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Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Photographer
Lisa Murray
Through My Child's Eyes
Gomma Photography Grant 2023 Winners

Gomma Photography Grant 2023

Through My Child's Eyes

Photographer

Lisa Murray

Through My Child's Eyes

23 Feb, 2024

There are those moments in life, which by intensity force you into the “now”, that strip you from the possibility to escape into your potential future or perceived past, the most positive being birth, the most grave a severe sickness. If these two should ever collide, what will come from it? A painfully sensitive, ludicrous, and paralysing situation, transformed into an honest, touching portrait, a witness report from a woman who experienced both at once: new mother and cancer victim. She manages to parallel these great emotions, the absurdness, the void and overwhelming love by documenting striking events and the everyday, paired with her future child`s perspective in a one-of-a-kind, experience- centred documentary that couldn’t be more intimate.
Words by Gomma (Laura Estelle Barmwoldt)


Artist statement: In 2013 I was diagnosed with stage four HER2-positive breast cancer. The news came just six weeks before our second baby was due to be born. The road ahead was long, involving a two-year cardio-toxic treatment plan, further complicated by a pre-existing heart condition (postpartum cardiomyopathy) I had developed while giving birth to our first child, Griffin. Luckily, our unborn baby was safely tucked away in another woman’s womb, being gestated for us with love and care. At the time of his birth, I had completed 2 of 18 planned chemotherapy treatment cycles. As a result, my frail body was going through medically induced menopause. Looking at it now, from an ‘all clear’ standpoint, I felt a burning need to create something tangible of it, to lay it all down in story form so I could begin to understand and process what my family and I went through. I began to trawl the archives for visual memories to draw from when I discovered my five-year-old’s album. Looking back, I remember encouraging him to photograph me at key moments throughout my treatment plan. I think I felt seeing me through a camera might help him process what was happening to his mother. So, in part, these photos are his memories. Composed of recreated archival photographs originally taken by my five-year-old son, Griffin, paired with my own current reflections of the time, ‘Through My Child’s Eyes’ chronicles a chapter of time when new life and near death momentarily sat side by side. The series seeks to provide a balanced view between the past and the present, through child-adult perspectives, in sickness and in health. I have every reason to believe it is the power of motherhood that has kept me ‘earth-side’ ever since that fateful diagnosis and I am loving the gift of life every-single-day.

About the photographer

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray is a photographic artist, educator, and mother living on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung country in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Lisa employs an authentic and innovative approach to photography, exploring the interplay of time, memory, and personal experiences. She uses her own life journey as a lens to navigate and make sense of the world, resulting in a rich and multi-layered artistic expression. Working within a documentary and conceptual framework, her artistic practice explores themes centred around familial bonds, mortality, dysphoria, and trauma. Lisa has exhibited in Australia and internationally. Her work has been recognised by LensCulture, HeadOn, Photolucida Critical Mass, and the Australian Photography Awards.