I’m a photographer living in Western Australia, shooting art and design related people and projects. My portfolio of work is at www.bowong.com.au.
This online journal is a response to my own move to a regional area after a career in creative industries in the city. I wondered how other creatives are making it work, with the tyranny of distance and the overhanging ‘hokey’ label attached to the arts in regional Australia. The more I researched and talked to others, the more I could see that there is a thriving arts scene happening all over Australia – artists and designers contributing to the national industry on their own terms. Whether they’re regional for affordable housing, larger studio space, proximity to family or connection to country and nature, creatives can have the physical and mental space they need for their work, away from the distractions of cities – and head to the big smoke whenever it suits them.
After years of working photographing artworks and artists for institutions and organisations, I decided to share my favourite part of the job with the public – behind the scenes in studios, workshops and art centres all over Australia, from Newman to Newcastle and the thousands of kilometres zig-zagged in between.
Some of the lovely folks contributing to this blog….