When the Sun Sleeps

Words and images by Clare Jellie

By June 2, 2021June 30th, 2021The Collective

When the Sun Sleeps is a photographic exploration of the small Australian coastal city of Warrnambool and the stories embedded within its social and environmental ecologies.

As someone who grew up in the area, Jellie felt constantly torn between staying and leaving, travelling and dwelling between city and country. The project explores her ambivalent feelings toward growing up in a typical regional Australian town. The work depicts an honest contrast to the usual cliched touristic imagery of Warrnambool, while investigating clashing ideas to both question and celebrate rural living through long-form documentary and the traditions of photography that respond to place.

Clare Jellie

Clare Jellie

Clare Jellie (b.1991 Warrnambool, Victoria) is an emerging documentary photographer and image maker based in Naarm/Melbourne. Alongside completing her Bachelor of Photography in 2020, Jellie was awarded highly commended for Capture Magazine's Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers (2020) and was also shortlisted for the Australian Photography Awards in the Documentary Photography category. A selection of her work has been featured in the Monash Gallery of Art's Atrium Gallery (2021), Wolfhound Gallery (2021) and Hillvale Gallery (2019). Jellie’s work predominantly tells stories of people and place, while exploring concepts of connection, attachment and memory.