Bloom Festival

Lorraine-Lee Tyerman

Primarily I would class my work as Documentary Photography, my two books that I have submitted in the Bloom Festival,  Anthropocene Age, and Life at Brindiwilpa, show the passion I have for taking a photograph with a story, not only do the photos tell a story on their own, but there is an underlying story I have written for the photos to give the viewer a holistic understanding why I took the photograph.

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My book Anthropocene Age was photographed in the region where I now live, where there is a cross-section of farming and coal mining industry co-existing. While photographing the different scenes for the book I had the desire to impart further information about the area, something that a visitor to the area would not know. I believe that by adding the text I have provided another dimension to the photos.

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Growing up in an area that was considered to be the bush, I developed a love for rural communities, and have always had the passion to travel to the Australian Outback to experience life there. I was fortunate in meeting Geoff who allowed me to visit his station Brindiwilpa in NSW, and to photograph and document his way of life.

My third entry to the Bloom Festival came to fruition due to the isolation of COVID-19. Unable to travel and photograph in my usual genres of documentary landscape and sports photography, I challenged myself to combine two of my favourite interests being music and photography by producing the series, ‘Music: The Heartbeat of Life’. The object of this series was to produce photographs that portrayed musicians rather than a static person posing with an instrument.

Each project has been a different theme, and the diversity in genres which creates the desire to broaden my knowledge as a documentary photographer.

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