Oh what a glorious month we’ve had with our friends from ABC Open, and Carensa Watts, a photographer we’ve been collaborating with for the past many months.
Opening Night of Photo + Story
The month got off to a exciting start on Friday, May 1 with the opening of the Photo + Story exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG). There were approximately 130 people celebrating the exhibition of photographs, with Art Partners being one of many contributors.
ABC Open Producer Ruslan Kulski gave a rousing speech about the importance of us telling our stories. He said “if we don’t tell our own stories, others will tell them for us.” That must be the best possible reason to continue honing our storytelling skills!
Thanks to Sharon Kennedy from the ABC for most of these opening night photos.
Look and Feel of the Exhibition
Some images are displayed as prints, while others are presented digitally.
You may have seen some of these before, but here are the Art Partners photos that are (until June 2) part of the print exhibition.
Here is the selection of photos presented digitally by and about those involved in the Art Partners program.
One Late Addition
And, here is our final contribution to the ABC Open Unsung project that missed the deadline for the Photo + Story exhibition. It’s a beautiful portrait of mentor Edy Rees – shot by Carensa Watts – with a gorgeous story available here.
Three Fabulous Events
The month also included three events at BRAG for the general public.
Lines and Curves
First up was a ‘Lines and Curves’ photo shoot on Saturday, May 9. Participants were divided into three groups and asked to shoot a live model, humans interacting with props, and outdoor themes reflecting lines and curves. He’s a selection of photos by participants Carensa Watts, Ann Stephenson and Wanda Ariano.
Magic with Crystals
Saturday, May 16 was a crystal photography workshop led by Gary Cass. He’s the Scientific Director (aka Crazy Scientist) of The Scientific Creativity Initiative. After spending two hours with him, our best description of Gary is that he’s one third scientist, one third artist, and one third entertainer! He showed the group (including Stefania Cortellazzi and Wanda from Art Partners) how to create the most amazing crystal images: we applied tiny amounts of chemical compounds to glass slides, dried the slides, and with the aid of polarized lenses, watched the crystals come to life through the lense of a microscope.
By securing his mobile phone to the microscope, Gary photographed and supported us to photograph our crystal formations.
Crystal photography rates as a must-try activity – with great potential for exhibiting our images – and we’ve invited Gary back for an August workshop. In the meantime, how do you like our chicken and egg (or creature and egg, perhaps)?
Almost 50 people attended ‘Photographers Anonymous,’ the final event of the month at which 11 photographers gave short presentations of their work. Among them were Carensa Watts who talked about her amazing portrait work, and Sam Everitt, who spoke about ‘Landscape from the Jetty’ and ‘Golf Greens,’ two photos he took for the ABC Open project Snapped: Australian Landscapes.
Our nearly month-long collaboration with ABC Open was made possible, in part, with funding from our Community Inclusion and Participation Grant from the Disability Services Commission.
We’re already looking ahead to next year’s event. If you have a story to tell, maybe we can get together? To borrow ABC Open’s slogan: “what’s your story?”