It was Friday night, and we had just returned from Japan after three weeks in search of abandoned buildings. The car had broken down just outside the ABC studio right before our pre-arranged interview, so while my wife and daughter waited in the car for our friend to come and help, I spoke to Sarah Mashman of ABC Hobart about Lost Collective and the way the project reconnects the communities it engages.
It was out of regular hours, and when I got to the reception desk, there was confusion about whether I was even supposed to be there. Well, I knew I was supposed to be there but the guard manning the desk didn’t.
The interview almost didn’t go ahead, the security guard wasn’t going to let me in, but luckily, at the last minute we got through the name mix up and onward to the only studio (so it seemed) to still have anyone in it.
So, we got to talking about things and stuff, and it was all recorded with a link to the interview provided at the end of this post if anyone is keen to have a listen.
It’s funny to note that the interview was here in Sydney, but Sarah was in Hobart. Can you tell the distance in the conversation?
Anyway, in the end, it was a lovely chat with Sarah and we managed to get the car battery sorted, so the night turned out to be a fun little adventure in itself.
Online art magazine iGNANT got in touch early 2016 to talk about Lost Collective. Another amazing publication who helped share the story from the very beginning.
It was pretty exciting stuff to be featured alongside some of the world’s most talented upcoming artists.
I had to have a laugh at some of the feedback from the Facebook post. I guess it is no surprise that not everyone loves HDR.
Here’s some of my personal favourites –
Please iGNANT shows us no such HDR photos.
2006 called, it wants its Flickr photos back.
HDR post process should be illegal.
Everyone’s a critic huh?
I think HDR is one of those things that has been through a period of being so overdone by everyone (including myself), that it became a dirty word by default.
While I certainly believe people’s criticisms of HDR can be valid, it’s like anything other creative outlets, there can still be good when there is bad.
There is no shortage of terrible music out there but you wouldn’t stop listening altogether because someone made a trap remix of Gangnam Style right?
I guess for my comparison to make sense the internet would need to be flooded with terrible remixes of Gangnam Style. For all I know, it probably is!
Anyway, check out some excerpts from the article below.
From an old power station to a forgotten hospital, the images depict decaying places in dark tones with an eerie atmosphere.
In an exclusive statement about the project, Patman says: “I’ve been shooting abandoned buildings for five years. I think they provide really interesting subject matter that often has rich history attached.
The images are quite powerful and have the ability to engage entire communities in a discussion about the past, present and future of the buildings.”
To read the article on iGNANT, click here .
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I was invited to write for Broadsheet early in 2016. it was an opportunity to tell the story of what drives me to do what I do with Lost Collective.
A year since writing this for Broadsheet, a lot has changed, whether for better or for worse, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the community reaction to the photos I post.
Not the likes, wows, shares or any of that. The real, first-hand reactions of people recalling their past. It is still such an amazing thing to watch unfold.
I have met some incredible people over the past year who used to frequent the places I shoot. Some have even contributed greatly to the written component of many of the lost collective galleries.
One of the most amazing people I have met is a 94-year-old named John who founded an engineering company which played a part of the construction of most power stations in Australia.
John saw my images of White Bay Power Station in the Sydney Morning Herald and called me on my way home from work to talk about his time there.
John is getting on these days and his memory is beginning to fail which is why he wrote this book.
Here’s an excerpt from the article below.
I’ve worked as a fitter and turner for the past 15 years, then as a mechanical service technician, servicing all kinds of different customer sites to install, maintain and repair equipment. Places like water-treatment plants, mines, refineries, foundries, laboratories, food manufacturers, cigarette factories, crematoriums, power stations, the list goes on. I always thought the buildings that made up these industries were interesting – it’s what’s left behind when these industries become redundant that is often most interesting.
To read full the article I wrote for Broadsheet, click here .
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