Two subjects I enjoy in photography are the mess of life on the streets, and the tangle of trees in the bush. I like the way they are both so similar and stark even though one is moving uncontrollably, and the other stationary.
I also enjoy how people blend into landscape, almost vanish. And, the way the landscape is modified by people while remaining mysterious.
I loosely call these photographs Human Landscapes. For this exhibition I have blended both subjects together, since each inspires the other.
'Banks of the Arrow'
Last winter I waited for three days by the Arrow River in Arrowtown. In my small, cosy campervan I could observe the changing light in the hills, trees and grasses, and prepare for the best time to pounce - as happened early one morning in minus 2 degrees and everything frozen.
Julian Ward has been exhibiting his black and white photography at Photospace Gallery since 2002. Artist information
Photo: Julian Ward, from Human Landscapes series
Photo: Julian Ward, from Human Landscapes series.
Photo: Julian Ward, from 'Banks of the Arrow' series