December 7, 2020
LANDSCAPES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEX FRAYNE
Photography by Alex Frayne
Interview by John St.
Beginning with a 8mm camera in hand, South Australian photographic artist Alex Frayne has been involved in film and images from his earliest school days. He continued his passion for the medium throughout school and completed a Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University. He has made short films, a feature film (Modern Love) and his still photography work has earned acclaim, most notably the Adelaide Noir and Theatre of Life series and books. Images from this body of work are held in collections in Australia and overseas.
In this interview, Alex shares with us some of his photographs from his new book 'Landscapes of South Australia' (Wakefield Press) that is due to be released very soon. This new book is a comprehensive photographic homage to his big and beautiful, timeless and daunting back yard. Alex's honest artistic approach to show the landscapes as not only ancient and massive, but dry with marginal farming opportunities and a kind of rusted beauty that speaks of resilience and the triumph of human spirit.
"Frayne's eerily still urban landscapes have been likened in their classical framing and pervasive sense of strangeness in the familiar, to the work of Stanley Kubrick and Jeffrey Smart."
SIMON CATERSON, The Australian