Michael Garbutt | Sydney, Australia


Short Bio:

Michael Garbutt is an Australian documentary photographer. He was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Sydney, a location which would come to define and inspire much of his photographic work. His passion for photography was originally borne from the desire to document his travels; over time, this passion transformed into a compulsion to explore and capture the transience of the landscapes surrounding him.

What is your work about?
Inspired by the likes of Robert Adams and Stephen Shore, I shoot landscapes with an eye for the irreverent and the banal. Much of my inspiration is drawn from the cultural and environmental degradation of the suburban outskirts of my hometown, Sydney. These photographs specifically examine the nature of changing landscapes. Although these images depict the destructive nature of progress, I nonetheless believe that they capture a strange sort of beauty – a reflection of the constant tension that exists between the natural and built environments.

How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?

Shooting medium format film demands a degree of precision and patience not necessarily required of digital media, stemming both from the contemporary constraints resulting from the economics of shooting film as well as the limited technological capabilities of outdated cameras. These demands are reflected through the formality of my photographs.