Time & Tide

Time and tide is an exhibition by renowned Australian Artist David Tatnall. It is being shown at the Colour Factory exhibition place in Fitzroy. Te show runs from the 6th July 2017 to the 5th Aug 2017.

As part of my job we regularly visit the Colour Factory, amongst other industry professionals, and when we arrived with our students this week on an excursion, the staff on hand were quick to contact David and ask him to give an impromptu artist talk.

David talked at length about his use of film cameras using traditional lenses and pinholes. The work was all beautifully printed in his own darkroom. He uses primary Dektol a Kodak paper Developer and Fomabrom papers, warm toned and neutral toned.

The prints themselves were a delight to behold an I particularly like the 5×4 contact prints on show. The work was all made in and around the coastal regions of Australia, which doesn’t narrow things down very far, but the title of the show alludes to his pinhole techniques and the locations.

David Tatnall’s Time and Tide presents twenty-eight hand made silver gelatin photographs made from large format negatives. Photographs of the remote Erith Island in Bass Strait, Antarctica, Cape Conran and derelict jetties in Coiro Bay are amount the subjects presented. His prints are limited edition.

David giving an impromptu talk at his exhibition to our Photography students.

Tatnall’s work is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria and Monash Gallery of Art collections, as well as Australian Embassy in Washington USA.