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Featured Artist: Bob Munro

9th November 2015 Featured Artists

Bob Munro’s interest in photography has been one that was realised later in life but he is already exhibiting his third exhibition. ‘Tectonic Poetry’ focuses on architectural form amongst the changing light of the ever impressive Federation Square Atrium.

Tectonic Poetry opened on November 3rd at No Vacancy Gallery and will run until 22nd November.

Image from Bob Munros Atrium Series

Education and background:
Secondary school a lifetime ago, lots of travel after leaving school, lots of jobs, finally settling down and spending nearly 40 years in the offshore oil & gas industry. Somewhere along the way I developed an interest in photography.

Where are you based?
Bairnsdale, East Gippsland.

How long have you been a visual artist for?
11 or 12 years

What camera/equipment do you use?
Currently using Sony A7R mirrorless full frame, and occasionally Sony NEX7 for street work.

What are your main creative influences?
Brassai, Tim Griffith, Murray Frederick, Michael Kenn

What do you feel is your biggest achievement to date?
Assuming this refers to my photography – the three exhibitions (including Tectonic Poetry) I’ve had of my work : Chasing Hasui, an homage to Japanese woodblock artist Kawase Hasui, and The Traveller’s Eye – street photography in Turkey and eastern Europe.

Tell us a little about your upcoming exhibition ”Tectonic Poetry”:
For some years now, whenever I’ve travelled to Melbourne from my home in East Gippsland, I’ve spent much of my free time prowling around the Federation Square Atrium with my camera, and this wonderful steel, glass, zinc & sandstone abstraction has become a familiar haunt to me. If light is the medium of photography, then the Atrium provides a marvellous pallette. The structural steel webbing, the colour and form of the cladding, the wonderful reflective and translucent properties of the glass walls, the changing light at different times of day and different seasons, the way all of these aspects merge to create something almost magical – described by Dr. Gevork Hartoonian in the March 2003 edition of Architecture Australia as “tectonic poetry” – they have all combined to exercise my imagination and compositional skills. This collection of photographs is the result of the challenge I set myself to capture and share this poetry as I see it.

What’s next?
More urban/cityscape still incubating somewhere in my mind!

You can see more of Bobs work on his website.