We're excited to have photographer Laura Rouhan’s 'What Remains’ exhibition as part of our Virtual Gallery. We had a chat with Laura about inspiration, the exhibition, influences and more.
1. Describe yourself in one sentence...
I am interested in ideas, people, learning and exploring. I’m a passionate, outgoing person who is always open to new ideas and experiences.
2 What is your chosen medium(s) and why?
I have had an interest in photography since childhood. My maternal grandfather was a keen amateur photographer, I never met him but his photographs, candid family portraits, were often present.
From digital to analogue photography, I have developed a practice that is now centred on Medium format, film photography. Creating digital and analogue, darkroom printed images.
Working with film enables me to develop new photography skills and allows me to be hands on, driving the creative process from the development of film to the creation of printed images.
3. What/who inspires you?
Photographs are the universal language of our era. It’s an accessible medium, pictures can change the way we feel and understand the world around us.
For me, creating an image is about expression and exploration. I connect with the camera as a tool that puts me in a position to have to be out engaging with the world every day. It acts as a portal to and catalyst for reckoning with the other and how the camera can be used to break down barriers between the photographer, subject and viewer.
Images are free to own their subjectivity which makes them an ideal medium to navigate ideas around humanity, connection, identity, memory, presence, experience and intimacy.
4. Tell us the back story of the What Remains Exhibition?
The exhibition started to develop in the last half of 2019 and is an exploration of the themes and concepts I was reflecting upon at the time: becoming more dedicated and deliberate in my photographic practice and connecting that to personal insights. What Remains is an exploration of familiar places, namely from Melbourne's inner West, a city, neighbourhood, street, mode of transport… largely devoid of people.
In creating these images, I illustrate my connection to space, as it relates to my depression, anxiety, identity and intersections of belonging.
5. What do you want people to take away from What Remains Exhibition?
I’d like people to reflect on the images and how the themes of connection, identity and belonging can be seen. Beyond that, I encourage people to look, enjoy and make up their own minds about what they see and how it makes them feel.
6. Who are your favourite artists?
This changes at times, but my favourite photographic artists really range in style, from documentary to studio and fashion. I really enjoy the work of artists such as: Ian Weldon Alec Soth, Mary Ellen Mark, Sara Terry, Stacy Kranitz, Olive Cotton, Polixeni Papapetrou.
7. Where do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
Travelling, exploring, learning and giving. I’d like to be more established in my photographic career and am excited to see how that might look.