Quit napping: it’s time to get snapping!

By Time of article published Aug 28, 2014

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PHOTOGRAPHY enthusiasts will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art form in Riebeek Kasteel on the weekend of September 6 and 7.

A group of local photography enthusiasts has arranged for a number of well-known photographers and artists to present a series of lectures and demonstrations on the diverse aspects of photography.

The two-day programme includes talks by photographers like George Hallett, Nico Degenaar and Manus van Dyk about landscape photography, night photography and star trails, as well as preparing for an exhibition.

Although Hallett started his career as a bookkeeper, he soon moved into photography and early in his life relocated to London where his international career as a photographer took off. He returned to South Africa in 1993 with a wealth of experience. He was the official photographer of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997. He will be talking about taking, selecting and preparing photos for an exhibition.

Degenaar, who has a passion for landscape photography and has made his mark in this genre, will talk on this subject, while low-light photography and star trails will be the subject of Van Dyk’s presentation. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity for hands-on star-trail photography on Saturday evening at Degenaar’s farm outside Riebeek Kasteel.

Art photographers such as Emma Willemse, Sandra Hanekom and Sue Hillyard will focus on the artistic aspects of photography, including “abstract photography” and “social-documentary photo- graphy”.

Willemse’s field of interest includes conceptual photography. Hillyard lectures on photography at a number of schools and tertiary institutions. Hanekom who is currently serving as the Visual Arts curator for the Absa KKNK Visual Arts programme, and whose work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, will talk on the influence of photography on Western visual art, as well as its role as a medium within contemporary art. – Arts writer

l The events are open to anyone interested on photography. Call Joe Inns at 082 728 1865, or Alicia Greyling at 082 953 4450.

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