Headon Photo Festival
Unguarded Moments 2013-2016
18th May – 4th June 2016
Unguarded Moments follows Donegan’s 2013 exhibition Witness To The Mundane, exploring the pedestrian nature of people’s lives.
In this exhibition of recent work, Donegan has wielded his documentary photography techniques to render the beauty he sees in the mundane aspects of daily life in Australia.
This photography attempts to portray people lost in their own private thoughts whilst inhabiting public space.
Donegan was inspired as a child to observe the minutiae of suburban life after discovering paintings like John Brack's Collins St 5PM, Jeffrey Smart's Cahill Expressway, and The Cricketers by Russell Drysdale.
This desire to find beauty in the drudgery of daily life was strengthened reading Australian authors including David Malouf, George Johnston and Tim Winton whose ability to turn a tram journey, a bike ride or a swim into something magical was an inspiration.
John is now intrigued by the art of portrait photography and enjoys using photography to celebrate the individual, although he is discovering that the perfect portrait is as elusive as the subject is unique.
Each image is printed with UltraChrome K3 pigment inks [with life expectance of >75 years] printed 40 cm along the longest edge on Eterna Elite Fine Art Paper [320 gsm] 60cm x 60cm in dimension.