It’s one thing to get drunk and stoned and jump around during a long exposure with a lighter spelling out your name, or a heart….or if you’re feeling really creative, your name inside a heart. It’s an entirely different artistic beast to consciously leave the house on a dark night and hunt out abandoned, derelict buildings and head underground into Melbourne’s maze of subterranean tunnels and drain systems with a camera, tripod and a bevy of trippy lighting devices. Thankfully, this is the effort Daisy Rosengrave has made to create this brilliant, hyper-real collection of photographs.
Often on her own, shooting with a remote to release the shutter, she’s a one-woman photographic operation as she transforms the dark, damp and debatably dangerous areas of the city into vivid, colourful canvasses for her engaging, surreal light paintings. Experimenting with a range of techniques, her roots as a visual artist are obvious as is her sense of aesthetic: a cohesive mix of planning, measured compositions and whimsical improvisation.
Photo-geeks can debate film versus digital ’til they are white-balance-blue in the face. Each has its advantage and disadvantages - Daisy is a great exponent and her images are a prime example of what can be achieved within the limitless and experimental realms of digital image making.