There were a lot going on in the year three of Out to Space. Even though, the momentum of year two was slow, toward the end of the year, my photography started to get some significant exposures.
The first three months from April to June, I still was into cityscape and urban wildlife. They seemed slightly repetitive for me. So I took a photography course at Australian Centre of Photography (ACP) to stretch my skills and perspective. Some professional and constructive criticism could do some good. My most satisfied comment was from a classmate that compared my self-portrait to Jeffrey Smart.
During that time, the restaurant I was working at was closed for renovation. I took the chance to give a go fully on my photography venture. I set up a couple of stock photo account as passive income. I travelled to Melbourne to explore another city with the photographic eyes.
The first year of Out to Space was the discovery. I now knew what I could do. The following year started to take shape and build the foundation.
I got to know different sides of the city. The subjects of photography became more focused on urban abstract and urban wildlife. Whereas old photos from the old camera and still life shots of flowers were fading away, Sydney streets still were the main background. But also, my own backyard, where diverse birds and invertebrates dwelled, fascinated me.
10 April 2004, in a suburb called Enmore, New South Wales, Australia, the very first photo was published on Out to Space. It was the beginning of the twelve-long year of my own space I share with the world.
We spend almost half of our lifetime on bed and we are not really conscious of it. I have been photographing abandoned mattresses on the streets for quite sometime. The stains, burn, gash and mold that are left on those mattresses exhibit the subliminal imprints of our dreams and memories.
This work was produced as a project for Sound Construction class and video installation assessment in Video Art class for Master of Digital Media at College of Fine Arts, Sydney.