Light & Time Exhibition: Artist Interviews

Connection Arts Space’s first photography exhibition of 2019, “Light and Time” has now come to an end. For the past two weeks, we have been celebrating this massively significant artistic tool that changed the course of history. These artists have submitted works that utilize photography in vastly divergent ways to one another, and this interview aims to dissect the practice of a few of the artists who participated.

 

Leigh Lambert

 

Begin by giving a brief introduction of yourself and your artistic background.

  My name is Leigh Lambert. I’m from Melbourne. My artistic background includes forays into writing and music but I eventually landed on photography as my primary means of expression/exploration. I’ve been actively pursuing it for nine years, including five years of tertiary education, ultimately completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in 2017. I shoot almost exclusively on film, and I produce work using various experimental, archaic or camera-less processes. Most recently I’ve been working on portraiture as a business concern (which can be found on Instagram @leighASPPS).

 

When did you start using photography in your practice?

  I always dabbled here and there, but I really started around 2012, when I figured out how I could shoot film and process it at home without a dark room. I had to build a doona fort to protect the film from light while loading it into processing tanks, but it could be done. I regard that as my real start. From there, it was time to find out as much as I could about photography and to work with as many techniques and processes as I could manage. I can still remember the very first photos I ever too though, on a primary school visit to a reptile farm. I believe I used an Agfa Optima – I distinctly recall a big orange shutter button. I would have been seven years old.

 

Do you have any tips for someone just starting out with photography?

  Closely examine the work other people have produced. Avoid trends unless you can truly identify merit in the approach. The best way to learn is by doing. A lot.

 

Denise Honan

 

Begin by giving a brief introduction of yourself and your artistic background.

  Retaining visual artist finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University in June, 2019. I primarily work with drawing, sculptural work, participatory and performance works and installations. I source commercially unviable discarded materials or found objects to make and engage a highly coloured, often fluro, colour pallet.

 

How does the process of photography influence your works?

  I use photography as a visual recording took to catalogue spontaneous and non-permanent work. It is also used to inform my research, document experimentation and as a rich visual reference for current and future projects. I also have an avid interest in capturing both the unusual or mundane features of everyday life. I recently used a series of photos taken in the Northern Territory to document life in a remote area and to convey the richness and redness of the unique flora and fauna.

 

Can you remember the first artistic photo you ever took? If not, what is the first one you remember taking?

  In 2014, I travelled to Detroit, USA as the recipient of a small travelling scholarship. I used the subject matter provided by the detritus of a post industrial landscape to produce artistic photos.

 

Rachel Phillips

 

Begin by giving a brief introduction of yourself and your artistic background.

  I am 55 years old and married with two teenage daughters. I have always had a keen interest in photography but didn’t start exploring it technically and creatively till 2013. I took a short course and also a Diploma in Professional Photography which gave me the skills to execute a technically correct photo, appreciate the aesthetics and understand light and composition.

 

  I have exhibited in the Immerse Gallery (runs by Knox City Council) in both 2015 and 2017. In 2015, I exhibited 14 images and 11 in 2017. I placed in the Top 20 Australian Photography ‘Photographer of the Year 2017’ competition under the Black and White category and was awarded the Highly Commended in Capture Magazine’s ‘Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2018’ under the Art category. I have also been awarded a number of prizes in local art shows.

 

What kind of art do you create? Is it just photography?

  I just create photography – although I do produce quite a range of styles – from travel, landscape, floral, portrait and of course, fine art.

 

What do you want to express through your creativity?

  My passion is conceptual storytelling, capturing emotion by creating a detailed storyboard for each image. This includes searching for the perfect setting, the ideal light, the correct props and costumes, and direct the model’s expression whether facial or whole body. My images at this exhibition are a statement on cultivating creativity among us; questioning, thinking, analyzing. Our increasing dependence on the digital world is inevitable but concerning.

  

  These images are surreal, reflecting on the modern stresses of life and the impact of multi-tasking, burn0out and explores how this translates into the complex way the brain processes information at night. They are dream-related and are for you to question, to ask why, to build a story from just one moment in time. Each image tells its own story, ain fact many stories, depending on your perception. Ask yourself, “What do I see?”

 

 

A special thanks to Leigh Lambert, Denise Honan and Rachel Phillips for participating in this artist interview and to Victoria Jacgung, Richard Mahon, John Perthuis, Jack Farrar and Aaron Mak for their fantastic work that was exhibited

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