“One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden.

Eden consists of a series of portraits taken throughout Australia. The series originates from an obsessive curiosity into the transitory stage of youth and a human relationship with nature.

In each headshot the subject, (a young person on the cusp of adulthood), is placed unclothed in a naturalistic setting and stares blankly at the camera. With no evidence of the subjects’ context (apart from tattoos or piercings) the images focus on the sincere and almost romantic beauty of the youth. The subjects’ gaze, although neutral, can be viewed as a response to the tension between photographer and subject and also the experience of vulnerability caused by being unclothed.

By referencing the biblical Garden of Eden, and by placing young people in edenic backgrounds, I am depicting youth as a time of purity and innocence, an unspoiled paradise. The images are taken with a protective tenderness and present themselves as an almost personal insight into the subject, however the composition of the photographs and the subjects’ lack of expression, leave the viewer to observe curiously from the outside looking in, and to lament upon the sanctity of human life.

Peter  

Michael  

Ferron  

Jacob  

Dave  

Joss  

Zoey  

Stephen  

Jefferson  

Lizzie  

Tommy  

Missy  

Amy  

Clare  

Matt  

Nick  

Pelham  

Nikita  

Monet  

Elizabeth  

Ruby  

Pip  

Saskia  

Gordon  

Esther  

Hannah  

Rosie  

Joseph  

Andrew  

Adam  

Mikey  

Emily  

Amber  

Jonny  

Crystal