Q&A: Jade Byrnes


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Each day I try to do something that I have never done before. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our excessive and wasteful consumption. Are you aware of any conspiracies? No, but I wish I was aware of them all. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s ability to communicate narratives. What is the worst thing about city life? Separation from nature. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Every single part. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Aliens – We exist, so how can there not be aliens? Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Oceanography. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Every time I don’t have a camera or device that I can take a photo with. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Social work. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I can’t choose one – there are many. How often do you take other people’s advice? Very often.

Describe a personal hell. A hot crowded place, indoors with loud noises. Which living person do you most admire? My mother. On what occasion do you lie? Never – that was a lie. What was the last crime you witnessed? Littering. What is the best way to educate yourself? Reading, research & real life experience. What is the next book you want to read? Seven Versions of an Australian Badland. Ultimate camera? I am happy with what I have for now. Most used camera? Mamiya 7. What object do you want? Epson V850 scanner. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Access to information, good, bad, true and false. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Yes. Describe a cheap thrill. Floating. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Are impulses more important than consequences? No, but I am an impulsive person. Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to play the piano. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Struggle to answer these questions and not sound ridiculous, buy cat food, volunteer at the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, meet a friend for coffee, prepare a presentation, cuddle my cat about a hundred times, read, swim, eat & sleep.

Jade Byrnes is a Melbourne based photographer (b.Sydney 1986). Her work looks at place, in particular friction and trauma within the landscape such as human impact. In 2016 she graduated from Photography Studies College, Melbourne with a Bachelor Degree majoring in Documentary and has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, including work produced as a part of the Obscura Photography Festival in Penang. Her dummy photobook Lost was featured on DieNacht Magazine for Photography, Design and Subculture, Berlin, and her photobook Kinglake was exhibited in the Centre for Contemporary Photography 2016 Salon Exhibition and was awarded the Best Self-Published Photobook. See more of Jade’s work – Website / Instagram.