Chris Bowes is an emerging multimedia artist based in Brisbane, Australia, whose current practice incorporates photography and found objects to question identity in the modern era. Bowes’ work has been exhibited extensively throughout Australia and in 2013 he was selected as one of the visual artists in Brisbane’s premier arts event the 2high Festival. During 2014 Bowes was named Runner-Up Student Photographer of the Year by Capture Magazine and was a finalist in numerous photographic competitions, such as the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, IRIS and CLIP Awards and the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize.
Leftovers gives insight into a small rural town in Queensland, Australia, where most of the residents have moved away after their properties were purchased by a mining corporation. Although the land was marked for mineral excavation, the proposed mine has been put on hold, leaving remnants of these homes scattered throughout the town. The series looks at the traces left behind after a period of human presence; featuring images captured by Bowes of the various buildings still standing, and scans from negatives and notes abandoned by one of the families that lived there. In the works are clues to the lives of people who were once the town’s inhabitants, creating a narrative for these homes and the community as a whole, as well as providing a documentation of the dilapidation of man-made structures when this community no longer remains.
By The Way is a series of photos taken throughout Australia capturing many different environments from the side of the road. Although often trivial, these are the places between places, hidden down back roads or on the sides of busy high ways and overlooked by the travellers passing through them. The images are void of a human presence but show traces of life, providing an insight into a segment of the Australian identity and our relationship with the landscape.
For more information on Chris Bowes, please visit www.chrisbowes.com.au