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What I did on on my holidays #3

Dropping in on the Tates.

While in London I visited both the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. The highlight of the Tate Britain for me was the Turner Collection. What can I say? I spent several hours in rooms full of Turner paintings.

Looking at Turners

 

The drawcard at the Tate Modern was the exhibition of modernist photography from the collection of Sir Elton John. Either Sir Elton has a fantastic eye or he has been very well advised, probably both. This was a major highlight of the trip, so many iconic images I have been seeing in books and online all my photography life; Brassai, Dorothea Lange, Kertesz, Rodchenko, Man Ray to name but a few.

Spending some time sitting in a quiet room of Rothko paintings wasn’t bad either.

Inside the Tate Britain

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What I did on my holidays #2

During my few days in London, I walked around the streets of Soho. It still has character but is no longer full of bars, strip clubs, etc. The locals are complaining it is becoming gentrified and bland.

I dropped in to The Photographer’s Gallery at 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho to see the Roger Mayne exhibition. Mayne was known for his black and white images documenting life in the streets of the 1950s and 1960s.

Mayne died in 2014 and  this was the first exhibition of his work since 1999. Once again, I learned the value of seeing original prints instead of images in books or on line. Unfortunately I couldn’t hang around long enough to see the exhibition of Gregory Crewdson’s work.

The Photographer’s Gallery

 

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It’s Panoramic

I am a member of the Point Cook Camera Club, a recent club competition had the set subject of “Panoramas”. It has been a while since I have tried to make a proper panorama. I have read the theory about tripods and nodal points and such, and all that hard brain work put me right off them, not to mention having to join them together yourself in the early days before Photoshop introduced its Photomerge function.

My first attempts were made with PTGui, a very clever program but one that was a little beyond my skills at the time. One of the issues for me at the time was trying to deal with lens distortion, never did manage to get that right.

Not long back I read an article on Luminous Landscape by Kevin Raber, explaining a simple method for taking the images needed for a successful panorama. It semed easy enough so I had a few tries at it.

For the camera club competition, I took two panormas, one at a favourite shooting place near Geelong; Dog Rocks. And another on the outskirts of Werribee. The Dog Rocks panorama has 7 images and the Werribee Badlands panorama is 9 images stitched together using the Photomerge function in Photoshop.

Dog Rocks Panorama

Dog Rocks Panorama

 

Werribee Badlands Panorama

Werribee Badlands Panorama

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Tilting at windmills…

The windmill is a part of the Australian landscape, familiar to anyone who has driven through the Australian countryside.

Windmill

The windmill is used to pump underground water into a trough or water tank sitting beside it. One of the fascinating things about windmills is that they are seen in a wide range of conditions, from brand new and shiny to completely collapsed.

Windmills are one of the re-occurring subjects in my rural photography. Who knows, they might even get an exhibition of their own.

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Melrakki by Joshua Holko

Melrakki is the Icelandic name for the Arctic Fox, the only mammal native to Iceland. Melrakki is also the latest project from renowned Melbourne photographer Joshua Holko.

Melrakki features a beautifully produced, limited edition book (I have number 5!), plus a superb print in an embossed folio cover.

Melrakki by Joshua Holko

Melrakki by Joshua Holko

The book features a foreword by Dr.Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and extensive field notes by Joshua. Melrakki is the culmination of three winters of patient waiting to capture the magnificent images.

There are only 100 copies of this limited edition work, so if you want one, don’t mess about.

More information…

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Back in Seddon again

Chris Gooden and the crew at Seddon Deadly Sins have very kindly given me some wall space for five of my urban fragments images. They are nicely framed and for sale.

If you find yourself in Melbourne’s west, drop into Seddon Deadly Sins (148 Victoria Street, Seddon) have a coffee and try some of the excellent food. Say hello to Chris and the gang and have a look at the prints on the wall.

Percy Street, North Fitzroy

Percy Street, North Fitzroy

Victoria Street, Seddon

Victoria Street, Seddon

Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Spencer Street, West Melbourne

Spencer Street, West Melbourne

Buckley Street, Footscray

Buckley Street, Footscray

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Road trip

In June I took a road trip to the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. This was part holiday and part hunting for images to round out my next exhibition.

The Yorke Peninsula has a unique character in South Australia. It has rich farmland, many small ports from which grain was shipped and in the north some serious mining, mostly copper.

A lot of the settlers and miners came from Cornwall and Wales, cornish pasties are the local cuisine. Just kidding. The landscape is littered with derelict stone cottages and the towns have a unique character.

Near Maitland, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Near Maitland, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

 

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Near Yorketown, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

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Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

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Ice lagoon Exhibition Aftermath

My exhibition of images taken at Jokulsarlon, the Ice Lagoon, in Iceland is over.

The prints have been removed from the walls and the Point Cook public art space has been handed over to a new artist. All the purchased images have been delivered and the rest put away.

Thanks to all who came to see my prints and a big thanks to those who purchased one. I sold 19 prints making it my most successful exhibition ever. And I am now in the Wyndham permanent collection and the Encore Events Centre art collection.

A very special thanks to Megan Evans and Nicholas Boseley for their advice, encouragement and support. Wyndham City provides a lot of resources to support local artists and thanks to all in the Wyndham arts projects team for the great work that you do to make Wyndham an artist friendly place.

Ice on the Beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Ice on the Beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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What’s that Skip? Another exhibition?

Yes, the good folks at Wyndham Art Spaces have offered me another exhibition to be held in February 2016.

The exhibition will feature images I have taken at Jokulsarlon, the Ice Lagoon, Iceland during several visits. The images will be A2 inkjet prints (printed by me on Canson Baryta Photographique), and they will be for sale.

Thanks very much to Nicholas Boseley and the art team at the City of Wyndham for the encouragement and opportunity. This is a great community initiative to support local artists.

This is a sample image from the set that will be in the exhibition.

Ice on the Beach

Ice on the Beach, Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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Looking back

From time to time I go back through my store of images; looking for usable ones I missed the first time, or ones that I can extract more from due to new tools, more knowledge or just a different idea.

Recently I revisited images I took in the South Australian town of Marree during a trip in 2012.

At the time I was after a strong evening summer sun look, but wasn’t very happy with the colour in the shots. I have revisited them with new tools and some different techniques and managed to get them to be much closer to what I envisaged at the time.

Don’t forget to go back through your archives to find the hidden gems.

 

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

Marree, South Australia

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