Now in its third year, Melbourne’s best street photographers capture the ephemeral, candid moments that define the city in Shot in the Heart of Melbourne on exhibition for a limited time at the Victorian Artists Society.
In recent times it has seemed that the time-honoured, traditional art form of street photography has been overshadowed by the flood of the more contemporary staged, set-up, composite, digitally manipulated and heavily processed genres of photography.
The digital camera and computer-based processing techniques have created a more “eye candy” style of photography, that tends to elbow its way to the front of exhibitions and competitions. Street Photography celebrates the art of capturing compelling subjects in the real world, presented in unadorned photographs.
There are many aficionados of traditional street photography who are very passionate about those fleeting images: taken outside in the real world; on the street; in the rain; on trains and trams; in shops and malls; where people are themselves, acting naturally; and where our unrehearsed lives happen every single day.
Those who love this genre of photography know the feeling of elation when they capture something truly unique, fleeting, decisive and graceful.
“We are keen to share our passion for photos of the real world,” says curator Bernard Peasley. “We wanted to get our images off the Web and onto the walls of a real gallery. This year’s our third exhibition and we’ll have over 30 contributors, with more than 250 images.”
Shot in the Heart of Melbourne showcases street photography and photojournalism by Melbourne & Victorian based photographers, as a way of honouring the beauty and meaning of our real world, as truthfully and artistically as possible.
An exciting new initiative of Shot in the Heart of Melbourne for 2014 will be the inclusion of an open themed, fringe exhibition, staged in the downstairs Cato gallery.
Shot in the Heart of Melbourne
Victoria Artist’s Society, 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Exhibition: 7 -17 March 2014
For more information, visit: www.victorianartistssociety.com.au for details.
Image: Emergence – by Rhoufi