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Wed 6 Jun 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 7 Jun 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 8 Jun 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 9 Jun 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Railway Street Studios, 8 Railway St, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: fionacable

A group of well-known Auckland photographers use each other to bounce off creative ideas and get honest critique about their work in the OutThere Collective.

This year the OutThere Collective chose the theme of “Solitude” to explore for the Auckland festival of photography. It has been an interesting exercise with some of the group leaning towards the enjoyment of solitude and other’s finding the topic slightly darker in mood. It is a theme that the group felt interesting to address now, in a world where technology is perhaps changing human’s social context.

We wanted to explore whether solitude is a solace people crave from the chaotic, constant barrage of noise and stress. We also wanted to compare “solitude” to its darker twin “isolation” and explore whether the advance in technology has led man into a lonely place behind perfect personas created on social media.

The exhibition will be a celebration of the collective’s diversity and promises to offer moody, evocative and thought provoking works.

Judy Stokes is well known for her Intentional Camera Movement creating images that at first glance could be paintings rather than photographs. Winning the Taranaki National Art award in 2017 with her photograph “Storm out at Sea” she celebrates her life out at Muriwai beach. Judy enjoys a natural affinity with the pleasure of solitude, often seeking it in nature and on the ocean.

Gail Stent joins Judy in her quest to show escape from the chaotic world. A talented underwater photographer, Gail finds that immersed in water one is able to isolate one’s mind and be completely independent of the distractions of normal sensory input.

“There isn’t another place like it in the world where you experience buoyancy, peace, solitude – a place far removed”. In her photographs for this exhibition Gail portrays single subjects, weightless and free, in a place where the world is temporarily forgotten.

Dave Simpson, a prolific music events photographer, has explored the theme of solitude within his genre. Performers, behind a wall of bright lights, looking out to the darkened crowd, often seem to exude an essence of reaching deep into themselves- into an inner place of solitude. Dave’s images in this exhibition search for the slightly unusual connection of solitude within the performing artist.

Peter Arnold believes that while photographic images have been manipulated from the beginning of photography, the advent of the digital image is pushing the photography into a new genre and in the future the camera as we now know it, will be replaced by a programmable Artificial Intelligence digital image recorder.

In the meantime he feels that digital manipulation allows you to take an image and change it to what is in your imagination, and in doing so create a truer representation of your personal world. His images are a constant experimentation, exploring the digital possibilities of photography, they are thought provoking layers of complexity requiring the viewer to ask questions within themselves, about themselves and their world.

John Botton, a very successful printer of fine art is himself also a fine artist. His work for this exhibition begins to explore the relationship between subject and environment. He has used driftwood as a metaphor for the fabric of society which creates the backdrop over which the human form is juxtaposed.

By using digital manipulation techniques John has interwoven the two showing how people living in a modern and frenetic world can find solace and strength in the knowledge of their own identity like the Tā moko worn by the Māori.

Schopenhauer stated in 1818, “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” Is this still relevant in 2018?

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