This series of photographs, taken in the Ballarat New Cemetery, shows some of the Immortelles, glass encased ceramic floral tributes, that appeared on graves in the period between approximately 1900 and 1945. While some of these have stood the test of time, there are many which are now broken, weathered and deteriorating. These photographs were taken with the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi in mind, which accepts and finds beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, and the incomplete.
After a career working in university libraries, I turned my attention to photography and have an interest in most genres. While living in Bangkok I did a lot of street photography, though having moved to Ballarat I have gravitated more toward landscape and still life.
Festival Passes for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale are on sale now.
- Stuart Whelan
August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm