Jesse Marlow — Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them (Part 3)


Jesse Marlow, Stop, 2011, pigment print, edition of 10

Jesse Marlow, Stop, 2011, pigment print, edition of 10

Winner of the 2011 International Street Photography Award, Jesse Marlow’s next solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery is the final instalment of his series, Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them which is based on his book featuring the whole series to be published in late 2012.The influence for this body of work includes architecture, painting and film with inspiration coming from the Australian Modernist painter Jeffrey Smart to French film director Jaques Tati. The series is a visual reaction of Marlow’s encounters in his daily travels; searching for the unusual in the ordinary. Set in the environment of the everyday, the photographs explore the banality of modern day existence through themes of abandonment, suburbia and daily rituals. Contrived photo shoots and intricately designed set-ups have never interested Jesse Marlow, rather it is the uncertainty of street photography that continues to stimulate him. What constantly drives and excites him is the idea that he can leave the house one morning and come home at the end of the day with a photo that will be with him forever. Over the last twelve years Jesse Marlow has exhibited extensively both locally and overseas. In 2010 he was one of 45 street photographers from around the world profiled in the book Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson) and was featured in the 2011 documentary film Insight which premiered at the Tate Modern in London. As written by the artist, “For me it’s not about the location. It never has been. There are great photos to be taken wherever you are. The photos in my series Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them have been taken wherever I’ve been over the last few years – from Stockholm to Alice Springs.”