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Influencing Us: Self Portraits

Today every where you go people have their phones out, some on selfie sticks, others arms outstretched to take a photo of themselves where they are. The selfie seems to be a massive phenomenon since the advent of mobile phones. However, if we consider that the portrait, before cameras, were painted, then it seems that many artists have been doing selfies for a long time. Of course, artists were the only people who could do selfies back then, as you needed to be able to paint or draw. It seems to be something that nearly every artist did, a self portrait, and it is good to see that they are still around. I thought today we could take a look at some of those self portraits. Some of them are straight forward portraits, while some are done in a very artistic style. I am just going to leave you with a gallery of the self portraits today.


Influencing Us: The Art of Christmas

As it is Christmas in a few days I thought it might be nice to look at art work with a difference for the Introductions/Influencing Me post this week.  What I thought would be nice would be to look at how Christmas, St Nicholas and Santa Claus have been depicted in art throughout the ages.  They are images that we often see at this time of the year.  I really enjoyed going over websites and find images for you.  Of course there are many more on the internet. I have some links at the end of the post.  I always find Christmas a great time to get new gear, though not this year, might have to wait until my birthday. I thought we could start with different depictions of the birth of Christ from as early as the 4th century to about the 1800’s. Then I thought what about St Nicholas, how was he depicted and how did he end up looking like what we think of as Santa Claus.  So these are very old images …


Weekend Wanderings: Quarantine Station

A friend and I have decided to start hiking.  Of course, for me, this means going to places and taking photos. We decided that the first place we would go for a hike would be Point Nepean. We went down past Portsea to see what we could find. We found ourselves at the Quarantine Station, which stopped being one a long time ago, but all the buildings are still there.  With all the talk of Ebola and the possibility of it spreading, many people are talking about quarantining people again, it was interesting to visit a place that was used for that sort of thing over 150 years ago.  There are many sites about the history of the station, but the best one I found was Nepean Historical Society, and their page on the Quarantine Station 1854. There’s no doubting that where the quarantine station, and the area around, is beautiful.  It is an amazing place and we are so lucky that it is now parklands and will be protected, well we hope.  The Victorian Government is …


Weekend Wanderings – Around Warracknabeal

While I was up at my mums I was given an opportunity to go and take photos of some of the more historical places around Warracknabeal.  One of the things I’ve found about the country is how they are tied to the past.  I always thought that was a bad thing, but now I’m not so sure.  Melbourne is about the future and changing things, and there aren’t many places that have been left the way they were.  Progress they call it, they leave the outside of the building, but then gut the inside and rebuild.  I don’t like it, but unfortunately people don’t listen to me.  I got some lovely surprises when I went to Warracknabeal. I went early in the morning, well I got there at 8am, and the light was just stunning, and not to mention the clouds.  It was a perfect morning for taking photos and long before the heat of the day set in.  This is the water tower, it is near the train tracks.  It is a great tower, …


Weekend Wanderings – Royal Exhibition Building

Last weekend we had a Social Snappers Excursion and it was to the museum, though more importantly, to the Royal Exhibition Building.  There was no exhibition on in the building, so it would be possible to do a tour of the inside of the building as well.  The Royal Exhibition Building is a very historic building in Melbourne,  and is one of only two buildings in Australia that have World Heritage Listing.  Surprisingly it was given that listing before the Sydney Opera House. The above is quite an iconic image of the building.  There are four points to the building, so from a central dome, it reaches out to the north, south, east and west.  The north and south wings are shorter, and the other two much longer.  In the above image you are seeing the south wing entry doors.  There are doors at each end.  This is possibly the nicest entrance with the fountain, but for the management of the building, these are like the back doors, so when an exhibition is on or …

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From the History Books

Today is the last Friday of the month and time for another post on Deaf Children Australia.  I know I had previously stated that I was going to go back and take more photos, well it hasn’t happened.  I don’t know what has happened with the time in the last month.  It has vanished.  So today I thought I would do something a little different.  I was lent a book about the history of the school, “The History of the Victorian School For Deaf Children” by J.H. Burchett, MBE, published in 1964, and I have’t read all of it, but there are lots of photos in it. I have wanted to show photos of how the school used to be, a different time, a different way of life, but it has been hard to get access to the old photos, so today I thought I would show you a gallery of images from the book. I scanned them for you.  They aren’t great, you can see that they are from a book because of some crazy …


How a Bluestone Came to be on St Kilda Road

On my last visit to the Bluestone for Deaf Children Australia I was allowed to borrow a book The History of the Victorian School for Deaf Children.  The book was written by J.H.Burchett, MBE and was first published in 1964.  I don’t think the book is still available, so I have to be very careful with the copy I have. It is great to actually read some of the history rather than just getting bits and pieces from this person and that.   So for today’s post I thought I would share some of the information of how the DCA ended up where it is today.  The photos are going to be all the ones I have taken of the building so far, I think that will work with this. The history starts before this, but I am more interested in the bluestone and I am going to look at how it came to be.  The book isn’t great with dates, but we can assume that by the early 1860’s the enrolment numbers in the school were …