Please welcome Michelle Beattie. Michelle and I went through Whitecliffe together and in fact we met on our very first day at art school and have remained very good friends since.
This is a photographic series titled Out of the blue and into the black, taken from a song title that Michelle finds her self repeating or revisiting subconsciously (not unlike when we get a song stuck in our heads). She draws parallels from these subconscious and 'half aware states' to these 'i've seen a million times before' grey days that she has photographed.
In capturing these scenes, which we might normally overlook, Michelle contemplates them and makes up her own narratives of what might be unfolding- "these scenes are not demanding anything from me."
In a time when hard hitting and shock value photography appears to be at the forefront these images are a breath of fresh air. They are familiar, emotive and some-what comforting. I have always had a soft spot for Michelle's sensitivity in her aesthetic- the subtlety of the greens and greys are truly superb.
Thank you Michelle for your work!
These works are available at Workroom store- Please contact me through the Workroom website www.workroom.net.nz