TIME AND DISTANCE
Peter Jeffs converted a heavy-duty enlarger to project his images onto a wall for the production of his mural-sized photographic prints. Dispensing with conventional notions of composition, he made these gritty, street images at night whilst working as a Melbourne taxi driver. The use of black and white film exaggerates the impact of artificial light in the darkness, while the size of the images invites the viewer to participate as a passenger in a spontaneous moment. A moment of contemplation and reflection; the taxi mirror reflects a moment just passed. There is more going on than meets the eye in these non-judgmental observations.
Jeffs recently discovered his Wotjobaluk heritage. His thumbprint signature refers to the Aboriginal ‘signatories’ of Batman’s Treaty for the land of the Kulin nation in 1835, where the Centre for Contemporary Photography is situated.
Image: Untitled 1 1995-2000/2007 (detail)