Jacob Raupach's The Alpine Way is an exhibition of new photographs from the artist's Honours year at CSU. Raupach's images are glimpses of the Tumut Shire, a near-by forestry town, dependent on the timber industry. Part photo essay, part psychological thriller, his photographs have a self-aware cinematic quality which instantly exposes itself as less than, or perhaps even greater than, fact.
The images have a quiet narrative that runs within and at times across images in the show. Alpine, 2013 playfully acknowledges the exhibitions documentary limitations by showing a motel room interior featuring a framed photograph of a romantic snowy Tumut landscape. By playing with these tensions between the documentary and the poetic, the picturesque and the mundane, the work is imbued with a seductive gravity that evokes, without imitating, the point and shoot suburban realism of Conor O'Brien. Despite this association, Raupach's images are unique in that they are highly empathic portrayals of a place that's alien to the artist, where the viewer can't help but feel this alienation. This ingenuousness is admirable in both its intent and execution and is no doubt a sign of good things to come.
The Alpine Way is on at E3 Space until 22 September. Civic Square, Cnr Morrow and Fitzmaurice St Wagga Wagga.