Exploring place in photographs

A SELECTION of images by leading Australian photographer Tim Handfield is on show at Bendigo's La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre.

The exhibition Plenty is the culmination of five years of work watching and photographing the ever-expanding housing developments along the Plenty Road corridor in Melbourne’s North.

Part documentary, part poetic, the photographs explore notions of place, the scarification of the landscape, consumerism and the promise of utopia central to Melbourne’s new urban developments.

The exhibition is also a celebration of Handfield’s distinguished career as a photographer.

Handfield was a leading exponent of the New Colour Photography Movement in Australia in the 1970s and was one of the first photographers to explore the opportunities of digital photography. 

Former La Trobe University Art Museum artistic director Dr Vincent Alessi said the photographs were about things that had been lost and and contemporary fascination with the new.

The exhibition opened to the public on February 28 but will be officially launched by internationally renowned photographer Professor Claudia Terstappen on March 8 at 2pm.

Plenty will be at Bendigo's La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre until April 27.

Meanwhile, the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre has started planning for the 2015 exhibition program and is now calling for exhibition proposals.

Applications will be accepted from March 3 to May 2.

Guidelines and more information can be found at www.latrobe.edu.au/vac

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