October 20, 2013
Though Russell Joslin's photographic work was part of the core programme at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Russell Joslln, cornered, 2006, silver gelatin print
13 I didn't really take much notice of it. I scanned it quickly---too quickly because I didn't take it in.
I didn't really connect because the works were mostly self--portraiture within the surrealist tradition. They more or less passed me by in spite of the quality of the black and white prints. I've had more time since then to have another look at the work---after gentle prodding from Doc Ross--- and Shots Magazine, which Joslin has been the sole Editor and Publisher of since 2000.
Joslin's self-portraits balance artistry and self-confession, thus creating a sense that we are intimate with his inner hopes, dreams and fears while being part of his veiled, cinematic otherworld.
Russell Joslin, Lay your head down, no one will see, 2008, silver gelatin print
Conveying something personal is what Joslin wants to do with his work. It is within the surrealist tradition because he photographs intuitively and works on a subconscious level, even though he sometimes plays characters in his self-portraits.