SHOOTING STREET CHARACTERS
MANY people walk past them without giving them a second thought, but photographer Julian Masters sees something different when he comes face-to-face with one of Perth’s homeless.
For the last 20 years, Masters has been capturing the story of the homeless people he encounters through photography.
This month, a collection of his most beautiful, honest and confronting portraits will be on display at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in his new exhibition Howard’s Mind.
Masters said the works were a personal photographic response to the issue.
“I’ve been shooting the homeless and characters of the street for over 20 years,” he said.
“Not in a spy kind of way but in a relational manner to give them a face and a humanity that’s often ignored in everyday life of the passer-by.
“This has developed into a body of work that is quite unique and raw.”
Masters said he wanted the collection to be a celebration of the unique characters that could sometimes find themselves drifting between the cracks of society.
“I’m celebrating the characters of the street who have mental health, relational, poverty and social issues,” he said.
“It’s going to be very original in the sense of the products used to display the portraits because it’s all printed directly to wood, plastics, cardboard and cement products.
“There are three main characters and their story which is going to be exhibited.
“I’m also working on another series for mental health awareness that coincides with Mental Health Week, featuring portraits of brave people who have experienced mental health issues and their stories.”
Howard’s Mind is at the PS Art Space from September 26 to October 3. Visit www.julianmasters.com.au for more information.
Photographer Julian Masters says his works are a personal photographic response to the issue of homelessness.