TPL: Adrian please tell us when you started getting interested in photography?
AW: Photography was a natural extension of my love of travel. My journey from happy snapper to more serious photography probably started in 2015 when I travelled through Ethiopia and Morocco. I took a snap in Casablanca of a woman walking past a mural that looked exactly like her, at that at the time I thought it was just an incredible coincidence that I captured. I have since learnt that these 'coincidences' are all around us, we just have to be attuned to our surroundings. However, photography was still something I only associated with travel. Once I got home the camera was packed back into storage waiting for my next trip.
Now, life often takes unexpected turns. For me, that was 2016, when I went through every cyclists worst nightmare. On my commute home from work I was hit by a car. I suffered some quite severe facial and dental injuries. It took three years, three surgeries and a team of dental professionals (oral and maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists and my trusted dentist) to repair my mouth.
It was after my second surgery in 2017, that I decided I just needed a break from it all, so I decided that 10 days in Hoi An would be good for my mental and physical well being. In Hoi An, I joined a local travel photographer, Etienne Bosset on one of his photo walks. A lot of what Etienne said about travel and documentary photography resonated with me.
Upon returning to Melbourne I started to make the effort to go out and walk the streets and alleys of my hometown Melbourne and its inner suburbs, and in the process I started to discover my home cities true soul. From there I just photographed whatever captured my attention, slowly forming an understanding, vision and style for my photography.