Photography on display at Shimmer Festival

Brilliant photos: Steven Duncan is ready to display his unique photos of Adelaide landmarks during the Shimmer Festival.
Brilliant photos: Steven Duncan is ready to display his unique photos of Adelaide landmarks during the Shimmer Festival.

The biennale photography festival, Shimmer will return to the Southern Vales this September featuring artists from around Australia who will deliver curated exhibitions, workshops and talks.

Starting on September 14 and ending on October 14, the month long event is due to take place at several different venues including the Sauebier House Cultural Exchange, Stump Hill Gallery, the Fleurieu Arthouse and a range of local food and wine businesses.

City of Onkaparinga’s Shimmer Coordinator, Jaynie Langford, said the festival celebrates the culture of the camera and all things photographic.

“Shimmer gives established, emerging and the amateur hobbyist photographers opportunities to exhibit their work and expand their knowledge, as well as provide a platform to discuss and learn about photography,”

“This year’s program is engaging and thought provoking, reflecting a broad range of genres, experience and content.

“The first festival was held in 2010 and has grown every year to the point where it’s now considered an essential part of the state’s arts calendar,” she said.

One of the artists that will be present is Port Noarlunga South local, Matt Frost.

Mr Frost who has worked on the ‘Lucentide’ project, a work which uses photography, community engagement and moving images said he hopes ‘Lucentide’ can start a conversation about preserving the environment within the local community.

“I’ve been photographing the Onkaparinga River system from the gorge in Clarendon all the way to the sea at Port Noarlunga as well as collecting audio files to use in the final production.”

“The aim of the project is to bring photography forward as a practice for connecting with the natural places of the coastline,” Mr Frost said.

Another exhibition which will be on display has been curated by Morphett Vale teacher and award-winning artist Steven Duncan.

Mr Duncan’s exhibition: ‘Photographing Time’, is a series of nine photographs which are all 'solargraphs'.

Solargraphs, Steven explains are images of the sun moving through the sky over a period of months.

“The idea is that as the earth rotates on its axis, the sun will have a different position in the sky each day and my images document that movement and the local cloud cover during that time."

Each of Stevens images are of popular Adelaide landmarks, this exhibition will give the public a chance to see the landmarks in a totally unique style.

More information on Lucentide can be found at

Photographing Time will be available for viewing at Chapel Hill Winery from September 16.