Robyn Daly is a Wellington-born Melbourne based photographer, delightful human and self-confessed creep. Curious about the lives of others, as depicted in one of her seven self-published books ‘I Want This Life and Another’. Yes, seven self-published books, including a 3.2-metre full-colour concertina beast! I am lucky enough to have met Robyn, and she is only the right kind of creepy.
She values the importance of capturing the moments free from awareness in the lives of strangers, capturing those moments most of us only catch unconsciousness glimpse of in our daily travels. Sometimes that means stalking the streets with a camera glued to your face and occasionally getting yelled at for it. Maybe that’s how she captures emotional and evocative photographs of scenes that often go unnoticed, frames and fragments of beauty in the everyday mundane nothingness.
Hungry for the unfamiliar and a new route, Robyn travels frequently and captures the lives of others wherever she goes. Golden stills from a lake in Krakow to the streets of Collingwood show Robyn has an uncanny ability to curate a beautiful, interesting and telling photo-book mainly concerned with the backs of stranger’s heads.
Thank you for taking the time to shoot a roll for Twelve Frames Robyn.
Please enjoy a sun-drenched snippet from Bali.
Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand
What are you working on right now?
I’m taking a break from thinking about an end result. I’m happy to be taking photos without a clear idea of what they mean or where they will end up. This year I’ve been fortunate to travel overseas a number of times, so I’m just gathering photos from places I’ve visited for now.
When did you shoot the roll?
These photos were taken in the first week of October when my sister, my mum and I all met up for a tropical holiday together.
Where did you shoot the roll?
Balian Beach, Bali. A beautiful secluded place that feels so far away
Take a frame at first light
Taken at about 6 am or possibly earlier. Outrageously early for me – the sun, the jetlag and the crazy roosters are to blame. This was the stunning view from the villa we stayed in, a few minutes walk to the black sand beach.
Shoot your favourite tree
Found this tree as we were walking to find a gin & tonic. It was dusk, and the tree looked lovely.
Take a self-portrait outside
Classic shadow shot. The pool right before I jumped in.
Shoot a space you feel creative in
I was pretty mesmerised by this scene. So peaceful and not a person in sight.
Shoot the weather
Despite being around 30 degrees every day, this woman braved the heat in a motorbike helmet for a quick dip in the sea.
Photograph someone you love
My sister. My best friend and nemesis.
Shoot a stranger
Met a few cute dogs on the beach.
Shoot your backyard
I’m still not sure if this was all a dream.
Shoot the contents of your bag
The contents of my tote bag arranged on the rocks. Essentials and silly things.
Something that makes you happy
Loved seeing these cows grazing in the most peaceful landscape imaginable. It’s a great life for a cow in Bali.
Shoot the last light
This was at a spot called Secret Beach. Mum had saved a bottle of bubbly from the airport haha, so we sat drinking on the edge of this cliff and watched the massive waves break on the rocks. Good sunset. Romantic.
Shoot yourself before bed
With a cup of complimentary herbal tea, ready to sleep :)