I recently stumbled across the beautiful photography work of Jo Grace and her Kaleidoscope Exhibition on Rundle Street. Hidden away in the exclusive space in BlankSpace Studios, this exhibition flaunted pops of fuschia and yellow clothing draped over fresh faces, Sarah Davies and Stephanie Harrison of Finesse Models Australia.
When asked the big question, ‘why photography’, Jo noted, “I fell in love with photography because of the mechanics of a camera and its ability to capture a moment in a visually interesting way. Looking through the view finder is like having your own personal connection with the world. Plus, I love making ordinary things look amazing.” I can definitely agree that she has created something amazing, the team involved found beauty in bright coloured walls over the city, including Bowden Train Station and wholesale food warehouses.
Fashion is a celebration of colour, especially when Spring hits Australia. Kaleidoscope celebrates the use of colour in fashion – focusing on the wide array of colours and tones in each frame. Emily Pescod (Art Director and stylist) and Jo Grace set themselves a strict brief to avoid the use of Photoshop to pull off the concept. The girls were assigned a colour from each designer, in which they had to source a matching colour backdrop and accessories. “Not an easy task!,” exclaims Jo, who was blessed enough to have designers like George Gross, Harry Who, Couture + Love + Madness and Cameo involved in the project.
On the opening night 100 or so people came along to view the Kaleidoscope work. With an open bar (yummy drinks supplied by Kirin Cider) and tunes from Pilot DJs, the crowd took in the explosion of colour. Special effect lighting, a video projection and make-your-own-art projections gave the audience a multi-media experience.
BlankSpace Studios is a collective of small creative businesses that share a commercial space on Rundle Street, Adelaide. “We inspire each other, bounce ideas off one another and use each other services to keep costs down. But most of all it, allows us freedom to create new projects in an open and positive space.”
When asked what nice things she had to say about her two beautiful subjects, Jo said, “[They] were amazing to work with. These two girls are so very young and have bright futures ahead of them.” And I’m certain that these two models aren’t the only ones who do!