In a world inundated with instant images, one local artist is keeping photography real and old-school through film and darkroom processing. For over a decade, Jamberoo resident Dominique Pierre-Nina has been perfecting his craft using classic film cameras. His most prized possession is his 1958 Leica M3.
Growing up on the island of Mauritius and residing in London during his formative years, Dominique became enamoured of high art photography, especially fashion, when he worked for Selfridges as a menswear buyer.
These days he cuts a noticeable figure around Jamberoo. With chocolate skin offset by salt and pepper hair, Dom can be seen walking his tiger-striped hounds, Phoenix and Gypsy, always with a camera flung over his shoulder on the hunt for the next great shot. He has even installed a darkroom on his farm where he spends countless hours perfecting his printed images.
In 2020, Dom launched his first major exhibition “Beyond the Square” at The Creative Space in Sydney and he received a Highly Commended place in the prestigious Mono Awards for his stunning work “The Faraway Tree”. He will now bring this collection to Kiama’s Old Fire Station from 30 October to 4 November 2020.
The evocative, dreamy and nostalgic quality of his collection are reminiscent of photography giants like Ansel Adams and Herb Ritts. Dominique has chosen to present all the photographs in a square format, inspired by his love of the famous Hasselblad camera, which shoots 6×6 square film. Hence the title “Beyond the Square”, a format that focuses the eye intensely on the subject without peripheral distraction and inviting deep contemplation. Dom’s works include portraits, architecture, nudes, and landscapes from his travels around the world, from the glaciers of the Arctic to the peaks of Japan and Switzerland.
Dom will be onsite throughout this free exhibition to guide visitors through the space. His works will be for sale and as Dom is an animal-lover, 10% of proceeds will be donated to WIRES in aid of wildlife that have suffered from the recent devastating bushfires.
BEYOND THE SQUARE
Black & White Photography Exhibition
By Dominique Pierre-Nina
Curated by Alana Smith
OPENING DAYS & TIMES:
Friday, 30 October to Wednesday, 4 November 2020
10am – 5pm (closed Thursday)
@ OLD FIRE STATION COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE
Corner of Terralong & Shoalhaven Street, Kiama
Free Entry and Tour with the Artist. Cards, photobooks and prints for sale.
Go to http://www.pierreninaphotography.com to view a selection of works.
Photographer: Dominique Pierre-Nina
Phone: 0410 471 375