Unbound by Convention: Datsuzoku at Mache

Words by Haneen Martin

Photo by Talor Roberts

Photo by Talor Roberts

Travel photos can get pretty boring. There’s a bunch of snaps of your mates having the best time ever and omg the best food ever and the friends and family subjected to viewing these images will remember that you made them suffer through this, making a mental note seek revenge by boring you at a later date. ‘Datsuzoku’ does the exact opposite.

Photo by Carl Simons

For an exhibition where the premise is basically four of us boys were in Japan at around the same time, for about the same time and we took some film photos, Daniel Marks has curated a visually captive exhibition held in the back space at co-working space Mâché.

The title of the exhibition, ‘Datsuzoku’ means unbound by convention in Japanese, a mantra which accurately describes the approach of photographers Carl Simons, Alex Brunt, Talor Roberts and Daniel Marks for what is essentially a travel photography exhibition. All four photographers come from varied creative backgrounds, from commercial club photography, goldsmithing and carpentry, just to name a few, but they all found themselves obsessively cataloguing Adelaide. Eager to create a translatable sense of space and engage a new audience into the world of analogue photography, they all captured refined, restricted images of their visits to Japan that allows the viewer to imagine themselves behind the lens. There is a sense that the mass scale of urbanity is easily found across many big cities and the photographers have certainly captured the calm and beauty behind the everyday. Expect a combination of commuterism, obscure snippets of built environment and a feeling of wonder – both otherworldly and oddly familiar.

Photo by Daniel Marks

Photo by Daniel Marks

‘Datsuzoku’ is open until Friday 18th of August.

Stop by during Mâché’s opening hours, or have a beer with one of the artists Thursday from 6 – 9pm and Friday 6pm – late.

Mâché is located on 178 Wright Street, Adelaide, 5000