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2IV is a platform for image-makers to recount and reflect textually on their stories of being out in the world whilst photographing.

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A Fisherman’s Story


“I soon realised that the gentleman was approaching me slowly while exhaling smoke from his cigarette. He was small and in his late 70s (I guess) and wore a cap, sunglasses and rubber boots. He didn’t wear a mask and I quickly put my mask on. He pointed to the ditch right next to the small sand pile where he knelt down.”


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Anywhere but Here


“Free from responsibility and no longer having to answer to anyone, I’m able to explore my own psyche and express my state of mind while pointing my camera outward, towards other people, animals or landscapes… basically at everything that draws my attention or speaks to me.“


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Mounds Park


“The more I visit Mounds Park, the more aware I am of the limitations of vision. As a place that has long aided various kinds of orientation, Mounds Park emphasizes what is beyond the scope of our perceptions, instead of only providing an acute understanding of the surrounding landscape. While it is grounding to literally know where you stand, I always find myself drifting towards thoughts of what is still elusive despite seeing clear visual information.“


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Sheltered Under the Arms of my Ancestor


“This trip home was the first time that I had seen my mountain, or my river, or stood on my marae. As an adoptee and as a member of the Māori diaspora in Australia, connecting to my whakapapa (ancestral line), continues to be a disrupted, complicated and emotional voyage where information is necessarily gleaned from a range of sources.“ 


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Do Brumbies Dream in Red? 


“I came to learn this brumby was an aged mare who would have been fleeing from the fire and had died from a lung bleed. The horse was the manifestation of our history, our present and future, tied to our existence and an extension of our actions.“


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Samurai Blue


“Arriving in Shibuya, I was absolutely shocked. You would have thought Japan had just won the World Cup, defeating Brazil 10 - 0 by the level of euphoria on the streets. It was absolute pandemonium.”


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The East Was Red


“Every generation seem to have a major event that defined the memories of their youth and coming of age. For Americans my age, that event was 9-11. For young people in our current time, it no doubt will be our current pandemic. For Chinese people of my parents’ generation, that event was the Cultural Revolution.”


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Notes from Wonderland


“The workers were never given information about how to handle mercury. Nor were they given any kind of protective gear. They were also never told how to clean themselves before leaving the factory. Mercury would stick to them in the ridges of their palms and even on the tips of their moustache. They would subsequently carry the mercury back home unknowingly.“

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The Reflection in the Pool


“Merely imagining myself in another’s shoes, it turns out, can be a distinctly solipsistic, limited, objectifying form of empathy. No one responds like anyone else. I learned about each of these men by allowing them to show me and teach me, by having relationships and accepting difference.“

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Photography as a Means of Preservation


“I love being there with him. It’s a part of me. This place forms the foundation of my personal history that began before I took my first breaths, back when my father was a boy and when his parents were desperately and tenaciously sweating their way out of a pre-industrial poverty.“

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Ying Ang

2020







Suburban Melancholy with a Hint of Tinsel


“I started thinking about the lead up to my Christmases as a kid. Exceedingly hot, still days, plastic wreaths hanging from the trees fruitlessly adorning roundabouts and the old lady, Marge, wearing a Santa Claus hat busking at the end of the Star Court Arcade. We’d make mad dashes for last minute presents and stock up with supplies before the world stopped and everything shuts down until after the new year.“

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Zilverbeek


“The second time I went there I decided to record myself taking some sludge out of the creek with a video. The more I began to dig inside this work, the more I became conscious of the performative aspect this project began to take on. I took approximately one litre of sludge in a square plastic tupperware. I wanted to have it analysed in order to know if some silver particles were still present in it, even though I knew it was probably impossible.“

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Baltimore, MD


“We exchanged a couple blows each then he stepped back and ran off. I started chasing after him from the adrenaline then came to my senses and stopped. I did get a shot of him going down the block but that isn’t the point of the story. I realized I should hea back as I had a cut on my face and my hands, in addition to a huge tear in my tshirt.”

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Zaido


“I followed my father’s instructions and boarded a train called The Galaxy Express with camera and no idea where I was heading but I knew why. When I got off the train at a small village in Akita prefecture it was covered in silvery white snow. Mist had settled, making it seem like an otherworldly dream place.“

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Huon


“The tree had been left by the convict cutters of the early 1880s as it was too old, too misshapen and it was too large to be moved had it been felled. It was said that three men all over six foot were unable to link arms around the tree. It was significant enough to acquire a nickname, the Lea Tree, and had become a symbol for the conservationists that were trying to protect the area.“

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On The Early Days in Shinjuku


“As I get older, I probably won't be able to make many prints and also my memories will slowly vanish. That's why I made it. Memories of Younger Days in Shinjuku was edited and published by myself. There is no explanation or extensive text, I want the reader to look for hints in the pictures and use their imagination.”

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Interview: 
Koji Onaka

2020






Serial Stalker


“I began my super weird solo American road trip to all her old haunts, lugging my homemade 8x10 camera constructed from light-weight aluminium and garden plastic (with its epic Schneider lens which now languishes on a shelf in my studio) and black hood, trying to think of what to say to onlookers and enquirers about what the fuck* I was doing.”

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The Pines


“What I did begin to realise was that Alan epitomised the themes that had begun to flow through the images I was taking. The work was about escapism and being stuck in a suburb fuelled by socio-economic struggle. Alan was a courseless ship set on a route confined to the boundaries of the suburb, stuck in its centripetal pull.“

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