Trish Morrissey Front

Angela Reynish72

Angela Reynish, July 31st, 2006

Chloe Gwynne72

Chloe Gwynne, May 30th, 2005

Deborah Bastwick72

Deborah Bestwick, August 14, 2005

Donna Plant72

Donna Plant, August 21, 2005

Hayley Coles

Hayley Coles, June 17th, 2006

Heather Hancock72

Heather Hanock, August 28th, 2006

June Marsh72

June Marsh, October 15th, 2007


Katy McDonnell, October 5th, 2007

Lou Soucell72

Lou Soucell, July 14th, 2006

Racheal Hobson72

Rachel Hobson, September 2nd, 2007

Sylvia Westbrook72

Sylvia Westbrook, August 2nd, 2005


Untitled, December 18th, 2007


Front deals with the notion of borders, boundaries and the edge, using the family group and the beach setting as metaphors. For this work, I travelled to beaches in the UK and around Melbourne. I approached families and groups of friends who had made temporary encampments, or had marked out territories. I asked if I could be part of their family temporarily. I took over the role or position of a woman within that group – usually the mother figure. I asked to take her place, and to borrow her clothes. She then took over my role and photographed her family using a 4×5 camera (which I had already carefully set up) under my instruction. While I, a stranger on the beach, nestled in with her loved ones. These highly performative photographs are shaped by chance encounters with strangers, and by what happens when physical and psychological boundaries are crossed. Ideas around the mythological creature the ‘shape shifter’ and the cuckoo are evoked. Each piece within the series is titled by the name of the woman who I replaced within the group.


All images © courtesy of Trish Morrissey