Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1944
Yooralla at 20 past 3
Collection Title: Yooralla at 20 past 3
Title Notes: title inscribed on the first photograph of the series of 5
Place made: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph, hand coloured in colour pencils and watercolour gelatin silver photograph
Allan's work has often questioned established ideas of what a photograph should look like and what it should depict. Her Yooralla at 20 past 3 records the painstakingly slow progress of a mother and daughter and turns the event into something worth slowing down enough to observe and reflect upon. Allan witnessed this unassuming moment, almost a nonmoment, frequently because her house in Carlton was across the street from the Yooralla School for Disabled Children. Through the introduction of nuanced and delicate hand colouring, the photographs mirror their subject as a labour of love.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra