Sep 4, 2012

Hold your Breath at 34 Campbell Road

Flicking through the trail guide you will probably have spotted the duo of underwater exhibitions happening at 34 Campbell Road. Open every day except Wednesdays, I really recommend fitting it in to your trail guide route!
The photographs in this exhibition really made my jaw drop. Taken by Martin Greaves, an underwater obsessive (he says he has been to Egypt 18 times and never seen a pyramid), they capture scenes that you can't imagine are real. Diving and taking photographs since the late 90's, Martin has perfected the balance of light, colour and camera technique to create the most vivid and dreamlike photographs of sheer natural beauty. The thing is, he dives for total pleasure. He describes it as his therapy and because of that there is no forced artistic approach and the wonderful flora and fauna he captures are by luck, chance and choice. Sometimes he doesn't take the photograph, he just takes the experience and what emerges is a pure love for what he captures on film. It results in something that could never be achieved by just seeking and framing for artistic merit alone.

Perfectly complementing Martin Greaves' photographs are Anna Shorten's dream-like crocheted sea creatures dangling and draped on a royal blue background. Lights slowly flicker and it becomes a trip into nature and imagination. The creatures woven are a blend of the real and what is imaginary. The completed soft coral took her around 6 months to weave and it is really something to be appreciated.

34 Campbell Road is no.59 in the guide.

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