Show of Hands, Short Course Photography Exhibition

Show Of Hands

Realising that RMIT had never run an external exhibition featuring short course students, Wild Honey Photographer and RMIT short course teacher, Deborah Dorman asked a group of students, “Would anyone be interested in taking part in an exhibition?” The enthusiastic show of hands in the classroom thus became the name for this successful exhibition that ran across April and May at the Manningham Art Gallery in Doncaster.


The exhibition flowed from stories of people, to landscapes and finally to the mundane and surreal. The narrative around First Peoples’ culture, ceremony and identity, shot in and around Melbourne including Fed Square, was captured beautifully by Tiffany Garvie. Nicola Platt visualised the narrative of thought, emotion and connection. Diana Cousensmixed cultures from Indian and Melbourne life.

Anne Brown shared the dedication of life in a convent. With mood and meaning, Deborah Dorman examined the process of ageing and beauty whilst Sharon Crabb’s highly unique visual style explored portraiture focused on one small aspect of a person as a representation of who they are.

Bryce Dunkley presented the Great Ocean Road with moody black and white photographs of the stunning coastlines, where Bruce Freshwater explored underwater sea life in its vibrancy.

While Allister Payne presented what it feels like to be cycling in Melbourne, the urban photography of Joseph Hixson represented Melbourne streets as you’ve never seen them before. Going beyond skill, Hixson demonstrated a rare gift in being able to capture the mundane with a story in every picture.

Richard Harris’s surreal use of mannequins with intricate lighting shows how uncomfortable we feel when the inanimate almost become human. Deborah Dorman was the star of the Opening Night after dedicating 6 months to organising and curating this fantastic exhibition.

Thanks to all involved.

Written by Stephen Joyce, Manager, Research and Enterprise, School of Media and Communication

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