46 Douro St, Nth Geelong. Ph: 03 4222 8359

Focal Point Darkroom
and Gallery

Creating and celebrating photography.


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About Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery

The Darkroom

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Our darkroom is available for hire: one enlarger to work on your own, a selection or the whole darkroom (20 enlargers) for groups. We have a great choice of professional-quality enlargers, from 35mm to 4"x5", all suitable for Ilford Multigrade. We also have a dedicated film processing room and a copy room that can double as a private darkroom, with all facilities (if you have a secret project you are working on).

The Gallery

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We aim to celebrate photography in all its forms: from hand-printed black & white prints to colour digital files; hard-hitting news to fine-art; historically significant to contemporary works; from established and well-known photographers to emerging.

Our upcoming exhibitions include Photojournalism; contemporary photography; landscapes; portraits; works by students; and special themes from individuals or groups of photographers.

The Shop

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We want you to enjoy creating beautiful photographs as affordably as possible. We have everything you need for film photography, from film to printing paper. We even have some pre-owned cameras and other equipment. Of course, we would like you to enjoy our darkroom, but if you want to build your own darkroom, or already have one, then we can supply the chemistry and accessories you need, as well as some pre-owned enlargers and other darkroom gear.

Workshops

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Set Workshops

We have regular workshops on photography and darkroom techniques. Dates vary. Contact us or see our events section for details or to book.

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Create Your Own Workshop

We understand that sometimes people want to do a workshop but can't make it on a particular day. We can tailor a darkroom workshop to suit your requirements and when you are available. No matter what your level of skill, from complete novice or beginner to experienced professional, we will work around you to teach the skills you will need to confidently work in our darkroom and produce fantastic analogue black-and-white prints. Contact us for more details. 

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Guest Workshops

From time to time we will have guest presenters doing workshops on advanced techniques, alternative processes, analogue and digital photography techniques and lighting. Contact us or see in the upcoming events below to book.

Upcoming exhibitions & Events

1 to 25 November 2019

Full Throttle - Motorsport Photography

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays and Monday 25 November

Event Details

1 to 25 November 2019

Full Throttle - Motorsport Photography

This exhibition has been extended to Monday 25 November, to allow visitors to the Geelong Revival to take advantage of it. Feel the noise of motorsport from grass-roots to international competition, Minis to Mustangs, classics to V8 and F1. The cars, the drivers, the crowds and the circuits. Entry is $10 adult and $8 Concession/kids. Car Club members and Camera Club members are half price. Focal Point Members FREE.

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays and Monday 25 November

29 November to 1 December 2019

Oxygen College end of year exhibition

10am - 5pm

One weekend only.

Event Details

29 November to 1 December 2019

Oxygen College end of year exhibition

Help the diploma students from Geelong's Oxygen College celebrate with their end of year exhibition. If you are thinking of studying photography, this is an excellent opportunity to see the work by Oxygen students. Entry is $5 for adults; $4 concession. Students and Focal Point members FREE 

10am - 5pm

One weekend only.

6 to 24 December 2019

See The Music - music photography

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only.

Event Details

6 to 24 December 2019

See The Music - music photography

Performers, bands and fans. Some of Australia's best music photography on display and on sale. A great chance to grab a very special Christmas gift. Entry is $5 for adults, $4 concession. Focal Point members FREE.

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only.

4 to 26 January

Street Smarts

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only

Event Details

4 to 26 January

Street Smarts

An open-call exhibition, open to any photographer, professional or amateur, with the theme of Street Photography. Colour or black-and-white, film or digital. Entry is now open. $20 per entry. No limit per photographer but a limit of 200 photographs in total. People's Choice award.

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only

17 April to 10 May 2020

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Awards

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only.

Event Details

17 April to 10 May 2020

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Awards

All the finalists and winners of the 2019 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Awards. A must see exhibition for anyone interested in photography, the media or history (be a witness to history that has been recently made) Entry is $10 for adults; $8 concession. Camera club members half price. Focal Point members FREE.

10am - 5pm

Wednesdays to Sundays only.

About Watto

 

Craig “Watto” Watson worked for several years in retail and industrial camera shops before beginning a course in photography at RMIT in 1986. This led to a part-time position at Leader Newspapers in Blackburn, which in turn led to a full-time position as darkroom technician at the Herald & Weekly Times.


Watto worked in the darkroom for two years, before taking up a position as photographer on The Weekly Times newspaper, covering all aspects of country life, including farming, news, sport, politics, gardening, cooking, the environment and industry. During his six years on the The Weekly Times, he won numerous prestigious photographic awards, in state and national media competitions. 


He began photographing motorsport and classic cars in 1994, and in 1996 left the paper to begin a freelance career specialising in classic motoring, motorsport and corporate events. Since then he has been published in over 40 magazine and newspaper titles in Australia, the United Kingdom and USA, being the sole Australian contributor to six motoring magazines in the UK for a decade. 


His corporate work has included official events photographer at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, including the relaunch of Blood on The Southern Cross in 2003, a visit by a Chinese delegation for the opening of the Chinese mining display in 1998, and the Royal Visit by The Queen and Prince Phillip in 2000.


In 1997 he was the official photographer at the Avalon International Air show, and he has been official photographer on charity bush rallies for Camp Quality, Canteen and Make-A-Wish, as well as numerous other events.


In 2000 he worked as Photographic Supervisor (Cycling) at the Sydney Olympic Games and Photographic Manager (Cycling) at the Sydney Paralympics. While not photographing at these events, his role was looking after international photographers to ensure they had everything they needed to carry out their work.


From 2004 to 2017, Watto ran his own niche market motoring magazine covering British cars from Mini, Morris, Austin, MG, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Rover, Leyland and others. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out of the market in 2017 and the magazine was closed down in June of that year.


Following twelve months’ research and planning, and acquiring of equipment, Watto and his family opened Focal Point Darkroom and Gallery in North Geelong in February 2019.

The primary purposes of the business are to support and encourage local photographers, from students to well-established, and to provide a local photographic hub to bring photographers together to create and celebrate photography.


The business consists of four main components, being:

• The gallery.

• The darkroom.

• The shop.

• The library (with over 700 books on photography).

Access to the darkroom and library is via Focal Point membership, which also includes discounts on shop merchandise and workshops, as well as free entry to most exhibitions in the gallery.

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Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery

46 Douro St, North Geelong, VIC 3215, AU

03 4222 8359

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