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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Racing Ahead

Last week I had my week away in Apollo Bay, and while it was fantastic it almost means that this week I have to hit the ground running. There is so much to do and not enough hours. I know once the magazine is out things will calm down again, but there is a lot to get done before then.

Magazine

Let’s start with that. All the articles are in, well except mine, and they have been, for the most part, edited. The next step is going to be putting it all together and getting it ready to sell to those that want to buy it. scbarwonheads-4hpm0104-2

Maxwell’s have been fantastic and are giving us something for a give away with the first one. I’m not going to say what, you will have to wait for the magazine to come out.

Book

My book on Banyule Flats is starting to get to the final stage. I am in the process of picking all the images for the book. I am doing a wide selection, then it can be narrowed down. I still have to try and get a few images, but only a few. The next thing will be to see if I have enough photos to cover all the seasons, or whether we have to wait for the summer for me to scpointlonsdale-4hpm9788-cep1get more.  Will find out soon.

Future Books

I am trying to work out if I should do more books. I like working on them, so I am wondering if, once this one is done, I should try doing some more. It is an interesting process. I was catching up with a friend today and she thinks I should try one of those crowd funding schemes to raise money for another one. It is an good thought and I might have to give it a go.

Monochrome Madness

I am looking for fillers, so don’t forget to get your images in, you need to do it straight away.scbarwonheads-4hpm0209-2

Learning from Me

Teaching people photography is a great thing to do, but seems not something a lot of people want from me. People seem to prefer getting other people instead, I will keep offering classes, but I don’t know for how long. I get great testimonials from the people I do teach, I’m told I am good, but then no one else signs up. It is so hard working out scpointlonsdale-9940what is going to work and what isn’t. Trying to be a full time photographer who doesn’t want to do portraits or weddings is proving to be much harder than I thought.

Photos

Today’s photos are from another trip I took with some friends back in early 2013. We went to Barwon Heads in the evening  and then Point Lonsdale early the next morning, I thought I would show the photos again.  I have been back a few times since then, and no doubt will go back quite a few more times in the near future.

Introductions: Marian Drew

For a while I have been thinking about showcasing today’s artist and I have decided it is now time. Her name is Marian Drew and she is an Australian Artist who uses photography as her medium. I was very privileged in 2008 to have an exhibition in the same gallery as her. It was really amazing and she was a lovely person. I am sure you are going to love her work.

Moreton-island-webThis was one of the pieces that Marian was showing during that show. It was a new direction for her, well I thought so as her previous work had been quite different.

This is the exhibition information that went with the work.

EXHIBITION INFO

Illuminated Landscapes is an exhibition of photographs that graph the light trajectories of human scale and duration in the landscape.

Drawing and photography, meet in the open air, a sketch of the hand with the process of camera obscura, working in concert to explore landscape as an exchange between culturally constructed ideas and the apparatus of perception .

Using two identical medium format film cameras I photograph a landscape by moving the cameras on an axis following the horizon or visual conduit of the landscape.

This super slow motion pan, films the action or event over several still frames and allows enough time for the photographer to abandon the camera, enter the landscape and immerse oneself, often literally, in the landscape during exposure. When one is in the landscape acting in this way one cannot see the landscape as a panorama in the distance. The image is formed as part of an exchange that occurs within the landscape and within the camera.

To make these photographs the body acts like a thread that sews drawing/ to landscape /to film. The film is then scanned and images joined using digital processes and printed onto large sheets of archival paper. Although the length of the final prints is determined during post-production, the form is shaped by duration of exposure and interaction.

In making this work, I start to learn about the landscape through the use of my own body.

Marian Drew

I think she is known for other work however.

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Most people who know Marian’s work think of images like the one above. They are soft and sensitive. They are reminiscent of still life paintings from times gone. You are looking at birds and animals that are dead, like they were in the paintings. There is a video on how they were created and I will include a link to it.

Here is a description of the work from the gallery that represents her.

Marian Drew’s photographic work explores native fauna and its preservation. Known for her contemporary Australian interpretations of 16th century still lives, Marian Drew’s photographs are a classical homage to native wildlife. Concerned with the value of deceased creatures, her subjects are the result of road kill, poisoned waters, and destruction of habitual animal and bird pathways replaced by human interventions. Her work presents wildlife that is dislocated from the idealized view of animals in their natural environs. The long lens of the wildlife photographer is replaced by the close up lens, painted light and the tabletop.

The historical framework of the European still life, the familiar rituals of table preparation, combined with road-kill reveals a new relationship between our own urbanity and the cohabitating animal species. These animals are clearly sacrificed within the context of our everyday lives. Marian Drew hopes to draw attention to the value and beauty of these animals and acknowledge the relationship these animals have with ourselves and the environment in which we share.

Marian_Drew_04There is Marian working on a piece. Her work is very conceptual in nature and must take a lot of thought to create it. Not to mention scouring the roads for her subjects.

Here the video link on how she creates the work.

I would like to thank Marian for giving me permission to showcase her work here for you. You can see more of her work on her website, Marian Drew. You can also see more at the page for the gallery Dianne Tanzer Gallery.  I also have a gallery with more images, I hope you enjoy looking at her work.

Weekend Wanderings: Cape Otway Lighthouse

It is hard to visit Apollo Bay and not take a trip to Cape Otway Lighthouse. At first Karen and I were disappointed with the weather as it was raining on and off, but once we got there we realized the white buildings were going to be set off really well against the dark brooding sky.

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The lighthouse is the hero there, but unlike other lighthouses I really didn’t want to take photos of it up close. I like the surroundings it was set in and with the wet weather it really set it off.

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If you have paid all the money to go in you should go up the lighthouse. It is quite amazing what you can see from it. There is the long path to it and one of the volunteers as they finish their shift in the top.

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They turned on the light for us, though it is no long used, there is a newer smaller light in front of the old lighthouse now.

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It was quite amazing watching the storm out at sea, you almost couldn’t tell where the horizon was. I love the way the sky morphes into the sea almost. This had just past, but it wasn’t long before more passed over us.

The weather wasn’t great, I think I said that already, but we were thankful that while it did rain, it wasn’t a consistent rain. We knew if we headed indoors when it was raining it wouldn’t be long before we could head out again. I have to say, and I know  you will agree, that the stormy weather really added a lot more drama to the images.

It feels like the weekend is over, but I know it isn’t. The last few days with Karen have been wonderful and now I feel like I could sleep for quite a while. I plan on taking things a little easy today and catch up on few things.  I hope you are having a great time where you are, maybe taking some photos.

Here is a gallery with the above images and some others that I took at Cape Otway Lighthouse. Don’t forget you can click on the individual images to see a bigger version.

Weekend Wanderings: Loch Ard Gorge

The trip to Apollo Bay is over now and time to get back to reality. I had an absolutely fantastic time with Karen from daysandmonths and I I hope it won’t be the last time we get together. We are still spending today together before she heads home.

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The other day we did travel around the Great Ocean Road and one of the places we ended up at was Loch Ard Gorge. There is a story that goes with it and I’m going to let Wikipedia explain it:

The Loch Ard departed England on 1 March 1878, bound for Melbourne, commanded by Captain Gibb and with a crew of 17 men. It was carrying 37 passengers and assorted cargo. On 1 June, the ship was approaching Melbourne and expecting to sight land when it encountered heavy fog. Unable to see the Cape Otway lighthouse, the captain was unaware how close he was running to the coast. The fog lifted around 4am, revealing breakers and cliff faces. Captain Gibb quickly ordered sail to be set to come about and get clear of the coast, but they were unable to do so in time, and ran aground on a reef. The masts and rigging came crashing down, killing some people on deck and preventing the lifeboats from being launched effectively. The ship sank within 10 or 15 minutes of striking the reef.

The only two survivors of the wreck were Eva Carmichael, who survived by clinging to a spar for five hours, and Thomas (Tom) R. Pearce, an apprentice who clung to the overturned hull of a lifeboat. Tom Pearce came ashore first, then heard Eva’s shouts and went back into the ocean to rescue her. They came ashore at what is now known as Loch Ard Gorge and sheltered there before seeking assistance.

We knew the story when we went and when we went down to the bottom of Loch Ard Gorge, we did get a funny sense of eeriness, like a feeling of isolation. It was weird. We knew the steps were there, but you couldn’t help feeling how scared Tom and Eva must have been there. There is no way out except to scale the high cliffs. I think we were lucky that we were the only ones there at the time.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now. I tried to pick images that would help give you that sense of isolation and I hope you can feel it too. I’m slowly trying to catch up with everything and all your comments.  It is the start of the weekend here and I hope you have some great plans.

UfD: 10 Most Popular Up for Discussion Posts

This week as I am away I thought I would cheat and maybe look back at the most popular Up for Discussion Posts that have been done. Some are recent and some not. I thought you might enjoy looking back at them. I was really surprised with the results and I really thought that other posts would have been more popular. It has been great to look back.

10 – UfD: Black and White Photography My Way

A tutorial I wrote on how I do black and white photos.sclarundel-4hep9370-7

9 – UfD: 5 Things I Wished I’d Never Wasted Money On

This was an interesting one to do to look at the things we wished we had never purchased.

8 – UfD: Why that Camera

This was a discussion about how we end up with the cameras that we end up with.flower-garden-show-macro-edit-1042

7 – UfD: 10 Things I Can’t Live Without in My Kit

What things I have got that I think are essential for my photography.

6 – Up for Discussion: Camera Bags

The never ending discussion on which bag is right for you.

5 – UfD: Five of My Favourite Things About Photoshopmelbourne-star-tutorial-black-white

We all have things we love doing in our processing and these were some of mine.

4 – Up for Discussion: Winter Photography

A guest post on doing winter photography.

3 – Up for Discussion: Why We Blog

One of the first of these and a popular one, why we do what we do.sctheatre-0025 (1)

2 – Up for Discussion: Street Photography: A Few Myths and Misconceptions

Another guest post, a lovely look at street photography.

1 – Up for Discussion: Mistakes the Experienced Still Make

This one surprised me, how we all still make mistakes when we are taking photos.

There you have the top ten most popular Up for Discussion posts. I hope you enjoy revisiting these. Which ones were your favourites?

All the photos came from those posts.

 

Quiet Thursday: Taking it Easy

The weather looked like it could be a total washout this week for my trip to Apollo Bay with Karen from daysandmonths, but we have been very lucky. It has been overcast and there has been rain, but there has been some lovely light too. I hope Karen is enjoying herself and getting some great photos. I know I am, on both counts, and have loved being here with her.

It isn’t the only place I’ve been this week and I have some photos for you now of one or two other places.  I told you I was going into the country areas on Friday with Chris and Chris, and it was another one of those days, first we saw fog, then it rained, then from no where the sun came out. It was great.  No idea where we ended up, but they were nice.  Hopefully we can find them again.

These two images were taken on that day and I have processed them.

I did a couple of photos last night from yesterday.

The first image was taken at Cape Otway. It was a dark sky, and made some moody shots. The second image was taken at night near where we are staying. We had hoped to do the milky way and a clear night sky earlier. Of course by the time we got out there the sky was covered in clouds.  Still, I enjoyed taking some photos of the beach at night.

Next I just have some Instagram photos for you. I keep trying to remember to put some up, but not too many.  I don’t want to drive people nuts with too many photos.  They are from the two trips above and from a trip into the city the other day with Julie from FROG POND FARM. So I will leave it there, need to get ready to show Karen some more of the Great Ocean Road, seems she can’t wait to see the 12 Apostles,I hope she want be disappointed.

MM 2-19: Monochrome Madness 2-19

Here we are and here’s another week of Monochrome Madness to show you. It’s a busy week, and I hope you enjoy the images this week.

Don’t forget the next theme is the first Wednesday of August, MM 2-22 and the theme is Bridges.

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The other day I went for a drive through the countryside and we saw patches of fog along the way. Well I couldn’t help myself and I had to stop.  I love foggy images. I am hoping to see more while I’m here in Apollo Bay.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Now, Monochrome Madness will continue next week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.

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