Waiting for Sunshine


Louis Lim

Queensland Government
Arts Queensland
Queensland College of Arts – Griffith University
Camera Pro
The Impossible Project

I’ve never spent much time in a hospital; hence before I first started an Artist Residency with the Royal Children’s Hospital, I imagined being in scenes similar to those portrayed in the TV series ER or Grey’s Anatomy. My adrenaline would be pumping, frantically snapping away with my camera while running along with a hospital bed that had burst through the emergency doors. I imagined watching blood erupting into the air from a traumatised patient but, instead, I expereinced the relentless tedium of hospital life.

My dramatic preconception of hospitals was challeneged when I realised that patients spend most of their time on the wards waiting. Waiting for the doctor’s appointment, waiting for scans, waiting for lunch or dinner, and waiting for the sun to shine again.

Attempting to relieve the boredom in the children’s wards I decided to bring along a large format view camera with the mission to demonstrate the marvellous creations of light. The process involved the kids standing behind the camera, covering themselves under a black cloth, viewing an upside-down image on the ground glass and creating photographs of their choice with Polaroid film. And finally, just before I left them to return to their iPads or muted TV, I engaged them in creating a portrait. an uneventful but dignified portrait. A portrait that for a moment suspends their diagnosis.

Memories are Made of This

Memories are Made of This is an Artist in Residence project spanned across two children’s hospitals. The programme aims to collect visual representations of the transition from the Royal Children’s Hospital School to the new Queensland Children’s Hospital School. I have been given the opportunity to work collaboratively with students to experiment on a variety of photographic practices. Our mission is to learn, grow and heal through the magical creation of light.

Memories are Made of This is made possible by the Queensland Government, Arts Queensland, Queensland College of Arts – Griffith University, Camera Pro and The Impossible Project.