One man’s passion, a treasure trove of yesteryear images

Local resident Desmond Johnson has walked the creeks of Brimbank and stood at the opening of many a significant event, snapping photographs over 26 years, creating a treasure trove of images that he will share in the exhibition Click of the West. The exhibition forms part of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival and the exhibition opens on Wednesday 3 September at Sunshine Arts Spaces, Sunshine.

Ardeer, Deer Park, Sunshine and the local creeks, landscapes, munitions factories and local events come under the spotlight.

The exhibition will include around 50 pieces selected from his archive. It will feature annotated albums that describe and give background to the photographs, including the history, ownership and purpose of the events. There are also aerial photographs, historical photos and related newspaper clippings that offer a broader context for his work.

Mr Johnson was born in 1932 and lived most of his life in Ardeer and later moved to Sunshine. He first began his passion for photography at the age of 14. As an adult he walked and explored the Western Suburbs, photographing landscapes.

He also worked as a grass slasher which gave him the opportunity to document many sites with a camera from the seat of his tractor.

Special album viewings with Mr Johnson will take place during the exhibition on:

Places: Ardeer, Sunshine and Deer Park

Saturday 6 September, 10am -12noon

Creeks of Forgotten BeautySunday 7 September, 10am-12noonExplosives! Munitions Factories of the WestSaturday 13 September, 10am-12noon

The exhibition and associated events are at Sunshine Arts Spaces, 2 City Place, Sunshine.


Other artists based at Sunshine Arts Spaces will also support the exhibition

The archive of photos documents the past for the future and is complemented by the work of Sunshine Art Spaces resident writer Christopher Hawkes and Sunshine Art Spaces resident artist Debbie Harman.

Debbie will run a writing workshop at the Gallery which will encourage people to write about a place that is important to them as part of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival on Saturday 6 September at Sunshine Arts Spaces, Sunshine.

Participants will be invited to share their memories of their favourite place by printing onto the Gallery window or a t-shirt (BYO t-shirt).