Robert G. Canning
Performing Arts and Music Award
About the artwork
Robynne O’Halloran chose to photograph Robert G. Canning at Brisbane’s heritage listed Brookfield Hall which was built in 1871. The hall offered lovely natural light has the older theatrical feel she was looking for. The result is a natural and relaxed view of Robert and his dance.
About the sitter
Robert G. Canning started studying ballet at the age of 12. He studied and worked with the Australian School of Ballet, Western Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Lyric Opera and QPAT. In 1984 he won the coveted ADAMS Dancer of the Year Award.
About the artist
Robynne O’Halloran is a portrait photographer who primarily works with natural light in creative and themed settings. She creates artistic images that share a story from the subject to the viewer. She is a strong supporter of the arts and is regularly involved in exhibitions and community art events.
“I had met Robert volunteering at the local school and when I learned that he had danced with the Queensland Ballet, I knew I had to photograph him.”
Behind the scenes
I had met Robert volunteering at the local school and when I learned that he had danced with the Queensland Ballet, I knew I had to photograph him.
I searched for a venue and I found the historical Brookfield Hall. Full of lovely warm timber and stories, it had the exact feeling and natural lighting I wanted for this shoot.
Robert and his wife Melissa joined me there and after a wonderful laughter filled session, I had the photos I wanted. Seeing Robert dance in this space was truly amazing. It was a privilege to photograph such an acclaimed dancer and to share this experience with both Robert and Melissa.