A Commonwealth Games photographer travels to Birmingham via Caroma during the parade

Sports photographer Sue McKay packs her bags for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but not before paying tribute to Adelaide’s local artists’ festival, SALA, on its 25th anniversary.

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is an annual month-long festival that celebrates the work of South Australian visual artists living today, regardless of age or level of experience.

The festival runs throughout August, coinciding with when Sue photographs Australian diamonds in England. In the true nature of SALA, the artist and the place came together to circumvent the shock of the dates, seeing the celebratory exhibition of Sue ‘Limit‘ showing weeks before the official date of the Festival.

Limit continues its journey from July 6 to September 30 at Caroma on The Parade, 49 The Parade Norwood, as part of the SALA Festival 2022.

Limit is Sue’s largest photography exhibition to date. Although Sue has photographed some of Adelaide’s biggest sporting events including the Australian Masters Games, Women’s Australian Open, Adelaide International Tennis and Showdown, no sporting imagery is on display.

As you wander through Caroma at The Parade Experience Center, you’ll find a collection of lanyards strewn among wall-sized cityscapes and landscapes. Together, the artwork and lanyards curiously tell the story of Sue’s journey as a photographer, from winning a random Instagram contest with Nikon just five years ago to international photography at the Commonwealth Games .

Sue explains, “The retention of images and cords symbolizes a time in my photographic career – 2022 – when restrictions on employment, creative expression and life in general were experienced”.

“While my short photographic career consisted of capturing the Socceroos, Matildas, Adelaide Crows, Adelaide United, Thunderbirds, Adelaide 36ers, Adelaide Crows and now the Australian Diamonds on my first overseas assignment, I am still working my “day job” in the South Australian government.

“Juggling the two is exhausting but necessary, at least for now, adds Sue.

Sue has documented and published her vision and inspiration behind the exhibit on her website. The pieces and artist statement can be viewed online at www.suemckay.com.

Sue leaves for the Commonwealth Games on Friday July 22, 2022.

Caroma on The Parade’s Experience Center at 49 The Parade Norwood complements Sue’s exhibit perfectly. Caroma has a team of passionate, expert design consultants who can help you with all of your renovation needs.

For more information, contact the artist (photographer) Sue McKay: Telephone 0438 204 074. Email [email protected]

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