Opening on 10 February 2017 at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, OBSCURA: Karijini through an abstract lens features photographs by Michelle Siciliano, Janelle Cockayne, Samantha Bell, Shirley Riley, Amber Hooke, Seren Edwards, Zoe Kickett, Alice King, Nils Friedrich, Danielle Briggs, Sonia Vine, Elly Lukale and Katie Evans.
The exhibition was developed from a photography camp facilitated by FORM in 2016 with renowned Western Australian photographer Bewley Shaylor and established abstract photographer Meleah Farrell.
28 year-old Zoe Kickett, a Port Hedland solicitor, signed up for the camp to find a creative outlet. “Objectively speaking, there is not a lot of room for creativity in my profession,” Ms Kickett said. “I was struck by how accessible the project was to anyone from the public.”
Port Hedland resident Elly Lukale said she hoped her photographs motivated people see the Pilbara a little differently. She has started a local venture printing her photography onto cushion covers and scarves. “I like that I can showcase the Pilbara from a different perspective with my abstract images, to maybe inspire people to look closely,” she said. “The closer you look, the more magical it becomes. The reality dissipates into dreamy colours, textures and shapes - everything becomes clearer through the lens.”
Mentor photographer Bewley Shaylor said the local photographers had created “powerful” abstract images of their Pilbara backyard.
“Karijini holds a kind of fascination but also it offers so much more for photographers who want to look deeper. We wanted to take a group of predominantly landscape photographers with us and get them to forget about being in a landscape photographer’s paradise and to try and see beyond that … throw away all the rules and use your camera as a tool to create movement and feeling.
The results were unpredictable yet stunning.”
OBSCURA : Karijini through an abstract lens will be opened alongside Worn Land, Four contemporary jewelers in the Pilbara by the Hon Brendon Grylls MLA and Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco at 6pm on Friday 10th February in the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, 16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland.