The hot summer seems to have passed.
I don’t know how those people I see on the street still walk around in T-shirt. Welcome back, the quiet, the introvert, the long nights, the European Master Pieces, warm scarf and hot chocolate and slow-cooked lamb and roast… all the good things this part of the year brings.
Tony Stephens, a very talented artist I’d known from art markets, has extended an invite to the launch exhibition of a new gallery that was opening up in Prahran. He’d told me that this gallery utilises a large space and there is a dance group next door that can be collaborated into the installation… curious.
Rather than boring you with my talk, scroll on, and see how the night played out. There were exhibitions by a dozen or so artists on the wall, and then there was the dance group, from The Space: Dance & Arts Centre (in which The Knowles Gallery is hosted), plus Hernán Lopera did a live installation production.
If you are following my Facebook page, you would’ve seen MOST of the images. I think I added one or two back in here from the photos I’d taken (but not selected for posting to Facebook at the time…)
Live installation production by Hernán Lopera:
There was a black sheet and a white sheet, formed in a shape of lying persons. It looked like somebody was sleeping underneath, and she (looked pretty skinny so I’d assumed she) would just stretch out and get up, out of the sheets. Then this took place in front of us…
And here he is, Hernán Lopera. Love your work, Hernán!
Some poetry on artists and the gallery were presented:
Tony and Miranda of McDrawn (whose beautiful new works were on display but unfortunately not available for safe this evening due to requirements to exhibit in other exhibitions) – two people I’d had a chance to admire the work of at Blenders Lane night market last summer. You might remember some of my photos capturing them at work.
Please, spread the word about this great gallery space. That, is not what Tony’s girl wanted to keep ‘secret’ down the corridor…
The Knowles Gallery / The Space: Dance & Art Centre
Upstairs, 318 Chapel St (enter via Carlton St)
Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181
My friend’s wedding this evening. Had a fresh hair cut, the only question is whether my out-of-shape body can fit inside my best suit…
Now it’s time for the tough decisions. Which would you pick? Comment please!
Just watching the video “The Decisive Moment” in which Henri Cartier-Bresson talks of his photography as he clicks through slides…
For me (photography is) a physical pleasure,
doesn’t take much brains.
Take sensitivity, finger and two legs.
(They) say I take great pictures…
it’s seldom you make a great picture.
You have to milk the cow a lot and get a lot of milk,
to make a little cheese, non?
There’s no new ideas in the world! (laughs)
There are only new arrangements of things.
To interest people on far away places,
to shock them and to delight them, is not too difficult.
But the most difficult thing…
is in your own country.
Places where I am all the time, I know too much and not enough.
And to be lucid about it, it is most difficult.
It’s like the last 3 words of Ulysses by Joyce.
‘Yes, Yes, Yes.’
And photography is like that:
‘Yes, Yes, Yes!’
And there’s no maybe’s. All the maybe’s should go to the trash.
Because it is in the instance, it’s the presence, it’s the moment, it stays.
It’s the respect of it, and enjoyment,
it’s a tremendous enjoyment of saying ‘Yes!’
Even when it’s something you hate.
It’s an affirmation.
‘Yes!’ (and clicks)
If you like that, maybe you should add this to your book shelf. Oh, while you are at it, please send me a copy too. I haven’t got one yet!
I had a pleasure of photographing the wedding of this lovely couple.
It is funny how things happen sometimes. I was out on Lygon Street one weekend catching up with a friend. The cafe was pretty crowded so when another group came in just behind us, we offered the larger table to them and moved indoors looking for a small table enough for my friend and me. In the end, we ended up coming back to this group so we could share the table.
As it turned out, they were Japanese, and with my friend and I both speak Japanese, we chatted a bit. One person in the other group lives here in Melbourne, and looks after small events and stuff. Oh, my friend here is a musician and I am a photographer… let us know if you need a help. Oh, actually there is a wedding of friends coming up but they haven’t found a photographer yet. And it was only weeks away.
That’s how I got an introduction. I explained the style of my wedding photography, which is the same as my other event photography – documentary snaps. I imagine many couples expect more commercial/fashion shoot style wedding photographer, especially those who ask for pre-wedding shoots (popular in Asian countries – not Japan but seen a lot in other countries). They make saturated colourful images of the couple dressed up in dramatic, romantic setup, with relatively dramatic lighting and composition, and have the images done weeks or months in advance, so that they can be shown at the reception or used in invitational material and a wedding album. That is not what I do. Miwa and Jun had a look at sample images I have in public, on this blog and Facebook page, and agreed that they would be happy with my approach.
We initially discussed a possible 4-hour shoot but turned out to be a full-day work starting from 9:30 in the morning and finishing past 6:30pm. But thanks to some delays and the extra opportunities to shoot in the afternoon light, I was able to take advantage of the warmer late afternoon light for the street shots, which I thought I would have to struggle under the harsh mid day sun. In that sense, we were lucky things did not quite go according to plan and we were both flexible enough to make the best of the fluid nature of the busy day.
Miwa and Jun have kindly given me a permission to share some of the images with you, so here they go…
So there you have it. They are really lovely, relaxed couple, just enjoying their day to the fullest. I’m looking forward to meeting them again, perhaps at another major family event in their life together…
Looking for something different from the Chinese New Year I photographed in the last couple of years, I headed to the community of strong Chinese presense – Box Hill.
It was a really hot day. Must have been tough for those who were performing or selling hot food on the street side. The mist-blow fan was quite popular for everyone, as it really cools down the heat you feel on your skin. Even this lady of the event security was enjoying the coolness.
Back in the city, along the casino stood temporary food stands and Chinese gifts. I found my friend Bee swapping her colourful water colour with the charcoal, drawing scrolls of the horse themes.
Melbourne shows many of its faces, even on a single event like Chinese New Year there are so many ways to celebrate.
There are some interesting art events coming up, that I thought I’d share with you. If you know of other events, exhibitions you recommend or are interested in, please share!
‘WILDCARDS’ – exhibition of Australian photographs selected (but not photographed) by Bill Henson
Monash Gallery of Art
Opening Sat 8 Feb (that’s tomorrow!)
White Night Melbourne
A street art party of music, art, dance and food, taking over blocks of Melbourne streets till the sun comes up!
Fri 22 Feb 7pm to Sat 23 Feb 7am
See my photos from White Night Melbourne 2013
The Knowles Gallery – Official Launch Exhibition
The talented artist Tony Stephens is involved in the launch of this cool art space in Prahran. Come join the party!!
Fri 28 Feb 7pm-