I spent the time between April 2010-Feb 2011 travelling and volunteering around the world. It was a year where I challenged myself to live a little differently and experience things outside my comfort zone. Since coming back, I have embarked on a Creative Journey..to share some of the experiences from my year on the road and to discover a more artistic side of myself. This blog documents my new Creative Journey...
I was excited to receive a VIP invite to
the HeadOn opening night and special preview of the photographs chosen in the much
coveted ‘Portrait’ category. Last year I
was shortlisted for the Portrait Prize but this year I am not so lucky. The event is being held at the Paddington Reservoir
space, a perfect venue to
With Charles McKean Curator of AddOn
browse photos and mingle with other enthusiasts.
The collection of portraits is incredible
but there is one element that always strikes me about this particular
competition. The chosen images always
seem to be telling a story about the hardships of life. Perhaps these are the stories that capture
the most emotion but I think there is just as much merit and skill involved in
capturing joy. I am drawn to the image
of a young girl cradled in the hands of her carers. I take a number of photos of this image and
later on that evening I learn it wins the coveted first prize. There are stories of migrants, people
suffering from cancer as well and a couple of images depicting aboriginal
With Loraine at the AddOn Opening Night
It’s a beautiful evening and we enjoy the
exhibition. Besides the portrait prize,
there are a couple of other exhibitions including Benjamin Lowey’s collection
shot solely with a mobile phone. I am
impressed with his work although I am not really interested in taking photos
with a mobile phone myself.
A couple of months ago, I had attended a pre
festival workshop on setting up an exhibition.
There I met Loraine MacLarty whose work with the organization FRANS and disabled
people has been selected to be a HeadOn exhibition. She invited us to her opening night and we
were able to join her friends and family at the Tap Gallery for an enjoyable
evening. Her work gave us an insight
into not just what disabled people go through but also a real appreciation of
what their carers lives are like.
Ultimately, a good photograph must tell a story and give a little
insight into another world. Her work
certainly does this.
One of the highlights of the HeadOn festival
is AddOn and this year I was excited to receive an invitation to submit a photograph
to AddOn an exhibition curated by Charles McKean and Festival Director Moshe. The exhibition showcases a diverse collection
of square images taken by more than 150 photographers ranging from professionals,
amateurs, artists to politicians and celebrities. We received an invitation to the opening
night of the exhibition and it is interesting to see that amongst the list of
artist is a name I recognize – that of our one time state premier Bob Carr! The photographs are displayed without titles
or photographer credits and the viewers are encouraged to interpret the images
for themselves. At the end of the
exhibition, each entrant receives the photograph of someone else and you also
have the opportunity to purchase a book published with all of the images.
We meet up with Loraine once again as she
too has submitted an image for this exhibition.
The event has been going on since 2011 and Charles gives out little keep
sakes for those photographers who have submitted to AddOn four years in a row.