Exhibition Runs until 23 May
We are all aware of the symbols of Italy. We see images of ancient buildings; the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Venice. We know the wealth of renaissance artworks. We marvel at modern Italy’s stunning sophisticated design. Then there is the food and wine.
But there are other aspects of Italy that become more apparent when living there. There is the warmth of the people, a strong sense of community, a great lust for living, and a complete disregard for most forms of authority. There are the age old traditions and superstitions. And of course there is always the food and wine. There is the wonderful symbiotic feeling of contemporary Italian life comfortably co-existing with an incredibly rich sense of history, no more so for me than in Venice. Everywhere is a reminder of generations past. This is the living Italy. This is what I love to paint.
Now Showing at Hampton
David Murphy & Sophie McPike
Born and bred in Smithton on Tasmania’s northwest coast, my early life was spent exploring the bush and river that was my Dads land, just outside the town boundary.
I have always been amazed by nature; the sights and sounds intrigue me. When I was 13, I received a Box Brownie and the first picture I took with it (of bales of hay in a paddock overlooking Mt Cameron) left a huge mark on me. I remember the “story” it told; the drama of the bales; the sea as a backdrop. This set in motion
my love of the photographic image. We moved to Moree NSW soon after and became my home for the next 26 years. Here, my interest in photography blossomed. I photographed everything, which was very fortunate as one of my children died at an early age of cancer. Along with family pictures, I loved taking landscape and abstract photographs, winning awards at the local Moree Show. After quite a few years of learning the art, I realised that it was an expensive hobby, developing a roll of film to get one good shot, so I limited the camera use to occasional shots only. I moved to my present home in Stanley North West Tasmania from Moree. Stanley is a beautiful seaside fishing village and tourist venue.
It was there that an associate of mine said the magical word “digital”. After they’d viewed a dusty series of albums I’d dragged around everywhere for years. It was explained to me that I needn’t go broke in pursuit of my passion by using digital technology. Within days, I had purchased a DSLR camera, and a number of lenses, and dragged the old tripod out and took off outside with a tremendous new interest in image creation. It soon became apparent that the “bales of hay” shot that ignited the mystery somany years ago was still alive in my mind and now my free time is built around the capturing of images of lovely little Tasmania; her coastline, her mountains, her rainforests, just generally her beauty. As an off shoot of this pursuit, I started an annual Exhibition, in Stanley, which has proved exceedingly popular. My love for photography can be summed up thus, through the culmination of the impacts of a number of related incidences; the “bales of hay” shot first and foremost, the horror and subsequent learning of how to disassemble and successfully reconstruct my first SLR camera after having said camera drown in a flood, the wonderful feeling in my chest when I saw my first framed, full-sized picture in a smiling customers arms and finally, the incredible buzz that I get when that shutter closes, when the image magically appears, and then, in the viewing screen, I can see something beautiful and unique, something that I captured for the first and only time.
Without Pier Gallery is delighted to present David Murphy and his photographs of
Tasmania in our new Hampton Gallery