trent parke

March 25, 2008

Australian street photographer with a Mad Max element of apocalypticsm. He’s one of the few street photographers that effectively elevates the situation out of its street context and into a realm of mystery. His work can be interpreted as dark and foreboding, as he describes it, but instead it gives me a lot of hope in the potential of photographic perception. Some aspects of his pictures remind me of characters from a Miyazaki animation. It’s like they’re lurking just below the surface…..

I’d like to see an exhibition of Trent Parke photographs with Radiohead tracks playing from Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, and In Rainbows. Somehow I’m struck by the same mood, depth, and social commentary from both photographer and band.

After totally focusing on black and white, he now has switched to color. In my opinion, his black and whites have more of an other-worldly ghastly effect than his color work. As a color photographer, he does amazing things with saturation and lighting, but his subject matter loses its ominous quality. I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing, we’ll have to wait and see how his work continues to develop.

For more Trent Parke, go here



One Response to “trent parke”

  1. Zach said

    wow. love these images, very fascinating. You’re right about him, very unusual for street photos to be this good. zk

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