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Gallery 139  | Art Gallery 

2016 BLOG

The lessons of Photography

Gallery 139

installation view  The Bounds of Photography  24 February - 13 March 2016

installation view The Bounds of Photography 24 February - 13 March 2016

I started my art career with photography. I remember spending hours in my home darkroom when I was in my early 20's, I developed film after film, printed my own black and white prints and would spend whole weekends alone in the backyard taking photos of everything and anything. Photography taught me how to see, compose and edit. 

In just over a decade, I have seen digital and mobile phones threaten and now (I believe) compliment traditional photography and the with the resurgence of liquid light, plate photography, cyanotype and other alternative photography mediums, I see photography as an art form that is just getting stronger and stronger and more diverse. 

I had planned this exhibition, The Bounds of Photography for last year, but as it turned out I didn't find the right group of artists, so I left it off the exhibition program. But it never was far from my mind and this show has been a bit of an indulgence, a bit of another 'Director's Choice' in a way. While, I am now mindful of the economics of running my own gallery, I'm still very focused on presenting exhibitions that I want to see and not limiting exhibiting artists to presenting work that may be more saleable for the sake of it. It may be my downfall in the end, but I don't care. Like any lessons the best ones are learnt from doing. 

The Bounds of Photography now ends Sunday 13 March from 10am - 1pm to coincide with the Beaumont St. Carnivale which is on from 10am - 5pm.

~ Ahn Wells