Christopher Ireland

Monday May 28, 2012 Written by luke

Sydney photographer Christopher Ireland has a background in advertising and commercial portraiture, but he recently turned his eye toward some of the less-acknowledged spaces of Australian society.

Across two series, the nationally toured Breathe and 2011's Riverside, Ireland shines an inquisitive, humane light upon the lives of the country's working class. Breathe explored the plight of asbestos widows, while Riverside tracked the lives of residents in a caravan park along the Gloucester River. Together they form a rare, unsentimental glimpse into a sub-sector we tend not to think about: the beyond-battlers, whose everyday lives have shapes we can't even recognise.