Single Shot images

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Single Shot celebrates the working lives of photographers who: in contrast with those who live to photograph their experience, instead, live for the experience of making photographs.

Intercepting the path of the professional photographer, be it personal expression in the gallery space or a combination of private, social and commercial photography, participants were asked to submit what they see as either a career defining or favourite image - a solitary work reflecting their personal aesthetic and photographic standard.

Contemplating the idea of allowing a single frame to stand as a true testament of the person behind the lens, regardless of the subject, Single Shot, seeks to discover if the image maker, the artist, transcends the boundless nature of current visual culture surpassing the confusion with an offer of photographic expression that is uncompromisingly unique and self-defining.

The electronic age has had a profound impact on how we share reality, to the point where creating photographic evidence of minute- to-minute experiences, takes up a sizable chunk of what it means to live-in and be part of the modern world. If we didn’t photograph breakfast did we even eat it?

Photographs, have become captions around which we live our lives. Personalized branding and perception management is no longer the reserve of marketing companies, but instead, is a dominant concern for the general populace.

With this much information feeding into our daily consciousness perhaps the ‘selfi-fi-cation’ of our lives is a flght or flee response to our ‘storyboard existence.’ A way to re-materialize moments that are too easily flushed by in a constant stream of image hungry social media sites, sites who have turned our interests and our realities into sellable commodities - the irony is that, as we consume so we are being consumed.

What is the cost of the constant slideshow of our virtual world, and how does this impact, our actions, our identity, our ability to relate to something other than a highly-edited history of personalized events?

In this show, we see the value of information contained in an individual photograph, and perhaps ask ourselves, what we would be doing with our time if we all only ever shared - a single shot.