Category Archives: Fine Art

Upcoming exhibition

Shortly, well June 30th I will be showing a collection of my botanicals in the Sofitel here in Melbourne.  It has been a few years since I did a show there so it is nice that I am back with a second exhibition.

 

I have not decided which images I will present over the special edition redgum framed Australian Gum Leaves.  I think as the display area is spread over two distinct areas that for the Australian Leaves part I will just put up the 6 already framed and in the the other area do a variety of flowers that I have produced since the last show.

 

Below is an example of each, hope you like them and if you are in Melbourne do drop in to the Sofitel and have a look.

 

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Working an image

Thi sis a shot of the Shrine in Melbourne.  Now strictly speaking I should not put it up on the web but many others have before me.  However it is not for sale as an image in keeping with the act of parliament prohibiting sale of images of the shrine without the trustees permission.

 

This image has had quite a lot of post processing involving careful selection of areas and adjustment of contrast, dodge and burn.   Moreover the sky has also been treated to make it much darker than reality.  The intent of all of the post processing is to take an architectural image and turn it into a striking black and white. I like how this has turned out hope you do as well.

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Two new botanicals

Finding new botanicals can be a challenge as I have particular taste when it comes to finding the right botanical.  I find that yellow flowers don’t work that well and finding a leaf set takes some time to find one that has great form.

Today I am showing you two recent flowers, the first is a set of spring onion flowers (I am waiting for some leek flowers in my garden) and the second is one of the Australian Bottle Brush, just don’t know which one.

 

Hope you enjoy them.

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Being creative

Its been a while since I did a series of burnt matches used to depict a story.  I thought I would share with you this one which I created a while ago to depict a small troop of weary soldiers struggling through jungle.

 

The burnt matches a fantastic at depicting people,  mainly because they can go from a fresh unburnt to a very withered stick. It is this variability that allows one to use them for representing humans.  Hope you like it.

 

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Remembrance Day

All of the World that was involved in the Great War, World War one, use the symbol of the Flanders Poppy as a reminder of the sacrifice made by so many in what was essentially a pointless war.  It achieved nothing other than a horrific loss of life as the political  and military leaders inured to an older way of life willingly sacrificed the youth of their nations in their ignorance and obligations to each other.

As a means of depicting the fragility of the soldier as well as encompassing the comradeship that they felt I arranged two Flanders Poppies and of course photographed them in high key, as I usually do for florals. Below is that image.  Normally I offer my photographs for sale.  However I will not sell this item unless it is to a war memorial.

As a depiction of the sacrifice I picked two flowers that had spindly  stems but still had vibrant heads, beautifully formed.  In positioning the flowers I wanted them separate but also appearing as if there was an intimacy between them, a hidden conversation, private to those that know the comradeship fostered through survival of war. The spindly stems represent the fragility of humans, especially during war.

May we humans remember the sacrifice and avoid that which rapidly approaches the world again.

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Multiple exposures in camera

I waited till I was 63 to buy a very nice Pentax 645z.  Now let me tell you this is one fantastic camera.  Resolution, detail, features are unparalleled and for the price it destroys the other medium format digital cameras.  It really is a gem.

 

One of its features is the ability to do multiple exposures in camera in several modes.  in this case I used the average mode. Which, as you might expect from the description, it averages each of the images captured into one image.

 

Now I like to experiment.  There are a couple of very recognised photographers such as Pep Ventura and Idris Khan that do multiple exposures, however I don’t know if the use in camera or post processing.  However I do and if I see the right structure I like to give the technique a go.  The following image when  I saw  the cranes immediately demanded a multi exposure composite.
Do hope you enjoy it and if you want a copy on your wall drop me a line.  Typically I charge for a one metre on the long side $400 AU delivered.  if you want a canvas print its production and delivery plus 30%.

 

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Chasing Sugimoto take 2

A long time ago i wrote about chasing  Hiroshi Sugimoto who does sublime long exposure photographs of the ocean.  Well I have finally bought enough ND filters, or at least enough to get over twenty stops of light reduction.  This meant that I could now do very long exposures, at least one hour or if the light was poor longer.

With digital one does not have to worry about reciprocity.  One just has to make sure that the camera is stable, and that the view finder is covered.  After that it is just a case of standing around for some period of time.  The result is this:

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Now I love the subtlety that this technique produces.  There is no detail just shades of light graduating across the frame.  Waves dis-appear clouds become soft streaks.

 

This would look fantastic as a large print and because it has been taken with a medium format camera it can easily be printed to 1 metre on the long side.  If you did want such a print then drop me a line (or comment) and we can go from there.  If you wanted it in canvas then its production costs  and shipping plus 30%.