Louis Porter : Australian colour

Australian colour presents a series of ink-jet prints, individually titled after the places where each image was shot. Exploring the character of contemporary Australia in the context of parking lots, industrial estates, shopping precincts and residential cul-de-sacs, Porter 's photographs re-imagined our everyday environment as a dreamscape, full of quirky possibilities and kooky coincidences.

Art Exhibition previously on at Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
From Wednesday 05 August 2009 to Sunday 13 September 2009

North Fitzroy 2008 image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Wednesday 14 October 2009.
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From Altona to Hoppers Crossing, Deer Park to Thornbury, Louis Porter has traversed the urban landscape of greater Melbourne and Victoria, capturing colourful and uncanny moments with his camera.

Porter has described these works as “portraying familiar scenes that just aren’t right”.

Art critic and writer Ashley Crawford says “Porter photographs suburbia like an antipodean David Lynch”

As a recent immigrant to Australia, Porter’s photographs might be thought of as the visual diary of someone exploring a strange new land. As such, he is able to draw our attention to things that might otherwise go by unnoticed. The photographs describe his route and take the viewer on a journey that is punctuated by colourful encounters with the everyday. His pace is pedestrian and his viewpoint is street-level, but his sense of imagination is super-natural.

In North Fitzroy (2008) the green bonnet of an iconic Aussie muscle car nuzzles into a flourish of garden shrubbery. It’s a strange collision of opposites, which somehow finds harmony in the vivid green that traverses the organic and the machine-made surfaces. Other images similarly evoke an un-natural kind of ecology which might inspire new approaches to sustainable living in contemporary Australia.

Louis Porter was born in the north of England in 1977 and has been based in Melbourne, Australia since 2001. His work has been exhibited in Australia, England , Canada and Austria.