In late January I began meeting weekly with a group of amateur photographers, led by visual artist Sinead McDonald, to discuss and develop ideas for our first photography show. Last weekend finally saw the result of it all, and after watching everyone work the seeds of their ideas into a full blown photographic project, it was such a pleasure to finally see everything hanging in the Hendrons Collider gallery here in Dublin.
I chose to learn about a photo encaustic method where I layered a mixture of beeswax and resin over soft paper prints. The result was a set of delicate photos, capturing an altered view of Dublin under many types of light (seen in the photo above, and the last few shots in this post). I loved working with the wax, and plan to experiment with it further, hopefully I’ll put some more pieces together over the summer. It was hard to catch how they truly looked with my camera, but I hope you’ll get an idea of it from these photos.
Working with the group was such a great experience. I learned a lot from them, not only about developing my own ideas, but also about the value of trusted critique and the subjective nature of how we each view art so differently. I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to Sinead for guiding us so smoothly through our projects, and to the members of TOG who provided the perfect space for us to work in. And many thanks to those of you who came to our opening night to celebrate with us, and to everyone who visited over the weekend! For a little more information on the Placed exhibition have a read of this previous post.