The scope of coffee table books and small handouts that depict a stereotypical Australia are endless. Giving an over saturated rendition of blue skies, half naked men and woman, beaches and landscapes. Attempting to show a utopian country of blistering heat and kangaroos. But that’s just not what it’s all about, of course there are beautiful beaches and mountain ranges and an abundant population of kangaroos, but there is more to it.
Explore Australia uses preexisting photographic material to take apart books that have a purpose of portraying that picturesque view of Australia. Through a heavy use of image manipulation, black and white conversion and a precise selection of images, the work is attempting to hone in on the elements that might ring to a truer perspective of the Australia that we know.
Jordan Madge is a 20 year old photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. His work is concerned with journey, and ways of constructing and disseminating narrative in photography. Jordan blends and questions fact, fiction, truth and representation. His work was most recently shown as part of Photobook Melbourne, Australia, and published in Landscape Stories, LS 19 and featured on Fotografia Magazine. He is completing his Bachelor of Photography at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia, majoring in Documentary.
See more of his works on his website.