Janet Leadbeater, Adelaide Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement I am inspired to see beauty in the ordinary.
I enjoy finding interest and beauty in the mundane: the vivid colours, clean and simple lines, the commonplace and the quirky. I enjoy the challenge of making the everyday into something unique. Our world is an amazing place.
My photography is also the means in which to communicate issues and concepts which are personally important to me.
Currently my focus is on self-acceptance and body image. Young girls have so many pressures on them. From as young as five years old, they are aware of expectations with body image. They are taking on board images of themselves as fat, they are dieting, they are obsessing about their looks, and they care far too much about how others see them. Women, also, are too often dissatisfied with their bodies; always wishing for more, or less, or something different. I hope that by viewing my work, that people will examine their own beliefs about body image.
I want people to recognise something in themselves when they view my photos. I want them to be thoughtful. I want them to feel.
Exhibited photo, 'Thrown' Group Exhibition: Movement Friday 1st August to Sunday 17th August SALA Festival 2008 The Austral Hotel Rundle St, Adelaide http://www.flickrsa.com
Exhibited photo, 'Should I eat icecream?' Group Exhibition: Refuge Refresh 5th July to 3rd August Wheatsheaf Hotel 39 George St, Thebarton, South Australia
Exhibited photos: 'Ice' and 'Green grass, swing set' Group Exhibition: Refuge 7th June to 2nd July Wheatsheaf Hotel 39 George St, Thebarton, South Australia http://www.flickrsa.com/refuge1
Published photo, 'Anna III' in the book "Digital Portrait Photography and Lighting" by Catherine Jamieson and Sean McCormick
Published photo, 'It's fabulous being a woman' in JPG Magazine, Issue 3 Fabulous