Peninsula Essence December 2021

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Arts

DOCUMENTIG

By Andrea Louise Thomas Photos Yanni

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ational Geographic magazine had a huge impact on Arthur’s Seat photographer, Karina Laird. As a child, she would pore over the images absorbing the exotic faces, places, exquisite detail and the impact of documentary photography. It influenced the way she looked at the world and the way she developed her own photographic style. Part of the reason images resonated so much with Karina was because she grew up with dyslexia. Learning to read was challenging. She felt she could connect more with images. This influenced her style of learning, but also taught her to develop the photographic eye that is the underpinning of her current practice. Growing up, Karina developed a profound appreciation of nature and the environment finding beauty all around her. She connected with the people and places unique to the Peninsula - always noticing the details that people often overlook. Historical photography has had a big influence on Karina. She remembers spending many hours looking at the old photographs in her grandparents’ photo albums observing the way people dressed, socialised and how the world looked then – particularly Melbourne - compared with today. continued page 22...

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