Margot Hardy Gallery
Where it Shines An exhibition featuring the works of Grace Sui
Blue Girl Bondi
Please join us for the exhibition opening on Saturday, 18 May, 2pm - 4pm, at the Margot Hardy Gallery.
RSVP by Wednesday 15 May 2019 to Emma Garrett
(02) 4620 3460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margot Hardy Gallery, Building 23, Bankstown Campus (View Map)
- 14 May - 28 Jun 2019
- Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
For an invitation to the exhibition, please see Where it Shines Invitation (PDF, 431.99 KB)
"From the Greek, photographer phos, photos graphein means a person drawing with light whilst in Chinese 摄影师 (shèyǐng shī) refers to a person capturing shadows.
Bringing these two meanings together, I realized a few years after I had been photographing consistently that I had been doing what many photographers do, working compositionally with light and its absence shadow, tonality, colour, texture, reflection and time to deliver meaningful narratives. Does that make me a photographer or an artist? I am not sure I like labels, and am invariably lost for an answer when asked. Except to think, I don’t know, but, I am doing this and it challenges and satisfies me.
My photography began when I couldn't resist early morning light whilst jogging; glittering dew on grass, shadow leading or following; brilliant light blinding eyes. All so irresistible that I felt compelled to take a picture at least to savour the memory after the event as well as make it portable, an image to share with others. It was purely light and shadow to start with, then I became more and more obsessed, deciding to capture moments whenever I felt interested. As a routine commuter, I couldn't help photograph people around me, on the bus, train or platform, on the way to or from work, one place to another. It gradually became my way of storytelling, witnessed in pictures rather than coded in words.
Sharing pictures with friends and followers on Instagram and WeChat, I learnt a tremendous amount from comments on my photos, inspiring and innovative. I began to absorb classic histories and key figures within photography including: Hong Kong photographer, Fan Ho; American photographers Vivian Maier, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank; French photographer, Henry Cartier-Bresson; Australian Trent Parke and many, many other street photographers. For now, the street is where I began, where I have been shooting, and where it shines…along pavements and parks, inside and outside of doors through windows and lens are where my interests lay, where I tell stories filled with people and life and where I see myself in others."
Grace Sui, March 2019