, and his questioning became visual. “Photography is a discovery of life which makes you look at things you’ve never looked at before. It’s about discovering yourself and your place in the world.”
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