A celebration of live music and photography, Retrospect 001 is a timestamp of a 13-year catalogue of works from internationally published music photographer, and Geelong local, Lucinda Goodwin.
If you’re a Geelong local or a dedicated Forte reader and music lover, you’d be no stranger to Lucinda Goodwin. A household name in the Australian music industry and a family favourite in the Geelong music scene, you can find her at almost any gig or festival capturing the artist’s essence in her warm, vibrant way.
A celebration of her passions in live music and photography, and the illustrious career that has followed, this month Goodwin will present her first solo show in seven years in Retrospect 001.
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The exhibition, Retrospect 001 is a timestamp of a 13-year catalogue of live music photographs from the internationally published music photographer and Geelong local, featuring high-profile artists, festivals and images from Geelong shows with some of her favourite acts, which is where she first cut her teeth.
An entirely immersive exhibition giving attendees an exclusive inside look into Goodwin’s impressive work, the collection also includes several personal projects, including mixed media collage works, traditional film processes, including 35mm, medium format and polaroid, and “Music From The Burbs” – a video series born during COVID which saw her record stripped back versions of local artists songs in their homes.
“I have been wanting to commemorate a decade in this crazy industry for quite some time, but unfortunately, that milestone fell within the years of COVID. I have had plans in place for a few months now and when I was approached by the team at Platform Arts about a space in the exhibition calendar I jumped at the chance, not only is it an amazing space within Geelong but it’s also where I held my very first solo show back in 2015 [Patron To Pit],” Goodwin explains.
“A lot of my work is now only published through a screen, so I still feel like it’s a super important part of my process to create printed, tangible works. As much as the instant gratification of a double tap on Instagram is there is nothing quite like seeing a big printed image on the wall.”
Practising in the live music industry for 13 years, Goodwin started her journey as a photographer as a fresh 18-year-old at Falls Festival in the crowd.
“Initially this crazy journey started when I went to Falls Festival in Lorne in 2010, I had just finished high school and was accepted into a photography course, something about watching how the photographers moved around the photo pit got me hooked,” Goodwin explains.
“I had just discovered going to live shows – as any 18-year-old does and I think the high energy and adrenaline rush that you get from shooting shows was unmatched. The industry is also very competitive which can sometimes be both good and bad, but when you walk out of a photo pit knowing you got ‘the shot’ because you were in the right place at the right time or the artist singled you out in the photo pit is a pretty cool feeling.”
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Quickly earning a reputation for capturing the euphoria of the stage, uncovering the opaque nature of backstage, and magnifying musician identity, it’s been a steady rise for Goodwin, who has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in the business.
Her photo albums are quite literally the ultimate name-drop, littered with famous faces having photographed music royalty Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac, Lauryn Hill, Liam Gallagher, Molly Meldrum, and punk’s godfather Iggy Pop. She has also snapped Gang of Youths, Good Charlotte, The Kooks, Yungblud, Katy Perry, Seal, Flume, Charlie XCX, Foster The People, Sia, and most recently The Offspring, Sum 41, Paul Kelly, Glass Animals, Northlane, Vera Blue, Human Nature, Boy and Bear.
Her Doc Martens also regularly tread through the dusty pits of Bluesfest, Queenscliff Music Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Golden Plains, Meredith Music Festival, and Lost Lands, swapping to something more sophisticated on the red carpet of the ARIA Awards.
“In the last year I’ve been lucky enough to work with Boy & Bear, Seaforth, Sum41 and The Offspring directly on content. I’ve also been on the Moshcam team document stills at Northlane and Paul Kelly Shows, who are recording full length concerts for you to enjoy from home,” Goodwin reflects.
Despite being armed with an impressive list of accolades and famous faces, her affiliation with her hometown of Geelong has been unwavering throughout the years. With clients often becoming friends, a sense of local community is a consistent theme within her work. Goodwin has continued to work closely with established and upcoming local musicians to document and celebrate their achievements, a part of her practice she holds in high regard.
“I think for me so many of my close friends have come from this crazy adventure, whether that’s musicians, fellow photographers, writers, journalists, sound engineers, managers etc its really nice to have a group of people pushing each other to be at the top of their game!
“The most rewarding work I did last year was working with friends to create album artwork, and live content. People like Hassall, Seb Szabo, Maz Green, Guthrie and Bec Sykes.
“There is nothing more exciting than seeing your work being used on Spotify or in features (like in Forte) but it’s even more exciting to see the work you have created with friends being shared far and wide. I’ve really been enjoying collaborating with local artists more closely lately and creating work we are both excited about!”
In conjunction with her forthcoming exhibition and celebration of the live music community, Goodwin is also set to launch her debut publication Retrospect 2022, a self-published zine that features over 100 of her favourite works from the year after COVID. Across 84 vibrant pages, the A4 zine features a selection of live music and portrait work that brings her curated Instagram feed to a tangible form, with a strong focus on the local music scene that made her the creative she is today.
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“I have never made a tangible thing on mass that people can own and keep. I make large coffee tablestyle folios for me every year but they aren’t something I publish for anyone but myself to look back on,” Goodwin explains.
“So I have selected my favourite work from 2022, being one of the busiest and most amazing years of my career, with the help of some of my friends and curated over 100 images of international, national and local artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”
You can pick up a copy of Retrospect 2022 now on pre-order on the website. All pre orders come with a signed A5 postcard print of Northlane as a way to say thank you for jumping on early! Pre orders will ship after the launch at the exhibition opening on April 22nd or for local, select zine pick up at checkout and you can pick up your copy on opening night.
Retrospect 001 by Lucinda Goodwin will arrive at Gallery Two Platform Arts in Geelong from 22 April – 19 May. Find out more about the event here.