Friday, September 30, 2011

Rye - just before the storm

Just before the storm at Rye. Did not wait to take photos of the lightning and rain that followed minutes later. It was extremely cold!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Letterpress Workshop with John Brebner

I  have just attended a 2 day workshop with John Brebner who runs Homeprint in New Zealand. The workshop was at NMIT where John was a guest of the Visual Arts department.
We learned about the history of letterpress and we used his portable press to experiment with some of the odd 'sorts' he brought to the workshop.
The press

the wooden letters

the print

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beautiful collodion prints

When I was in Ballarat I made a special trip to a venue to see Jeanne Wells' collodion prints. Alas the shop was shut unexpectedly.
But I have found them on her website, so fortunately I can now view them at my leisure.
I think they are extremely beautiful
What do you think?
She also has an impresive blog with a myriad if interesting links.

On one link I found this excellent description of the different types of photographic prints. A great summary.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ballarat PhotographyBiennale

Went up to Ballarat to see the exhibitions associated with the Biennale.
There were some stand out favourites.
Gypsy Pennefeather's hand painted photographs were very wonderful. Beautifully executed.

An interesting retrospective called Brian Duffy - the Man Who Shot the Sixties at the Ballarat Art Gallery. Brian Duffy, was a contemporary of David Bailey and Terence Donovan.

Duffy was one of the innovators of 'documentary' fashion photography, revolutionising fashion imagery and the fashion industry of the late 50s and 60s.
A documentary about Duffy complemented the works - some iconic images of the era including the famous David Bowie, and many other images of celebrities such as Michael Caine, the Beatles etc.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hand coloured black and white



Pinhole image printed on matt paper, hand coloured with Marshall Oil paints.
Another Photomedia assignment.

Image and Text Assignment for NMIT

Have been working on a Photomedia assignment where we have to combine images and text.
I took some digital photos of Abbotsford Convent  that I shot earlier in the year, converted them to black and white images, inverted them and printed them onto acetate, Then took them into the darkroom and printed them with the text of the Magdelane Laundries by Joni Mitchell.
I then coffee toned the images,
Now I have scanned them so I can put them on this blog.
I guess I could have done it all in Photoshop - but the journey was interesting.
My goal was to evoke the misery and suffering that occured at this convent.