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Anthony Basheer, Telstra Tower.
Anthony Basheer, Telstra Tower.

INSIDE Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition by Anthony Basheer
7-26 November 2017
Opening Tuesday 7 November, 6pm

Telstra Tower
100 Black Mountain Drive,
Acton ACT 2601 Australia

An exhibition presented as part of DESIGN Canberra, celebrating and promoting Canberra as global city of design | 6-26 November

‘Ground Control to Major Tom.  Take your protein pills and put your helmet on’.  David Bowie

Can a structure invoke the feelings and take its cues from the words of David Bowie, the cinematography of a Wes Anderson film, the materials of Le Corbusier and the industrial photography of Wolfgang Sievers?

A photographic exhibition by Anthony Basheer, INSIDE will show how photography can elevate the status of place continuing the tradition set by the likes of Australian photographer(s) Max Dupain, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings. Using Telstra Tower as the subject, it explores the play of light and complexities of colour and texture to reveal materiality and form.  It brings the photographic gaze back onto the structure instead of looking out.

‘On a personal level, I am enamoured with public buildings and their spaces in a nostalgic sense. The sense of aloofness, discovery, stillness and how people interact with the building in a ritualistic manner’.

‘There is a privilege of engaging with a structure as a photographer.  You develop a sense of ownership and belonging which provides an intimacy.  I wish to invoke this feeling and connection to the structure for the viewer’.

Artist Statement

Anthony Basheer is an architectural photographer with a considered, quiet and nostalgic sensibility.  He was born in Adelaide in 1969 and currently resides in Canberra, Australia.

He holds an Advanced Diploma in Photography, Photography Studies College (Melbourne, May 2015).

His images focus on the built environment, interiors and landscape. One can explore the play of light and complexities of colour and texture in the stillness. Sometimes he may challenge the viewer by introducing a hint of tension popping through a somewhat perfect facade.

Anthony has a distinctive style emerging with a strong sense of design and great attention to detail; he is sensitive to his subject matter with a sound understanding of texture, shape and form.

Having come to photography later in life he has an accelerated understanding of the craft of photography and appreciates the time and dedication that is involved in creating beautiful images.  His use of light and dedication to colour shine through even the most banal of subject matter.

Australian painter Jeffrey Smart inspires Anthony and he is sensitive to the colour palettes used by a variety of artists including American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, French painter Fernand Léger and French film director Jacques Tati.

Photographic inspiration is found in Stephen Shore, Irwin Olaf and Bill Henson.  Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller for architectural photography inspiration and Ansel Adams documenting light in the landscape.

Stephen Shore, in particular, is Anthony’s photographic hero and he would like to emulate his picture spirit as described by John Szarkowski (Director of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art from 1962 to 1991) “a Shore picture is very classical in spirit, very quiet, very poised…. Not boring, not empty – but suspended”.