Currently showing at Photospace Gallery, Wellington, are West Auckland photographer Jan Young’s elegant portraits of middle aged women and teenage boys at a time of transition in their lives.
The large format portraits of Between have a hint of Avedon about them, with their female subjects gazing steadily at the photographer, poised between younger selves and the battle scars of middle age. The portraits of boys show awkwardness forming into definition, with the same steady connection between photographer and subject. The subjects are drawn from the photographer’s West Auckland locality and the images show people as they might be if you ran into them at the supermarket or mucking around after school. Except these qualities are stilled and re-presented in lyrical, beautifully printed portraits. The work runs until 3 November 2014
Jan Young’s latest bodies of work concentrate on portraits, with the use of a large format 4×5 film camera and available light. They reflect her on-going interest in the people and activities to be found within her local environment of rural West Auckland.
Since graduating in 2007 with a Diploma in Photography from Unitec in Auckland, Jan has been actively involved with PhotoForum Inc. (NZ); a not-for-profit society dedicated to the promotion of photography as a means of expression and communication.