From my Exhibition ‘Lost In Transit’, exhibited as part of 2012 HeadOn Photo Festival at Global Gallery, Paddington.
In 2009 I saw Shoah, Claude Lanzmann’s sobering film about the Holocaust in which he documented how trains were used to transport Jews throughout Europe to concentration camps.
In Shoah, Lanzmann also interviewed eyewitnesses to the transports who knew their ultimate destination yet were powerless to alter the trains’ course.
Further, when I read a speech by the author David Foster Wallace which talked about how real freedom is the opposite of “unconsciousness, the default-setting, the ‘rat race’ — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing”, I decided to document the rat race travelling by train to work in Sydney and their loss of existential freedom.
These portraits, which are not confined to any one ethnic, gender, social or age group show the universality of our society’s resignation to its loss of freedom.
I hope that my images will do their small part in making our society accept that despair is not confined to a few individuals but is endemic and through this acceptance, our society’s values will change.
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