Peter Solness is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting. This involves mounting his camera on a tripod and working in darkness to allow long camera exposures of between 4 to 60 seconds. These long exposure times mean he can hand-illuminate his chosen subjects using small torches to create visual effects not generally associated with traditional methods of photography.
An enthusiastic teacher and exponent of light painting as an art form, Solness runs regular workshops and presentations at The National Arts School, TAFE colleges, and the Head On and Ballarat International Foto Biennale photography festivals. He also mounts large-scale public light events for community celebrations, such as Sydney Science Week in 2015 and 2018. Solness has also developed specialist light painting workshops for secondary and primary school students as a way to inspire younger audiences.
2019 Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize, National Art School, Sydney
2019 Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington
2018 Finalist, Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, Pinnacles Gallery QLD
2016 Finalist, NSW Parliamentary Landscape Photography Prize
2014 Winner, NSW Parliamentary Landscape Photography Prize
2012 Exhibitor, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands
2011 Highly Commended, NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photo Prize.
2010 Winner, NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photo Prize
2009 Finalist, Olive Cotton Award, Tweed Regional Gallery NSW
2007 Finalist, Josephine Ulrick Award, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
2007 Finalist, Eureka Science Photo Award, Australian Museum, Sydney
NSW Parliament Collection
Pat Corrigan Collection
Museum of Sydney
NSW State Library
National Library, Canberra
Macquarie University Gallery NSW
Art Gallery of Ballarat VIC
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW
Port Noarlunga Arts Centre SA
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
2019 Lamplight, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
2017 Luminous, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney
2017 Tableau a deux, Gallery Klei, Sydney (Head On Photo Festival)
2012 The Light Painter, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney
2009 Nocturnal, Customs House Circular Quay, Sydney.