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Image: Andrea Bryant, Floating Wetlands, 2021, Fine Art print on archival paper, Edition 1 of 5

Andrea Bryant: A Lens on the Lake


Exhibition Showing: 20 January – 24 March 2023

Official Opening: Friday 3 February 6pm.

Workshop: 11 March, 10:30am -12:30pm

Exhibition Statement:

A lens on the lake is a series of abstracted moments exploring life around Lake Tuggeranong in Canberra. Shot predominately with an infrared converted digital camera, the surreal scenes are part of a broader project by the artist, focusing on the health of Canberra waterways and their direct environments.

Developed over several years from the artist’s regular meditative walks at Lake Tuggeranong, the diversity of life juxtaposed with the copious amounts of rubbish in the area was the catalyst for this series. Each walk uncovered new debris, structures and wildlife that Bryant has transformed through her lens.

Her infrared technique visualises light within the landscape outside our visible spectrum and shifts the commonplace off-kilter. Largely stripped of context, the artist invites us to reconsider our relationship to these enigmatic forms within the landscape.

The tension between the poisonous marks we leave on the land and the beauty found in its forms is intriguing. Bryant’s reframing of everyday environmental destruction encourages us to keep looking instead of turning away. It draws us to reconsider how we move through our environment and the actions we take to pollute or restore it.

About Andrea Bryant:     

Andrea Bryant is a Canberra-based photo-media artist whose practice focuses on transforming the commonplace within our everyday environment through abstraction. Working predominately with black and white photography, the artist juxtaposes disregarded materials in our lives with the beauty of the natural world, reflecting on the destruction we wage on the environment.

Bryant completed a Diploma in Photography and Photographic Imaging in 2019 at the Canberra Institute of Technology. She was awarded the PhotoAccess CIT Residency Award for 2020, where she further developed her darkroom skills and artistic practice. Since then, she has participated in several group exhibitions, including ‘The Feminine Perspective’ at M16 Artspace and ‘Into the Blue’ at The Sutton Village Gallery.     

Workshop: Seeing under the radar, beginners digital imagery

WHEN: Saturday 11 March, 10:30am – 12:30pm
A follow up zoom session will be held Monday 13 March 2023 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Join Andrea to hear about her work, tips on creating images and participate in a hands-on exploration of Lake Tuggeranong through your own lens. Suitable for beginners; bring an infrared or other digital camera to use. If you want to know more about processing infra-red images, Andrea will hold a follow up session on Zoom.                

The workshop will begin with an introductory talk discussing Andrea’s images in her Foyer Gallery exhibition A Lens on the Lake, followed by a photographic walk and exploration of the immediate area around the gallery on Lake Tuggeranong. Participants will take their own small series in locations Andrea used to produce images for her show. The focus will be on small details discovered around the lakes edge, ‘things we may take for granted and providing glimpses revealing an environmental narrative about the impacts of development. Limited to five participants the session is aimed at a beginner level. Participants should bring their own infrared or digital camera. For those wanting to know more about processing infrared photography, a follow up zoom session on basic techniques using the workshop images will be held on Monday 13 March 2023 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Place are limited, bookings essential.              

Book for the public program here

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