West Arthur identities to be larger than life in Perth
A series of photos featuring the faces of West Arthur shire residents will be projected onto a tower in Northbridge’s Yagan Square in the coming months.
The project began on a much smaller scale for the recently formed Darkan Photography Group but the images will be larger than life once projected onto the tower.
Photography group mentor Caroline Telfer said the series had originally been exhibited at the Darkan Community Resource Centre during the council’s biennial Cultural Day celebrations in September.
She said the series had been supported by funding from the national regional arts fund as well as the State Government, Country Arts WA and The Creative Grid.
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“The opportunity arose through the Creative Grid to have the photos displayed on the tower at Yagan Square,” Telfer said.
“We haven’t got a schedule yet for when it will be up on the tower but it will certainly be pretty exciting to have our work up there.
“To be able to showcase country people in the city will be great.”
The group formed last February and the series was the first project for many of its members.
“It has been all about photography – not cameras,” Telfer said.
“Some of the photos have been taken on phones, some on older cameras and some people have used amazing cameras but you didn’t need that stuff to be a part of it.”
Telfer said plenty of subjects were happy to volunteer to be included in the series however, others needed some persuasion because of the close-up nature of the portraits.
Sixty-five were captured for the exhibition including the group’s seven photographers.
“It came together really well,” Telfer said.
“I heard someone say the photos were awful because it showed all their wrinkles but as far as I was concerned that’s why they were beautiful.
“If I’ve got a few whiskers on my chin in my photo that is how I am — we haven’t got people with drawn-on eyebrows, pumped-up lips and extended eyelashes because that’s not the sort of people we are.”
She said once a schedule for the showcase had been confirmed a number of people would be excited to make the trip to Perth.
“We’ll probably go up there as a group in order to just watch the photos,” she said. “It’s pretty exciting.”
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