Karen Waller and Helen Roberts are two photographers and friends who have collaborated on this presentation of two series of works: Vulnerable (Karen Waller) and Transitions (Helen Roberts). Karen Waller wanted to examine the idea of men crying, thinking of these images as confronting and powerful given that it's not a norm that we often see. To be vulnerable is to be exposed, but it also means an opportunity to connect on a deeper level. She listens to these men's stories of loss and grief and photographs the tears that followed. Helen Roberts' photographs are of occasions of profound change, of situations where people face loss, grief, illness, death. Often these moments are hidden or not spoken of. These photographs are the starting point for a discussion of these difficult topics, one that hopefully leads to acceptance, comfort and meaning.
Karen Waller grew up in rural South Australia and still maintains strong links with Minlaton on Yorke Peninsula. She trained as a visual artist and now works as a photographer. She has won awards in portraiture and creative excellence from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. www.karenwaller.com.au
Helen Roberts takes the empathy she cultivated as a pediatric intensive care nurse into her current work as a professional photographer. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and also volunteers for Heartfelt, an organisation that provides photographs for families who have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. helenrobertsphotography.com
The exhibition will run from 3 May to 6 June at the Light Gallery, Centre for Creative Photography, 138 Richmond Road, Marleston. Opening is May 3rd from 3-6pm
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