Background & Contact

This collection of documentary photography and illustration spans over five years. In the varying landscapes across the circumference of Australia, Western Canada and its islands, and North America; from the far south of Mississippi to the northerly regions of Alaska. Then also England, around the areas where I grew up. In these countries I have encountered many of their diverse landscapes through their cities, towns and rural areas. Often I was just passing through, but with many of these places I became acquainted, and settled down for short periods of time. In pictures and words, I recorded what I saw.

Through journals came writing and drawings. Collecting stories and quotes from the people I met.  I gathered facts and information from local books, newspapers, guides and museums. I drew pictures of the different scenery, making sketches of natural landscapes, cities and towns; drawing the segments of their streets, buildings and the objects within.

The photos are shot on 35mm film. Sometimes they present large-scale scenic views, but mostly they show snippets and modest compositions within these landscapes. I photographed mainly where I observed some point of interest in these surroundings.

Altogether the collection forms a narrative. Pieced together by fragments that thread and weave its way through experiences and encounters of different people and places. The record ultimately forms a portrait that is part documentary and part storytelling.

Charlotte Craig