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Peter Solness’ style of image-making represents a convergence of the technical 'actuality' of photography, with the sensibility of a painter. Respected Australian photographer and writer Robert McFarlane, in his essay for a 2009 catalogue of Peter’s work wrote, 'By making the artistic choice to light each vista, Solness reinvents each scene before him, adding a dream-like nocturnal beauty to every photograph.....  Light doesn’t reflect, so much as emit from each subject - in ways that are similar to Surrealist painters such as Paul Delvaux.... As such they are works of art with two pre-eminent virtues - their natural beauty and this artist’s visible surrender to the peerless mystery of the southern hemisphere night.'

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“As a photographic light painter I’ve long been intrigued by the painterly qualities one can evoke from the considered application of light on particular subject matter.

 Light painting allows me to work from a black canvas, incrementally adding exposure to my images in a manner that I personally choose by employing slow camera shutter settings. This allows me to build images with extraordinary precision, whilst still rendering my subjects as genuine 'in camera' photographic images.

 I no longer wait for the camera to tell me what it wants to show me. Instead I imagine how I can make the camera reveal what I want it to see, then execute the image accordingly.” Peter Solness 2016

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Peter’s fine art works have sold extensively and are held in many public and private collections, including the National Library Canberra, State Library of NSW, Museum of Sydney, NSW Parliament collection, Macquarie University Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

In 2010 and again in 2014, Peter was awarded the prestigious NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photographic Prize, for one of his light painted images. Peter has held two large solo exhibitions of the 'Illuminated Landscape' works in major public galleries. 'Nocturnal' a light-box installations at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney, in 2009-2010 and 'The Light Painter' at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, in September/October 2012.

As an enthusiastic exponent of light painting, Peter creates public light events for national art festivals such as the 2016 Cairns Festival, 2016 Hill End 'The End' Festival and the 2016 Seechange Art Festival at Jervis Bay. Such events have had as many as 1,000 spectators attending. Peter also develops specialist light painting workshops which are tailored for general photo enthusiasts and camera clubs as well as for more targeted groups, such as primary and high school students and tertiary-level art students at teaching institutions such as the National Arts School, The Australian Centre for Photography and the CATC Design School. Over the past six years Peter has introduced the magic of light painting photography to thousands of inspired students.

All inquiries can be made via the Contacts page: http://www.illuminated-landscape.com/contact/

For more online references about Peter's light painting work go to the following links:

1) Hill End Artist Residency April 2016: 5 minute video interview

2) Field of Orbs: Video of Peter's large-scale public light event in Centennial Park August 2015. FIELD OF ORBS VIDEO

3) Peter's interview with leading international Light Painting website 'Light Painting Photography', October 2015  INTERVIEW

4) To research Peter's extensive 35 year photographic career prior to this current body of work, go to this link for the Design and Art Australia Online database - a government funded initiative that represents biographical data about significant Australian artists: http://www.daao.org.au/bio/peter-solness/#artist_biography