November 20, 2008

Abandoned house near Bendigo

An old abandoned house in the Bendigo area ... exposed to the elements and decaying gracefully.

Bendigo tourist pics

These images were taken in an old tram depot where trams are restored for use in the Bendigo 'Talking Trams' tourist attraction... Had an amazing tour of the facilities after being 'sprung' photographing leftover detritus and 'old tram bits' discarded and rotting in the area outside the restoration workshops. Invited in for a tour and explanation of restoration processes... amazing, and very pleased there are still people so enthusiastic and obsessed with restoring these old trams. Very important people in there own way and will be thanked by future generations (never knew three quarter inch whitworth sprongle grommet threads were so critical!)

More Bendigo trip pics ...

A little collection of tourist pics on a recent trip to the Bendigo area ...

July 18, 2008

Weekend amongst the vines

Some pics from a pleasant weekend away in the country amongst the vines at Red Hill...

July 02, 2008

Ash Wednesday fires

While I was framing up some photos, I came across these images I took following the horrendous fires that swept through the Mogg's Creek area in 1983 and decided it was time to revisit these images. Hard to believe it's 25 years ago.
The Ash Wednesday fires caused phenomenal damage and loss of life right across Victoria. Every summer brings back memories of this time. They were taken on the weekend following the fires where my parents in law lost everything.

Old Church

In a fit of 'what to do today because it's so wet and cold outside', I decided to put up some new prints around the house and reframe some older ones. Amongst the work was this image I made way back in 1991 taken in the old burnt out church in Powlett St., East Melbourne. If you go past there now it has been turned into units (of course). Although heavily damaged and without a roof, it was quite an amazing place to photograph. I used a very old Voigtlander camera (from the 1920's I assume) that uses medium format film... note the very strange film rebate edges complete with 'hairy bits'...

July 01, 2008

Dumper bin

This dumper bin was in the front yard of a new house being built... nice bit of industrial 'scratch and damage' ...

June 29, 2008

NGV print

I currently have an image of mine at the NGV (Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square) as part of the Hugh Williamson's Legacy (Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future: Hugh Williamson's Legacy) . The exhibition centers around artists who have made images relating to Melbourne and It will move to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in mid December.
This image was part of the 'In Industrial Light' series that I commenced in the early 1990's and was taken at the old pumping station at Williamstown (the site that now is the Science Museum). Also in the exhibition was work by Les Walkling, Bea Maddock and John Cattapan amongst other artists.

June 27, 2008

Castlemaine Gardens

This amazing old tree is at the Castlemaine Gardens... everything was looking a little desperate in this continuing drought, but still hanging on.

New Terrain Exhibition

I recently took part in an exhibition called New Terrain, which finished in June, so this entry is a little late, I know, but this exhibition was curated by Geoff Tolchard (who also curated the Whiteout exhibition) and co- curated by Dr. Colleen Morris. It included 24 artists from the NMIT Visual Arts Department and was held in Ararat. You might notice that my images have both been displayed horizontally (the grid of the Roadkill cans was meant to be a vertical image)... completely my fault as I didn't include any 'how to hang' instruction when I sent the image to Ararat. Let that be a lesson to anyone out there exhibiting work. However, that aside it was a terrific show that highlighted various art practices involving photo media, painting and small scale sculpture reinvigorating the idea of sustainability through diverse responses. NMIT has links with Ararat via it's campus there (offering Winemaking, Viticulture,Herb Production and Farm Chemical use) so the collaboration between Ararat Regional gallery and NMIT was most welcome..

Castlemaine railyard

Amazing what you can find in an old railyard... see below for suitable comments and musings.