You are invited to the opening of

Italy (in 349,247 steps). A photographic exhibition by David Collopy

Opening: Tuesday 13 August 2019, 6.30-8PM, CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton.


Exhibition dates: 13 August – 4 October 2019. Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm Saturday 1pm – 5pm (Free entry)

A photographic exhibition of Italy: the places, the people and the culture captured over a five week period (and walking 349,247 steps), by David Collopy, a professional Melbourne photographer who traveled there for the first time in 2018 and again in May 2019. This exhibition depicts Italian landmarks, people and culture not usually captured by tourists to this delightful country.

There are two aspects of this exhibition that make this unique compared to others on a similar subject. Firstly, the images were photographed in locations throughout the northern and southern regions of Italy with the intention of excluding any (non-Italian) tourists from the image. At times this required waiting up to 40 minutes (and sometimes longer) before all tourists had vacated the frame and the camera shutter could be activated.
Secondly, many of the displayed images were captured with a 24 mm tilt-shift lens – a manual focus only lens typically used in architecture. The principal advantage of this lens is that it ensures the vertical lines of buildings retain their perspective and integrity especially when photographed the narrow streets and thoroughfares of the historic centres and coastlines.

About the Artist David Collopy is an Melbourne photographer specialising in documentary, architectural, music and travel photography. A longstanding passion for history, people and places precipitated this study of Italy. David graduated from Photography Studies College in Melbourne. In addition to his qualification in photography, David has formal qualifications in Education, Multimedia and Human Movement. He has had images published in The Australian, Herald Sun, Guardian, Broadsheet and The Age newspapers. His exhibition ‘Yesterday Once More’ was held at State Library Victoria from November 2016 – February 2017 and was featured on Melbourne 774 radio.

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Image: 'Silas'. Palermo, 2018. By David Collopy.