Teralba Photographic Exhibition


Link: Teralba Photographic Exhibition. This is an online exhibition. Click the link for the full exhibition.


This photographic documentation of the quaint suburb Teralba grew from recent experimentation with my digital camera. In order to delve into the functions of my not-so-flash camera I began a project called “Photo a day”. While embarking on this project I happened to visit Teralba and took the challenge of documenting the quirks of the suburb. It became quickly apparent that this suburb in Lake Macquarie held enormous appeal for the photographer.

Although I have not investigated the cultural cross-section of the community it would seem most likely that there is a dominant “Australian Value” system present, at least currently. This is not implying anything derogatory. On the contrary, it is historically ideal to witness a phenomenon such as this, a suburb for all appearances holding the English heritage close. This perhaps will not persist with our country embracing multiculturalism.

Please take the opportunity to witness my online photographic exhibition “Teralba”.

For further information contact me via comments on this blog or email at tony.kerri@bigpond.com.au

Cheridan Chard and Chris Byrnes

Exhibition by local artist’s Cheridan Chard and Chris Byrnes at Newcastle Art Space until Sunday 4th May.

Two talented artist’s exhibiting at Newcastle Art Space utilise the fine art of photography to describe the world about them with such depth and success it’s enough to encourage the most inept to take up the camera and give it a burl. But in reality it’s probably best to leave it to the experts.

This exhibition is an ideal platform to investigate the staggeringly large range of techniques available in this genre. While Chris Byrnes sticks to the traditional Cheridan Chard has embraced technology.

Chard introduces an abstracted painterly impression to her photography inspiring curiosity. Her vision contributes strongly to the stunning outcome of the images since many have the technology within their grasp but few achieve such success with the camera. Surprisingly simple techniques produce results requiring limited manipulation by Photoshop. Using the Perspex of a bus shelter scratched with graffiti seems to work brilliantly.    

Adept handling of the SLR camera by Byrnes quickly assures the viewer that this form of photography has not been superseded. Varied techniques deliver subdued images, quiet and understated. The beauty of these images, most notably the four foggy street photographs, is only enhanced by the use of wet photography where tiny imperfections add to the allure. It would be difficult to imagine achieving similar pathos with computer generated images.

These exhibitions on at present at Newcastle Art Space finish Sunday 4th May. Unfortunately images were unavailable however a comprehensive view of Cheridan Chard’s work can be seen at www.flickr.com/deco48. An artist statement from Chris Byrnes can be found at http://mgnsw.org.au/events/quiet-light-silent-spaces-chris-byrnes/    

Cheridan Chard and Chris Byrnes.