Supernatural, colourful creatures dreamt up by Australian photographer Gerwyn Davies

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Gerwyn Davies is an Australian photographer whose work takes on a performative approach to image making.

Centred around various bright characters, his photographs are wonderfully absurd and rich in colour, combining playful constructs of costume, movement and the hyperreal, all laced with subtle humour.

Gerwyn coordinates a successful balance of setting, the body, costume and faux-glamour affectations to produce animated narratives of popular iconography and myth.

As he describes: "These highly stylised and exaggerated transformations are regenerative, they form part of an ongoing inventory of photographic self-projections. Each character exists in solitary confinement within its own digital habitat. The hyperreal digital terrain shifting from image to image.

"These characters, creatures or beings are always at a precipice, incongruous and in a state of visible conflict. Locked between human and other; comedy and sorrow; high and low culture. Their lurid colours jar against their listlessness. Their supernatural new forms render them incapable of the simplest tasks. Their vivid environments made strangely and their masking isolating."

This particular selection is a colour-popped introduction to his works and will exhibit online throughout this month on Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin. All are available to purchase – if you're interested, drop a line to [email protected].

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin

Image courtesy of Gerwyn Davies and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin