Published on 6 February 2013
Former University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas AM is certainly a man with vision.
As well as leading USC from its inception in 1994 to a thriving campus of 7,000 students when he retired in 2010, Professor Thomas last year took on the demanding role of chairing the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board.
Tomorrow (Thursday 7 February), Sunshine Coast residents will get the chance to see how Professor Thomas views the world through his camera lens.
Media and the public are welcome to attend the official opening of a photographic exhibition by Professor Thomas, called Images of Vietnam, at 6.30pm at the USC Gallery at Sippy Downs.
Well-known Sunshine Coast photographer Robyn Hills will provide the opening address.
USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said Images of Vietnam was a colourful travel diary of the extraordinary people and places that Professor Thomas visited in Vietnam in 2012.
“His work shows the humanity, generosity and beauty of the people, the magnificent coastline and the colours that make this a fascinating country,” she said.
“Thomas’s eye for colour and composition captures everyday Vietnamese life while documenting moments in time and the stories of people living in this beautiful part of the world. He is able to see the beauty of the everyday by juxtaposing modern and ancient.”
A second exhibition will present a collaborative poster project by students from USC and the University of Missouri-St Louis in the United States.
Both exhibitions will continue at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery until Saturday 9 March.
The Gallery is located on the University campus, Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.
— Terry Walsh