Title: Blush – Photographs 1988-2010
Photographer: Janina Green
Essay by Dr Sofia Ahlberg, English Program, Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia
Date of publication: 2011
Place of publication: Balaclava, VIC, Australia.
Dimensions of book: 260x210mm
Edition size: 1000
Number of pages: 92
Number of images: 80
Cover, Type of binding: Hardcover with JHT cloth
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: 200gsm, SPCO matte
Publication designer: Yanni Florence
Publication editor: Helen Frajman
Retail price: AUS $50
Blush brings together strands of Janina Green’s practice from 1988 to the present. The obsessions and themes underpinning her work meander together in a dreamlike stream of consciousness to form a whole which is simultaneously delicate, intimate, sensual and faintly disconcerting. Green’s lyrical hand coloured portraits of young adults and images from the natural world sit beside her constructed photographs of domestic dysfunction and constructed narrative images dealing with childhood, motherhood, female friendship and fantasy. Running throughout are small punctuations of tiny moments of fragile beauty.
The work in Blush is embedded within a profoundly feminine sensibility and animated by Green’s curiosity about the way the camera obfuscates or clarifies reality.