SHOOT­ING STREET CHAR­AC­TERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d443619 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­lian Mas­ters says his works are a per­sonal pho­to­graphic re­sponse to the is­sue of home­less­ness.

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