Photography means something different to everyone, for Beth Downing photography is a way for her to get out and experience the world around her. For Beth she used photography as a way of “developing a sense of immediacy and closeness with my surroundings”. Growing up with an expressed interest in literacy and poetry, for Beth, writing is a very insular process, encouraging thought, daydreaming and losing touch with the physical world. “Photography felt like the closest thing to directly transferring and expressing a moment that I could find”
Beth has created some beautiful images, hit the jump to see the rest
Beth is currently studying in her final years of School in Canberra, Australia. Although having a long standing interest in photography, Beth only started photographing in the last couple of years. For someone of her age she has such a strong pronounced sense of style. Her images seem to be reminiscent of a Gregory Crewdson’s work, as if we’re shown something commonplace in a new light like scene in a film, perfectly lit.
This series has been created over the past six months as Beth has been paying close attention to her surroundings, “mapping out in my mind the qualities of different streetlights, tree-shadows, lights from windows and illuminated front-yards.”
The photographic process has a strong standing in her work, she describes the process of creating the images as an experience, noting the feeling in the air, and her yoyeuristic feelings through creating this work. Her work becomes an exploration of her coming-of-age, exploring the places she used to play as a child. No longer seeing it with those eyes but that of a young adult.
“this is an opposing and new view of the places I used to know, which I’ve slowly found has begun to mirror the changes in my own life and the new and shifting views of places that I’ve always known. In the coming years I feel likely to move away, and I sometimes wonder if one day these images will form some sort of goodbye letter.”
“I think photography makes life seem more real.”
Beth has some really lovely work, and if you want to see some more, you can find it here