11 Feb Local photographer touring nation for latest project
Local Gladstone art photographer William Debois is preparing for a road trip all about ‘SACRIFICE’.
‘SACRIFICE’ is the title of William’s latest portrait photography project, reflecting on the universal notion of sacrifice, be it big or small, life-affirming or limiting, tragic or slightly trivial.
Drawing inspiration from the classic format of the road trip, explored with great success by many influential photographers, Gladstone based photographer William Debois will capture portraits of regular Australians and collect their stories during a journey that will take him to 10 different towns from Melbourne to Gladstone, in February and March.
In each town, William will set up a rugged-looking backdrop made out of an old military tarpaulin, approach bystanders and photograph them using a classic Hasselblad film camera. Each participant will be asked to share their answer to the question “what sacrifice have you made?”. Using the central theme of sacrifice, the project aims to illustrate the diversity of lifestyles, values and aspirations that define the Australian Nation in 2021, and how the ongoing pandemic may have affected those characteristics.
William will demonstrate the skills involved in photographing SACRIFICE with 2 film photography workshops at Crow Street Creative on the 13th and 14th of February. All materials will be included. William is calling for willing portrait subjects to register their interest in being photographed for the project through the following website: www.williamdebois.photo