2019/08/25

New Project

Anannadale Road Tullamarine 2019-08-24 16:23:33

I have begun a new film project based around the edges of Melbourne International Airport. Locally known as Tullamarine or just Tulla. I will be exploring the intersection between  land use and its use for flight.

2019/08/24

2019/08/20

Wandering with a purpose...

2019-08-16 16:44:36


I spent a pleasant afternoon on a tour of Flinders Street station recently. With friends visiting Melbourne. I learned many new things about its design and construction along with some other information about the City and its design as well.


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2019/08/11

New Project on Tumblr

2019-07-13 17:17

2019-08-10 17:17

I am about 12 months into this project. I never anticipated the changes that are now going on.

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2019/08/03

Everything in photography is a tradeoff

Testing Grounds an experimental ARI near the NGV City Road Southbank
2019-08-01 11:01:56
When I teach students photography I try to stress that there is no perfect fit technically, especially when dealing with natural light and analogue materials. Studio lighting can be “perfect”, but I personally prefer natural light. Of course ideas and concepts go though all kinds shifts and changes as they evolve.

This saying gets trotted out at least weekly. The students enjoy it and by the end of the school year it has been known to illicit groans from them as well.

I originally got the saying from one of my teachers way back at University. In those days making analogue pictures was the only way to get your ideas into a concrete form. Which were usually them exhibited. Although if you were a commercial photographer they could end up as advertisements or billboards or any other form of visual communication.

Analogue photography has many compromises attached to it. Film choice, film format choice, speed and ease of use of cameras based on anticipated outcome, and on and on.

Digital has broadened the horizon somewhat, as you now can for example just ramp up your ISO on your digital camera to achieve a successful result in low light situations. Then use contemporary software to reduce the noise in the file. Still digital sensors are no match for the human eye or brain so some compromise will always occur when making pictures when using a conventional camera and especially when using a smart phone camera.

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2019/08/02

The power of images?

Looking South along City Road Southbank from the NGV. 2017-08-01 13:18:11
An op-ed piece in todays Age, by Waleed Aly argues we are being desensitised by imagery, generally. In his argument he specifically mentions climate change.

As an artist this is one of my own biggest concerns. Yes images can move us from stasis to action. Pictures however are not always designed for this. Robert Adams talks about hope and how art can provide this in many of his essays. It is a driving factor in my own work and one that is difficult to articulate both in words and pictures.

Instagram gets a mention in his article. Another discusses its impact on young tweens and teens. Sadly the link is broken but he rightly claims I think that the sheer volume of images we are exposed to on a daily basis makes these kind of responses difficult. This could also be an argument for a bigger return to film. As these images are time consuming to make and difficult to propagate as analogue objects.

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2019/08/01

Winners of the 2019 iPhone Photography Awards Announced



NEW YORK – July 25, 2019 – The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) is proud to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Awards. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries around the world.

The Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award goes to Gabriella Cigliano of Italy for her entry Big Sister.  First, Second and Third Place Photographers of the Year Awards go to Diogo Lage of Portugal for his image Sea Stripes,  Yuliya Ibraeva of Russia for her entry of Sorry, no movie today and Pend Hao of China for his image Come Across.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in 18 categories were awarded to photographers who represented many countries around the world including Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Cary Hazelgrove, one of this year’s jury members, says, “The 2019 entries were off the charts great. Astounding work that pulls the planet together through photographs.”