#SnapPerth 2017: Photographer Jarrad Seng still in love with his hometown

Photographer Jarrad Seng. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Photographer Jarrad Seng. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

PERTH photographer and creative director Jarrad Seng sees the world through his own unique lens – and his hometown is clearly still a passion project.

A finalist for the WA Young Person of the Year Award in 2013, Mr Seng has established himself as one of Australia’s most prolific visual artists.

He has worked on projects as diverse as international tours, tourism campaigns, art installations, short films and charity projects at home and abroad.

But while his star has been rising internationally, home is still where the art is for Mr Seng.

As part of our #SnapPerth campaign, we asked him what makes our hometown so special.

“I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable living in a big city,” Mr Seng said.

“Other capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne are really fun to visit, but there’s a different vibe.

“Everyone is in such a rush, there’s so much going on and it’s stressful even just walking down the street.

“Perth is that happy medium – it still maintains that small community vibe whilst growing into a really exciting place for young people to live.

“There’s new bars and eateries opening up every second week – it’s a great time to live here.”

Mr Seng grew up in Mandurah, and he credited his relaxed approach to life and work to his small-town upbringing.

“I loved growing up in Mandurah,” he said.

“I think that growing up in a small town sets you on the path to developing a more carefree, relaxed attitude to life.

“I can always tell when someone I meet has grown up down south.”

When he’s back in Perth Mr Seng an often be found enjoying a drink at Petition Bar and a feed at Alfred’s Pizzeria, and said the city had many wonderful places to take photographs.

“Some of my favourite places to shoot are the little laneways and unexpected turns in Perth and Northbridge,” he said.

“A (street artist) Stormie Mills cameo in the background always makes for a better shot.

“The UWA grounds are beautiful, Elizabeth Quay provides a lot of interesting shapes and lights.

“There’s some killer views of the city from Aloft Hotel.

“And just because it’s the most overshot shed on Earth, doesn’t mean the blue Mounts Bay boat shed won’t always be a classic.

“There’s really quite a lot on offer.”

Another initiative close to Mr Seng’s heart is the MOSAIC project, which he helped create with Propel Youth Arts WA.

The project aims to create a “collective memory of Western Australia through the eyes of it’s people”.

The MOSAIC exhibition runs at Carillon City from October 26 until November 27.

Thanks to our national partners Canon Australia and Harvey Norman and our state partner REIWA.

#SnapPerth 2017 takes place on November 22. Snap a pic, share it on Instagram or Twitter and tells us what’s so great about your corner of Perth. Click here for more.