Newcastle will be host to an element of the renown Head On Photo Festival in May when a featured exhibition from the event, Under Twenty-Seven, is shown at Watt Space Gallery May 1-26.
Under Twenty-Seven features a series of black and white portraits taken by Dr Ella Dreyfus depicting the same group of men as they evolve from childhood to adulthood, starting as a group of 11-year-olds who played on the same soccer team in western Sydney.
Each youngster is shown at age 11, then again after their 18th birthday, and then, in the same portrait pose with black background again, taken at age 25.
"My aim is to show how these dear little boys are becoming men, by photographing them in the same pose every seven years," Dreyfus says. "I believe the images reveal aspects of themselves that they don't necessarily see, especially their sensitive, soft, quieter sides."
The launch on Saturday, May 4, at 2pm, will feature a talk by Dr Dreyfus, who is head of public programs at the National Art School. Guest speaker on the day will be Catherine Lumby, from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University.
Dr Dreyfus is a finalist in the 2019 Head On Portrait Prize, and is showing with 100 Australian female photographers in the Loud and Luminous Exhibition at Contact Sheet Gallery in Sydney.