Rhiannon Hopley, born 1987, is a Sydney based Australian photographic artist. Hopley’s work explores the relationship between nature, the urban landscape, and the human condition. She photographs old, historic, abandoned and forgotten locations, documenting the transformation that places take on with the fall of night. While her work is often absent of a person or figure, there is an emotional human undertone as she tries to convey the deep emotional state of nostalgia and the profound melancholy associated with a longing for someone, or something. The locations and shadowy scenes correlate with our emotional selves, mirroring feelings of isolation, emptiness, and sorrow through absence and stillness.
Her recent series Discovering Locations draws on humanity’s fascination with apocalyptic theory and mythology, Hopley captures these abandoned urban sites as poetic symbols of a hypothetical post-apocalyptic wilderness. All that remains in these worlds is a vague trace of human existence and a picturesque melancholia that stays with the viewer long after leaving the gallery.
Hopley was awarded First Prize in photography for the Gosford Art Prize in 2013 and 2015, and has been selected as a finalist for various awards including, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The 39th Alice Prize, Northen Territory 2016, Cooks Hill Gallery Newcastle, We Get By 2015, Marrickville Urban Photography 2014 and Ballarat International FotoFestival, One for the Books 2013. Hopley was selected to exhibit with .M Contemporary for their exhibition No Place Like Home for the 2015 Australasia’s International Art Fair Sydney Contemporary. Most recently Hopley was selected and awarded a grant to undertake her first residency in France in late 2017.