In January I flew to Launceston with my touring bike and headed off on a two week adventure on the east coast of Tasmania. I first headed north of Launceston, spent a few nights on the coast then came inland to reach the east coast. I took my time riding down, stopping at all the towns and exploring their surroundings (when I had the energy to do so!). I also took the ferry to Maria Island where I spend two days walking and resting, embraced by the calmness of the island. My last day of cycling from Richmond to Hobart was cancelled because of a weather warning for flash floods..I was lucky to be picked up by some lovely folk and driven with my bike the final 20kms to Hobart town.
I spent the days cycling and camped in my tent each night, usually by the beach. I saw the full moon rise over the ocean at sunset and watched it progressively waning from that night onwards. I saw the sun rise and set each day…My hope for the trip was to spend as much time as possible outside, which I can happily say I did.
In late October I volunteered with the wilderness adventure company Operation Flinders. We traveled to a property bordering the Gammon Ranges in the Northern Flinders Ranges area and hiked for 8 days with a group of high school students. There were many hills and mountains to climb, goat tracks to follow, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, long, hot days and a even a few spots of rain! The landscape was vast… the perfect environment to allow the mind and spirit to wander at its own will. The program is challenging for all involved but the impact it has on everyone is undeniable. If you’re interested in being involved take a look on their website and sign up to volunteer too!
Here are some images of my artworks in a photography book designed by Adelaide’s Kate Burns to accompany the exhibition Dark that was put together by Atkins Technicolor for the recent Ballarat International Photography Festival.
There is also a website (here) that shows all the art work that was presented and information about all the artists that exhibited- plus a bit more!
The group exhibition, Distorted opened last Friday night at Tooth and Nail gallery in Adelaide. The exhibition presented a range of artists working within the medium of experimental photography from Adelaide and Hobart. The exhibition will also be exhibited in Hobart at Constance ARI.
The artists were:
These are some quotes from a forward to one of Sally Mann’s books; John B. Ravenal is talking about Sally’s photographic work:
“… a feeling arises that something else has imprinted itself on the film, something exceeding description of the physical facts, something unseen that animates and wraps the surface of the known world.”
“…her deire to show what lies beyond vision by using a medium invented to record reality’s surface..”
Something else…something unseen..beyond vision..
I like these words that Ravenal has used, they are very accurate in describing Sally’s work and I also think they relate to my work; what I feel my work is trying to represent and to capture.
The photographs above are taken on 35mm Slide film, in Hobart I used a large zoom lens to capture the clouds that sat over the hills and mountains around the city.
The time has come for the official ending of my Honours Degree; last Friday night (the 16th) the joint Honours and Masters Graduate exhibition opened at the Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart. It was a really great night as my parents came down from Adelaide for the event and there were a lot of people there to check out the art (or take advantage of the free booze and food..its hard to tell sometimes!). The exhibition runs for 10 days- so if anyone is around Hobart, come down to the docks and check it out, there are around 13 artists exhibiting and the standard of work is really high.
I will photograph my instillation later this week and show some images on here, but for now here is one of my final photographs, Box Brownie Colour Panorama #9.
Here are some digital snaps of my first, professionally designed, artist book. The design and publishing was funded by the Helpmann Academy. Designed by fellow photographer/practicing designer Alex Lofting, the book is approx 30x13cm, and has a short artists statement and 6 images from my Box Brownie Panorama Series.