Quentin at Home
About the artwork
Usually pictured in a formal setting, Jade Ferguson wanted to capture the unseen Quentin Bryce. During her time at home in isolation amid the Covid-19 lockdown, Bryce spent time tending to her garden where she finds respite from the ongoing demands of her role as former Governor-General of Australia.
About the sitter
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO was born, and currently resides in Brisbane. Her distinguished career has included roles as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, and university college principal. She served as Governor of Queensland from 2003 to 2008, and the 25th Governor-General of Australia from 2008 – 2014 and is the first woman to have held the position.
About the artist
Jade Ferguson is a Brisbane based photographic artist who applies a fine art approach to the subjects she shoots. As an early career photographic artist, her work attempts to create an emotionally visceral experience for the viewer by capturing the unseen.
“I eventually came to rest upon a digital image that captured the very essence of Ms Bryce's calm, composed and always immaculate (even when gardening) self”
Behind the scenes
Capturing the image of Quentin at Home was a true experience of “goodness”.
From her initial agreement to be my subject to those people who loaned me props and others who helped me locate ancient large forma film backs.
Though I began the process as analog, shooting B&W test polaroids and 4×5 colour sheet film, I eventually came to rest upon a digital image that captured the very essence of Ms Bryce’s calm, composed and always immaculate (even when gardening) self.