Lyn + Tony
Photographic collaborators Lyn Balzer & Tony Perkins have been working together for over 12 years and this symbiosis has produced remarkable fine art photography. Their fascination with the beauty and extremes of the Australian landscape stemmed from their upbringing near the idyllic rainforests and beaches of Byron Bay. Their unique multi-disciplinary approach has led them from a solo show in 2015 - in collaboration with the Australian Design Centre - to the 2016 Venice Biennale, where a special scent created by them is being diffused throughout the Australian Pavilion's air-conditioning system.
Artist's Statement: "Our work is a 21st century reinterpretation of the Romantic cult of nature: an obsessive urge to create within a world where nature exists around us, but also within our soul.
In Strangelands and Strangeness, we explore the erotic tension between the potency of nature and the implicit sexuality of the naked female. A soft, fleshy, vulnerable body is overtaken, scratched, even dirtied by nature, and yet never succumbs to this primal force. Its beauty, spirit and sensuality remain strong and defiant.
Our images are all created 'in camera' with little or no retouching or manipulation. We choose certain films and specific lighting to enhance the surreal aspects of our images so that the vibrant blues, greens and reds of the Australian landscape amplify an abstracted, otherwordly state. We photograph in marginal places such as abandoned quarries, deserted beaches and swamps; the world we create physically exists between the boundaries of the everyday and the exotic. The images speak as sites of contrast since the harshness of these places is set against the apparent fragility of the feminine form; milky limbs against the bright blue of skies and soft skin against the razor-sharp grass.
Ultimately, the creation of a mythic, dreamlike state overcomes the observational quality of the photographic process. What results is a combination of abstraction and realism, producing a body of work that is as intimate as it is mysterious."
Read an interview with Lyn + Tony here.