Posts Tagged ‘Robyn Beeche’

Being an Australian on a rainy day sucks. Having electric-blue skies and a spectacularly radiant sun almost all year round, you most certainly don’t expect a rainy day nor are you really ever ready for it. It ruins plans, moods and newly straightened hair.

My rosy trip to the indoor exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Photography was the perfect pick-me-up for such a wet and dreary day!

With everyone owning an SLR and an opportunity to get photos ‘out there’ on platforms like Flickr seeing Australian-born Robyn Beeche’s exhibition London Calling introduced a new style of photography to me which was a breathe of fresh air!

With a unique fusion of unorthodox uses of makeup as art and ordinary human faces as canvases, Beeche has captured the 70’s/80’s era with élan.

This collection of photographs truly showed the breadth of Beeche’s talent. I couldn’t help noticing a David Bowie vein in the makeup. The most mesmerising aspect of it all was the artistry in the makeup, which, veered on optical illusions!

Scarlett 3 Faces by Robyn Beeche

Along with the two-dozen photographs there was an über-quirky video of Beeche talking about her art. Something that stuck with me was one’s sartorial choice was once a form of expression, a way of rejecting the orthodox, the social norms of the day by creating your own identity in dressing up but nowadays, that has eroded with everyone replicating the norms and easily yielding to conformity. That made me really think more about how I visually and sartorially represent myself…

dressing up was a way of transgressing boundaries and declaring an individual identity. Beeche’s documentation of this period was as political as it was personal. Her images celebrated difference and diversity long before issues of gender, sexuality and identity gained mainstream acceptance

Have you ever thought of makeup and fashion as strong way of expressing yourself and creating a particular identity?

Do you conform to mainstream fashion or do you flout it and dress differently?

The exhibition will be running until the 28 August. Everyone must go see it!