Drawing Light

John Hodges, Firedance 2014, digital output print; Image used courtesy of the artist

22 June - 03 August 2014

The Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club formed in 1958 has had numerous exhibitions at the Arts Centre, and its predecessor the Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, including such successful and popular shows as Chiaroscuro: the Dramatic Study of Light, The Industrial Grid, The Portfolio, Self Rising, and most recently Nearground Rearground.

As well Camera Club members have contributed to many of the group and invitational exhibitions held by the Centre featuring local artists from the Upper Hunter Region. Perhaps most importantly the Club was responsible for the establishment of the Muswellbrook Photographic Award in 1987, a national competition sponsored by Coal & Allied which earlier this year boasted prize money of $10,000.00 and over 200 entries from across the country.

Drawing Light is an exhibition of just that – artists using photographic techniques to record their drawn images made with light. Light Drawing is one of three basic light painting techniques and dates back to 1889 when Étienne-Jules Marey and Georges Demeny create the first know light painting “Pathological Walk From in Front”. Light Drawing involves shinning a light source to "draw" a picture by shining it directly into the camera lens and requires a slow shutter speed, usually a second or more. The resulting images can take on the characteristics of a quick pencil sketch.

Eight members of the Club present 16 images in Drawing Light that take you into the world of light and the artist’s vision.

Sponsored by Harvey Norman, Muswellbrook.

 

IMAGE: John Hodges, Firedance 2014, digital output print; Image used courtesy of the artist