Monday, December 20, 2010

Interesting photo from J Paul Getty Museum

This is called  Infant Photography Gives the Painter an Additional Brush - 1856 it is an albumen print by Oscar Gustave Rejlander who was a painter. The photograph looks like a painting in its composition and content.
He portrays photography as the new infant reaching to the painter and touching his brushes - emphasising the view at the time that Photography was a new child of the arts.

Sepia tone for Monotone images

I have added some colour tone to the vegetables. I am not sure which are more appealing - the black and white or these toned ones.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Still life Black & White Vegetables

 I went to Preston Market and could not resist buying these beautiful subjects for portraits.

Portrait of Kohlrabi
Portrait of Garlic Chives
Portrait of Mushrooms

Portrait of Choko

Portrait of Bitter Gourd
Portrait of Ridged Gourd

Monday, December 6, 2010

Brunswick St Gallery Small Works

I submitted three works for the Brunswick St Small Works exhibition.
The show runs until mid January

I am very pleased with them all.
They are 28 x 23cm in black frames.
This first one is based on my favourite poem, Death of th Bird by AD Hope.
Read the entire poem here

The second is a collograph I did in Sicily

The third is a giclee print - the image is a montage of my original photographs combined in Adobe Photoshop.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Melbourne Summer

I took a canvas that I had started a year ago and extensively reworked it so I could submit it for the Contemporary Artist Society exhibition at Burnley. I worked on it all day Friday and most of the weekend.

I finished it Monday and was anxious that it was completely dry for Thursday drop off. After a day in the car in the sun it was fine.
It is oil on canvas and is 120 x 60 cm
It is on show at McConchie Reserve this weekend 3rd 4th 5th Dec 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Poppy in the garden

Summer brings lovely surprises in the garden.
This poppy 'popped up' unexpectedly next to our artichokes.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Brunswick St Gallery Small Works

Decided to submit a colour version of the Sedution of the City into the Brunswick Gallery Small Works competition. This opens 6pm Dec 10th at

Secret Life of the City

Entered a photomontage into the Secret Life of the City competition at 69 Smith St. The show opens officially on Saturday, but the works have been hung and the gallery is open as of today (Wednesday 24th).
Here is my entry.

Pigment Gallery opening

Attended the opening of the fundraiser for the Butterfly foundation at Pigment Gallery last night.
I have donated an oil painting called Shadowland
There is a silent auction that goes on until 27th November.
I hope that my work raises a decent sum for the cause.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Secret Life of the City - 69 Smith St competition

Have been working on my entry for the show - it is close to completion...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pantalica near Syracuse

Starting to look through my photos from the trip to Sicily.
I know why I lugged my big camera on the walk around the gorges of Pantelica. I like these images very much

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ian Parry

Gorgeous landscape paintings at James Makin Gallery by Ian Parry. The exhibition does not start until next week but I managed to see it before it was hung. Delicious layering and colour combinations.
Best seen in the gallery rather than inthese images - you can appreciate the texture close up.

Monash Art Gallery

Three interesting exhibitions
1. Li Gang
A fascinating exhibition of Li Gang. He uses experimental photography - largely film based.
He has used hand built cameras - medium format and large format.
They are on show - stuck together with masking tape and black cloth tape.
He bought the lenses in a market in Beijing.
He was a printmaker in a previous life - and the images have a sensitivity that are crafted. Very atmospheric. He also leaves marks on the images - in a printmaker style.

Also a series of digital images snapped while he was walking to work - feet moving, blurred.
And some lomo images. He also has a home made scanner which he uses to manipulate his images.

2. Hijacked
By young Australian and German photographers. This was the exhibition we went to see, but I found the work by Li Gang more interesting.
3. Konrad Winkler
His documentation of Julie Goodwin - artist working through her post natal depression - pretty bleak.

I have a web site

Yes I created it last week when I realised that the Focus11 Show ws opening and I had had cards printed with a web address on them. But no www.
So here it is

Sunday, October 31, 2010

 The end of year show for our second Year Photography class opens on Wednesday. The official drinks and nibbles is on next Friday Nov 5th between 6 and 8pm.
We have been busy printing and framing our work in preparation.

Photography exhibitions

A good thing about being back is the opportunity to catch up with some more contemporary art.
This weekend I saw 2 exhibitions that were closing this weekend.
The first at New North gallery
the work of Group M members: Albert Brown, George Bell, Roy McDonald, Harry Youlden and Richard Woldendorp who were active in Melbourne in the 1960s
The second gallery was Heide where the confronting photographs of Carol Jerrums, William Yang, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark were in an exhibition called Behind the Lense: Up Close on Film.
They were documenting their lives, and recording images of their friends - none of them what you would call conventional. All of the photographers who were represented were engaged in portraiture, but in the 1960s and 70s they were a generation apart from the Group M  folk. The latter were still using formal and 'polite' approaches - in the tradition of Cartier Brersson. While Jerrums cited Cartier Bresson as a major influence, her work and the work of  the others in the show would have been more at home on the pages of Rolling Stone than Paris Match.

This is the image used to promote the show - Carol Jerrums.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Back in Melbourne

How wonderful to be home and to see the garden looking wonderful.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Large Format Still Life

Personal project for college coming to a close - these are the final images for my 5x4 films.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Timelines - Photography and Time

Went to the NGV International to see the photography exhibition which is on there.
Works from the collection - was thrilled to see the Latigue and the Brassai here - such iconic works.

Also enjoyed the work of Ponch Hawkes and Bill Brandt

Large Format Camera Work

For my personal project I have decided to use the 5x4 camera at college to photograph still life - vegetables which, unlike people, do not blink or wriggle.
There have been challenges with the loading and development of film, getting the light right and so forth. But I am getting close to completion.
Theses are images I took using my digital camera when I was testing the light and composition prior to using the large camera.

Portraits of Carole

Carole was the second prize winner of the Visual Arts end of year exhibition fund raiser - and wins a black and white portrait.
The portrait was taken in the studio at NMIT
These are the four I like best, but it is up to Carole to chose which she likes best.
The lectures and practical exercises we have undertaken during the course have paid off I think.