Category: Head On Photo Festival

The Brief Exhibition : 5 Days Only

25 – 29 July

Opening : Wednesday, 27 July

Join us : 6-8pm

GkJE 1

Stephen Godfrey

GkJE 2

Michelle Payne – The Archibald Portrait
Robyn Ross

GkJE 3

Geoff Jaeger

Linda Warlond

Blog image from es-kuh-lay-tor
© Stephen Godfrey, 2016

The latest work by fine-art photographer Parsa Jamalpour is featured in the most recent edition of Get Inspired Magazine.

Parsa exhibited with GkJE as part this year’s Head on Photo FestivalNow based in Sydney, he was born in northern Iran, in Lahijan. Completing film and media studies, while honing his skills in the field of TV Production, his fine art photography focuses on the ethereal, whimsical utilising painterly techniques.

Take a look at some of his latest images and get inspired.

Blog Image : “Running to the Light”
© Parsa Jamalpour, 2015
From In Her Dream
Head On, 2016

An Interview with Photographer, Katherine Millard.

Katherine Millard loves walking, and just as well, because her photography relies on her ability to focus in on the everyday in urban environments. I was lucky enough to interview Katherine during her exhibition with GkJE Galleries at Sydney’s Canvas Bar.

She tells me, “it began with a Tumblr blog while in New York during 2009, walking around with a small pocket camera, I was posting the images to my blog.” This first photographic excursion has since evolved into the I Was Out Walking series, encompassing various famous capitals.

“I was always interested in photography,” Katherine says, “I remember being obsessed with the family camera as a child, taking photos of family and everything. There must be endless strips of film somewhere with everything macro in the world on it,” she laughs.

“I loved collecting cameras too, and recall one Christmas – I think I was 12 or 13 – my dad had bought me a bunch of old cameras, and it was one of the best presents I’ve ever received.”

I ask her about how she finds or collects her images. “I don’t like putting the camera in someone’s face, the shots are more spontaneous – quiet, but quite vibrant – streetlife, the buildings behind, a poster stuck on a poster, stuck on a poster nearby.

“In Paris there were more people, and they stood out to me more. I find there are always things that quintessentially speak of the place I’m in; like the architecture, the energy of the people going about their daily lives, people typical of where I am.”

She cites the New York and Paris experiences as being very different, with her shift to mobile photography and deliberate ways of walking. “ I’d take a different path every morning, choose a different metro station to find a new place and walk back home from there.”

And how did these casual walks turn into a formal exhibition? “I moved over to Instagram, it was then people started liking and commenting on my work, and so I kept going. That’s actually how I came to exhibit as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival, because a lot of people said you should exhibit these photos. In the end this series of people just emerged.”

Katherine tells me she’s taken photographs every day for the past seven years or more. When asked about her photography practice, vibrancy comes to the fore again.

“I like the scenes to be vibrant and vivid, I’ve been known to turn greens pink and pinks green, reverse the saturation, create some quite extreme contrasts, like a green sky and all-pink wasteland near a housing project outside New York. I like the warmth these intense colors and contrasts bring to the images.”

It’s been a long journey into the formal process of photographic exhibitions, but I get the strong sense Katherine Millard and her work will be with us for some time. She’s currently planning a Sydney series and looking ahead to Shanghai and another European destination. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @iwasoutwalking, and see photographs from her Paris series at GkJE Galleries until 21 July 2016.

Blog Image : Rue De Castiglione © Katherine Millard, 2013
Katherine was interviewed by Geoff

Astrid has an international name in photography and brings her aesthetic as a graphic designer to GkJE.

Living in The Netherelands, Astrid’s a multi-faceted collaborator, working as a producer of Dutch photography exhibitions, and organising shows in New York, Amsterdam, Leiden and Tokyo.

She’s established successful collaborations with Photoville New York, Fotofestival Naarden, Dupho and International Photo Festival Leiden.

Geoff and Astrid met through 2016’s Head On Photo Festival in Australia, when he curated her show Urbanite, on exhibition at GkJE 1. In her photographic work, Astrid stages scenes that verge on the surreal, and her design work is strongly influenced by her sense of space and place.

Photographically, she positions individuals and objects where they don’t seem to belong, moving the familiar into an unfamiliar landscape, her photographs seem to recontextualise normality.

Her photographic work was been purchased by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and was published by Aesthetica Magazine (UK), New Dawn (NL), Metro New York, De Fotograaf (NL), Artworks Amsterdam, Art Takes Miami, Fonk Magazine (NL), featured by LensCulture and Internationale Kunst Heute 2016 (DE) – English Translation.

“Silverwater Park” – © Chris Round

From Head On Extended
GkJE Galleries at Canvas Bar until 21 July
Landscape images in GkJE 2 courtesy Head On Photo Festival

“This image is part of a new series investigating the surreal, colourful and sometimes unintentionally compelling forms of contemporary urban environments.

“Sometimes through planning and sometimes through sheer coincidence these spaces offer an array of arresting subject matter that uncovers our rather bizarre and erratic relationship with the ever-evolving 21st century urban landscape.”

Talking about his work, Chris says, “[my photographs] reflect the likely influence my UK upbringing has had on my photographic practice in Australia.

“The Australian landscape is more associated with sun-bleached paddocks and blue skies, but my approach has been to seek out the softer light of overcast days.

“The muted colours produced are not those of faded photographs, but of a sun-bleached landscape now under a temporary grey-sky reprieve.

“This unexpected approach to Australian light was never deliberate, but crept in to my work over a few years and is surely influenced by my being a dual citizen of the UK and Australia.

Having spent an almost equal amount of time in each country, perhaps I am trying to find an evenly balanced sense of place through my photographs, an equal division within each image: an Australian scene with an ‘English’ sky.

“Consequently I ask myself this: The longer I live here in Australia will the pendulum of belonging eventually swing in favour of my adopted land, or will I always be ‘in two places?”

— Chris Round, June 2016

Opening tonight at GkJE Galleries, Canvas Bar:

GkJE 1
Paris: More from “I Was Out Walking”

Katherine Millard

GkJE 2
Selected Landscapes
Abigail Varney
Chris Bekos
Chris Round
Chloe Paul
George Byrne
Meredith Squires
Ross Calia
Warren Dawson

GkJE 3
Mediterranean Selections
Nick Hannes

Image above “Albania” © Nick Hannes


Head On Extended is an exhibition of work by 10 photographers courtesy of the Head On Photo Festival.

All three GkJE Galleries will showcase work in the same CBD location at Sydney’s Canvas Bar for the first time:

Exhibitions Open
6-8pm, Thursday 23 June

On Exhibition
23 June – 21 July 2016

GkJE 1
Paris: More from the I Was Out Walking Series

GkJE 2
Selected Landscapes

GkJE 3
Mediterranean Selections


Abigail Varney
Chris Bekos
Chris Round
Chloe Paul
George Byrne
Katherine Millard
Meredith Squires
Nick Hannes
Ross Calia
Warren Dawson

Image Cafe Chinois © Katherine Millard, 2012

Three exhibitions open 6-8pm this Thursday, 23 July at GkJE Galleries’ new location at Canvas Bar.

Running until 21 July, the shows will feature a select retrospective from the Head On Photo Festival.

The opening will celebrate the launch of GkJE 1; GkJE 2 and GkJE 3 in a single Sydney CBD space.

Image above Bigoudi Coiffure © Katherine Millard 2012

Tribe: Somewhere over the Rainbow.

A photographic exhibition by Matjaž Krivic – a globe-trotting photographer specialising in capturing the personality and grandeur of indigenous people and places.

Opening Saturday 21 May, 5-8pm : Event details.

Perry Lane Goes Abstract

For the Head On Photo Festival GkJE will be exhibiting the work of Dutch photographer Douwe Dijkstra at GkJE 2 – inside Not Just Coffee, Paddington.

GkJE has worked with Woollahra Council to create a placemaking event to transform Perry Lane into a place for people and activities: turf, tables, chairs, umbrellas and a giant snakes and ladders board will be in place between 12-4pm on Saturday 14 May.

The event will coincide with Head On Photo Festival exhibitions in the Paddington Reservoir on the other side of Oxford Street. The clever people at Head On have organised a Photobook Swap between 12-4pm. Join us in the laneway for a fun afternoon of coffee, photos, books and more.

Head On Photo Festival is the leading photography festival in Australia. This annual festival is run by Head On Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, promoting the work of photographers at all stages of their careers; encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all and raising awareness of important issues through photography.

Kindly sponsored by Place Partners, Mitre 10 and 32 Hundred Lighting, with generous support from Woollahra Council.

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