For the exhibition i attended the TwoXTwo exhibition held at the CATC campus in the valley. I found the venue to have a nice and relaxed vibe with the soft buzz of live music and many a conversation between the attendees. It was a lot more relaxed than i expected which calmed my nerves a lot as i knew it would not be long till i had to be in the exact same position. I thought the average of six images by each student was a great number to view and explained the story quite well in each case. i thought the atmosphere and the area chosen in the building was perfect and accompanied by the mood lighting and "bar" it made for a good night out.
Four students had their exhibition Jo Westaway, Gary Pocock, Chantelle Tsikieas and Roger Arnaud. Prior to the opening night and attending the college there was a good amount of pre marketing and brochures available to draw attention to the opening night. i think one criticism was the lack of space to stand back and admire the works. it felt quite cramped. I really liked reading each and every story and how each story came about. I noticed Gary Pocock had a story under each and every image which made i really liked. Something i found a little od has the work of Roger Arnaud's work with the one metallic based print among the other matte prints. This is something i wasn't a fan of as i don't think it did the matte prints the justice they deserved, My eye was constantly drawn to the metallic based in the middle. i fond the consistent pattern of Chantelle's work to be quite pleasing to the eye and quite dramatic. I think overall the night was a great success and gave me a great insight into what to expect when it is my turn.
I guess the metallic stock gives a better contrast look and this is what I will be aiming for. Over all I thought the evening to be a success and a classy and well organised event. Catering, live music awesome view, great photographic talent and great crowd are still the thoughts lingering in my mind. A slight disclaimer here is that this was my first exhibition that I have attended, but it won’t be the last. Until now I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about but I think it is absolutely necessary to get appreciation of another persons abilities and to obtain appreciation of said abilities.
David Clarke is a South East Queensland based Internationally published photographer specialising in the fast paced world of motorsport photography.