Second Glance exhibition on now
04th September 2012
Michael Pugh
Second Glance
Statement by the artist

Second Glance is a two-for-one exhibition featuring archival-quality printing of some of my recent photographic work. ‘Portraits of Young Southern Highlanders’ and ‘Impressions of Landscape’ will be on display here at Coffee Culture from Monday 3 September until Saturday 13 October 2012.

The two themes are linked by in-camera photographic techniques that capture movement and mood contained within a vision for colour and design. The subjects portrayed in the portraits are young people who have impressed me with their enthusiasm and talents in various fields— there’s an Australian mountain bike champion, a virtuosic cellist, an aspiring author—but these images are only snapshots of their potential. As a series of pictures, it is for me very much an exciting work in progress and I know of many other young Southern Highlanders that could yet be included if time ever allows.

The large landscapes vary in subject, scope and scale but they are all colourful expressions of our local region as well as nearby coast and city impressions. On viewing the works, you may be left wondering if I ever get to stand still but I think this style produces fabulous impressions from our marvellous landscape. These prints may be ordered unframed or framed.

More examples of my work can be viewed at: .

I have also recently released an on-demand print book to coincide with the Second Glance exhibition. Ordering details for print and e-versions can also be found on my website.

Follow the link to view the original media release
Exhibition in Bowral during September and October 2012
30th June 2012
Advance notice: I have an exhibition booked for six weeks starting in September. More information soon!
See prints hanging at Exeter General Store
01st October 2011
If you are passing through the Southern Highlands, there's now another good reason for dropping into the Exeter General Store. The 'two-reason-rule' to go anywhere is usually good enough on its own here: great coffee and food and a fabulous, friendly ambience. So, with that in mind, you can also add viewing the selection of my pictures on display. There is a mix of work, sizes and prices, and you can purchase at the Store too, choosing from framed or unframed prints.

We plan to rotate the images on display every now and again, so be sure to come back for another coffee!

On show, August 2011
01st August 2011
Sideways Glances is a distillation of a series of images involving camera/subject displacement in ways that incorporate motion blur and its relationship to subject sharpness.

Many of the images have been taken while on the move, but they seek out a sharper subject in the frame. Surprisingly, many required an educated guess for the camera direction without me actually using the viewfinder. This adds an element of spontaneity that comes out well in the prints. (Apollo astronauts didn’t use viewfinders on the moon either!)

The motion effects are as-shot in camera: there is no post editing or manipulation of effects except for normal dust spotting and colour preparation for printing. The full-frame image capture of the Canon EOS system, coupled to their L-series lenses that I use, allows for considerable enlargement and even bigger prints can be ordered than those on display. The exhibition prints are made on high-quality art paper with an image area of 50 x 75 cm surrounded by a generous border for a good framing grip: other sizes can be ordered.

Sideways Glances hangs in the WSC Foyer Gallery, Civic Centre, Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale from 8–26 August 2011 and can be viewed Mondays to Fridays, 8:30–4:30. Print orders can be made at or by emailing The prints are unframed but several options are offered for framing services. Unframed prints of the size displayed are $359.00 each. While I do not edition these prints, I do sign them.