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Robbie’s low-light lessons

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019

Robbie Rowlands held a similar workshop with the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society in October last year. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Robbie Rowlands held a similar workshop with the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society in October last year. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Sculptor and photographer Robbie Rowlands is about to give lessons in low-light photography at the Riddiford Arboretum.

They will be held on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 at 8pm.

Robbie is creating two sculptural works for the arboretum, commissioned by City Council and funded through Create NSW.

As part of his research he took photos in the dark with just a torch and a smart phone, with wondrous results.

“The workshops are built into the commission,” Robbie said.

“It’s a way to bring in the community on how I research my ideas.

“Also working (on the sculptures) at the TAFE has created interest from the students there, so this will be expanding on that.”

Robbie said those who attend the workshops will see how he conducts his research and draws the landscape.

“People will just need their phones and they will be able to take photos in the torchlight. It makes for very abstract and wonderful photos.

“It’s surprising what you come up with.”

Participants will need to bring a smart phone and/or camera plus a small torch, water bottle and comfortable shoes. All ages are welcome.

Robbie said his workshops would cater for 20 to 30 people.

“The beauty of working in a dark environment is you can separate and have a little spot to yourself.

“I held a workshop for 22 people and that was really great.

“If a couple of hundred people turn up, I’m sure we can figure something out.

“It should be quite nice weather at that time of night too.

“Being able to explore the nocturnal landscape is a rare experience.”

If you are interested, email rborsculptureproject@gmail.com to let Robbie know they are coming.

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