For the past few months I have been teaching students from Lake Tuggeranong College the art of black and white film photography and darkroom printing at PhotoAccess in Canberra. Tomorrow night at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, an exhibition of work they completed will open, in what is surely their first ever public photographic exhibition.
As a photographer, it is enticing and exciting to think about having an exhibition of your own work; the culmination of weeks, months, if not years of toiling away with a project and all the hard work that goes on in private. Making an exhibition of hand printed photographs is not an easy task, but it is one that these young artists have really committed themselves to. In many ways it is much more rewarding to be involved in this exhibition as a teacher rather than an artist or photographer. I have seen the personal commitment and effort that has gone into the making of this work, as well as the undeniable growth in self-confidence, assertiveness and maturity that these students have displayed. For me, this is the true reward.
It is a real honour to be associated with this exhibition at the recently refurbished Tuggeranong Arts Centre and I hope that people who manage to see it will be as impressed as I am by the calibre of work on display. It is of particular note that the exhibition was also curated and hung by the photographers themselves.
All of the prints (except one) are 10"x8" hand printed gelatin silver photographs and are for sale at $100 each (framed).
Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed St, Greenway, ACT.
Exhibition open until the end of July 2014.