Readers of our monthly journal The Scrutineer will know the enormous role photographs play in the stories we tell. We’ve called on Southern Highlands local, Ashley Mackevicius on several occasions to shoot and supply our pieces with tasteful, elegant imagery.
For this special release, we present seven still lives from the seasoned photographer in the tradition of Dutch Vanitas. In a professional capacity, Ashley has been capturing culinary subjects and tableware arrangements for over thirty years.
The seven works in this special release are rustic in style – and speak to the humble and beautifully simple ethos of Australian country cooking.
“My creative output is slow” writes the photographer, “both in development and execution. Final images are often the result of months and sometimes years of experimenting, rephotographing, and ‘living’ with work prints”.
It is this considered approach that has earned Ashley the Kodak Australian Photographer of the Year award and placements in several significant collections, including the National Portrait Gallery and the New South Wales State Library.