PAINTING THE SKY: The opening of Rose Hamilton-Barr's photography exhibition will be celebrated on Friday night.
PAINTING THE SKY: The opening of Rose Hamilton-Barr's photography exhibition will be celebrated on Friday night. Felicity Ripper

Rose's faith, hope and love

IT'S a popular bible verse to many, but to Gayndah's Rose Hamilton-Barr it's so much more, the fitting name of her new exhibition Faith, Hope and Love are the ingredients for every one of her photographs.

The ex-journalist and seasoned portrait photographer will unveil her photography exhibition with a wine and cheese night this Friday, May 25, at Gayndah Art Gallery.

Ms Hamilton-Barr has strayed from portraits and explored the breathtaking landscapes of our own backyard.

"I like to capture the time of day that others might not get to,” Ms Hamilton-Barr said.

"When mothers are rushing around their kids after school or farmers have their heads down working, they're not seeing what I get to see.

"I get to really appreciate God's creation.”

Kicking off at 7.30pm, the celebration welcomes all and a $10 entry fee will get you some delicious finger food.

"I hope everyone comes along and has a good time and that they see something of what I see,” Ms Hamilton-Barr said.

In her 18th year of professional photography, Ms Hamilton-Barr believes God paints the sky everyday.

"I only became interested in landscape photography as a hobby about nine years ago, and just five years ago discovered birds, along with a deep love and appreciation of nature in all its glory,” she said.

"I actually don't understand how anyone can look at a stunning sunset and not see it for the creation it is.”

Gayndah Art Gallery director Susie Capewell was looking forward to seeing a lot of local faces appreciating Ms Hamilton-Barr's form of art.

"Rose is an amazing photographer, this isn't one to miss,” Mrs Capewell said.

Ms Hamilton-Barr grew up in scenic New Zealand with her artist mother where she developed her appreciation for beauty.

Photography was her first love and the career she imagined having as a child.

Four years ago she quit her full time job to care for her elderly mother, allowing her time to focus on photography.

She also teaches photography to Gayndah and North Burnett students.

Her exhibition will be on display at Gayndah Art Gallery until June 23, open 10am to 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday.


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