Narelle Autio

22.10.2012 in17:02 in Street Photographer -->


“I was born in a beachside suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. On leaving school I went to an art college with the vision of becoming a painter… Somehow I ended up with a camera, instead of a paintbrush, in my hand.

“After graduating with a degree in Visual Arts in 1990, I began working for the Adelaide Advertiser. I left Australia in 1995 and travelled extensively, working in England for numerous UK national newspapers as well as being the principal photographer for Australia’s News Limited London bureau.

“I returned home in 1998, and currently work as a staff photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald. Last year the book ‘The Seventh Wave’, on which I collaborated with Trent Parke, was published. This book of surreal black and white photographs documents Australian beach culture from under the waves.

“Arriving back in Australia proved to be an awakening for me. It is true what they say: you don’t miss what you have until you lose it. I realized there was so much here to photograph. Things I had grown up with, that I knew about and loved: all things that I had taken for granted. The only inspiration I needed was this country and the ability to see it with new eyes.”