BMI Open Day exhibition In the Picture to celebrate Ballarat photography old and new!
Meet Roger Burrows, BMI volunteer and photography buff, and Stu Rapley from Instagram based love letter The Ballarat Life, who will be helping to celebrate Ballarat photography old and new at the BMI Open Day on September 3.
Roger will have items from his amazing vintage camera collection on display, and a collection of the best photos tagged #theballaratlife will be exhibited as part of In the Picture – a collaborative photography project. These will be exhibited in conjunction with the launch of the Max Harris Collection at the BMI and the Ballarat Historical Society’s Capture the Vision project.
Photography has been a passion for Roger for the last 65 years, since it first piqued his curiosity the Enid Blyton books of the Famous Five and Secret Seven.
“With much scrimping and saving I bought my first camera – a Baby Brownie for 52 shillings and sixpence. A film was thrown in and I still have the camera.”
Roger is now assisting with archiving the BMI’s visual treasures, which includes library plates and old adverts from our directories.
Having started collecting cameras about 20 years ago, Roger will display a progression of cameras from 1890 to 2010 at the BMI Open Day, including glass plate types, cut film types, and early digital. “When digital started to take off and all these wonderful old cameras were being tossed out, I decided to try and preserve what I could. So it grew into a passion for preservation of the old skills and crafts embodied in camera making.”
Out of the rise of mobile phone photography and photo sharing sites such as Instagram comes The Ballarat Life and its curator Stu Rapley, sharing great images of Ballarat everyday.
Inspired by a friend of his who runs the hugely successful Perth Life Instagram tag, Stu thought it would be a great idea to run a similar one here that shared the best photos of Ballarat and its surrounds.
Anyone can tag #theballaratlife and have the chance of being featured, and Stu has chosen 50 of his favourites for display at the BMI in September. “I have tried to find a balance of photos, architecture, the lakes, the countryside, daily life, the people and much more. Basically a cross section of Ballarat life as seen through the photos of our contributors.”
Stu says he found it very hard to choose out of over 1000 photos that each say something unique about living in this wonderful city. “I’ve since come to realise that most of the people in Ballarat already know how beautiful this part of the world is, they were just keeping it a bit of a secret.”
We can’t wait to welcome you into the BMI this September to enjoy images of Ballarat both old and new!
Do you have images of your own you would like to have archived? The Ballarat Historical Society will also be on site with their Capture the Vision project as part of this exciting collaboration.
Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
‘In the Picture: Ballarat through Time’ is proudly supported by a City of Ballarat Community Impact grant.