NYC -6° Cold Bite of the Big Apple

New York City Photographs by Melissa Hobbs

In January 2011, Melissa Hobbs fulfilled a long-held dream to visit New York City. She went with an express intention; to photograph the ‘essence of New York’.

The average temperature in New York in January 2011 was -6°C. When 18 inches of snow fell, New York turned into a magical wonderland. Despite the extreme cold, Melissa took to the streets and Museums camera in hand and full of inspiration, this collection was born.

Melissa’s visit coincided with two significant photography exhibitions; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, and Stiegliz, Steichen, Strand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among the many exhibitions and collections, she was able to view original works by Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman and Dorothea Lange, personal favourites of Hobbs. This first-hand exposure to the wealth of tradition and innovation in photography fed and informed her own practice whilst there.

This exhibition contains a selection of photographs which express Melissa’s first-hand view of a truly iconic city. Alongside her more considered, large-format works, the triptych photos titled Cold Snap are a series of Smartphone shots.

As a keen user of social networking sites Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Melissa was able to instantly share her experiences, uploading her images immediately. Cold Snap conveys the more ‘photojournalistic’ side to her practice, one that aligns with the popular and fast-evolving ways in which we now interact with photography.

Melissa Hobbs is a professional photographer and Craigieburn resident.

Thursday 25 July - Sunday 8 September 2013

Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn
Monday – Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

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Link to Art Gallery 

When: 9:00 AM, 25 July 2013
Location: Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn - 75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Updated : 3:30 PM, 13 August 2018

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