One of the longest running, constantly-evolving exhibitions at the Hilton Arts Festival, the Out of Character exhibition by photographer Harry Lock, can be seen in the foyer of the Centenary Centre this weekend.
The project that started in 2014 with Lock wandering around and capturing portraits of some of the festival participants and team while off-duty has grown as Lock has added more portraits taken every year. Now in its fifth year, visitors will be able to see the portraits captured at last year’s festival adorning the walls.
Over the years, Lock has photographed a number of well-known performers, both local and from distant shores. He is the commissioned photographer for the Durban International Blues Festival and has fond images of guitarist Dan Patlansky, Nibs van der Spuy and husband and wife team, Jaspar and Kale Lepac.
His photography passions include a fascination with shapes of faith where he has a collection of shots of a wide variety of religious buildings discovered during his travels. Entrances to farms and towns have also caught his roving creative eye, which he describes as the dual notions of displaying home and decoration.
Apart from capturing his own images, Lock also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and to this end facilitates various workshops and courses: his most recent was a black and white photography course. “Even in this digital age there is something mysterious and magical about a black and white image.” he shares. “With black and white, there is no relying on colour, so shape, form and tone which become the critical elements in the composition of the photograph. It is said that an image is compelling, not because of what is being photographed, but how it is captured.”
Catch Lock as he explores the art of the portrait, capturing a variety of artists that will be a part of the 26th festival.
The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, RMB and Corona.
For more info visit http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za/ or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest and Instagram. All enquiries on 033 383 0126 / 7 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival will run from 14 to 16 September.
The full programme is on www.hiltonfestival.co.za Online bookings are still open, and programmes are available from various outlets in KZN. Refer to the website for a list of outlets.