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The work of Tracey Moffatt

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Photography to me seems to be a never ending journey of discovery.  Just when you think you have your top few favourite photographers then another comes along and just blows you to pieces.  Tracey Moffatt is one of them.  Her images contain brief captions of family betrayal.  Some have said that ‘Without the captions, Moffat’s photos are merely sad. With the captions, they are devastating’.

On reflection, the narratives contained within these images are things that maybe we can all relate to.  Maybe they are a bit too close to home.  It is possible in a strange kind of way that this is why so many people are drawn to them..

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Written by Dean O'Brien

October 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Posted in Inspiration

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  1. Good Image.
    I think without the text ‘Job Hunt’ I’d probably have assumed it was a (bullied?) schoolchild.
    Never would have guessed it was about a job.

    Bricks on the wall seems very apt.

    Harpreet Khara

    October 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    • If you look closer, his look seems more of rejection than someone bullied. Tracey Moffatt has quite a few images similar to this all very upsetting to be honest.

      Dean O'Brien

      October 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      • School in the 70’s/80’s was a lot stricter on clothing than today. I think it was the open top shirt and yanked tie that made me think that.
        The face definitely has that look of self-doubt.

        Harpreet Khara

        October 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

  2. This is very close to home. Reminds me of the rejection I got for applying to do a photography degree.

    Chris Alford

    January 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm


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