Sometimes it takes a really harsh cut back to return to bloom. This series is in honour of my mother-in-law Liz, who bravely pruned our roses for us when she was last here – and was a little worried she’d … Continue reading
With Spring’s return this year, I was laid up in bed with some kind of cold/flu thing that prevented me from standing for more than a few minutes at a time. Days later, when I merged myself back into the … Continue reading
Having the nick name swiss cheese plant could be another reason it has my attention! Continue reading
2018. Wow, it goes by in a flash, squeezes you of all your energy and then leaves you spat out to recover on your holidays! At least that’s how it felt this year, perhaps due to not being at my … Continue reading
In two days, I start putting up my photographic work for an exhibition, a joint venture with Susan Nethercote, called ‘Nature’s Abstract‘. I have admired Susan’s work with paint for some time and it dawned on us that we really … Continue reading
It really is about seeing what is right before you sometimes. These shots are an example of that for me. I came home after Christmas to be reminded that all I had to do was stop for a moment and … Continue reading
At a time when there is always something to do, to help with and to watch out for….
The prawns need marinating, there’s a few salads to put together, and LOOK OUT, that puppy’s nose is getting a little too close to that tray of sweets! Is she eating another Christmas card?…
I stole a moment to take some photos in the garden. I promise it wasn’t while the dishes were being done.
Here is my refuge. Even from myself. I found a few gem items. They might not be all the ones the gardener themselves would have chosen, but it always works that way with me and my camera. It feels a little like “I see dead people”, but much less creeepy.
Between Old Man’s Beard, Spider Orchids, Cactus and Agave, there were some very sweet moments of solitude in the morning light.
May we all seek to create rather than destroy – around us and inside ourselves!
Every breath of wind leaves a mark on something. Every stirring vibration creates a shift or a ripple leading elsewhere. Every sign of life is a wound. Where it all begins or ends we can’t be sure, only that it … Continue reading
Well it was an anniversary that I felt like a part of. After many years spent with the Endless Sea (and previous titles and arrangements) it felt good to be back in the room with everyone together, making sound of … Continue reading
SO here is a theme that I have not tried in a very long time…..
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. It was Canon’s February theme, so I gave it a go. It’s always good to try different things, right?
It brought up some interesting issues around the way that I choose to shoot. Like highlighting the fact that I don’t like to be watched while photographing. Perhaps that is part of me preferring to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, but I did notice the irony of shooting others in public, but not enjoying doing the shooting while in public.
What I do enjoy about it, is watching for patterns and relationships in the everyday (and sometimes not so everyday) events happening around you. That can be quite captivating and can mean that I forget about being observed (to some degree).
I certainly enjoy the work of other street photographers…. after all I have two large volumes of work by Elliott Erwitt who is famous for his street photography all over the world. In fact I met Elliott Erwitt in New York City and had him sign one of his books for me!
It is the appreciation for simply SEEING what is there and capturing the essence of what makes it special – whether that be a pattern of shapes in one split moment, or an expression, or sequence of events that can be beautiful or humorous or interesting in that one moment.
I believe it takes great patience, perhaps that is another aspect I lack. However, it does relate to the work I do, in that I like to photograph “found” things rather than something I make up and is make believe.
This was my entry shot, taken at the Rockabilly Festival in Ballarat, February 2015.