Jamie Hladky says about himself:
“Originally from Manchester, UK, I’ve lived and worked in London and Singapore, and been lucky enough to travel fairly widely over time. Living and travelling away from home for so long means developing a new set of visual understandings, and I’ve tried to do this through exploration and photography.
I prefer to experience travel at a human pace, and so I walk and drive a lot. Once, I rode the international rail network for 20,000 km, all the way from Singapore to Manchester, to make the journey without flying, and to see what’s in between these two sometime homes.
I’m now based in Canberra, Australia, spending my time trying to see as much of this huge strange country as possible.”
About ‘457 I & II‘:
I spent five years as a temporary guest of the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Looking back, my first years in Australia were defined by a desperate rush to see as much as I could, in what I thought would be a short time here. Increasingly ill-advised road trips and small pieces of a vast continental landscape. This pressure peaked around the time of these photos with the pressure of an increasingly urgent need to establish my permanency, or leave.