Shot in the Heart of Melbourne 2019

Image by Mark Lourensz

Image by Mark Lourensz

"Shot in the Heart of Melbourne" exhibition now open.

The Australian Association of Street Photographers is proud to bring the eighth “Shot in the Heart of Melbourne” exhibition.

Held in the beautiful Frater, Hammond and McCubbin galleries at the historic Victorian Artists Society building, the exhibition is focused on each photographer’s personal interpretation of street photography within the Melbourne CBD.

Exhibition Details:

30th May to 10th June

Victorian Artists Society

430 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002.

Important dates for Exhibitors

  • SITHOM 2019 Exhibition Applications are open now

  • SITHOM 2019 Exhibition Applications close Sunday 7th of April 2019

  • Final day for receipt of images for curation - Sunday 7th of April 2019

  • Final day for payment of exhibition fees - Sunday 14th of April 2019

  • Final day of image curation - Sunday 14th of April 2019

  • Final day for frame size and label details - Sunday 12th of May 2019

  • Hanging Day - Wednesday 29th May, 2019

  • Exhibition Dates 30th May - 10th June, 2019

  • Opening Event - 7pm Friday 31st May, 2019

  • Dismantling Day - Tuesday 11th June, 2019 10am-2pm.

SITHOM 2019 Resources

Link to the SITHOM 2019 Resource page for relevant forms and informational sheene

About "Shot in the Heart of Melbourne" 2019

The Australian Association of Street Photographers Incorporated (AASPI), who exhibit under the banner of 'Shot in the Heart of Melbourne' (SITHOM), are a group of avid photographers in the "street photography genre", or as it's commonly called, just "street".

Now in its 8th year, SITHOM is a street photography and photojournalism exhibition that celebrates the decisive, and often indecisive, but always graceful moments within our gritty, yet beautiful city of Melbourne.

Previous exhibitions showcased individual captures from diverse and enthusiastic photographers, who have focused on the eclectic hub that is Melbourne.

They capture ephemeral moments. Raw, candid and completely unique. Shot in the Heart of Melbourne is a candid homage to the people, architecture and street life that bring this individual city to life every day.

In recent times, it seems that the time honoured traditional form of street photography has been overshadowed by a flood of more contemporary, staged, digitally manipulated and over processed genres of photography.

Those who love the genre of "street", know the elation inside, when they capture the moment of something truly unique, fleeting, decisive, and never to be repeated!

What is "street photography"? This definition is subjective and varies from person to person, but at best, it's a visual documentation, focusing on a moment in time, of everyday life of society, un-manipulated and usually without the subject's awareness. Street photography doesn't necessarily need people in it. An object, shadow, ray of light can be the subject, rather than a human form.

 “I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.” – Bruce Gilden

A Definition of Street Photography

Street photography is difficult to define and is constantly evolving and being debated. It does however have a number of traits that have been associated with it throughout its history.

Street Photography is about capturing a spontaneous, candid moment from the energy and chance juxtapositions of life. Street photography distinguishes itself from reportage and photojournalism in that it contains the artists intent and interpretation of observations of everyday life caught as it unfolds in front of you.

Despite its name these moments need not necessitate the presence of a street. ‘Street’ simply refers to a place where human activity can be seen, a place to observe and capture social interaction.

While street photography usually involves people it can be of object that projects a human character or an environment that is decidedly human.

Framing, composition and timing are key aspects of the genre, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment.

Guide to Curation for SITHOM

SITHOM is a curated exhibition. Here is a summary of what will be considered during curation,

  • Urban - Limited to the Melbourne metropolitan area, most probably in a public space

  • Candid - Images should be un-staged where the subjects will mostly be unaware that their picture is being taken

  • Dignity - should not demean or ridicule any person, so please no homeless people or local ‘characters’

  • Natural - black and white or natural colour only and limit processing to minor cropping and other minor adjustments. Effects such as HDR, selective colouring, double exposure or distortion will most likely not be accepted. We want to see the image in its most realistic, yet artistic form

  • Original - must be your own work and photographing another artists artwork may not be accepted, including images of street performers performing their art.

  • Street - have a street photography, documentary or urban poetry style

Full details on curation criteria can be found in the in the SITHOM Terms and Conditions, and if any image is rejected by the curation committee you will be given the opportunity to resubmit.


SITHOM 2018 Exhibition

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SITHOM 2018 Gallery

View the images exhibited in “Shot in the Heart of Melbourne” 2018

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SITHOM 2018 Catalogue

View the catalogue for “Shot in the Heart of Melbourne” 2018