If you happen to find yourself in Ballarat during the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, pop your head into Iron Flamingo [Venue 39] to check out my first solo exhibition.
The photographic series 'Inked' was created as a response to the space in which it is exhibited; a combined tattoo studio and gallery in Ballarat. Earlier this year, I was fortunate to meet the talented artist Kit Ratcliffe who owns, operates and creates within Iron Flamingo. An opportunity arose for the two of us to create a portrait series including current and past clients of Kit. These portraits of people bearing tattoos were all shot in a disused space above Iron Flamingo. In capturing these portraits I was interested in avoiding the usual images often seen of tattoos. I shot the series using available light in most cases and wherever possible collaborated with the sitter in choosing poses and the final image that represents them in the exhibition.
All photographs featured in the exhibition are archival pigment prints on bamboo paper, displayed in found frames within the space in which Kit inks her clients.