The Red Balloon Project – by Vincent L Long
Art Directors and Editors know you can tell a lot about a photographers style by their personal work … and photographers know that setting themselves personal projects is good for their creative sanity.
Redbrickstock contributor Vincent L Long has been working on a collection of portraits of Australian fiction authors since 2006. Each writer is pictured with a single red balloon in a setting or location that is a place of inspiration, a favourite place from childhood or perhaps somewhere that simply references their work.
The work draws inspiration from the 1956 French film classic Le Ballon Rouge in which a small boy forms a special bond with a red balloon he finds in the street and, as in the film, here too the balloon signifies hope and imagination.
Over 70 authors have been photographed for the project to date including Nick Earls, Gillian Mears, Bryce Courtenay, Tara Moss, Di Morrisey, Nikki Gemmel, Steven Toltz and Shaun Tann.
Vincent tells us “the series has no end date as yet as there is always just one more author I want to include”.
You can view more images from the series here