JO YELDHAM

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contributors -

To mark the long-awaited re­lease of the movie adap­ta­tion of Tim Win­ton’s iconic novel Breath, the pho­tog­ra­pher and artist shot Si­mon Baker, who co-wrote, di­rected and stars in the film, on the Colo River west of Syd­ney. “We shot at a friend’s prop­erty, a place that has given us all a lot of joy over the years, so it was just about feel­ing a sense of that place and the ef­fect it has on us; a place to step off the grid and re­flect, ”yeldham says. See the port­fo­lio and story, “Breath Tak­ing”, on page 118. My work is … “of­ten shot out­doors with nat­u­ral light, and with na­ture fea­tur­ing heav­ily. My fa­ther was a ra­di­ol­o­gist, so I have mem­o­ries of him di­ag­nos­ing X-ray films on the big light box in the ’70s, with the black and white tones, and be­ing fas­ci­nated by form and shadow. I have been for­tu­nate enough to pho­to­graph some cap­ti­vat­ing faces this past cou­ple of years, in­clud­ing Jane Goodall, and an­other favourite mo­ment was pho­tograph­ing Richard Roxburgh for the cover of Spec­trum. I en­joy try­ing to cap­ture the raw, un­scripted mo­ments.” Some of the artists who in­spire me are … “An­drew Quilty and the un­sung he­roes who are brave enough to doc­u­ment war and global atroc­i­ties, Se­bastião Sal­gado, Egon Schiele, Liz Looker, Mary Ellen Mark, and the sub­lime words of Patti Smith.” My favourite place to be by the wa­ter in Aus­tralia is … “Pittwa­ter in the North­ern Beaches of Syd­ney and Wat­e­gos Beach in By­ron Bay.”

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