With a passion spanning 50 years, Glen O’Malley, an immensely talented photographer displays a collection of works containing figures in dreamlike environments in his exhibition ‘Now and Not Now’.
“In 1969 my picture making took the form of painting and drawing, and my subjects, then, were mythical figures in dreamlike environments. Just up the road from Tyto Gallery, in a back room of the assembly hall at Ingham High School I developed my first roll of film. I didn’t know then that I would spend much of my life making photos, although I think I made that decision very soon after that.
It was only a few years later that I had my first photography exhibition. Then I could perhaps be described as a ‘street photographer’. From there my work became more clearly documentary – but always figures and environments. I often found the relationship between the real figures and the real environments stranger than I could imagine, and recorded those moments when I could.
Then I moved back to Far North Queensland where I’ve lived in the one house for thirty years. At the same time my photos took a turn toward the more obviously surreal. Now much of my work contains more mythical figures in dreamlike environments. The pictures in this exhibition have been made in the last twenty-five years but I see in them a little of my paintings of fifty years ago.”