Pause to re­flect

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Hus­band and wife pho­to­graphic team Amanda and Craig Keesing have a new ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sent­ing 43 images which re­spond to the theme and ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tle, Re­flect.

The tal­ents of the two pho­tog­ra­phers com­ple­ment each other to present a wide range of re­sponses.

Mr Keesing’s work is about the nar­ra­tive of re­flect­ing on a scene, while Mrs Keesing’s are ab­stract and ephemeral.

Mrs Keesing said they had both shared a pas­sion for photography since their teens.

“We take all sorts of images, I have a par­tic­u­lar fas­ci­na­tion for re­flec­tion, pat­terns and close-up na­ture pho­tos, while Craig likes to make images that cause the viewer to stop and think about the story be­hind the photo or to be re­minded of sim­i­lar times in their life,” she said. “Friends and fam­ily have en­joyed our pho­tos over the years and we de­cided it was time to share them more widely.”

Mrs Keesing said they had cho­sen the theme Re­flect as they both had works that re­sponded well to the sub­ject, but in dif­fer­ent ways.

“I had time to en­joy the reflections, it was a beau­ti­ful day with no timetable,” she said.

“It is very special to have a day I can de­vote to photography.

“I could take wa­ter reflections all day long as they are ever-chang­ing and al­ways beau­ti­ful.”

Mr Keesing said his photo of the Cheynes II wreck in Princess Royal Har­bour re­minded him of a beau­ti­ful day float­ing around the wreck in his tinny.

“Long be­fore the rust set into this steel hull, the in­dus­try which it rep­re­sents was ob­so­lete,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity’s ex­pec­ta­tions moved on and whal­ing be­came some­thing from an­other era.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion opened on Septem­ber 16 with 70 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

The pho­tos are avail­able to view un­til Oc­to­ber 10 at the Western Aus­tralian Mu­seum in Al­bany, up­stairs in the Eclipse Build­ing.

It is open from 11am-4pm daily, and from 1pm-7pm on Wed­nes­day.

An­chored to the Past by Craig Keesing.

Yacht Rig­ging by Amanda Keesing.

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