Our Photographic Artists collective's show, DARK is opening this Friday, November 1st at the Adelaide Town Hall from 5.30pm. All are welcome. You will see work from; Alice Blanch, Marc D Bowden, Sandra Elms, Hilary Hann, Terry Hann, Tony Kearney, Suzanne Laslett, Craigh Marsden, Danica Gacesa McLean, Jennifer Sando, Gary Sauer-Thompson.
We are especially proud to be supporting Gee Greenslade's Strange Lonesome Monsters exhibition with our printing and framing services. The show represents three years of Gee's development as a formidable digital/photographic artist, not to be missed.
Strange Lonesome Monsters opens next Friday, September 6th from 6pm at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). All are welcome.
Open at the CCP from 6/9/13 - 4/10/13
Two years ago we made a callout in our email newsletter asking who would join us in a group show at one of Australia's biggest photographic art festivals. We had 11 respond, and two years later, we are off to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale!
Make your way to Ballarat between August 17th and September 15th and see photographic art at it's best.
Our exhibition is entitled DARK and is by the Atkins Adelaide Photographic Artists Group 2013. The participating artists are, Alice Blanch, Marc D Bowden, Sandra Elms, Hilary Hann, Terry Hann, Tony Kearney, Suzanne Laslett, Craigh Marsden, Danica Gacesa McLean, Jennifer Sando, Gary Sauer-Thompson.
It will be held at:
Ballarat Mechanics' Institute
117 Sturt Street, Ballarat Hooper Room, Ground Floor Open 10am-5pm every day Exhibition 17 August - 15 September 2013
For more information, click here.
Alice's stunning work is on show at 37 Swanston Street Melbourne, this Thursday night 6pm, and the show continues Wednesday to Saturday 11am-5pm until June 22nd. This series is amongst my favourite photographs of all time, with careful winding on of the frames of a box brownie camera, Alice has created romantic, breathtaking landscapes . Paul Atkins
Identifying Culture brings together three discrete series of artworks by emerging Australian photographer Amy Pfitzner. Through her practice she embraces conflicts and curiosities, which are allowed to enter her images, many of which explore issues of identity in relation to family and culture.
Pfitzner herself is a part of a growing generation of ‘white’ Indigenous Australians, with her Indigenous ancestry lying with the Kokatha people of the west coast of South Australia, whilst her other ancestory is of English, German and Irish. Many of her artworks bring to light a personal feeling of disconnection, and subsequent desire for reconnection to traditional Aboriginal culture, established through the platform of new media. As such the works shown within Identifying Culture question a person’s identity and cultural history,an identity that is slightly obscured, or hidden behind a new urban or ‘white indigenous’ perspective of place, and contemporary equipment.
This is Amy Pfitzner's first solo exhibition. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. In addition to her studies she has worked as a photographer at the South
Australian Museum since 2012, working with the Insect Collection.
Image: Amy Pfitzner, Father (Family Culture), 2012, Giclée print on Metallic Pearl paper, 100 x 100 cm.
I had the privilege of attending the opening of Amy's "Identifying Culture" exhibition at Tandanya, the opening was part of a group show and featured traditional dancing and high ceremony. Tandanya is possibly the best art space in Adelaide, and Amy's work takes it's place well. Amy's work is grand and mesmerising, I found myself returning to it to study. I highly recommend you visit Tandanya and experience these works for yourself. - Paul
It was a pleasure to attend the opening of Kit's latest exhibition at the National Wine Centre (NWC). Kit's images of the Simpson Desert are printed as large canvasses and hung in the upstairs gallery at the NWC. The desert is a fascinating place at all scales, and Kit has chosen an intimate view that can only be seen when your looking carefully. Below is the story behind the images. Please make time to visit this great show.
My first experience of the Simpson Desert was in the 1960's when, while teaching at the Alice Springs High School, I accompanied an Alice Springs Stock and Station friend on his business trips to cattle Stations out from the Alice - some being on the edge of the upper Simpson.
It wasn't until June, 2001, when I was very fortunate to be offered a trip as a passenger/relief driver on a Toyota 4-Wheel Drive trip to Birdsville and west, that I would be able to renew my acquaintance with the desert. The trip didn't turn out as planned as a lot of rain had fallen over that route and we changed from the Birdsville Track to the Oodnadatta Track to Mt Dare homestead and then onto the Old Andado Track to the Old Andado Station.
And there it was - the most westerly dune of that part of the Simpson was a 15 minute or so walk from the homestead - a red wall beyond which was wave after wave of red dunes into the distance. I photographed the sunset. I photographed the red waves to the East, and the red lines heading North and South.
Next morning, I, and most of the others, photographed the lead up to the sunrise and of the sunrise itself. I photographed sand and low level bushes defining paths on which were tracks of small mammals, large beetles, birds, red fox and other creatures.
This was my real introduction to the Simpson Desert.
Since then I have had the pleasure of three other trips - completing the aborted trip; a trip from Broken Hill to Birdsville and across the Simpson by way of the French Line via Poeppel Corner to Dalhousie Springs and ruin; and my latest Simpson trip heading south from Jervois (Northwest of the Alice) to join the Hay River and then further south along the swales, diverting to Lake Caroline, and on to the Warburton River.
The photos in this Exhibition were mostly taken on dunes bordering the swales in the upper part of the Hay River and on the fringes of Lake Caroline. The lake had been near full but was receding, exposing the cracking of the drying silt, of the deposition of sand of different colours, of the exposure of wind formed ripples and of the eroded midget canyons and other land forms.
The recent rains had brought on the germination of the grasses and shrubs to give patches of seedlings sprouting in the sand and the drying mud. One of the photos is of Tektites, perhaps uncovered by the eroding of a surface covering.
All were very rewarding experiences.
Friday the 26th of April we are very proud to present Peter MacDonald at this month's Open House. Peter's aerial work featuring Lake Eyre is a perspective on this fragile area I have never seen. With subtle colour and abstract shapes Peter's work could be confused with paintings.
Peter lives near Wilpena Pound and is an accomplished landscape photographer, this work represents a new chapter in Peter's long career.
No need to book, just turn up at the lab at 4pm April 26th.
More information on Peter's Exhibition:
In 2010, photographer Peter MacDonald spent five months on and off documenting the flooding of Lake Eyre in central Australia. This event occurs only once every 10 to 15 years when flood rains in the Northern Territory and Queensland drain into the Lake Eyre basin - which covers about one sixth of mainland Australia.
Most of Peter's work during the 2010 expeditions involved photographing the Lake at heights which ranged from 150 to 760 metres. While these photos documented the spectacular event from the first broken banks of the Diamantina and Warburton Rivers to the eventual filling of the Lake, there wasn't much time to creatively illustrate the amazing scenes beneath the aircraft.
This year several elements came together to enable Peter to capture this amazing landscape in a new and exciting way. These included; 1. The salt water coloured by the growth of algae. 2. Unusually heavy rains in March that covered the Lake and surrounding pastoral properties with vast amounts of fresh water. 3. The salt floor of the Lake which, in some areas, had no water on it.4. The spectacular dunes of the Great Victoria Desert which run up to the shores of the Lake. . Peter has been a longtime admirer of the great Aboriginal artists who are able to visualise their land accurately from on high and this was another influence on his decision to take a new approach. Shooting from outside the rear door of a light aircraft at 8,500 feet (2,600 metres), Peter was able to selectively compose images and either combined or isolated each of these elements.
Peter is a Flinders Ranges based landscape photographer who has lived and worked in the Outback of Australia for many years.
His work almost exdusively centres around the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia where he's lived for quite a long time and where he finds never ending subjects to photograph. He now resides in Parachilna.
Peter is a former commercial pilot who has flown over some of the remotest parts of Australia including the Kimberly Country of Westem Australia, Cape York in far north Queensland and the vast Red Centre. However he ended up back in the Flinders Ranges where he started his photographic journey about eight years ago.
The area where most of Peter's works are captured is semi arid and arid country. Often his photos are taken in the heat of summer when colours are more intense during certain parts of the day and storms create spectacular effects on the landscape.
Peter has had two previous exhibitions in Adelaide and runs a successful blog and website which is followed by people from all over Australia and, at last count, about 45 other countries.
Peter's photos are printed on fine art paper using a printing process called Giclee. Under normal conditions Giclee inks are guaranteed to retain their colour for 75 years and are of archival standard. Peter exclusively uses the services of master printer David Hobbs whose skills in correctly rendering the exact colours captured during the shooting of 'Lake Eyre · The Long View' was a work of art in itself.
Have you thought of exhibiting in the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) festival? SALA is huge, it is a great opportunity to bring your art to the world, ideal for first time exhibitors and experienced alike. August will see hundreds of South Australian artists showing in venues all around SA. Galleries, cafés and wineries, offices, shops, public spaces will be flooded with visitors doing the art tour that has become a fixture in the calendar.
Register now to exhibit, it closes May 20th 2013.
Do you need help from AtkinsTechnicolour to stage your exhibition? - Contact Paul Atkins
This Sunday, February 10th 2013, the Flinders Gallery at the State library will be hosting a studio workshop run by Jennie Groom (Portraits of Australians) so your children can experience making and sitting for portraits. Photos of children by children. We will then provide prints that will hang in the Flinders Gallery as an extension of their National Portrait Prize exhibition. Families can pick up those prints after the exhibition closes on February 17th 2013.
The workshop is designed to bring the National Portrait Prize and portrait photography to a young audience (8-12 year olds).
Bookings for both sessions are a must, contact the gallery: 08 8207 7055 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
8 December 2012 – 17 February 2013 Flinders University City Gallery State Library of South Australia North Terrace Adelaide
Gallery Hours Tuesday – Friday 11-4 Saturday & Sunday 12 - 4
T 8207 7055
Closed on public holidays I Free entry
To mark the anniversary we have partnered with SAFC to print and frame an exhibition entitled "From a Sunday too far away". The exhibition showcases photographs taken behind the scenes at SAFC films. There is a stunning array of images, which are great in their own right.
The exhibiton details the crews, locations and films that have helped put South Australia on the motion picture map.
"From a Sunday too far away" opened last friday night and runs until December 2nd 2012 at the Flinders Gallery in the State Library.
Click here to go to the SAFC website and find out more.
Brilliance born from imperfection. Not to be missed. This Saturday night, September 15th 6-9pm, @Lightly Salted, 234a Gilbert Street Adelaide
Featuring: Benjamin Liew, Brett Bayly, Brent Leideritz, Claudio Raschella, Dannielle Elliot, Gee Greenslade, Hilary Hann, Kerin Burford, Lindsay Poland, Lesley Bourne, Mark Zed and Melissa Neumann.
AtkinsTechnicolour are proud supporters of the Skrambled Eggs crew.
This is the second Shimmer festival, held every two years as celebration of acclaimed, emerging and aspirational photographers in Australia.
Shimmer provides professional skill development opportunities to local artists and offers a culturally enriching experience for our whole community.
More than thirty local galleries, libraries, wineries, cafes and restaurants will be involved in Shimmer.
Shimmer explores contemporary photography and will play host to seminars from highly regarded photographers such as Mark Kimber, Studio Head of Photography and New Media at the University of South Australia, and Gregory Ackland, Studio Head of Photography and Digital Media at Adelaide College of the Arts.
Check out the festival program to find out more about the exhibitions, events and workshops on offer.
Paul Atkins is presenting a paper on archiving and preservation of your digital images this Saturday at 2pm as a part of the Shimmer festival at the McLaren Vale visitor information centre.
I had the pleasure of attending Kerin Burford and Shona Henderson's first collaborative exhibition at Cibos Gouger Street last night. The two talented photographers are working together under the label "Two Little Birdies". "No Ordinary World" is a collection of photographs that have been assembled over several years travelling to South East Asia. The Two Little Birdies have been hatching this exhibiton for a long time, and I think this will be the beginning of a regular endeavour now the first has been hung and is successful.
Cibos was packed with friends family and admirers. Everyone had a favourite. The mix of colour and monotone, portraits and landscapes was unexpected and shows a strong connection with the subjects and the region. Congratulations Shona and Kerin, we've been waiting a long time for this, and it was great.
Atkins are proud to be a part of the production and sponsorship of "No Ordinary World"
August 3rd – 26th 2012 Marc Bowden’s exhibition of carefully stolen street moments will be showing at the lab from this Saturday the 4th until August the 26th. We are very proud to have been asked to be a SALA venue by this talented photographer. We are equally proud to have produced the work with Marc’s guidance. It is our first exhibition as a venue and we are also a sponsor, so please call in and see Marc’s work.
The opening was a great success, catered for by Pam Allen of "House in Order".
Here is a statement from Marc about this exhibiton:
What fascinates me about photographic images captured ‘on the hop’ are those that have distilled something remarkable from the seemingly unremarkable, captured a moment easily missed or dismissed, or are graphically rich. Great images perfectly resolve any one of these principles, but the truly exceptional epitomize all three. That’s the drive behind each image in snapped.