“[The] postmodern phenomenon challenges the boundaries of enclosure while at the same time increasing the number of local contexts. It redefines or at least should redefine how one thinks about the national and the translocal. It reopens the terrain of identity as “traveling” increases and crucially, that traveling takes place as much through the image as it does in the more traditional sense of the voyage.”
Ron Burnett. Cultures of Vision: images, Media, and the Imaginary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995, pp. 281-282.
I have always been fascinated with large machines (fighter planes, ships, tanks, steam trains, steam rollers, tractors and trucks). Mostly taken at the Shell truck stop north of Albury, New South Wales, using colour negative film on my Mamiya RZ67 over 5 sessions or so, I photographed the trucks in all sorts of weather, influenced by the photographs of the New Objectivity movement.
The climatic conditions may have varied but the physical presence of the trucks was always impressive – the different facades – moving closer and farther away from the object of my attention, photographing them singly, in pairs, or in double exposures. Simply put, I hoped to capture that changing presence in the image.
These photographs, which have never been printed, would be exhibited at least 2 metres high in the gallery space.
40 images in the series
© Marcus Bunyan
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