Tue, Jun 11, 2024 1:31 PM

Showcase of artistic photography opens


A public exhibition of stunning prints and digital images by talented members of the Howick Photographic Society (HPS) has opened.

The showcase is being staged in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography at Uxbridge Arts and Culture in Howick from June 4-22.

Dozens of people turned out to the exhibition’s official opening on June 4.

Exhibition convenor Doug Mitchell says the Festival, which is held annually in June, has been a platform for the Society’s members to showcase their photographic art.

“Active in the eastern suburbs community for close to 70 years, fostering the love and art of photography, HPS has been involved in exhibiting high quality prints and digital images over the duration of the Festival at Uxbridge Arts and Culture for the past six years.

“Currently, the Society has a very strong and enthusiastic membership of 81 people.

“This year, HPS was fortunate to be able to use Uxbridge’s fabulous Malcolm Smith Gallery to display a stunning array of 43 prints along with a monitor showing 30 digital versions of other beautiful photos.”

The opening night event began with a speech from the Society’s president, Torben Nielsen, who thanked everyone for their hard work and input and particularly the members for submitting their images.

He then handed over to Mitchell, the convener of the Society’s sub-committee of John Clare, Shona Kebble, Margaret Jones and Sheryl Williams, who were involved with putting the exhibition together.

Mitchell made special welcome to the founder of the Auckland Festival of Photography and thanked the generous sponsors, the Howick Local Board and Uxbridge Arts and Culture.

“A huge thanks also to Paul Brobbel, director of Uxbridge Arts and Culture, for the huge support provided behind the scenes,” Mitchell says.

Howick Local Board chairperson Damian Light declared the exhibition open and spoke about how impressed he was with the high quality of the images on display, the talent within the Society and the professionalism of the overall showcase.

“A real community spirit was obvious as evidenced by the turnout of around 50-60 people who came along to admire and support this body of work,” Mitchell says.

“This stunning exhibition will be on display until June 22. All prints and digital images are for sale in A2 and A3 format. Entry is free.”

Uxbridge Arts and Culture is at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick.

  • Disclosure: Howick Local Board deputy chairperson Bo Burns is the owner of the Times.