Exhibited at Mr Kitly Gallery, 2011.
Review on Broadsheet by Esther Semo 19/11/11:
Lauren Bamford’s latest photographic exhibition chronicles her journey through Australia, via a collection of canine portraits.
One of the most popular pieces we’ve ever published was a news piece on a performance/sculptural work involving dogs for the Next Wave Festival last year, dubbed Dachshund UN. People go crazy for pictures of a pooch, especially portraits of them, which is why we really like this new solo show by local photographer Lauren Bamford.
Bamford’s most recent collection of images, titled Neither Excluded Nor Included, consists of around a dozen photos of dogs she has encountered during her travels over the last 18 months, whether in the back of a ute, on a boat or in a host of other uncanny locations.
Neither Excluded Nor Included is part of a continuing body of work that aims to document the evidence of a generational change presenting itself in Australian lifestyle and culture. Each photo in the series has been taken with a 35mm SLR camera, presenting a straightforward, uncontrived account of situations chanced upon. The result is a fantastic, albeit petite, collection of images that chronicle Bamford’s adventures through Tasmania and Victoria.
Like her previous body of work, I Hope You Choke, Bamford’s latest series depicts everyday situations in a distinctly Australian light, showing that by documenting her surrounds, Bamford is forging a distinct aesthetic all her own.