It gave me immense pleasure to officially open Paul Lau's first ever solo photography exhibition last night at the Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra...
It gave me immense pleasure to officially open Paul Lau's first ever solo photography exhibition last night at the Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra.
The exhibition, entitled Conquering Matildas, provided an accurate and exquisite depiction of the raw emotion I and my team mates experienced throughout our 2010 AFC Asian Cup campaign.
During his speech he made mention of the unpredictable element of his sports photography work. As players we cannot predict what is to come; nor can he. It is the timing of the moment and the time of capturing the image that he finds fascinating, challenging and rewarding. He provided great insight in to his experience and thanked all for their support and attendance.
Personally, last night proved to be a perfect opportunity to re-live the monumental occasion of winning our penalty shoot out against North Korea, to be then crowned queens of Asia.
Circling the room, viewing all images for the first time, my body-s response was similar to that of when striding out on to the pitch. My heart beat slightly faster, I couldn't help but smile, and goosebumps surfaced...only through football I have ever felt that incredible mix of emotions, nerves, excitement, and passion—it-s one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Paul, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to re-live the occasion so vividly. Due to your unique ability in capturing the crucial moments, the Matildas, family, friends, and fans will forever be able to reflect on this historic time in Australian football.
I would encourage people to get along and be a part of the exhibition. Whether or not you are a fan of the sport, or know any of the girls personally, it doesn't matter. I can assure you, you will be a fan of the passion that you will discover burning inside.
The exhibition runs until 13 November 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Friday 12 - 4pm Weekends Huw Davies Gallery is located at Manuka Arts Centre Manuka Circle Griffith ACT www.photoaccess.org.au ph: 02 6295 7810