How much can a face tell about a person? “Beneath The Surface” is a photo voice project by Blue Mountains emerging artist and photographer Mandy Schöne-Salter. Opting for old school analogue technology, Schöne-Salter photographed and interviewed women who have lived through abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, death, drugs or disability. The exhibition uses larger than life black & white canvas prints, which give an overwhelming effect and each photograph is captioned with that woman’s story.
“These women have one thing in common” Mandy says, “…the will to reclaim their lives after hardship”. Her aims for the project were “for the photos to be visceral and insightful for the viewer.
All profits from the photo voice project will be donated to ZONTA and the Women’s Health and Resource Centre.
So come and support the supporters on the opening night Tuesday the 24th of May from 6 – 8:30 pm at the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst. Everyone Welcome!
Artist Statement, Mandy Schöne-Salter
I have been taking and developing photographs for the last 13 years, inspired by my Grandfather’s photography in East Germany before the wall came down. After years of experimentation, I’ve settled on Black and White, which I feel best expresses me. B&W film gives a timeless look to contemporary life, concealing exactitudes of date and time. All my pictures are taken with an analogue camera with no flash, giving me a naturalistic look of light & shade and a myriad of wonderful greys! My main interest is taking portraits of real people with stories to tell; after all, each face is as unique as the experiences behind it.
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