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… Continue reading “Sunday photo walk: Carlton to Fitzroy”
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.
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
I almost passed him by. He was just another busking artist, one of many that fill every block of Swanston Street in the centre of Melbourne. It was late on Friday night. I had a dinner on my own in Chinatown, sat down in a coffee shop with a book for a while, and just about ran out of ideas to kill any more time. I plugged in with something of my ‘walking’ heavy rotation through the in-ear Bose, volume turned up a bit high, pushing my way ahead of half drunken, half touristy crowd slowly moving down to Flinders Street station. First my eye caught the sight of the ‘cowboy photographer’ Kazu standing there, which made me stop to say hi, then I realised what he was there for. The sound of violin came in to my system as I pulled off the ear-plugs. It was not one of those amateur musicians.
At a break between songs, I walked up to him and asked if he would mind me photographing him at work. He was cool with that. I guess it is a matter of respect – many people just start snapping away, and maybe it was the way things are with many people with mobile phones. But I often get a lot more involved, moving around in their sight… and I would like them to be comfortable with it, and hopefully see the images and give me comment later. So it’s far better to just ask – all they can say is ‘no’. Then I would have just packed away my camera and enjoyed the music.
Even in Melbourne where people are generally appreciative of public art, a crowd around a musician is a sign of something real. People may be generous and paying attention to the performance around them, but they are also exposed to a lot of them and know the difference between something that is not worth their time and a few that they want to stick around while they last.
When the song finished, the applause rises from the crowd. He opens up his eyes wide and smiles. He almost looks like a totally different person – a craft man at work is not a friendly approachable young man! Not a few drops coins, some leave notes and grab a CD on the stand.
Then he focuses his mind to the voice of his trusted instrument again…
Are you now curious what his music sounds like? Well, as with many musicians, I find his live performance far better than what I hear on the CD or on YouTube. So make your way down to the city in the evening, when the sky is clear, and look out for a violin player with his own world about him…
… having said that, if you do not live in Melbourne, you may want to check out his YouTube and Facebook page to get started. Once he is back in touring, he may re-appear in Japan as well as other countries. So stay tuned!
Follow his performance schedules, send enquiries to
KATEI’s Facebook page
So the spring was here. The air felt much more ‘loose’ or ‘soft’. Hay fever and skin cancer are back on conversation again. My friend and I dusted the bike and went out to make the best of the beautiful sunny weekend.
We even drove down to my favourite ‘quick trip’ destination down on the Great Ocean Road.
I even spotted a griffin venturing out in the sun!
We just knew we had to make the best of the weather… because we know what they call this city we live in…
Autumn is here in Melbourne. Summer was warm/hot and long this time around. I would normally welcome the arrival of the cooler part of the year, but I guess I’d gotten used to that and the drive down to the Anglesea on Sunday afternoon. While I was watching the leaves of poplar trees glow in bright yellow in the morning sun, I did not get to dragging myself out of town to go for a photo walk.
I don’t just photograph artists and shadows in reflection. I photograph events and family as well. Did I tell you that? Well, here are a few snaps from the recent assignments. VITS: Victoria Interpreting & Translating Service has asked me to photograph their new office opening event.
With kind permission of VITS, I’d like to share a few images. Please note that copyright belongs to the photographer. You may not link, reproduce or save any of the images without express written consent of the photographer as well as VITS.
VITS provides the interpretation and translation support for the multicultural community of Victoria, supported by a large group of professional interpreters and translators. Their new office is a brightly lit comfortable working environment, from which the team provides a quality service.
VITS has also kindly contracted me on photographing their Christmas function, management team profile photograph shoot, and season’s greeting team photo on another occasion. Thank you for using my service. I look forward to working with you again!
VITS website: http://www.vits.com.au/