Darren Bradley is an award-winning photographer who utilizes his passion for Modernist architecture to portray Canberra in a nostalgic and striking light.
Speaking at TEDxCanberra Momentum on Saturday 16 September, Darren will explore Canberra’s untapped Modernist architectural heritage and share his most inspired photos of the nation’s capital.
We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with photographer extraordinaire. Here’s what he has to say.
Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.
I love architecture, and my work allows me to connect with our built environment in a unique way. …Most people live, work, and pass by these buildings every day without a second thought. My hope is that my photography will enable people to stop and notice – and maybe even appreciate – their surroundings.
Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?
I am currently working on a travel guide for mid-century modern architecture on the east coast of the USA. The first volume of the series, on the west coast, came out last year.
Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?
Canberra has so much untapped creative potential and energy. So for me, it’s about tapping into that energy to foster the city’s innovative spirit – and also build recognition and appreciation for what we have here.
Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you?
Canberra’s Modernist architectural heritage is unique – not only in Australia but throughout the world. The city was built at a unique time in history when optimism for our future was the dominating design principle. Canberra was meant to demonstrate to the world that Australia was a modern country – and the architecture here represented this young country’s willingness to embrace progressive ideals. This Modernist heritage creates a sense of place and identity that should be embraced and preserved, because it’s the soul of the city. It also makes financial sense, as people increasingly crave authenticity in their built environments, and architectural tourism is on the rise.
Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?
My photos of Canberra.
Q: What do you like most about Canberra?
The people, who are highly educated and also very open to the world and new ideas. I also love the unique built environment and its Modernist character, of course.
Q: Fun Fact. What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?
Architectural photography is not my primary occupation. I’m also a director at a large, multi-national aerospace and defence company.
Written by: Sallie Rodriguez