"Melbourne has been named 'World's Most Liveable City' for seven consecutive years (2011-2017) by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranking No. 2 in 2018. This makes me rather proud of my address and photographic subject.
The City of Melbourne's Arts Strategy 2014-2017 outlines a bold, creative, sustainable cultural capital.
The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development include Goal 11, Sustainable Cities And Communities.
I live in Melbourne and in the world. How do I play my part as artist + local/global citizen? I live and make art in certain conscious ways."
I SUPPORT GOAL 11
"My URBAN MESH pictures began as casual train window observations of the Melbourne cityscape. A train or tram window view is a romantic perspective of the city I think vs the more usual ground view one gets when driving around looking (and perhaps cursing) for parking space.
I don't take for granted how my Urban Mesh concept came to me on the train. I'd travelled overseas some, but found this subject that possessed me on my daily city commute.
As artist with freedom of movement as a core value, giving up one pleasurable little sports car to keep my living costs down when returning to creative studies ie. photography study, was not mere practical solution.
Any free-spirit exhilaration I experienced in my top-down vehicle (sun-kissed, wind in my hair, sky view unlimited) was already equalled if not exceeded by unfettered bicycle riding and rollerblading. Often I did find myself happily cycling or rolling (tongue out in victory!) past many cars caught in traffic.
Perhaps I'm fundamentally a minimalist, living as lightly as possible important to me, keeping my footprint low, keeping street-connected. City streets -- where the 'Family of Man' tends to collect -- really are far from ordinary spaces for observing the theatre of life.
Negotiating the metropolis by foot or public transport, on my bicycle or rollerblades has also proven the healthier (for me and the environment), more fun and creative way around town and travelling in general.
Albert Einstein said:
'Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.' "