Exhibition: Gallery Director Karina Devine supports local art group exhibition currently on display at the Warwick Art Gallery.
Exhibition: Gallery Director Karina Devine supports local art group exhibition currently on display at the Warwick Art Gallery. Nicole Zurcas

Brain tumour hasn't made local man put down his camera

Three years ago Mike Geisel had to put his dentistry career on hold after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

But the condition hasn't interfered with his 50 year-old passion for photography with some of his latest work viewable at the Warwick Art Gallery.

As the road to recovery continues Dr Geisel doesn't let that get in the way of his life.

"I've had to slow things down, the recovery process hasn't been too bad, though I still have lasting damage,” said Dr Geisel.

Working as a photographer part time, Dr Geisel did event photography and captured celebratory moments such as weddings and school formals.

Now his work is only personal, taking wildlife shots and astrology images.

Teaming up with the Allora Photography group Dr Geisel's work features in the Advance Australia Fair exhibition.

The group have developed a series of photographs depicting the narrative of the national anthem.

As a young boy Dr Geisel was interested in astronomy, spending nights outside and mapping the constellations.

It wasn't a surprise when he got his first camera he put the two together and pursued astrophotography.

For his piece in the exhibition the retired dentist was drawn to the phrase "Beneath our radiant Southern Cross”.

Allora photographer features in Warwick Art Gallery exhibition
Allora photographer features in Warwick Art Gallery exhibition Mike Geisel

His photograph shows an amplified starry night sky, featuring a radio telescope in the foreground. To create this, Dr Geisel combined two separate images.

"I captured the night sky at the Girraween National Park and the Narrabri radio telescope in New South Wales,” he said.

Working from an observatory, Dr Geisel uses telescopes to capture his photographs.

"The first thing I do is identify the subject, I then lock the telescopes and focus my camera,” he said.

"I take a series of 40 photos, up to two or three minutes of long exposure and then digitally combined them on my computer.”

The Allora-based photography club showcases talent from across the Southern Downs region.

"I think the group is a vibrant and successful local club,” said Dr Geisel.

Together with 31 other photographs the exhibition shows professional quality work, said gallery director Karina Devine.

"We love working with local artist and the group have created a great professional display,” she said.

Ms Devine said photography works well with the community as people can relate to the images.

"In this exhibition the photographs and story telling are really up for interpretation,” Ms Devine said.

The exhibition is now open at the Warwick Art Gallery for the month of May.



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