Lurker

Commenced in 2003, Lurker is an ongoing project exploring the changing nature and acceptance of photography. Influenced by the regurgitated content of mass-market women’s magazines, celebrity obsession and a paranoia concerning street photography post 9/11, Lurker questions the notion of privacy and anonymity in the ‘social’ era.

My working process is simple: the subject comes into my field of vision, is snapped, and as quickly as our paths crossed they again diverge. It’s all over in a manner of seconds. ‘Cover’ stars have been shot in 19 countries with an archive now in excess of 800 covers, and growing.

The images rarely feature faces; they are almost always taken from behind with the subject unaware of my presence, not unlike the ubiquitous footage captured by non-descript unmanned cameras in shopping malls, public streets, transport hubs et al., watched by invisible invigilators monitoring potential crime and quotidian routines.

In a few moments the photographic process is complete, in full public view with few people, if anyone, noticing.

En masse the images speak to fashion and it’s foibles. Something about a particular person catches my attention. Kaleidoscopic typologies develop: double denim, all pink, wired for sound, leopard print et al. Global style. Unposed and unpretentious, the images reflect a naturalness aspired to by big brands, becoming anthropological studies and statements that consider consumerist tendencies and a desire to be in vogue.

Lurker is about the act of observation, chance encounters and what documentation reveals. It’s about acknowledging what we’re giving away, and to whom we’re giving it to.

Lurker, commenced 2003
Magazine covers, 19 x 25 cm each
Ongoing project comprising
hundreds of covers
EXHIBITIONS
Wearables As Media
Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery
Hong Kong, 2011

 

Clickspace
Newcastle, 2011

 

Parade: Manufacturing Selves
Vivid National Photography Festival
Canberra, 2008