Friday, 5 October 2012
Ali Moon is a Parisian photographer, now based in Perth, Australia, who also happens to be one of my mother’s friends. Of course, I wouldn’t have asked her if I could feature her work if I didn’t love it; and I’ll tell you why I love it. I’ve been talking a lot (and perhaps too much) on my blog about how I’ve been noticing a certain ‘narrowing’ of blogging content into a singular aesthetic – often, a ‘dreamy’ aesthetic. I’m not saying I don’t like this aesthetic, or that we should feel bad for liking it, that would be ridiculous. But just as I feel writing is coming second to visual content, I also think certain styles of photography and visual imagery are coming second to the ‘dreamy’ aesthetic. I love dreamy photography and readily consume it. But what I also love is diversity, as I’ve said many times.
This is why I wanted to show you Ali’s work, because she is a photographer who in my mind combines the ‘dreaminess’ I see a lot on blogs with a different perspective that is more akin to photojournalism. Maybe that’s because she’s worked with photojournalist, Stanley Greene. Or maybe it’s just her own style. We talk a lot about authenticity online, and I feel that Ali’s photography is an expression of a mode of authenticity that seeks to capture ordinary lives as narratives, whether such lives are ‘pretty’ or not.
Of course, the second reason I wanted to showcase her work here is because I firmly believe in supporting local artists in my community. My mother, who has been an independent artist for as long as I can remember, relies on the support of the local community and word-of-mouth to survive as a small business owner with my dad. I believe in people like Ali and my parents, they deserve all the help they can get.
You can read more about Ali here. She’s the director of The Moonlight Studios, which currently operates as a shop in the Fremantle Markets near the Market bar (and also near my mother’s shop!), offering professional photography packages. You can also have a look at her art photography on her other website. Plus she’s got a book collection of her photography.
By the way, thanks for all the book recommendations on my last post – please keep them coming, I love this!
All images are copyrighted to Ali Moon, please don’t re-blog without proper credit.