The Fleurieu region has always
had a strong connection to arts
The region is a place where all the
wonderful elements of food, wine, arts
and culture weave together to form a rich
tapestry for all to experience – whether it is
those who are lucky enough to live or work
in the region or whether it is the tourist
and consumer discovering this wealth of
offerings to be savoured and enjoyed.
The City of Onkaparinga’s Shimmer
photographic festival has its own special
place in our region. A photograph is
described in the dictionary as a picture
formed by the chemical action of light
or other radiation on a sensitive film.
The word shimmer is described as the
moment to shine with a tremulous light,
to have the ability to emit or reflect light.
How apt is the name of the Shimmer
festival when the creative act of taking
a photograph lasts but a brief moment,
a lightening instant to capture a certain
time in a certain place.
It’s important to remember when looking
at every photograph that there are two
people to have input – the photographer
and the viewer. We need to remember to
look into a photograph not just look at it.
Art does not feed off itself alone. A poem,
a tune, a dialogue, a journey. A cognition
that kindles a creative passion. Every
aspect of life is a source of inspiration. As
Edward Steichen once said “photography
records the gamut of feelings written on
the human face, the beauty of the earth
and skies that man has inherited, and the
wealth and confusion man has created. It
is a major force in explaining man to man”.
The 2016 Shimmer program features
numerous exhibitions featuring many
artists across fifteen venues in and around
McLaren Vale. There are workshops
and artist talks throughout the month.
Enjoy September in the Fleurieu region,
enjoy Shimmer, celebrate the medium of
photography in all its varied facets and
appreciate how the camera can teach us
how to see without a camera.
Owner, Red Poles