My friend and I went out for a lunch for the first time in ages. After a good brunch on Lygon street, we walked around town a bit, catching up on things that have been happening in our lives. It was a cool and humid day. A bit unlike Melbourne, almost, but it was quite a pleasant day for it…
I stopped worrying about techniques, and let the intuition drive my framing.
In this lovely art-inspired part of Melbourne, some things remain the same but new changes are also noticeable. It is a shame that the big wall full of grafitis on Rose St were brought down giving way to yet another multi-level apartment building.
This art, just off Gertrude St, was still intact. While many very high quality pieces of work in public get damaged by those tasteless graffiti artists with no respect, it is nice to see that this one, that has been there for ages, is still pretty much how she has always been.
You would know it if you are following my Facebook page or are used to seeing my images from 20 years ago, but I love photographing the dynamic, subtle, graceful and amazing colours that spread across the sky. Here in my apartment just outside of the city of Melbourne, I often photograph the sky above the CBD, from the small light window in my back room. Let me share some of my favourites, some recent, others not so recent works of mine.
I would love to continue building a series of images and present in an exhibition environment of some sort. At the same time, I also love photographing people and the art works… lots of ideas of where and what to exhibit in the near future!
According to the Facebook Page of National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), they are holding NGV Shop Sale at the Great Hall (the big indoor open space on the ground floor, at NGV International on St Kilda Rd) ending on Monday. NGV Shop is a great library of high quality art resources, photography books, and other art products. Those items normally are relatively expensive, but during the sale, they’ll be discounted so NGV can make space for new products on their shelf. Head down to NGV for brunch and pick up those inspiring material for a bargain price!
Months since the original request, I’ve finally drafted this photobook together. It feels a little strange that not all images are my works (my client took pictures on the first day when I was not contracted to cover) and put them together with mine, and fit within limited number of pages.
To be fair, preparing images for printing, like framed images and book like this, requires far more detailed work than just finishing them up at ‘presentable on screen’ level. I also needed to adjust white balance, sharpness, contrast and colours on images taken by my client. Many of my images which were developed and prepared for delivery once went through further screening and further processing. But at the end of all that, I am pretty happy with what I’ve managed so far, and I’m looking for finalising this with feedback from the client.
Once you print the photos, you realise that this is how photographs are meant to be consumed.
One evening I was walking along Swanston St with my friend and came to this scene. The bassist (whose name I’ve yet to learn) who plays catchy tunes like Super Mario is a familiar sight on the weekend street. But there was this kid, Nigel, who is dancing to his music. As the tone of the song changes, or the arrangement shifts, he responds to it and changes his moves. Quite a talented kid! We couldn’t help smiling as we watched. After a song he insists on dancing to more tunes, so I started snapping and used iPhone to capture a bit of his moves as well. I passed my card to the mother who was also watching, so I hope you got to see those photos on my Facebook page already!
Video is a bit long, as I am not an expert in video editing and it is just as-is for a full song… Watch his reaction after the song is over :)
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