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“Below”, aerial photography

25 Mar 2014 at 9:16pm

“Below”, aerial photography

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Sometimes from the air you get a sense of mans endeavours. We can create amazing art just by placing objects on the ground. I wonder what this is going to make?

Below is gaining momentum. The two exhibitions being held at my Dunsborough and Mandurah galleries should be very interesting. Hope you can all get in to see them.

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The Kalgoorlie Super Pit

16 Mar 2014 at 2:26am

The Kalgoorlie Super Pit

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The Super pit in Kalgoorlie is an amazing big man made hole on the edge of town. It is so big it creates its own weather patterns. Well this was according to my pilot who flew me around this thing a few times. I did notice a lot of turbulence whilst flying  over the top even at 4000 ft. He also said lots of birds are found dead at the bottom as once they go it they can’t get back out. Don’t know how that works but it is an interesting thing to look into. It is amazing what man will do for a rock that someone decided was worth something. On reading a book on the Batavia wreck, none of these riches have any value if you are starving and dying of thirst. We sure have our priorities screwed up.

Channeling Gursky and Burtynsky. What great names for photographers.

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Port Hedland Workshop

30 Jun 2013 at 10:22pm

Port Hedland Workshop

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The Port Hedland altered landscape workshop is over and what a great time we had. Thanks to all those who attended, lots of familiar faces all wanting to get their teeth into something a little different. We went out and shot these tanks tonight, great subjects.

Phase One IQ180, Schneider 240mm, 645Df body.

 

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Port Hedland Landscape Workshop

7 Jan 2013 at 10:15pm

Port Hedland Landscape Workshop

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Nick Rains and I are heading to Hedland on an altered landscape exploration Workshop! If you are up for some different shooting material this is the place for you. I rate it as one of the best places to shoot something interesting. More details to come but if your keen drop me a line.

 

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The Golden Shopping Trolley Awards

16 Aug 2011 at 9:23am


Team Digital is very pleased announce the Golden Shopping Trolley Awards or Photo competition.

This has been in the making for some time , the awards them self come from discussions with Christian Fletcher. Basically how to have a competition and have a lot fun doing it.

The theme is Urban Landscape or “Landscapes that have been touched by man” . Im sure you will all agree that this gives you a lot scope to come up with something out of the square.

We did want to make this competition different not only from the subject point of view but also the way it is judged. So we have came up with the idea of having the top 20 images judged live at Gala Evening ( Beer and Sausage Sizzle  at Team ) held on the 29th of October starting at 6.00pm  So you can come along and hear what the judges had to say about the images . Also the 20 finalist will be printed on Epson of course . And during the night we will have a large screen displaying all the entrants.

What could be better than that , how about a whole swag of prizes over $ 4000.00 worth
1st Prize is shiny new Epson Pro 3880 A2 printer valued at $ 2195.00
2nd Prize is a brand new Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod 055CXPro4 valued at $ 795.00
3rd Prize is the Complete collection of NIK’s Software valued at $ 699.00

Wait there’s more, we have two other section. these are extra sections so you will entered into the main section as well.
The first is the X-100 Award which basically the best Urban landscape shot on the amazing Fuji X-100. This is a mounted Fujiflex print up to 60 x 90 cm valued at $ 550.00.
The second is the best Urban Landscape image that contains a shopping trolley. Canson have sponsored this section with a $ 250 media pack.

Now cost of entry $ 25.00 which allows you to enter 4 images and this includes a ticket to the gala evening.

You can put your entries in via a link on the Team Digital blog. That will be up and running by the end of the  week. Entries must be by the 21st of October.

Happy landscaping

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Ok, time for the Truth about Art Photography

6 May 2011 at 9:57am

Thanks everyone for your comments. The image I posted along with this one is not mine but Bill Hensons. It was an interesting experiment to see what people like and don’t like and how we all have an idea of what a “FINE ART” photograph really is. I’m still not sure myself but in the past year my notion of what I am interested in photographing has changed dramatically. You all know I have these moments of madness when I get on some shopping trolley roll or drool over a pile of steel waste. This is because for me photography is expanding. I am trying to get past the banal image to something that is truly great. Of course to get there you need to experiment a lot. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.

Now my question is to everyone out there, why try to produce something we have seen a hundred or a thousand times before? In the words of the great William Fox our curator on the Pilbara Project “show me something I haven’t seen before” The challenge is to find what that is. In a world where we are bombarded with images on a daily basis that is a huge ask but hell what a cool task, “show me something I haven’t seen before”

I have been studying Bill Hensons work and I think you guys should have a look at it seriously too. It is different. It might not be what we are used to but it isn’t to say it is worse because there are large areas of black. His photos are about moods, about feeling about pushing and pulling the viewer. The image I showed did push and pull you lot. It got a discussion going and if that is what Bill wanted then that means it worked.

Henson is one of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, having represented the country at the Venice Biennale. He has been the subject of exhibitions at major galleries, including the Art Gallery of NSW.He has a strong reputation among private collectors, among them Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull, Elton John and the Smorgon family. His artwork has changed hands for as much as $250,000.

The image I showed was on for $30,000 I believe and I also believe the exhibition it was in sold out. Now don’t quote me on that but I think it is about right. Even so, I would rather a black Henson hanging on my wall than an over the top Lik.

In the end it is art and not everyones cup of tea. It does inspire me and it reinforces our need to go further and push ourselves to produce images that can’t be seen!

I WANT TO SEE SOMETHING NEW, we are a collection of talented photographers all producing the same stuff on a different day. Have a look at Flemmings recent work, he gets it. Photography can be so much more than an image ready made for a jigsaw puzzle.

p.s. my new coaster range is on sale in my galleries, true story, and we are selling sh1t loads. Oh the pain! Someone put me out of my misery! And I’m trying to be a serious artist!!!!!

 

 

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From the Banal to the Ridiculous

18 Apr 2011 at 8:19pm

 

I love this. Don’t know why but I just do. I must be loosing it. I was listening to Cavatina at the time! No booze, no drugs just pure creative juices let leash on an unsuspecting road side sign!

There must be a message for us all in there somewhere, wish I could work it out! I must be in the wrong zone!!!

Fuji x100, shot with great care from the car window.

 

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Ahh Thats Better

15 Feb 2011 at 7:49pm

A bit of industry is good for the soul! I love this pic but it didn’t make it to the Pilbara Project exhibition, or the book I think! Anyway it wasn’t shot on the Phase One P65+ it was shot on the Nikon D3x. A mighty camera and king of the DSLR’s.

Make sure you check out the exhibition at the FORM gallery Cnr Murray and King St Perth or at the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland.

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Pilbara Project Exhibition

31 Jan 2011 at 1:58pm

Here is the official invite to the Pilbara Project Exhibition. If you want to be there for the opening night and get to talk to the  guys and/or myself, come along. It is going to be a big night, actually a huge night. The photos will get you thinking about what photography is all about. You will either love it or hate it. It is what it is and I would love to hear your thoughts.

This is going to be the photography event of the year, don’t miss it!

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