Senior Photography Project

Alone, together: Senior Photography Project is an art project that will explore the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on older people living in Hornsby Shire, through the medium of photography. The project involves the completion of a smartphone photography course, art exhibition development workshop and exhibition.

In recognition of the isolation and anxiety caused by the pandemic and prolonged lockdowns, the Alone, together project looks to bring older people together to connect with each other and the wider local community. It seeks to promote wellbeing through creativity, and solidarity through shared experience.

The final photographic artworks will be printed and mounted for display in an exhibition, at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, as part of the 2021 Head On Photo Festival. Those artworks will also be available in an online exhibition. Participants will get to keep their mounted artworks and receive a certificate of participation at the completion of the project.

If you are an older person, over the age of 60 years, live in Hornsby Shire and have your own smartphone, you are eligible to participate.

Each course consists of three 2-hour sessions. Participants book into a group and complete the 2-hour sessions allocated to that group. Participation is free.

  1. Free smartphone photography course – learn about your smartphone camera, compose better photos, maximise your editing skills
  2. Two of your best photos exploring the impact of the pandemic will be submitted into the exhibition. These will be printed up to A4 size and mounted. At the completion of the exhibition, you keep these.
  3. Opportunity to participate in an art exhibition (where COVID restrictions permit)
Alfonso Calero 1Alfonso Calero – Smartphone Photography Tutor

Alfonso Calero is an award-winning photographer with over 30 years’ experience. Born and raised in the Philippines, Alfonso moved to Australia when he was 15. Alfonso’s interest in photography started when he was young.  Long before the internet was around, his parents’ subscription to the National Geographic Magazine provided a window to the world and photography. Alfonso purchased his first camera when he was 19 and travelled Europe. When not locked down, Alfonso, leads photography tours at home, and overseas, specialising in travel photography, street portraits, rural landscapes and urban nightscapes.

Joanna Joyce PortraitJoanna Joyce – Facilitator

Joanna Joyce is Hornsby Shire Council’s Arts/Cultural Development Officer. Joanna has developed and delivered community art projects, exhibitions and education programs for 25 years, in Australia, Ireland and England.

David StarrDavid Starr

David Starr is a professional artist, photographer, art therapist and educator. As a photographic artist, he has explored and depicted landscapes, the abstract, European cities, micro/macro, the human form and photo documentary. David has exhibited in Sydney, Southern Highlands and Croatia.

  1. The Alone, Together Senior Photography Project is open to people over the age sixty years old who are currently residing within the local government area of Hornsby Shire.
  2. Every participant must pre-register. Where there are multiple participants per family, each participant must be registered separately.
  3. Where a senior requires assistance, a carer may participate.
  4. Participants must supply and use their own smartphone to participate in the project.
  5. The course will be delivered using the program Zoom. Participants are advised to download the free app onto their computer or iPad. Following registration, participants will receive an email with a link to their group workshops. This link is not to be shared, it is intended for the registered participant only. For security purposes, participants are advised to set-up Zoom with an email address rather than a Facebook account.
  6. The primary objectives of the Alone, Together Senior Photography Project are to:
    1. Provide photographic skills,
    2. Create a photographic artwork/s
    3. Generate a group exhibition that will be available online, displayed physically at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, held as part of the 2021 Head On Photo Festival. The digital artworks will be permanently kept in Council’s records.
  7. Participants of the Alone, Together Senior Photography Project are to interpret the theme “What does the Covid 19 pandemic mean to you?”, through the medium of photography. The method used for this project will be PhotoVoice. It is an innovative photographic method that is used in community arts and health to help participants document their experiences, needs, observations and perceptions.
  8. Participants will receive a smartphone photography course, instruction on developing and delivering an exhibition and a mounted copy of their artwork. No item will be exchanged for its monetary value.
  9. Where a participant applies for and commences the project and then cannot complete the project, they will inform the organisers as soon as possible, to arrange rescheduling or cancellation.
  10. Copyright in all images produced by the participant, belongs to the participant. The participant will provide Hornsby Shire Council with a Limited Copyright Licence to use the work/s selected for the Alone, Together Senior Photography Project for purposes including, reproduction, display and promotion in perpetuity as part of the Hornsby Recollects Collection. Hornsby Shire Council will acknowledge the Copyright holder.
  11. Where a participant uses an identifiable image of a person, a photo release form must be completed and submitted to Council.
  • Your smartphone camera
  • A laptop or ipad
  • Good internet connection (data charges may apply)
  • Zoom App (downloaded to the iPad or laptop) – needs to be different to the phone, so that you can use your phone and participate in the class
  • Fully charged battery on devices
  • Loads of space to take many photos
  • Snapseed App – Free editing app – download and test it before the class
  • A room with good natural light
  • A table to photograph your set up
  • White table cloth or neutral coloured table top (i.e. wood)
  • White or dark paper - non-reflective (background)
  • Sticky tape
  • Tinfoil wrapped around a dinner plate, or silver card board (reflector)
  • Flowers and vase or drinking glass. Small to medium size
  • Fruit or vegetable
  • Crockery and cutlery

Watch the two following short clips by Alfonso Calero, prior to the first class. They take about 2 mins and tell you how to set up:

  1. Choose one of the groups below that meets your availability.
  2. Click on the appropriate group to register to participate. Please note that the course content has been developed into three, 2-hour sessions, which means that you cannot transfer between groups.
  3. Think about the question: What the COVID-19 pandemic means to you?

Before you register, read these instructions on how to book.

Group 1

Monday 13 September, 11am-1pm
Wednesday 15 September, 11am-1pm
Friday 17 September, 11am-1pm

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Group 2

Monday 13 September, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday 15 September, 2pm-4pm
Friday 17 September, 2pm-4pm

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Group 3

Saturday 18 September, 10am-12pm
Saturday 25 September, 10am-12pm
Saturday 02 October, 10am-12pm

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Group 4

Monday 27 September, 12pm-2pm
Wednesday 29 September, 12pm-2pm
Friday 01 October, 12pm-2pm

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Group 5

Tuesday 28 September, 2pm-4pm
Thursday 30 September, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 02 October, 2pm-4pm

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Head On Photo Festival

The internationally acclaimed, Head On Photo Festival is an annual photography festival run across Sydney. It started with a photography portrait prize and exhibition in 2004 and is in its seventeenth year, organised by the Head On Foundation.

The Head On Foundation is dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of career, encouraging excellence and innovation, making photography accessible to all and raising awareness of important issues through photography.

Hornsby Shire Council, through Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, has participated in the Head On Photo Festival since 2013, hosting a range of individual and group exhibitions. These exhibitions have been generated as community development projects, aimed at upskilling local artists or bringing photographers into Hornsby Shire to reflect what they find.

Protecting who. Image courtesy of Joanna Joyce

The Exhibitions

Alone, together: The senior take on life in lockdown

6 – 14 November 2021

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby

Presented as part of the 2021 Head On Photo Festival, Alone, together: The senior take on life in lockdown, will be an exhibition of photographs that documents the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and life in lock down of people over the age of sixty in Hornsby Shire.