QSRT 2013 - Faces of St Marys

QSRT 2013 - Faces of St Marys

We invited Chris Peken, a Sydney based photographer who has extensive professional experience in portrait and street photography to be Queen Street Riches and Textures 2013 lead artist.

Chris responded with a simple and straightforward proposal – to photograph people of St Marys.

Faces of St Marys was born and gradually developed during 10 intensive weeks in an improvised photographic studio at St Marys Corner. The studio was the place where people would visit, sit and share their stories. St Marys residents from all walks of life were asked the same questions: What does Queen Street mean to you? What is its importance and character? What are the personal and collective memories connected to the street? What is Queen Street going to look like in the future?

The studio also expanded to Queen Street itself where a simple white backdrop, 1967 Hasselblad 500C camera and a passion to meet people and have conversations resulted in additional Faces of St Marys images. An exciting part of Faces of St Marys was Chris’ mentoring of four TAFE Arts and Design students.

Barbara Glover, Kira Ogston, Sevket Ufuk Guden and Yvonne Larkins, currently enrolled in Photo Imaging courses, also captured the life and culture of the street, searching for what a street photographer would call a “decisive moment”. After taking several hundred photographs, 24 striking images have been selected for this exhibition.

The people of St Marys of different ages and diverse cultures have came together as part of this project by sharing common experiences and memories of Queen Street. Through their participation in the Faces of St Marys, Queen Street Riches and Textures 2013 has captivated a collage of photographs and stories of a distinctive suburb and its people.

Download the Queen Street Riches and Textures 2013 Catalogue (pdf 44mb)

Project updates

QSRT 2013 Project Credits

25 September 2013

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Queen Street Riches and Textures 2013 Faces of St Marys is produced by St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct.

Barbara Glover - Student Impression

06 August 2013

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Students comment on their experience working on the project.

Portraits

06 July 2013

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A collection of portraits by Chris Peken 2013.

Portraits and Stories

11 June 2013

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Portraits and stories of people from St Marys by Chris Peken.

Chris Peken

26 May 2013

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When we started this project we had just two things - a concept of taking portrait photographs of locals in St Marys and a title - Faces of St Marys.

Student Engagement in Art Industry Projects

25 April 2013

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Nepean Arts and Design Centre is delighted to have four of our Commercial Photo Imaging students, Barbara Glover, Kira Ogston, Sevket Ufuk Guden and Yvonne Larkins, as participants in the 2013 QSRT project.