29 May 2012

Landscapes Revisited (4x5 negs)

As in the prior post and in the same sense of re-visiting older work and  trying to resolve complex and chaotic landscape, here are some images from 4x5 negatives from 1985- 1986... 
While these image from the Malacoota and Gypsy Point areas of South Eastern Victoria are much 'softer' than the Chewton landscapes, they are just as difficult to interpret photographically and just as complex... for different reasons...I was reading quite a bit dealing with chaos theory and entropy at the time and I can see the impact it had in the way I was trying to resolve this work...














Landscapes Revisited (6x6 Negs)

I have been scanning and reviewing some 6 x 6 B&W negatives from way back... as always there are mixed feelings when revisiting something you did a long time ago and given these images were made in 1985 and 1986, we are talking some time ago.
Having visited the Fred Williams exhibition at the Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square recently, I was reminded of the complex compositional elements and spacial relationships Williams developed and refined... for me it was Williams who 'made sense' of the complex Australian bush landscape (in the majority of cases the bush doesn't have any of the classic formal or tonal relationships that European landscape is endowed with) and redefined Australian Landscape in visual form. As a painter, Williams explored complex and illusory spaces and often employed relationships of scale that indicated and combined both arial and 'macro' views in the same canvas... a very wonderful thing to observe.
Maybe with this in mind I was attracted again to this work made so long ago, because I can remember 'wrestling' with trying to translate the chaos and randomness of some typical Australian bush areas, and the following are some examples that were made in the Chewton area...














15 May 2012

Garden at Home


A Walk in the Park

A strange little area in the local park seemed photo worthy... mysterious and dreamlike in the morning light...







8 May 2012

Amazing Skies 4

Couldn't resist adding these two... they work so well in colour...




6 May 2012

Amazing Skies 3

Just a couple more to finish the B&W series...



Cloud Triptychs

Continuing with these wonderful autumn skies... while the colours were delicious, the tonality and luminosity just begged to be explored, so here are some B&W triptych versions... again, these variations occurred in a two hour timeframe..




Amazing Skies 2

As it got colder and with the light falling, this is one of the last pics of the day ...






Amazing Skies 1

A recent visit to the beach... the evening skies were amazing with subtle but constantly changing qualities of light and form...these were taken over a period of an hour or so ...