Location: 30a The Parade, Tumbarumba
Statement: Walking in Isolation is a collaborative project between the award-winning Australian photographer, James Farley (Wagga Wagga) and award-winning Australian poet, Lachlan Brown (Wagga Wagga).
The project combines photography and poetry created in response to daily walks on the fire trails and hiking paths of Willans Hill Reserve, Wiradjuri Country, Wagga Wagga. Though their paths never crossed in person, James and Lachlan connected via email and began exchanging images and words responding to the daily ritual of moving through the place. James’ black and white images present a familiar but changed world charged with a sense of trepidation and missed connection while Lachlan’s use of the sestina form evokes the repetition, mind wandering, and looping rhythm of life in the midst of a global pandemic.
Biography: James Farley (b. 1990) is an artist and teacher based in Wagga Wagga, NSW. James works with photography and books towards an aesthetic for ecological coexistence.
James has received recognition in the form of multiple prizes, grants and awards. He was a finalist in the Contemporary Landscape in Photography Award at Perth Centre of Photography (2022), the Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art (2019), The National Photography Prize at Murray at Museum Albury (2018), The Australian Photobook of the Year Prize (2015, 2019), and the Sony World Photography Prize (2015). James was one of the inaugural recipients of the CreateNSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship (2015) and was awarded the NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year Award, Arts (2016).
In 2021, James co-founded F.Stop Workshop, a photography organisation supporting creativity, community, and education in the Riverina.
Materials: Photographs and poetry.
This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.