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These Photographic Prints Capture The Vibrant Architecture Of Portugal

Art

The saying goes ‘a change is as good as a holiday’… but for Geelong based photographer Stephanie Rooney, the holiday sparked a change in her art practice!

Usually drawn to subdued and neutral tones, a trip to Lagos in Portugal prompted Stephanie to capture the vibrant architecture, which she presents in her exhibition ‘Lento‘ opening this Sunday December 1st at The KO Creative Studio in Geelong, and online at Moona + Co.

29th November, 2019

Pink walls of Portugal on show in the exhibition ‘Lento’ by photographer Stephanie Rooney. Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

Stephanie Rooney and photograph from her series, ‘Lento.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

‘In Circles.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

A perfect print, styled in a cosy nook. Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

This dreamy print almost looks like a window out to the street. Pretend you are in Lagos! Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

‘Sanctum.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

‘Junk Mail’ perched in the corner. Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

“Terracotta Stairs.’  Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

‘Between The Lines.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

At home with Lento. Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

‘Between The Lines’ bringing out the colour of the bedspread! Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

‘Beyond.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney. Stylist – Janneke Coyle.

‘Junk Mail.’ Photo – Stephanie Rooney.

Miriam McGarry
Friday 29th November 2019

Stephanie Rooney was struck with inspiration for her latest photographic series while traveling in Lagos, Portugal.  The Geelong-based photographer was eating breakfast in a cobbled laneway (sounds idyllic!) watching the coloured shop fronts and local community members gather for their morning coffees.

Stephanie was drawn to the bright and ‘almost cartoon like’ architecture, where the homes conveyed a sense of joy and personality. As an ‘on the rise’ tourist destination, the homes have not yet been turned into short-stay accommodation, which makes Lagos an especially charming town to visit. Sophie highlights ‘all the homes in this series are residential, just out of the frame were washing lines, garbage bins and parked motor bikes.’

For someone who usually works with subdued tones and neutrals, the vibrancy of this collection  is outside of Sophie’s comfort zone, but she has relished the chance to work within a brighter palette whilst exploring the architectural language of Lagos. ‘I find this collection really invigorating.’ she says.

You can purchase prints online at Sophie’s online store, of visit the KO Creative Studio in Geelong.

Lento 
The KO Creative Studio
December 1 – 20 
1/14 Lambert Avenue 
Newtown
Geelong 

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