Sydney based photographer, Paul Blackmore, is about to launch a new exhibition “ONE”. This exhibition is more experimental for this sought after photographer, for he has focused on simplicity and grace. ONE clearly captures the powerful qualities of light and mood, two very pertinent ingredients in photography. There are no distractions, only curvaceous lines of the human form for the eyes to follow before ultimately resting on white space.
Paul Blackmore has had many photo essays and stories, published in international media including Time, L’Express, Le Monde and Geo. He has gained prominence through his exhibitions at Camera One New York, Stills Gallery Sydney, Perpignan France and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
What did you dream of being as a kid? Now that you’re an adult how far off are you from this dream?
I dreamt of being a professional tennis player. Somewhere inside me I still do.
When did you first discover you had EVP, Extra Visual Perception, (known to be common in photographers/artists/designers)?
I never really considered that I had EVP. For me I just fell in love with photography at about 16 and realised I could visually express my thoughts.
What has been the most memorable photo shoot you have done to date?
I think the photo I took when I first went to Arnhem Land. It was an image that really said to me that I can do this and I have something to contribute.
It went on to be the cover of my first book.
The last exhibition I caught, New Beirut, was an essential and very engaging collection of photo documentary on Lebanon. Is it correct to assume that ONE is a very different exploration for you?
ONE is very different to my previous photojournalism. I have done it in the spirit of experimentation and of doing something different.
How did the theme come about for ONE?
I started this project this time last year. I was getting frustrated with a journalistic project that I was waiting to unfold.
At the same time I had moved into a new studio in Surry Hills which has beautiful light so I thought I would do something very simple, just concentrating on mood and light. The themes of simplicity and grace emerged as the project unfolded.
What’s one object you could never, ever travel without?
5 – 17 August
3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst (Sydney)