'Going Electric' is Grant Douglas' fifth solo exhibition at Photospace Gallery, his first fully in colour and working digitally. His previous solo exhibitions in 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2013 featured close-up photographs taken on black & white film, sometimes hand-coloured with oil paints, but always eschewing the representation of the object photographed in any easily recognisable way.
Grant says: I began using a digital camera as a reaction to being without a darkroom, having an adverse reaction to the chemicals used and my old camera developing problems. I assumed that I would use the digital camera in the same way that I had used my film camera, but when I saw the screen light up on the new digital, a switch was thrown in my brain, and I ‘fell for colour’. The subject matter remains similar to previous work. My digital skills at the moment are very limited but they are enough to hopefully enhance what I see, and the work is based in the real world, not one of fantasy, with roughly no more adjustments than could be achieved in the darkroom.
'Going Electric' opens at 12 noon on Sunday 29th August, 2021, in gallery rooms 3 and 4 of Photospace Gallery, 1st floor 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington. In gallery room 1 we have an exhibition of photographs taken by Brian de Montalk on a protest march against the Springbok rugby tour on NZ, in Wellington on 29th August 1981 - 40 years ago to the day. 'A Nation Divided' is an exhibition by Photography Aotearoa and hosted by Photospace Gallery.
Both exhibitions run until 9th October, 2021.
Gallery hours are 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, 11am-2pm Saturdays, closed Sundays and public holidays.
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