Influencing Me – Max Dupain
Today’s artist is another photographer, he is Australian and worked mainly in the mid 20th century, a time when Australia still retained a lot of its innocence.
I am not going to lie, I don’t think Max Dupain has influenced me directly, and I don’t think you see his style or approach in my work, but there is something he did that I think we all aspire to. He is known as an iconic Australian Photographer. Let me show you what I am talking about.
If you are Australian and a photographer, then you would have to know this image. This is the Sunbaker by Max Dupain. It is an icon of Australian life, it is an iconic image from one of our own. It is that perfect image that depicted us and who we were.
As much as we have tried to show that we are a nation of farmers and that rural pastures are meant to define us, the reality is, that we are a nation that didn’t like the country, and Australia has always been one of the most urbanised countries in the world. Getting people to go and work in the country has always been a struggle.
We have always referred to ourselves as the Sunburnt country and the beach culture was all part of that.
For me he is the Australian photographer or the idea of the photographer that I want to be. Let me show you that image again.
How many of us want to be known for a particular image, or a series of images. I would love one of my images to become an iconic image that inspires future generations of photographers. That would be the ultimate dream.
I have not taken photos like Dupain, and I haven’t taken photos of life as he did, but as I read some information about him, which you can also read here, I discovered he loved architectural photography and that was his true passion. Interesting that he loved that, but is know for a man lying on a beach sunbaking.
For me summer has been synonymous with cycling for the last few years, and this was a scene I took down at a beach in Geelong this past summer, it is one you have seen before, along with this next one.
Dupain lived in Sydney and the beach culture there is very different to us in the south, but a hot day, regardless of where you are always drives us to the water and he captured that so well. Photographing beaches now has become a lot harder with issues of copyright and privacy. It is so much harder to just do what he did.
More research needs to be done and I look forward to learning more about Max Dupain and his photography. I might have to do a second post on him.