Emerging photographer exhibits at MPAC | Photos

Local scuba diving instructor Hamish Brown has taken his flair for underwater photography to the next level, making his exhibition debut at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

With a keen interest in diving and a passion for sea creatures, Mr Brown purchased his first camera only two years ago and began to teach himself the necessary skills through trial and error.

The young diver said he has always enjoyed sharing his underwater experiences, but never expected to make his work public.

“I was happy with sharing my photos with my friends, family and students, but the more photos I take, the more people I want to show and the more people I show, the more photos I want to take,” Mr Brown said.

“This will be my first exhibition where I can showcase my passion project to the local community.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m really grateful – otherwise this would all just be a little Instagram project I do on the side.”

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The exhibition is one of the first to be displayed in MPAC’s new foyer galleries.

Gallery curator Gary Aitken said the expansion had doubled gallery space in the venue.

“We’ve created this foyer gallery to not only activate the foyer but also create opportunities for talented emerging local artists and we hope to do a lot more of this,” Mr Aitken said.

“Hamish is one of the most extraordinary artists and we’re thrilled to be able to offer him the East Foyer gallery and to support his obvious talents through his photography journey.

“I believe it’s important for him to get his work out of Instagram and into bricks and mortar for the whole community to be able to see.”

Mr Brown’s underwater photography exhibition will be alongside works from emerging photographer Ben Dennis and established South West photographer John Austin.

They will be displayed in the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre galleries until November 25.

For more of Mr Brown’s images of the submerged world, visit www.instagram.com/hamish.brwn.