To start with, what is a Photo Festival?
The Photo Festival is typically a free event that showcases photography in a large projection format, which saves the cost of printing, framing and hanging space. Plus there is the added advantage of having a variety of local amateur and professional photographers showing their talent and attending the event to meet anyone who is interested in their work.
PhotoFestival3 – held on 11 January at the Bulimba Bowls Club
The previous two Photo Festivals arranged by Gavin Brown were held at Labrador in a park, uniquely projected on to a public toilet block. After seeing the second photo festival I suggested to Gavin to bring it to Brisbane, to be held at a wonderful little venue, the Bulimba Bowls Club.
The Bulimba Bowls and Community club was perfect venue as it is licenced for alcohol at reasonable prices, licenced to hold raffles, and it has plenty of outdoor space to fit in a massive projection screen. Even though the Bowls club didn’t have large outdoor projection screen, the Manager Marty was so keen to support the event that he commissioned the construction of a new screen with the help of the locals - Glenno built a timber frame to Gavin’s specifications, 4.5m wide and 2.5m high. I stretched a backed canvas to the frame and then we needed the muscles of helpers to move the screen into position. Rusty the neighbour electrician also tweaked all the lighting at the club, we requested for some lights to be masked so the screen could have no shadows cast on to it. What a team effort! Thanks y’all!!
As part of my photographic contribution, I set out to take photos and videos of the adjoining facilities to the Bowls club being the Balmoral skate park and the Balmoral dog park as well as photographing the regular patrons, the visitors on event days and evenings. I thought this was a nice way to give back to the local community and encourage more people to the event.
Taking photos of this community inspired me to do more. I put up posters in local cafes, community notice boards, at the dog park and skate park and at community art spaces. I also did a letter drop of 200 local neighbouring homes. Not only was this a good workout, it just inspired me even more! I couldn’t wait for the event.
Gavin and I did a test run on the Wednesday night, which was well received by the local patrons, so we knew our inspiration was rubbing off on the community. Bring it on.
On the night of the event, we set up the screen but it was a little windy in the early afternoon which actually pushed the screen along the Bowling green like it was a sail. Thank goodness there was enough muscle around to move it into another spot out of the wind. Honestly you can’t plan for these things!
The MC on the night was Ali Callow, another local who donated her talent to introduce each segment and kept the crowd entertained.
Gavin Brown collated and created a segment on each photographers’ images and presented in a movie format of 16:9 accompanied with music and credits. Projected and utilised a PA with wifi speaker so the guests could hear. Many hours of work.
The contributing photographers and their photo collections on the night were:
Margot Taylor - “Bulimba Bowls” Highlighting the local community and Venue
Greg Crow – “Whales”
Richard Tommy Campion – “B&W Portraits”
Margot Taylor – “PNG Highland Sing Sing Portraits”
Gavin Brown – “Windorah”
Gavin Brown - “Landscapes Aust”
Damien Dunlop - “Dogs”
Ben Challenor - “Urban Night Shots”
Lisa Roxborough – “Landscapes Aust & NZ”
Brian Cassidy – “Urban Art in Melbourne”
Gavin Brown – “Portraits “
Travis Dock – “Documentary Photo Art”
Franca Tigani – “European Documentary Italy/Greece/London”
Richard Tommy Campion – “Sunrise & Sunset”
Kasun Ubayabiri – “Sri Lankan Portraits”
There was an amazing diversity of creative talent that certainly held everyone's attention right until the last photo. So many people turned up on the night that it made me grateful for how the whole community came together to make this event a success.
Once again many thanks to everyone who contributed.
Oh I didn’t mention… The raffle drawn on the evening was the winner could choose any image from any photographer shown on the night and it would be printed on photographic paper to A3.
I am honored that the winner chose one of my images from the PNG Highlands Sing Sing and I have learnt that the print will be displayed in Berlin, Germany.