Derek Swalwell


Words: Manuela Millan
Photos: Derek swalwell

In anticipation of his upcoming exhibition at Modern Times, we were delighted to have the chance to catch up with Derek Swalwell to discuss his style of photography, creative process and the ideas behind his current series Outdistance.

Outdistance is a gorgeous showcase of some of Italy’s most iconic brutalist architecture as told through Derek’s distinctive, crisp and rich style. Derek takes a loving and considered look at the works of renowned architects Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi and Carlo Aymonino, while exploring how the structures sit within and are affected by their surroundings. We absolutely love this series, you can get lost in the detail of each image and we would highly recommend that you check it out. 

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Architecture has always been a fascination for me, and I think one of the contributing factors was my time traveling and seeing architectural innovation from across the world. I became interested in how the light worked through buildings. The way that the design of a building contributes to its changing throughout the day upon their trajectory of the sun
— Derek Swalwell
  Tomba Brion III

Tomba Brion III

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Tomba Brion I

  Tomba Brion II

Tomba Brion II

  Tomba Brion IV

Tomba Brion IV

 

MM: When did you start photography, how did you ended up where you are now?

DS: My photography career began when I returned from a trip abroad in 1993, with studies. Then through assisting here + OS, more travel and looking at the work of photographers and film makers that influence my style, I eventually took to working commercially. 

MM: What was your childhood like? Did you grow up in a creative household? 

DS: Actually I” grew up in a household with a doctor father and a nurse mother. So couldn’t be further from that ! My siblings were musically inclined. I was really the odd one out in that sense. 

MM:What is your creative process like / how often do you feel inspired?

DS: I feel inspired when I look at international architecture, films, and the work of some of the world’s most amazing storytellers. It’s important as a photographer when you’re working commercially to keep shooting your own projects. This is what keeps the business separate from the craft element, including in your own mind. 

MM: What’s your favourite thing/place to photograph? 

DS: I love traveling to places where the architecture is specific to that country. Also seeing the interpretations of design through some off the masters in other parts of the work. For example an interpretation on brutalism or modern architecture. 

MM: What can't you live without?

DS: Definitely good design books, good films. 

MM: Who/What are you most influenced by?

DS: The American Architectural Photographers of the mid 19th century. Balthazar Korab, Ezra Stoller, Schulman.. but also many world architects. 

MM: What are your hopes for the next few years?  

DS: To continue to produce good work, and continue sharing my personal work with a wider audience. 

MM: Can you recommend a coffee place and a restaurant in Melbourne?

DS: Franklin in Windsor, and food I like Bang Bang in Elsternwick.

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Gallaratese I

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Gallaratese IV

 
Capturing the magnetic dance between architecture and light and illuminating new perspectives in these locations he uses photography to highlight the sculptural elements. In this work where architecture dominates the landscape and nature encroaches in subtle, almost bashful sidelines we’re reminded of the monolithic qualities of 20th century architecture and their impact on contemporary design.
— Irina Asriian, Modern Times Gallery Curator
 
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Derek Swalwell

Pre-sales
Open Tuesday 18 of September 2018 at 10am
To register for Pre-sales contact sales@moderntimes.com.au

Opening
6-8pm, Thursday 27 September 2018
RSVP to events@moderntimes.com.au

Exhibition Dates
27 September – 7 October 2018

Location
Modern Times Gallery
311 Smith St,
Fitzroy VIC 3065

View the event on Facebook here.