While everyone else is shooting the obvious, Susan Belperio points her camera in the opposite direction. Be it in documenting the life of her sons, her large extended family, or simply fixing her camera on the nearest reflection in a window, her work finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, the surreal in the real, and the beauty in the mundane.
Whilst balancing work as a specialist medical professional, Susan was juggling an exciting nascent photography career. She exhibited extensively across Queensland and the Northern Territory, receiving multiple awards and acceptances, including an acquisition in the Araluen Gallery permanent collection (Alice Springs). She held a successful solo exhibition "Mango Madness", which encapsulated her time spent in the Top End, and also produced "Top Shots" – the 1990 calendar for InHouse Publications. She even had an image crop up on the double page cover spread of Paul Kelly’s first songbook. Then she had three sons.
Now after a lengthy hiatus, Susan is back with a vengeance. To make up for lost time on the exhibition circuit, she has collated her best images from recent times, with a few old favourites, in a new exhibition 'Under The Lens', debuting at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In another win, Susan's sons have now matured to an age whereby they have helped her set up a website, and an Instagram account (which you should definitely follow). Now equipped with borrowed internet prowess from her sons, and the additional time granted by retiring from her medical career, Susan is ready to take her somewhat unusual, kooky, but extraordinary pictures to the world.