Drawing on the visual and written languages of light, Capturing Starlight comprises archival photography, fieldwork, and artefact to explore the tension between the photographic image as art and evidence. This work is a consideration of where art and the archive intersect and what can be suggested through the re-enactment of historical archival material. Is the accessibility of the archive increased when it is interpreted beyond the immediate function to inform and remember? 

The State Library of Western Australia houses an insightful collection connected to the 1922 Wallal solar eclipse expedition. This exhibition saw a delegation of international scientists and astronomers journey to the north-west of Western Australia to witness a solar eclipse, capture starlight and verify Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. 

Inspired by the collection, Capturing Starlight explores the tension between the photographic image as art and evidence through archival photography, fieldwork, and artefacts..

Perth Centre for Photography 11 March  – 13 May 2023

Ballarat Observatory, Ballavate International Foto Festival 26 August - 22 October 2023 

WA Maritime Museum 4th November 2023 - 17 March 2024

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