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of urban life, Dee
Cameron has been
getting down and
dirty with ladies in
toilet cubicles. It is
a work in progress, and at its completion
will consist of sixteen photographs.
"I want to take it everywhere," Dee told
Ambitious and beautiful, it is hard to
picture Dee clambering around public toi-
lets. The project has come together with
help from friends and friends of friends.
Dee knows most of the models she shoots,
many of whom are gay. A friend who runs
a backpackers hostel gives her access to
the bathroom, which she chose because it's
"grungy". I asked her if people are recep-
tive to getting down in a toilet on camera.
"Very," she said, "and I always tell them,
'I'd do it for you.' But really I wouldn't.
There's no way I would get in a cubicle."
When Dee isn't taking over bathrooms
she's supporting her work through her
wedding photography. "I love weddings,"
she said. "Everyone is really happy." She
says that, like most of her work, trust be-
tween the subject and herself are the key.
"You have to make them respond to you
instantly. If I go in and meet a bride, she
needs to be my best friend."
From weddings to her more experimen-
tal work, it's the portraiture - and the peo-
ple in front of her lens - that drive Dee's
passion. She says, "I just meet people that I
find really interesting. I think everyone has
a story to tell." Dee got her first camera for
her tenth birthday, and has since worked
with many of Australia's highly regarded
photographers. She studied at the College
of Fine Arts in Sydney, but chose not to
finish her degree and instead swapped the
classroom for trips to countries such as Ja-
pan, Thailand, and Greece.
With group exhibits and solo exhibi-
tions under her belt, as well as a booming
small business, it's easy to get swept up in
Dee's enthusiasm. We're eagerly awaiting
the completion of the Girl Cam shots, and
look forward to her newest work, which is
a series involving powerlines. This isn't
landscape work ("I feel old when I do land-
scapes," Dee says), but is a collection com-
bining what she photographs best -- people
and the elements that make up our every
She described one of the powerlines
pieces as "a girl with red hair in fishnets
with a power station coming out of her
leg." Why powerlines, you ask? "I think
they're just perfect," she says.
Dee Cameron is one to watch. Keep up with
her at deecameron.com.
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