My interest lies in the visual storytelling of people and places with a vivid cultural identity. My extensive travels across the globe have provided both the inspiration and backdrop for my work.
My first solo exhibition was a documentary of eleven days spent in Havana, Cuba. I became engulfed by Havana’s sights and sounds, and was fascinated by the role that music played in people’s everyday lives.
Following my Cuban experience, I embarked on another project, this time documenting the Mississippi Delta in the USA where the blues originated. This work was exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art and also shown in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarkdale, USA. This project was subsequently documented in a hardcover book Notes from the Mississippi Delta. Despite making a dozen visits within eight years, I do not claim to have a full comprehensive study of the Mississippi Delta, only a “footnote” of what the Delta holds.
In 2013, I participated in a Magnum Photos international workshop concentrating on district 18 in Paris. The workshop was conducted by Abbas, a world renowned Magnum photographer. The project concluded with the production of a book of collective images by eleven photographers, including 11 of mine.
My latest project was documenting my observations of Jaffa (Yaffo), in Israel. The project captures Jaffa’s visual uniqueness and the rhythms of daily life from diverse religious and cultural perspectives. I attempted to challenge preconceptions and clichéd assumptions about the lives of Arabs and Jews living in Israel (not referring to the West Bank territories ). This body of work reflects on Arabs and Jews living as one community.
The project photographs have been brought together in a hardcover book published and distributed internationally by Melbourne publisher M.33. Exhibition of the work in various countries is currently being planned.
In between projects, I am carrying my camera roaming the streets and wandering the roads, looking to capture in my own way moments of people and places.