Victoria Cooper+Doug Spowart Blog

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Muswellbrook Nocturne

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Nocturne Muswellbrook


Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart


For those of you who have been following our nocturne work over the last twelve months at WOOLI and in XMAS STREET we are now working on a new project in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. We are Artists in Residence at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and are now making nocturne photographs at dusk using the afterglow of sunset and streetlights documenting the town of Muswellbrook.

Nocturne light creates a sense of drama or a setting for a movie scene – a place where stories can be evoked and told. In this work we explore of the idiosyncratic nature of the architecture and street scenes of country and regional towns. The prosaic nature of these towns, when photographed in the dusk light, becomes part of a found aesthetic–a site-specific sculpture of light, colour and form. But there is also a visual narrative, isolated and exhumed by this light, one that has evolved from the activity of everyday life—yet the familiarity rendered it invisible.

Making the photographs is only the beginning of the project’s activity; the next part involves making a space for the telling of stories. Therefore the photographs are being posted on social media sites, a blog and Facebook to attract comments.

We now call upon the Muswellbrook community to share their stories of each place including their everyday and meaningful experiences by connecting with the project’s Blog and Facebook sites. We also invite other participants to comment if the photographic subject invokes the recollection of an experience or story.

The Blog: www.nocturnemuswellbrook.org

and Facebook



Doug+Vicky moving in to the Artists in Residence Studio

Doug+Vicky moving in to the Artists in Residence Studio


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© 2013 Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart for The Nocturne Muswellbrook Project


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  1. keep it happenin’ guys lookin’ good so far

    Roger Skinner

    June 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  2. This sounds great! Love your pictures so far and look forward to seeing the project unfold,
    Sue poggioli

    Sue Poggioli

    June 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • Thanks Sue – If you have experiences that relate to the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of the subjects we have photographed in this country town – do feel free to log on and post them… Cheers Vicky+Doug

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