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An Audience of Character

Taking Another Turn in the Path

Michéla Griffith

In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.


For my lightning talk at the On Landscape Meeting of Minds conference, I considered how my images of water were evolving and I talked not just about using the water’s surface as a canvas, but about loosening the knots of representational landscape photography.

Since turning my back on the hills and views, I’ve photographed incident, motion and light; streams and rivers and pools in the abstract; played a little with movement on land and my own progress and that of others through the landscape. I now find myself taking another turn in the path.

Treeplay: Trees have increasingly been recurring in my images over the last 18 months, reflected in whole or part or built up in layers of light and shade

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