Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cyano time


It's Sunday and I've been back from Bangladesh for almost a fortnight and I've got a pile of work to catch up on. So, what do I do? Procrastinate... it's what I do best. I decide to go through my 'alternative processes' box as I'm teaching a class how to do some alternative printing techniques over the coming couple of months. Find some unexposed cyanotype coated paper and before you know it, I'm outside taking advantage of another hot sunny, summer's day here in Perth. So, here is one of the results. Original image shot on 5x4 Ilford fp-4 film and printed using 'Art Spectrum' 210gsm, 'Draw & Wash' water colour paper, then tea toned in a bath of Liptons 'Black' tea.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Institute



A few weeks back I had to show my first year photography students how to construct a simple slideshow of their B&W folio images. For the demonstration I decided to use images that I took in the classrooms and corridors around the college... subject matter that they walk past every day. My intention was to show how the choice of images combined with carefully selected audio can manipulate the audience response and create mood. 



Monday, November 11, 2013

Lest We Forget


At 11am on the 11th of November 1918, the guns fell silent and the First World War came to an end. And yet, almost a century after the "war to end all wars" we still have not learned the lessons. Young men die because politicians and old men lie. LEST WE FORGET

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The problem with art....

The critic
The creative process
When grid meets ceiling (with apologies to Tacita Dean's T&I)
Enuff said

Just a handful of iPhone happy snaps of the space between the art from when I dropped in to the Art Gallery of Western Australia to see the Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined exhibition which ends on the 2nd of December.
The exhibition features 134 works by 96 artists and presents three of the most fundamental artistic genres which link and transcend the ‘isms’ of twentieth century art, from Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and beyond to the art of today. This selection of iconic works is a visually stunning array of outstanding works by Bacon, Cézanne, Kahlo, Klimt, Picasso, Richter, Wesselmann, van Gogh and more. Many of the most important artists of the 20th century are represented, with works that reinvented Landscape, Still Life and Portraiture in their time. It's definitely worth a visit.

Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined
Open daily except Tuesdays, open late on Fridays from 5.30pm.