Virginia Cummins is a Melbourne-based photographer whose work examines notions of culture, place and belonging. Her images are shot on film using low-fi medium format cameras from the 1950s and 60s. Through exaggerations of scale and an atmospheric use of light and shadow, her cinematic landscapes call to question our emotional and intellectual place in the world around us.
Here Cummins calls on the old-world landscape tradition of romanticism and the quest for ‘the sublime’- tightly framing mysterious scenes in a bid to transport her audience. Nature calls to the viewer – urging them forward via overgrown paths, through gateways and portals — and on into different worlds, both real and imagined.
Virginia completed a Bachelor of Arts (English) at the University of Melbourne in 1993. In 1994 she received a Diploma of Illustrative Photography from Photography Studies College in Melbourne. Virginia’s technical skills have been honed through her practice as a commercial and editorial portrait and landscape photographer and exhibiting artist. In 2013 and 2017 she held solo shows at c3 Contemporary Art Space. Over the past ten years, Cummins has regularly shown in group exhibitions in Melbourne galleries and spaces such as The Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery; The Atrium, Federation Square; Bright Space Gallery; City Lights Gallery and in Melbourne tram shelters as part of the Urban Art series. Virginia was shortlisted for the William and Winifred Bowness Prize in 2015.
Virginia’s commissioned portraits have been regularly published in The Age Good Weekend, Sunday Life and Melbourne magazines; Australian Style; The Bulletin; Financial Review Magazine; Inside Film Magazine; Nylon Magazine New York; Oyster and Res Magazine New York. Virginia’s work is held in the picture collection of The State Library of Victoria and in many Australian private collections.