“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
1. The prints
Before I talk about the exhibition I have to send out a big thank you to David Johns and the team at Fitzroy Stretches for doing such a great job of the prints. My outdoor exhibition posed a number of problems, and Fitzroy Stretches offered me some fantastic solutions without compromising quality.
I picked up my prints on Tuesday, along with my cut-to-size gatorboard, and mounted everything on Wednesday. The self-adhesive canvas came in very handy, all that was needed was a little trim.
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2. The exhibition is open!
I flew to Sydney first thing on Friday morning, with my mounted prints, and met my buddy Riccardo at the hospital. Ric studied with me at RMIT and had conveniently moved back to Sydney the week before the exhibition opened. Here he is putting a print on the wall.
It took us a couple of hours to get the prints up, and it was SUCH A RELIEF when we finished. The double sided-tape was solid, and for extra staying power we put gaffa tape on the sandstone first. I'm confident that the prints will still be there when I return to take them down in three weeks. A big thank you to Ric for holding my hand through the whole thing (and making sure I didn't take short cuts when I lost interest in the last 30 minutes).
The exhibition isn't perfect, but, as my first solo show, that was always to be expected. This has been a valuable learning experience and I'm looking forward to improving on what I've done here for my next exhibition.
With the prints up on the wall, I've spent the rest of the weekend in Sydney with family and friends who had also travelled to see the Head On Photo Festival. It was really nice to celebrate the exhibition with everyone, particularly my family who came over just for my show.
3. Thank you!
I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has supported me during the organisation of the exhibition.
In particular, thank you to: Mum and Dad, Jess and Judd, Rob Gale and Jessie DiBlasi, Jay and Jo, Ellen Parker, Riccardo Raiti, Fitzroy Stretches, Laetitia Shand, Ruth Wilson, Daniel Bennett, Amanda Jones, Anna Bamford, Ron Seidl, Guy Little, Rebeccah O'Halloran, Pam Nichols,Natasha and Marcus, Caroline Wallin, Jeff Faris, Ray Bisson, Lauren Wise, Mark Sorrell, Alex Horwood, Kate James, Meg James, Renee Hill, Stephanie McCorkelle, Harr Chen, Gavin and Vicki, Louise Weigall, Einat Maman, Sarah Pestrucci, Danielle Conlan, Marie Eon, Xiaoye Lan, Linda Forsberg, Christina Redlich, Melita Chagas, Carryn Bertram, and Syed Anwar.