This image of Sir Donald Bradman was chosen by the Picture Editor of Time magazine and was judged the definitive representation of this great sportsman in his later years.
Bill Leak was kind enough to spend some time with me for a portrait. I sought him out as a result of knowing Graeme, his brother and other mutual connections. We had dinner and then went out to the streets of Redfern to get this image. I used a Leica camera with a Noctilux lens. This means something, to those in the know, as the instrument that can almost see in the dark.
It was a great acknowledgment to have this "alpha image" (an image that prompts a series) selected and displayed so early in the genesis of the work. In this instance, the picture led to a 3 layered idea and a 9 year expedition for waste that best represents the essential trinity of art historical forms: Figure, Object & Landscape.
I thought I was on to something when a second image from the same series was selected in consecutive years of the same prize. This could go on indefinitely, I thought: rubbish was abundant, Sydney was full of it...is this the gift that keeps giving?
Steve Thomas was working as a park ranger in Captain Flats, NSW. His striking appearance was matched by a booming Welsh accent that could reel off Shakespeare at the drop of a hat.
Selection of images from the series, Altered State.
These images were taken while living in Canberra during a period of drought and ultimate fire that destroyed much of that very Australian (and kind of alien) landscape.