That is something I get accused of quite a bit, though perhaps, too much is not quite true, I do like to talk and I’m not afraid to talk. Perhaps, as I was told recently, it is why I make a good teacher, because I like to talk. I hope I am not one of those really annoying people that talks so much that people can’t get a word in, but I do like talking to people. I love the act of communicating, it is one of the best things ever invented, if you ask me. So today I thought I would just talk to you about some stuff, much like I have the last couple of Fridays, and I hope you don’t mind.
I’m off to the city today for another One on One Photography Session. Doesn’t look like a great sunny day for it, but as long as it isn’t raining, it will be good. Another opportunity for me to get to meet someone and do more talking. Showing people and teaching them how to take better photos is an absolute joy for me. There is nothing better than to be with someone for 4 hours and just talking about photography.
Well, it is done, the Social Snappers have been launched. This idea has come from how I like to go out and take photos. I have heard from so many different people about what they like to do when they go out to take photos, and one thing I have noticed is that women seem to like groups. I know I do, how much fun is it to go out on an excursion to take photos with people who are there for exactly the same reasons you are. I also want these to be considered social as well, with the idea that you will meet people who have similar interests as you, and there is a lot of time to talk.
I have asked everyone on Facebook to share it, and I was hoping I could ask you guys to do the same. I know a lot of you aren’t in Melbourne, but with so many degrees of separation and all that, you might know someone who knows someone who might live in Melbourne. You just never know.
Getting Back to the Work
I have been doing lots of stuff lately and one of the things I haven’t been doing enough is my art practice, so I need to start working on some images. I stopped doing the fine art portraits because they didn’t feel right to me. I have a whole series of images that fit a theme, a theme I have been working on for about 10 years or more, and I needed to find a way to make them work in that.
When I was at Uni, a friend asked me if I had started working on my essay, and I said yes, I’ve started thinking about it. Well that is what I’ve been doing for the last six months or so, thinking, coming up with ideas, planning, more thinking. I think I finally have some ideas of how to do these portraits images so they fit into my theme, or my style. So stay tuned for those, I hope.
Though, perhaps, something I have come to realise is that maybe I shouldn’t be concerned about the portraits, and maybe people have nothing to do with my art work. At art school I made a kitchen, there are photos here, you have seen them. I was intrigued with the idea of what we leave behind and what happens to it after we have gone. The Chernobyl disaster was a massive inspiration for me, the workers town and what has happened to it since just being left.
I do believe in climate change, I can feel that it is happening, and how much has happened in my lifetime, but that isn’t what this is about. I do want that to inform my work and I am interested in what happens to a planet when the humans are gone. I find it fascinating. I want to enter a art competition next week, so I need to get some images ready for it, but I thought today, I would depress you all with some dark images, the style of image that I like best. I need to start working on a artist statement for it, so I hope you don’t mind that I have been working out some ideas in this post. When I write it, I may just put it up here with the images I have entered the comp with.
I hope you all have very busy weekends planned and lots of photos. It is a long weekend here, so maybe the sun will shine. A gallery for you as per usual, the gallery has a couple more images of the kitchen as well.