Photo Shoots at the #nationalartsfestival Power Station

Earlier this month I spent a whole day at the #nationalartsfestival Power Station with @meagieswain. We were doing promotion work for our upcoming virtual exhibition Set Your Life on Fire. I’d already shown her some pictures of the location – there’s a gallery of them linked below in the Nature is Louder website – and she responded with some amazing outfits for light painting and a shoot in the dungeon below the secret garden. They’ll be the topic of another post. Today, though, I just want to show you these two Alter Ego pictures because, to me, they capture something of her identity – and it’s her identity that infuses much of the exhibition.

On the one hand we have images of a beautiful model sitting beside the gallery window at the Power Station, beyond the window, though, lies her liberated spirit captured in two of our recent photo shoots. In the words of Rumi: 

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

For the photographer the Power Station has terrific potential for a range of shoots with completely different styles. My first attempt this year was to do some light painting with the ever willing John Gillam and his classy Audi RSQ3. I used the skeletal gum trees as a backdrop.

Night shoot light painting the Audi RSQ3
Light painting the Audi at the Power Station

These shoots only came about because I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to document the #nationalartsfestival’s refurbishment of the Power Station. You can read about the process to reinvigorate the whole location as a creative hub in their Nature is Louder magazine. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a whole gallery of pictures you can browse through to see the impressive work that’s been done.

The Power Station, Makhanda
The Power Station #nationalartsfestival venue

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