ALOUD. presents LEAVING THIS LIFE – A photo-essay by Tajette O’HALLORAN.

Suspended in time, somewhere in the depth of the earth or the shallow reflection of the moon, Tajette O’Halloran’s work either explores the harrowing side of life or the peaceful side of death, you decide.

In the artist’s words:

I am fascinated by the incomplete and the strange, finding romance in the darker undercurrent of peoples lives.

I use my photography to find a pulse in the forgotten and overlooked creating unpolished and raw images. Within my images I aim to expose beauty in the confronting and haunting facets of our society.

My photography emerged out of my work as a filmmaker and a location scout  for the film industry. I studied photography through school and dabbled while at film school but it wasn’t until moving to Melbourne in 2008 that I felt compelled to pursue that niggling desire to work with the still image.

On ‘Leaving this life’:

A voyeuristic and sensual portrait series exploring the fragility of life in relation to murder, violence and dying before our time.  The images reflect the moment where youth, beauty  and raw sexuality transition into death. I explore the futile fight against the elements, the spirited struggle to maintain a foot in this realm and the calm surrender of returning to the earth.



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  1. Colin McKellar

    don’t loose yourself in the darkness.

  2. Jane

    I’ve just come upon a rather extraordinary conservation project based in Mexico to save coral reefs or actually create them by encouraging coral to grow on life sized statues. If you take a look, you’ll see that some of the photographs capture the same life/death atmosphere as Tajette O’Halloran’s:

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