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14/04/2004
EXPOSURE

by Ishil Ihtiyar 

Brilliantly fusing natural landscapes with the nude form, artists Lyn & Tony are taking Australian photography to another level. I spoke to Lyn about photography, life, love, landlords and much more…but we won’t get into all that right now……  

Partnerships… 

“Tony and I both grew up on the New South Wales north coast, surrounded by the idyllic landscapes of the Byron Bay area, so we share a strong relationship with the beauty of nature.  

We have worked together in a photographic "partnership" for 13 years. We collaborate naturally; it is highly satisfying process - having very similar ideas but approaching things from different perspectives.”  

Nudity… 

“Although Australians do see themselves as outgoing and liberal minded, quite happy to wear next to nothing on Bondi Beach, the issue of nudity is still confronting to most. Much of our work is centered on the female nude; an important element is developing a strong feminine physical presence as a counterpoint to the environment.” 

Photography… 

“For us, there is immediacy to photography that other mediums do not have. To capture a bizarre instant or allow visual accidents to happen is all part of how we shoot. The element of "truth" we hope to capture in our photos is reflected by our rejection of digital technology preferring to stick with the "old school" approach of achieving an image in camera.” 

Current body of work… 

“Our latest series aims to capture the raw spirit and harsh grandeur of the Australian environment and our confronting uneasy relationship with it - a contrast with the apparent fragility of the feminine nude. We like to put a soft and vulnerable body into the environment, observe how nature overtakes it…scratches it, dirties it. We choose different film and lighting to enhance the surreal qualities of our images - impossible blue skies, raw textural flora and pale female forms.” 

Inspirations… 

“Our work is coloured by such diverse influences as Marcel Duchamp’s' ‘Etant Donnes’; the photography of Hans Bellmer; the surreal filmic quality of the opening sequence of David Lynch's ‘Blue Velvet’; and the foreboding presence of the landscape in the classic Australian film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.”  

Australia… 

“Living in Australia inspires our work, specifically the razor-sharp quality of light that cuts through all, and the ability to lose oneself in nature, even in a big city like Sydney. Many of our nudes are shot in the bushland around Sydney Harbour. The freedom of living in Australia gives us the opportunity to push boundaries and explore the “new” without the weight of tradition. Anything is possible, but incongruously, living "the good life" can develop complacency, so you need to stay motivated.”  

The Future… 

“Our vision is to present to the world with art that is exciting and visually challenging. Communicate a new perspective of "the sunburnt country", one of paradise...but always on the edge.”  

 

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