Melbourne photographer Doug Porter has a new exhibition entitled ‘The Beauty of Venice’ that is currently on display in the Brickwall Gallery at the hotel.
Doug’s most recent collection was inspired by his first travels to Italy and Sicily in 2006, where his love for the Italian country and culture was first kindled. Doug has spent almost 50 years working as a photographer and capturing the essence of places that impact him, and he hopes to share his passion for the magical city of Venice through his photography.
In light of his new collection, we sat down with Doug to find out about his display and what inspires him.
What inspires your photography?
Although I have spent close on 50 years in the photographic industry, I would not call myself a ‘technical photographer’, the photos I take are captured instinctively and from the heart. If a scene or situation moves me, I am moved to record it. Rules of photography are but a guideline, it is ok to bend or break them. Beauty inspires me, be it natural forms, old buildings, situations, textures and colours and occasionally people.
Tell us about your love of Venice?
Venice is a truly captivating and unique city, unlike anywhere else in the world and at every turn one is confronted by incredible beauty highlighted by magnificent light falling on the colour, textures and forms of the many ancient buildings. I love that in a city where public transport shouldn’t work, it works perfectly!
Which is your favourite photograph from the exhibition?
My favourite images from this exhibition are the three limited edition pieces in the history room. If I had to pick one, it would be ‘Traffico’ – to me this image conveys the colours of Venice and the sometimes chaotic traffic in the tiny canals. In the open edition images, my favourite would be ‘Preparation’ – I particularly like the composition and the soft muted colours.
Melbourne is such a unique city, what do you love about it?
Melbourne is a grand and elegant city with the Yarra River, our beautiful parks and gardens, our love of art and theatre. A cosmopolitan city – we are fortunate that we have the opportunity to sample such a wide variety of cuisines including the best coffee in the world. Melbourne is my hometown and always a delight to return home to.
Where do you think the best coffee in Melbourne is?
In my opinion, the best coffee in Melbourne would still be Pellegrini’s – it’s remained unchanged since as long as I can remember. You can always be assured of great coffee and great pasta.