Every photo we see has a story to tell and Ludlites Love Space: The World Through a Plastic Lens V.15 is a group exhibition of Lo-Fi film photography inspired by outer space, which is opening May 1 -13 at the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst at Sydney.
The Ludlites have thirteen members exhibiting as a group for the fifteenth time. They have ‘… turned their backs on digital image-making to champion the power of low-tech photography’.
Reaching for the stars are: Natalie Blom, Patrick Boland, Katrina Crook, Steven Godbee, Tim Hixson, Carolinna Lee, Sally Mayman, Vanessa Power, Craig Proudfoot, Bradley Shaw, John Wallace, Yvette Worboys and Trevor Ydreos (Canada).
Based in Sydney, Steven Godbee specialises in publicity and photographic services to the arts and music industries.
He and his colleagues have all used photograph film and a plastic lens or pinhole cameras to render their images that explore ‘Space’ in new and fascinating ways.
A feature is they have the ability to ‘make multiple exposures on one frame of film’.
The inspiration for Godbee’s images for this exhibition, are inspired by popular cultural concepts of space from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, including David Bowie’s Space Oddity (released 1969).
Steven Godbee’s works are a stunning statement. He presents Diego Caccialupi as the character Major Tom, who is fearful of leaving his capsule while floating in a most peculiar way – “it’s all about to go horribly wrong” says Steven. ‘
The photograph of Craig Martin was shot in Perth, behind Saint Mary’s Cathedral and inspired by Elton John’s Rocket Man.
He has also revealed he shot his images of Diego Caccialupi wearing a ‘fish bowl’ on a Holga lo-fi film camera with a plastic lens, in his lounge room!
A percentage of works sold at the opening will be donated to the Brookvale branch of headspace, with donations also accepted to help the work of this important organisation.
The exhibition is also an integral part of the popular Sydney based annual Head On Photo Festival for Australian and international artists, starting May 4, 2018
The Head On Photo Festival has established itself as one of Australia’s major photographic portrait exhibitions and is committed to advancing photography as a popular art form and to support photographers from all genres
The Ludlites exhibition is just one of dozens of shows revealing the glories of Australian photographic talent. If photography is your passion then you can catch the whole program on the Head on Photo Festival website.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018
Tuesday 1 May – Sunday 13 May 2018
12 Noon to 6pm daily
259 Riley Street, Darlinghurst