The things I love ❤
Carriageworks, together with Visual Arts Partner BresicWhitney, have commissioned Sydney photographer Daniel Boud to photograph ten inspirational Sydney-siders with their personal collections.
A yak’s head, giant marbles and pewter goblets are among the objects featured in the new series.
The collections reveal a lot about the character of the people in the portraits. The first photos released show a swag of Australian paraphernalia carefully amassed by artist Abdul Abdullah; art collected by chef Kylie Kwong and off-cuts from resin artist Louise Zhang.
The ten images to be released via Instagram will challenge viewers to unearth a more thoughtful side of Sydney. They are curious and off-beat photos, that invite the viewer to step inside the private worlds of 10 public characters. Audiences following the series will also be asked to contribute their own photos of people and collections as part of a competition, by posting their images to the photo-sharing platform over the next 4 weeks tagging @carriageworks @bresicwhitney #TheThingsILove❤
Photographer Daniel Boud says the most interesting shoots were with those whose collections had formed very slowly.
“A lot of people started their collection when they were quite young. The best collections were the ones that took place over a long period of time, where the subject almost didn’t realize they had a collection until 20 years later. I think that’s really quite charming. For example Will Edwards from Archie Rose enjoyed bringing out his marble collection because of all of the memories connected to it. Will is always talking about sophisticated gin and whiskey, but on our shoot he got to be reminded about the joy of his marble collection,” Boud says.
Boud who shot all ten portraits says he also loved being invited into the homes and studios of his subjects, including that of architect Penelope Seidler and musician Lizzie Tillman.
“The best was Seidler’s home, which is this house in Killara that’s a perfect, multi-story building with a stunning interior and period furniture,” says Boud who shot Seidler with her collection of miniature monuments. “I felt that Penelope was this big god-like figure with her miniature city in front of her.”
“By contrast musician Lizzie Tillman who I shot with her collection of pewter goblets, lives in this amazing house in Surry Hills. I stepped into it and I just couldn’t believe there are places that still exist like this is Surry Hills – it is just so ramshackle. It is an old freestanding house that hasn’t seen any renovation in 20 years. It is full of all these old musicians floating around, with people playing acoustic guitars in the backyard,” says Boud.
Boud who has shot big names from all over the world including portraits of actors and musicians for Rolling Stone, NME, The Sydney Morning Herald, Dazed and Confused, Nylon and dozens more, says the project was both exciting and challenging. “The artist Abdul Abdullah was probably my favourite to shoot because there was a conversation between us and we were actually thinking about what it meant to display things in a certain way and how people would read the image. If you see the image of him and you don’t understand the context you could wonder ‘What the hell is going on here?’ Is the guy a real Australian patriot who just loves Australian paraphernalia? Or is he poking fun at the people who wave the Aussie flag in a borderline racist way? I love this image because it’s the type of image to make people stop and force them to think about what the message of the picture is.”
Entrants submit their photographs on Instagram with the hashtag #TheThingsILove❤ addressing the handles @Carriageworks and @BresicWhitney. The competition will conclude on 7 December 2015. The winner of the #TheThingsILove❤ competition will receive a 10 year Carriageworks Friends Membership worth $1,000 and an original photographic print by Daniel Boud.