Documentary photographer Lynette Letic says she was drawn to photography in high school where she discovered the magic of the darkroom, but she honed her photographic visual language while at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art where she graduated with a Bachelor of Photography, with Honours, in 2015. A slow-form approach to photographing people, developed using medium-format film cameras, has become central to her photographic practice and led to international exhibitions, and a finalist spot in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.
Letic’s work explores community and culture and how it is expressed by certain groups and individuals living in Australia. This interest was borne out of a desire to become acquainted with the Serbian community in Brisbane, and developed into two projects: Little Serbia (2013) and Between the Two (2014). “Having grown up in Australia with a Serbian heritage, pursuing these projects was not only a chance to explore how a group maintains and sustains its traditions in a country it is non-native to, but a chance for me to learn more about my family’s culture and history,” Letic says.
Letic’s work has featured in various group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Photo Contemporary and photo l.a. (2015), and publications such as Der Grief, Common Ground, and Excerpt Magazine. In 2015, she worked on a project, Let’s Get Together, which involved photographing expressions of community and celebration in various small regional towns of Queensland. What piqued her interest in small Queensland towns is the preservation of decades-old traditions and the idiosyncrasies of tight-knit rural communities. A book is scheduled for publication in late 2017.