March 12-16, 2018
Closing reception: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 1pm
Star Gazing is a collection of photographs of the stars and auroras by Annelies Sikkenga. Often times it is difficult to see the stars and auroras in the city due to light pollution. Sikkenga’s goal with this exhibition is to create an environment that allows visitors to experience these phenomena within the gallery. Sikkenga, though photographing at night, manages to capture multitudes of stars and the rich colours and stunning formations of auroras. Getting a clear image with such little light is a difficult task and requires long exposure times of around 20 to 30 seconds. The dimly lit gallery attempts to recreate a dark night, so grab a blanket and come gaze at the stars!
My name is Annelies Sikkenga and I am currently enrolled at the School of Art with the intention of getting a Fine Arts Degree focused in Graphic Design. I have had a passion for photography since I was young, but only started taking night photographs a few years ago. I moved to Canada three years ago and realized I would be able to view the amazing auroras! I took to the internet and taught myself the tricks to taking long exposure photos to really capture stars and auroras. Most of these photos were taken at 20 to 30 second exposures, and far away from light pollution. The trick is to practice, find yourself a dark area, and don’t forget that tripod (because the roof of your car doesn’t always work...)! Bring along your flashlight because it gets dark, but most importantly, enjoy the view!