Purchase of Hill End images by the State Library of NSW

24th June 2019 – Images purchased by the State Library of NSW

A selection of images from my Holtermann Projection series have been purchased by the State Library of NSW.

The library has the original 1870’s Holtermann Collection in their archives.

The library regard my series as an example of  repurposing of the original images. Hence their interest in acquiring a set for their archives.

The La Paloma Pottery Shed, Holtermann’s Corner, The Royal Hotel, Warry’s Cottage, the old Willow Tree (since removed😞😞) and the Sacred Heart church have been acquired.

You can go to the Holtermann Projection folio on the Portfolios page of this website to see the full set of images I did for the series.

List of works purchased are featured below.

Holtermann’s Corner with a projection of Bernhardt Otto Holtermann with his gold nugget.

That nugget financed the important photographic commission that came to be known at the Holtermann Collection.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Denison Street. I projected this portrait of Mary Jane Bryant (born 1864) as she reminds me of a younger Kim Deacon, a talented local harpist, who does performances here on special occasions.
La Paloma Pottery shed on Thomas Street. This tin wall was the perfect material to project the W. Jenkyns General Blacksmith shop image. I love the way the rust gave some of the fellas in this projection a lovely brown sepia tone.

An image of the original studio of the American and Australasian Photographic Co. projected

onto a tree that stood near the centre of town (since removed)

The Royal Hotel is the only surviving hotel from the gold rush. I projected a photo I found of drinkers at the former All Nations Hotel – their stances seemed perfect. Peter Sparks (far right) a barman at the Royal, kindly sat in on the photo holding a glass of beer.
Miss A. Warry (left) Miss A. M. Warry (right) at Warrys Cottage, Hill End

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7-9th June 2019 – The Opening of Lamplight at the Bathurst Regional Gallery

The opening of ‘Lamplight’ my exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery was big. It was the culmination of a three-year artist residency at Hill End.

There were so many supportive friends who came to share in this occasion. Huge thanks to Anthony Browell for his thoughtful introduction to my artist talk on Saturday morning. Thanks everyone for coming. You all made it very special.

(photos supplied by my the wonderful Chris Gleisner)

About me

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.

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