17 Mar 2010

Geelong Freeway Bypass (abstract)

This image also taken on the Hasselblad... see comments below...

Geelong Freeway Bypass under construction

It's strange delving into work made such a long time ago ... while preparing the images below (from the In Industrial Light  series), in and around Williamstown and Newport, I unearthed this one, taken on the Hasselblad in 1995,  during the construction of the Western Ring road bypass and thought I'd pop it on the blog ...



Whiteout

Continuing with unearthing images relating to industrial sites in and around the Williamstown and Newport areas, I thought i should also include the images I put in to a group show called Whiteout... a curated travelling show with exhibitions in Melbourne and regional galleries with the first show in 2005... 
This work was a big shift in technique from the large format industrial work below... the images were made with a 1960's plastic kids camera (an Agfa Clack), that happens to use 120 format roll film, giving a 6 x 9 cm. negative. The large negative combined with a cheap plastic lens makes it an aesthetically interesting camera... this is what it looks like (check the link as well) ... 
Using a multiple exposure technique (4 clicks on a clack!),  gives a lovely sense of animation to the work.
The whiteout reference harks back to a time when I lived near the sea (at Point Lonsdale) and in times of major fog you would hear the rather mournful sound of the fog horn, warning ships of the dangerous conditions in the rip, and from the beach, watch as the ships emerged from the fog... certainly a 'whiteout' experience... 
Like some of the images below, these were made during the construction of the Bolte Bridge...





16 Mar 2010

Industrials #11 (Newport)

This image was made in the old Newport Power Station... the graffiti seems perfectly in tune with the notion of a power station, intentional or not...



Industrials #10 (Williamstown)

These three images were taken from the Williamstown Bridge, looking towards the West Gate Bridge... the centre image was taken in the old rail shed. When it was exhibited in the In Industrial Light show, it was displayed as a horizontal 'tryptich'... the reference alluding to a sort of perverted garden of Eden, with a 'tree' form in the middle...



Industrials #9 (Williamstown)

This series was taken in Williamstown in the old rail yards (not only did it contain a old steam train, but on weekends there were often an enthusiastic group of train buffs who were restoring it) ... the bulk of this site is now housing...




Industrials #8 (Williamstown)

Still continuing putting up images taken in the Williamstown / Newport areas, these two were taken around the ICI Glass factory, near the West Gate Bridge ...




Industrials #7 (Williamstown)

This series was also made in the Williamstown area, in the (now) Science Centre site...





Industrials #6 (Williamstown)

This series was made in the Williamstown area, along the rail tracks... always a favourite place to be...





Industrials #5 (Coode Is.)

These images are abstracted sections of the huge discarded chemical storage tanks that were left after the disastrous and dangerous fires caused by lightning strikes at the Coode Island storage facility on the Melbourne docks in 1991... it was impossible to get access to the site at any stage, despite my best efforts, and it was a toxic mess for a considerable length of time. However, a year or so after the accident, I managed to locate the 'de-toxed' tanks in a holding yard, some distance from the Coode Island site. Access was still difficult (a long story!) and I managed to get caught by no less than the managing director of the company involved (another long story)... however, here are the results...





Industrials #4 (Brooklyn)

These images were taken in the Brooklyn area (again in the early 1990's)... the stone crushing plant is still operating as far as I know, while the quarry has been filled in and is now all housing...



Industrials #3 (West Gate)

These images of the West Gate Bridge were taken in the early 1990's... These and the bulk of the images above were exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery in South Yarra in 1993, in an exhibition titled In Industrial Light... all of the prints were 11"x14", silver gelatin (darkroom) prints...





Industrials #2 (Mural)

This mural, made of 4 separate panels of the Bolte Bridge under construction, was the centrepiece of the Vertigo show at Lab X (2004)...



Industrials #1 (Bolte Bridge)

I was recently asked for examples of my work related to anything taken around Newport and Williamstown (someone may want to buy one of them as a mural version)... this has got me to again look at a continuing series related to the industrial landscape that started way back in 1992 ... the black and white work was all taken on a 4"x5" monorail camera with the negatives developed in Pyro. 
It's pretty much a finished project as access to similar sties is now almost impossible due to obsessive industrial paranoia, OH&S regulations, anti terrorist legislation and public liability problems, as well as the fact that many of these sites have been demolished for apartments and houses.
Hence, I have decided to put up the most significant images in this series in their demographic groupings...
The first group are images of the Bolte Bridge during construction in 1998 ... is it really that long ago!
These images were exhibited at Lab X in a show called Vertigo in 2004 and were large, mural, Digital Type C (Lambda) prints...





99

A strange little shop window in Hawthorn ...


Abbotsford wall

Concrete slab building

Looking at the completed apartment and commercial building while doing some shopping recently, reminded me of an image I made a couple of years ago when this was first under construction... not only do buildings seem to get jammed into impossibly small and inappropriate places in our growing city, but it looks arguably better in its unfinished state (to my eyes anyway)...


Old photos of Alphington and Fairfield

I made some copies of these very old photos of Alphington and Fairfield for a local Historical Society... it's interesting to see the Fairfield Boathouse as it was in the latter 1800's and life on the Yarra in general... really quite amazing images and so much empty space compared to today...






14 Mar 2010

RMIT student days

You'll have to guess... in my continuing play with old photos, I thought I should include this one from my student days at RMIT...taken in ????...you figure it out... I am sitting just.... I think the phone is ringing... must go...



Old Photo of Moggs Creek

Since I've been playing around with old photos, I thought I'd include this old photo of Moggs Creek... I found it on the Melbourne Museum website and discovered you can purchase them on CD... technology is a wonderful thing...



Old 6x9 Negative

Another old negative given to me by friends (again discovered during a recent cleanup in the darkroom)... it looks distinctly like St. Kilda during WW 2, but it could be my imagination...



Old Glass Plate Negatives

I was given these glass plate negatives many years ago... wrapped in paper and decidedly fragile... unfortunately, no idea of their history... decided to scan them and see what secrets they might contain.  I discovered them recently during a clean up in the darkroom (haven't done any work there for many years, but am still attracted to the idea of doing something else before the inevitable clean out and discard and still seem to be attracted to the quiet discipline of the darkroom... I think!)






Old Drawer Front

An old drawer front selected from the vast collection in the 'shed'...at least I feel I am starting to order , photograph, and either keep or discard such things...

Blue Chest 2

Some close up details of an old metal chest with travel labels...





Blue Chest 1

Decided to photograph an old blue metal chest that belonged to my dad... has some lovely labels and distressed surfaces on it...I  am torn between selling it and continuing to store it (it takes up quite a bit of real estate in the shed)...



10 Mar 2010

Abbotsford Convent

Architectural details from the Abbotsford Convent...