This is the first exhibition with contributions from all 8 members of the TMGP network of photographers, each with their unique styles and vision of the garden; both cultivated and natural. Nathan is a master of the 'cram' genre creating intimate views of flowers by immersing his lens in the midst of the flower bed. Glory, Glory is an excellent example of his up close and in your face technique. Bill is the veteran moderator of the finest Flora Gallery on the planet and one of the most experienced flora shooters on the planet. Most of his subjects like the Bird of Paradise flower (Hatchlings) in this exhibition are from his backyard, lovingly nurtured by his wife. Kai-Hung is a radiologist and award winning digital artist who has exhibited in many museums around the globe. KH is at the cutting edge of 3D imaging and reconstruction in both medicine and art. He pioneered the 'rainbow technique' and is at the forefront of 'convolution' art. His contribution 'Orchid' is a hybrid of photography and digital imaging using the rainbow rendering technique. Gigi produces some of the most artistic flora images using his favourite F22 sweet spot. The clarity and depth of his images are clearly demonstrated in 'Osteospermum' and 'Gazania'. Larry is most active in spring, summer and autumn but prefers to settle down on his armchair beside the fireplace with a good book in winter. However, he does not stop doing photography completely and his images of snowflakes are some of his best works. Indeed, Larry's 'Sunset at Canadice Lake' may be an expression of his wish to sit down and enjoy a good book. In contrast to Gigi, Ram's sweet spot is the wide open aperture. Using his steely arm (he does not use a tripod), Ram produces shallow DOF images so beautifully exemplified in 'Geranium' and 'Orange Poppy'. Pat has created some of the most beautiful flora portraits that rivaled those of Feinstein. However, his heart has now moved into the large scale garden of landscape photography. His landscape images are moody and elicit the sense of solitude in 'Point Imperial' and foreboding (made more so by the B&W conversion) in 'Barsoon'. Gary strives to see the unseen with his X-ray techniques; presenting the beauty in nature by parring down the photographic elements to their constituent lines and form in his minimalist B&W portrait 'Lonely as Cloud'. Using the rainbow technique pioneered by Kai-hung, the CT scan of the 'Amaryllis' is rendered with vivid colour befitting this majestic flower.
The exhibition will be held at JaaBar from 4 December till 3 Jan 2015. Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Society for Relief of Disabled Children. Everyone is welcomed to attend the opening reception on 3 December 2014.
Art for Charity