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Plimer poses for a stranger

Saturday, 9th July, 2011

WALKING THE WALK: This image of Professor Ian Plimer, taken by BH artist Glen Ravo, is on show as part of the “Portrait of a Stranger” exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery. WALKING THE WALK: This image of Professor Ian Plimer, taken by BH artist Glen Ravo, is on show as part of the “Portrait of a Stranger” exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery.

Controversial climate change skeptic Professor Ian Plimer is grabbing headlines again, this time as the subject of a stunning portrait captured by local photographer Glen Ravo.

This eye-catching picture was taken by Mr Ravo at Prof. Plimer’s (now closed) Junction mine site and is one of the best local photos taken for the “Portrait of a Stranger” exhibition now running at the Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition, one of three currently on show at the gallery in Argent Street, has been curated as part of an ABC Open project.

According to ABC Open BH producer Jenia Ratcliffe more than 1000 portraits were contributed Australia-wide for the digital photography project.

“The challenge for photographers was to approach a stranger and ask their permission to take their photo and upload it to the web,” Ms Ratcliffe said.

“It has given people a perfect opportunity to introduce themselves to people they would normally pass by and pull out their camera to venture into online photographic story telling.”

The portraits contributed locally are now screening in the Regional Art Gallery via a video installation and are accompanied by short stories about the people in them.

The exhibition complements the Outback Open Art Prize and “An Antartctic Odyssey”, a series of three short films by Stephen Eastaugh, making for a hectic period at the gallery.

Aside from his portrait of Prof. Plimer, local artist and photographer Glen Ravo contributed a further 28 images to the “Portrait of a Stranger” project.

“ABC Open is a new and exciting way for people in regional Australia to connect and share their stories,” Ms Ratcliffe said.

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