A world in close-up in the garden

MYOPIA: 100 days project contributor Julia Hennessy’s dog Stellabella takes a close-up look at the photographer, who focused on close-up views of the world for her part in the project.

LONG used to looking at the world close-up due to an eyesight condition she had lived with since childhood, 100 days project contributor Julia Hennessy focused on the small things in her photographs.

Contributors to the 100-day project created an artwork each day in their chosen medium for 100 days. A collective show has been followed by solo exhibitions of their work.

Hennessy narrowed her field of vision to the garden — mostly because there was much to look at close-up.

“I didn’t intend to use my garden as a focus for the project but it was springtime and the garden was beautiful with everything popping up.”

She used a Canon PowerShot for most of her daily photographs. Her favourite moment was getting the “perfect photo” of her Jack Russell, Stellabella.

Photographs of pets or insects take hours to get right, she says.

Although her collection in her solo exhibition is called Myopia, two eye operations this year means she now sees the world in a different way, she says.

Myopia, photographs by Julia Hennessy. Contribution to the 100 Day project, Tairawhiti Museum until November 19.

LONG used to looking at the world close-up due to an eyesight condition she had lived with since childhood, 100 days project contributor Julia Hennessy focused on the small things in her photographs.

Contributors to the 100-day project created an artwork each day in their chosen medium for 100 days. A collective show has been followed by solo exhibitions of their work.

Hennessy narrowed her field of vision to the garden — mostly because there was much to look at close-up.

“I didn’t intend to use my garden as a focus for the project but it was springtime and the garden was beautiful with everything popping up.”

She used a Canon PowerShot for most of her daily photographs. Her favourite moment was getting the “perfect photo” of her Jack Russell, Stellabella.

Photographs of pets or insects take hours to get right, she says.

Although her collection in her solo exhibition is called Myopia, two eye operations this year means she now sees the world in a different way, she says.

Myopia, photographs by Julia Hennessy. Contribution to the 100 Day project, Tairawhiti Museum until November 19.

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