Thursday, January 26, 2012

Darlinghurst Blog: Art and Culture: Love Postcode 2010

This Sunday an exhibition of photographs captured by mobile phone cameras is opening in Darlinghurst. The pictures were entrants in last year's Oxford Arts Festival's Love Postcode 2010 competition, which invited people to submit photographs taken in the Darlinghurst and Surry Hills area - both share the 2010 postcode. 
It was only the second year for the Oxford Arts Festival, which was established to celebrate the Oxford Street area, which in City of Sydney "Villages" parlance is known as the "Cultural Quarter", given the artistic characters, creative businesses and galleries that line its streets.
The Love Postcode 2010 competition, which was held for the first time in 2011, attracted dozens of entries depicting the area's residents, landmarks, pets and streetscapes - all shot through the lenses of mobile phone cameras.
Some of the entries can be viewed at the Oxford Arts Festival's Facebook gallery here
Curator Polly Chin describes them as a "fascinating and intimate look into one of Sydney's oldest and most notorious precincts", and says they will be displayed with the stories behind the snappers, which adds another layer of interest.

I only embraced mobile phone photography about a week ago when I signed up to the Instagram application. The app allows you to snap photos, edit them slightly and caption them before posting them on to a site - which can only be used by mobile phones - where they can be viewed by other Instagram members.
It is strangely addictive. 
I took the photograph above at the Surry Street playground on Sunday. My Instagram photographs are also instantly fed to my Twitter site, so if you are interested in seeing them, please follow me via the link at the left of this blog page. My twitter username is @Violet_Tingle and my Instagram name is violettingle
Anyway, here are the first prize and second prize winners from the Love Postcode 2010 competition, which I may be inclined to enter this year:

First prize: Untitled, by Sheridan Mills.
Location: Stanley Street, East Sydney.

Second prize: Deranger, by Tom Christophersen.
Location: Sophia Street, Surry Hills.

The winners and a selection of entries will go on show this Sunday from 3-5pm at the Vientiane Restaurant and Gallery, on the corner of Oxford and South Dowling streets, which is across the road from the Beauchamp Hotel and right next door to that place that plucks designer eyebrows.
The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of February.
For more details visit the Tap Gallery website.
Vientiane Restaurant and Gallery
Shop 1a, 1-11 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
02 9380 7414
Wednesday to Friday: 12pm-3pm
Monday to Saturday: 6.30pm-9.30pm

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