Cradle Heads (2008) series of 3, scratched black and white photographs, 960mm x 960mm
The first works presented here are from the series Cradle. In these new works, extended from a previous series, Goodwin etches into the print surface of black and white portraits he has made of passers by on the streets. As Goodwin inscribes into the print, as if to reach back to the moment of the photograph's original exposure and to his subjects' pensive moments of reflection, the title Cradle takes on a literal tone. The work becoming a site of nurturing in which he wonders about these strangers, imagining an affinity and even an intimacy with them. Nevertheless, within the scratching of the print's surface, a sense of violation also lingers, as does the subjects' vulnerability to a less than benign form of voyeurism.