28 Feb 2013

Melbourne City

I dropped into see my how my exhibition at Edmund Pearce gallery was going... 
The gallery is in the the lovely Nicholas Building, on the second floor ... lots of interesting shops everywhere ...




I had been to the NGV to see the Thomas Demand show (brilliant) on the way to the Nicholas building and couldn't resist taking these two pics on the way ... the Spiegletent is back in town ... 




26 Feb 2013

320 GigaPixel Photo

DP Review has posted this link to the largest panoramic photo so far created... it was shot by the people at 360 cities and is 320 Gigapixels in file size, is made up from 48,640 frames and would measure 98 x 24 metres if printed! (check the link above for more info)... spend some time zooming in as the detail is amazing.
Here is a single screenshot of a very, very tiny part of the panorama... I love it for the extreme flattening of the perspective you get when you zoom in to extreme levels... there is also a sort of 'visual wobbliness' in some parts of the image (a result of the 'stitching' software at the macro level) ... when you look at the beginning image of London, you will begin to appreciate just how far I have zoomed in... it's really quite remarkable there is still such detail available...




This got me thinking about exploring the relationships between some chosen screen shots and here are some of the results... a little bit of visual amusement... as a bonus, you sometimes see 'missing bits' and 'ghost images' (the result of things moving during subsequent exposures)... also very amusing and I hope the staff at 360 cities are not offended by me playing with their hard work...










18 Feb 2013

Chemistry of Chance_Gallery Pics

Here are some  images of the Edmund Pearce Gallery a few days after the very busy and well attended opening night... thanks to Greg Neville for the pics...









10 Feb 2013

Exhibition Invitation

The 'Chemistry of Chance' exhibition will be opening this week on Thursday Feb 14... funny thing is, I hadn't realised it is also St. Valentines Day...



4 Feb 2013

Chemistry of Chance... Sneak Preview

Here is a sneak preview of the work I am putting in to the Chemistry of Chance Exhibition at Edmund Pearce gallery...
The opening is on Thursday Feb 14 (6-8pm)











Background info ...
The exhibition is based on a collection of darkroom 'discards' that Greg Neville and I happened to have collected independently over a period of thirty years or more, working in various college darkroom environments...
The detritus of unwanted, discarded prints and test strips, left in the darkroom bins after class sessions, living in a chemical 'soup' of developer, stop bath, fixer, air, water combined with the action of light (during cleanup), makes for an environment leading to complex alchemical reactions, and results in fascinating forms and colours on the discarded prints. 
With careful selection and editing, abstract 'compositions' can be discovered. These selections were scanned and digitally edited to bring out what was perceived in the original print and to intensify the compositional elements. As in other aspects of my work, there are abstract but identifiable figures and landscape elements.
In some way, this exhibition is both a celebration of the darkroom and a marker for it's demise. For many photographers in the digital age, the darkroom is a fading memory and best forgotten, but for others (admittedly, now a small but dedicated group), it is still a magical place that can be a site for precision, but also one that can allow for chance events worth celebrating...