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Some Housekeeping before I head off to The Kimberley

25 Sep 2010 at 8:45pm

I just got back last night at Midnight from an awesome trip to Karratha shooting Altered Landscapes with some of the best Art Photographers in Australia.
Karratha is the place to go if you want to do this style of photography. I can’t show you the best stuff as it is been kept aside for an exhibition in February. This is an aerial shot from a Cessna we hired for a couple of hours. I love the simplicity of this image.

I am now repacking my bags and head off tomorrow for a couple of weeks up in the Kimbereley including a stay at James Price Point to see what it is all about. If you are meeting up with us or are wanting to, we are meeting at JPP at around lunchtime on the 1st of October. We will be camping out there for a few days at least. Come along if you can make it. Should be great fun and a good opportunity to shoot together.

I have just announced a second Bunker Bay workshop on the 15th and 16th of January 2011 with Nick Rains. The first workshop filled in 4 hours and this one is already half full. If you want to book it go to Nicks Website and register.

Lastly my email account has maxed out at over 350 when I got back last night from Karratha. It is going to be impossible to reply to everyone so if I miss you out please resend your inquiry in a couple of weeks time when I will be home. Sorry for those that have been waiting for a reply. It is just out of control at the moment.

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shooting in the Pilbara

23 Sep 2010 at 5:12am

hi all

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have been up in Karratha for the past three days. Hanging out with Tony Hewitt, les Walkling, Bill Fox an amazing writer from America and the equally amazing painter Larry Mitchell. Oh not to forget our poor guide Mollie from FORM. She has to put up with 5 artists!

If you have sent me an email I will try to get backup you on my return but the day after I get home from this trip I will be back on the road heading to James Price Point. I’m going to be even more behind. Such is life.

I have been getting some interesting pictures here and learning heaps from the others. My eyes have been opened up all over again.

Remember a group of us will be at James Price Point on the 1st of October to see what is there and photograph it. If you feel like camping with us come along. It will be fun and for a good cause. We won’t be waving banners just getting an idea of the place for ourselves. See you there.

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Did you know what pollutants come from a Gas Plant?

15 Sep 2010 at 9:52pm

Here are the Woodside emissions of hydrocarbons and selected other pollutants (2003/4):

Benzene: a recognised carcinogen that has been shown in clinical tests to cause Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia, Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia, Chronic Lymphatic Leukaemia, Hodgkin’s Disease and Hairy Cell Leukaemia. Also recognised as a developmental and reproductive toxicant. Long-term exposure can affect normal blood production and can be harmful to the immune system. Benzene has been linked with birth defects in both animals and humans. Ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds(worst 10%) to ecosystems and human health. In the USA the use of benzene has been banned for many years.
Woodside’s emission of benzene is stated to be 880,000 kg/year (the highest in Australia), but is probably underreported and in reality higher than that, particularly as it has been reported at 1,100,000 kg/year previously, and production has since increased significantly. The true figure is likely to be between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 kg/year in 2005.

Cyclohexane: can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Exposure can cause nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness and drowsiness. Unconsciousness and death may occur at high exposures.
Woodside claims to emit 920,000 kg/year (highest in Australia).

Ethylbenzene: a carcinogen that is also suspected to be a cardiovascular or blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, and an endocrine, gastrointestinal, kidney and reproductive toxicant, as well as a neurotoxicant.
Woodside claims to emit 310,000 kg/year (highest in Australia).

n-Hexane: long exposure leads to paralysis of the arms and legs, and in laboratory animal tests the liquid’s vapours led to nerve and lung damage.
Woodside claims to emit a staggering 2,200,000 kg/year (highest in Australia).

Toluene (methylbenzene): the solvent of model glues, the subject of much substance abuse.
Wooside claims to emit 1,500,000 kg/year (highest in Australia).

Xylenes: affect the brain. Exposure can cause headaches, lack of muscle coordination, dizziness, confusion, and changes in one’s sense of balance. Exposure of people to high levels of xylene for short periods can also cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat; difficulty in breathing; problems with the lungs; delayed reaction time; memory difficulties; stomach discomfort; and possibly changes in the liver and kidneys. Can cause unconsciousness and even death.
Woodside’s declared emission of xylenes is 620,000 kg/year (highest in Australia).

Total volatile organic compounds: Woodside has declared that it emitted 36,000,000 kg/year (highest in Australia) in 2003-2004. This quantity is probably well below real levels.

Oxides of nitrogen: major contributor to the acidification of precipitation (‘acid rain’). Since it began operations over 20 years ago, Woodside has lied about its NOx emissions, claiming them to be 5600 t/year until we caught them on 26 March 2003. They now claim to emit 12,000,000 kg/year.

Carbon monoxide: A poisonous gas. Woodside’s declared emissions are 680,000 kg/year.

Carbon dioxide: the principal “greenhouse” gas. Woodside does not declare its emission of this gas, but it is believed to be in the order of 12,000,000,000 kg/year, the highest in Australia.

The Dampier Woodside plant is Australia’s largest pollution source of most of the significant hydrocarbon pollutants, all of which are damaging to human health. The Dampier pollution plume is so dense that it is detected by rain radar every day of the year, and registered as light to heavy rain (see image above). In terms of its visibility on radar, it is greater than the sum total of all other Australian pollution clouds detectable by radar.

26 December 2009 – Woodside’s partners, Shell, Chevron and BHP, accept Colin Barnett’s direction to build their Browse LNG plant at Broome, rather than pump the gas to Dampier for processing. Barnett thus saves Dampier from a massive increase in acidic emissions which would have devastated the rock art.

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Ok back on my Soapbox! Check this out

15 Sep 2010 at 9:30pm

Barnett has said not one bit of the environment  or wildlife will be affected by the gas plant. He must be right hey, he is our illustrious leader. Well I went fishing around the net and found this from the Department of the Environment website. The Australian Governments own website.

“An increase in shipping and port expansion associated with the growth of the resources sector in the north-west has potential implications for the marine environment. Potential threats include: loss or contamination of marine habitat as a result of dredging and sea dumping, oil spills, interactions between vessels and protected species, and the introduction of marine pests through ballast water exchange and biofouling of ship hulls.”

Hang on, did he say no effect on the environment or the wildlife that live in it? Is the government contradicting itself? See here http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/stories/827267/battle-for-the-kimberley

hmmm. I must be reading something into it.

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Just to Lighten the Mood

15 Sep 2010 at 8:52pm

My recent posts have been pretty full on and I thanks everyone for putting up with my rants. Ok it is important to me and hopefully to others and we must save our Kimberley region. However you lot come here to see new photos I have taken so here you go.

Ok it isn’t a landscape but a nice portrait I think. You would already know Sian and Marnie from my previous posts. This one is a bit of a challenge as the girls wanted to put a new image of Sian over the old and combine two separate images to look like one. It was a bit tricky but it worked out ok. They were shot against a white background and the rest was added in Photoshop. I really like the colour in this. Hope the girls like it too.

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Workshop with Tommy P

15 Sep 2010 at 9:52am

“My good mate Tommy Putt (yes the one with the pink feather boa) has a few places left on his Cradle Mountain and Freycinet Workshops coming up in November.

Along with his mate Ian Wallace, they’ve won more awards between them than
I’ve had hot breakfasts, so you’d be a fool not to get along. You’ll spend 5
days under their expert tuition with heaps of photography and tips.

His Cradle workshop is his most popular one and if you sign up and mention
me, he’ll give you a copy of his latest book on Cradle Mountain.

Get in quick though as Tommy P is more popular (and much better looking!)
than me.

Cradle Mountain – Friday 31st Oct to Tuesday 2 Nov (Cup weekend) staying at
Cradle Mountain Lodge (all inclusive)
Freycinet – Friday 16th Nov to 20th Nov staying at Freycinet Lodge (all

Go to www.tomputtphotographicworkshops.com for more information and to
register today!”

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Michaels New Kimberley Edit being Shown to Bob Brown

14 Sep 2010 at 11:07am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14945627]

I just also wanted to say a big thank you to the crew at Clever Starfish web design.They have given me the best service since having them create my two sites. I have made subtle changes over the past months and it has never been a problem. That is what I call service and that is why I recommend them so highly. They are the best in the game and you should be using them for your next project. Rock on guys!

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Photo Trip to James Price Point

13 Sep 2010 at 7:58pm

Ok, it is official. My family and I are heading to James Price Point to photograph what is there and what is nearby. So far there will be four other photogs heading up to meet us and have a shoot. It is going to be our little protest but it could bring big exposure. One of the Photogs coming, Paul, has contacts with the ABC news and they have expressed interest in running a story on what we will be doing up there. That would make it worth the trip, the exposure could be huge!

I am putting this post out to invite other likeminded people to head north and meet us there. Doesn’t matter if your a shooter or just love the Kimberley and want to do something about it. Your all invited to join in and enjoy the landscape and the company. I want to get some kick a55 images to bring back to show what is at stake.

We will be there on the 1st of October and be in the area for a few days to try and capture some good light. There is a lot of great country to be explored around James Price Point and I would like to shoot a lot of it. As for where to meet, I would say at the main car park, have a look at google maps for the location, seems you go in from the Willie Creek track. I will get all the details from Nigel Gaunt, a pro shooter from Broome, who knows the area back to front including where is a great place to camp. I will be bringing up my projector to run some slideshows and movies at night and probably some impromptu photoshop tutorials. My good mate and environmentalist Dave Bettini will be there shooting wildlife also. He knows so much about the flora and fauna of the area and is passionate about saving the Kimberley. We will also meet up with the traditional owners and here what they have to say and offer our support.

Let me know who can make it.Time to get out from behind that desk and get some Kimberley sunshine into ya! Also think about this. It isn’t that much further from each Eastern States capitals than it is from Perth and even though it is in WA it belongs to all Australians least of all the traditional owners. The Kimberley is probably the most photographic landscape in Australia and the most untouched. If you haven’t been there yet do it now, see it, and tell Barnett and his cronies what you want to see happen to the Kimberley. James Price Point is the E on the map.

p.s. one of Michaels re edited videos of the Kimberley is being presented to Bob Brown on Wednesday to show him what is at stake. That is pretty cool. Kevin Blatchford from Save The Kimberley will be taking it.

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Please sign the petition on James Price Point

8 Sep 2010 at 8:10pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/6639576]


The more we can get to sign this the better the chance we have of making the Kimberley industry free. There are better places for this gas plant. Let the premier know.

Send this link to all your friends who care about stopping the government from doing whatever it wants. Today the Kimberley, tomorrow the southwest. Hope they don’t find oil and gas under your patch of soil.

I want all you young people to sign too, get your noses out of Facebook for five minutes and think about what sort of future you want. My generation have had it good and we have not treated your inheritance that well. Make sure you don’t make the mistakes we made and help bring about change. You are the ones who will make or break our planet. Please don’t leave it up to the old, don’t give a shit I’ll be dead before there is a problem politicians that only see money and power as their goal. Sorry, was I just talking about Barnett. Let’s get the message out that this is important, we HAVE TO CHANGE OUR WAYS. Don’t leave it up to a handful to do the work for you, do it yourself and think about how else you can help. We need a revolution a total shift from our current thinking. Let’s save the only thing that can keep us alive, our planet.

No I haven’t been drinking!

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Don’t forget your images for the Landscape 500

7 Sep 2010 at 8:56pm

Things are a little too quiet on this front, hopefully everyone is waiting for the cut off date to enter. Please don’t give me a heart attack. If you have the winning shot now, please enter online at The Landscape 500.

This image would be considered a landscape and therefore eligible to be entered in the competition. I took it with Antonio Raneiri and Matt Saul last week in Sydney. They have been taunting me with their own great pics so this is my first image from that trip. My wife likes it so it must be good.

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