A Portrait of Change
About the artwork and sitter
Richard Stringer is an eminent Australian architectural photographer, still practicing from Brisbane after 60 years in his field. His work can be found in the National Archives, NGV, John Oxley Library, Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Qld, and Parliament House, Canberra, among many other collections.
“Unpredictably, the world has changed. How we perceive each other has been altered …. possibly forever? Can we still discern the inside of others when we can only see the outside – while remaining connected and sympathetic?”
This work was achieved “in camera” with no post production.
About the artist
Marion Rodgers is a Brisbane-based Fine Art photographer. She takes inspiration from both the natural world and from humanity.
To convey emotion, her work explores the ethereal qualities of her subjects, so that she can create impressions of them. She creates unique, photography-based abstract and surreal Giclée works. She ascribes to Julius Shulman’s philosophy: “The camera is the least important element in photography.”
“Change is a continuous, ever-evolving state – nothing is permanent. ”
Behind the scenes
Change and the passing of time are both inevitable.
Change is a continuous, ever-evolving state – nothing is permanent.
Time changes us as humans both mentally and physically, but not within ourselves (unless we allow it).
I wanted this image to depict Richard Stringer as a thinker still. But also that he has a demonic sense of humour, which has not changed over time. He may look different but time has not altered his wit.
He thinks that this image should have been called “Mephistopheles”!
My thinking here was to explore abstraction to achieve an effect, rather than a strict likeness.