"Furtive"

CompanyAndersart Pty Ltd
PhotographerAnders McDonald
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

A series of images obscuring much but catching where the furtive eye goes.

Story

We sub consciously take “visual grabs” of our environment every moment of every day. I want to use photography to bring these grabs, the associated “chatter” (and lightening judgements) to the viewers attention by sharing my own. As I walk the streets I encounter thousands of people - most of whom I give barely a second glance. Many I don’t even recognise as anything other than a person in my way or moving in the opposite direction. Yet, there is a running commentary in my head about the streetscape of people unfolding in front of me - like a movie. I became aware that as I walked I would sometimes pay more attention - momentarily - to some people, and that more than just glancing, a brief, often dismissive phrase would spontaneously present itself - like a broken dialogue in a continuous movie. “Too fat”, “typical asian tourist”, “religious weirdo”, “smoker”, “hopeless junkie” and so forth. As these are “furtive” glances, I realised that they would be perfectly illustrated by photography. I’m glad I live in a society where we may have these moments in our inner world, yet we choose to not act on them, we disregard them, because we want a civil, courteous, diverse and harmonious city to live in and share with each other. I love my city.