April 2007 Archives

John Divola

Interesting body of work

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A Quote

Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own.
There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.
-Robert Heinecken

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World Pinhole Day

World Pinhole Day tomorrow.

"What is Pinhole Day? Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to this website where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration's online gallery." Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

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Creative Commons iSummit

In my inbox this morning

I'm writing to ask for your help.

Two years ago, iCommons established the yearly iSummit conference as a way to bring together the thinkers, innovators, and pioneers of the "Open" movement.

This year's iSummit (taking place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June 15th through 17th) will bring together more than 250 key players for two days of intense discussion and debate about our digital freedoms and the future of the Internet. It is critical to assure that a truly global legal perspective is represented at this important conference.

Creative Commons International affiliates are crucial to the success of the iSummit and of Creative Commons globally. The iSummit is the one opportunity each year for these dedicated volunteers drawn from universities and cultural institutes to learn from each other face to face and plan for the challenges and opportunities facing the movement in the next year. Enabling these volunteers to participate in the iSummit is truly the most leveraged way to support Creative Commons at this time.

In order for Creative Commons to provide affiliates with scholarships to attend this critical conference, we need your help in raising $50,000 within the next two weeks. This is a daunting task, but we strongly believe that you, our community, will help us reach this goal.

Please visit http://creativecommons.org/support to give to the fund. All of our usual cool premiums are available.

To help, Digital Garage, a major sponsor of iSummit 2006, is matching the first $20,000 that is contributed.

This campaign will end when we have raised $50,000, or in two weeks, whichever comes first. We will be posting updates from our international affiliates each day of the campaign.

If your company is interested in contributing matching funds or if you have questions about the campaign, please contact our Development Coordinator, Melissa Reeder, at melissa@creativecommons.org.

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Way out in the West

First screengrab

SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 ( http://www.silkypix.com )   1/1

After installing the software and opening a raw file from my hard-drive.

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New Software

Soft Laboratory have produced a Raw Processing tool that I am about to download and trial, stay tuned for the results.

This paragraph in this Month's Mac world was what caught my eye.

“The range of control is phenomenal. A piece of software with this level of command is welcome and will suit the ultra-fastidious image worker The GUI is attractively and professionally executed.”

I am constantly on the look out for ways to subvert the use of Photoshop, this looks like it maybe another tool in the arsenal of image processing work-flows that hopefully will give Photoshop a run for it's money.

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New Location


This location, [a recently opened bicycle track called Federation Trail] yielded one of my biggest creative outburst in many years, I proofed 12 rolls of 120 film yesterday in the darkroom, time now to mull over the results now and see if more visits are on the cards?

In the interim it's back into the darkroom for a couple of other ideas I'm working on.

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Quoting 3RRR

I want one!

Five Phreakin' Mega-pixels

[posted with ecto]

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[posted with ecto]

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Lost for Words

After a glimpse of a household object caught my eye this morning, I wanted to write something about humour and modern art, but the pull of the glorious sunshine and the list of more important things to do tugs desperately for my attention.

Here's something worth a look, if you're in Melbourne this month. Zephyr Gallery in the Docklands, has a show of photographs Elvis Impersonators. The book and sales of the prints will raise funds for the Mirabel Foundation, the work is by Saville Coble, the show runs from the 1st to the 30th of May. at Zephyr Gallery 60 River Esplanade Docklands Melbourne.

On a personal note I may not get a chance to see the show, as sadly the web site for Zephyr gallery is actual an Ad Agency website, and am unable to garner much more information. The 'Docklands' website has some more information, scroll down to read it.

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Stephen Shore

An interview, via BRS

An interview with Wolfgang Tillmans

Magnum Photos turns 60 this year

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Exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Friday just gone saw me at Heide Museum of Modern Art. The show I saw was, entitled, “Perfect for every occasion: photography today.”

Without getting into specifics, I am more than stoked to have seen such a lively and healthy showing of the state of current contemporary photographic art practice here in Australia.

My main favourites were:-

  • Patrick Pound's prints from mobile phone images.
  • Debra Phillip's beautiful and considered photographic installation
  • Paul Knight's large and very European feeling colour images.

At first when I saw the beautiful giclée prints by Patrick Pound, I didn't believe that they were images that hadn't gone though some post processing, until I got home. I was able to mimic the Henson-esque like softness of the images by simply focussing up close on an image, as he had indeed done, and with some simple moves in photoshop hey presto, all I would need is the cash to print them as giclée prints.

Debra Phillip's were seemed to me to really honour the traditions I've come to love in Photography, but not in a fawning or servile way. Everything from the framing down to the sequencing really worked well, it was a cohesive and resolved body of work.

Paul Knight's work which are large scale prints of slightly ambiguous subject matter reminded me of an amalgam 2 European Photographer's work, Boris Mikhailov, and Thomas Struth.

There was a noticeable number of New Zealanders represented, and of course some work that for me just clutched at straws or were simply post-modernist ideas, the usual one trick pony type stuff.

Overall, I really enjoyed the way several people were approaching the use of image capturing devices and how they responded to the idea of output, I would have liked to have seen some mention however of images being used in an online context. Overall the show was witty endearing challenging beautiful and engaging.

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I Remember When..

I didn't spend hours and hours on a computer or online.

Scrapblog Builder

Life has been a little pre-web around here. What with the discovery of my new location,and spending as much time as I can either out on location or in the darkroom processing and printing, or checking out some of the excellent shows on in galleries around town at the moment. I meant to post this a couple of days ago. Ne'er mind.

Thanks to lifehacker.com>via webware, this little gem will keep those who like to scrap book happy; me I'd like to think of it as a way to build and share collaborative work such as magazines. I have after all had a long [amateur] interest in page-layout, typography & graphic design.

At a professional level, my students could possibly use this site as well.

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Federation Trail

federation trail

Explored a new location today. I shot 4 rolls, nearly 5 in one small section alone, I suspect a few more visits will be on the cards over the coming months. Today the light was to die for, it will only get better over the coming weeks.

Originally had planned to shoot further West, but when I poked my nose in first, and saw the potential, I knew this was going to be the place to hang around as the sun set in the west.

Getting home and checking the location out on Google Maps just made it even more exciting.

This location is going to see a lot more of me. It gives me easy access to the exterior of all sorts of factories, and damaged urban environments.

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Sharing & Caring

save to del-icio-us

One of things that I've felt has been so exciting about the internet, is the ability to generate content, by it's users.

This is made all the more easier with sites like flickr, &and del.icio.us, as they partially exist for this reason. This ability then adds a level of power to the process of content creation unseen or heard of; ever. Of course with power comes some responsibility. This is where using the save to delicious link at the bottom of every flickr page comes in.

Assuming you have a delicious account. When you find an image you like, clicking on this link will launch a small window or open a page. This page will then enable you to add this image yo your delicious account, to share with others who use delicious, AND if you add the tag, "photoblog-posts" it can also be found by a site called, blog.photoblogs.org, who may then choose to feature this image on their own blog.

It's all about sharing you see.

If you didn't have a delicious account before reading this, I'm going to assume yo now do, here's my delicious account, I have a small network of fellow web users, and they have very kindly shared their links with me.

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Old School

I haven't seen this kind of high contrast work since, Ralph Gibson in the 70's.

Anders Petersen, is said to be the European equivalent of Robert Frank?

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Travel Dreams

One of my main influences in photography, Robert Adams, is having a show in San Francisco, at Fraenkel Gallery at the moment, anyone spare me a couple of thou for a quick visit? Maybe one of my international readers could pop in and check the show out?

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The Trials & Tribulations..


... of a mobile phone camera user.

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Speaking of Portraiture

Here's a body of work, that examines how people like to "represent" themselves

Also, and extended portrait of 2 girls over 10 years

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Anne Zahalka at the CCP April 2007

When I recently heard about the current show at the CCP of Anne Zahalka's work, I was quite excited.

I spent some time at the show on Wednesday just gone, and well, to be frank, I was disappointed.

The show is really well hung, the staff at the CCP have done a great job. The large light box, in gallery 3 is mind blowing. The rest of the work itself however has a level of inconsistency about it's printing that makes me wonder if it is even by the same artist? I was really looking forward to seeing the work in gallery 2, her best known I suppose, but was sadly disappointed by the prints, they seemed to lack any richness, and I was not even sure they had been shot on medium format, due to poor sharpness and what appeared to be chromatic abberations. The body of work in gallery 1, the Artist series, really has me perplexed because it is so obviously digital, but the material it is printed on takes it almost to a sculptural level. The ideas themselves are of course engaging and humorous, but I'm kind of left gasping when there seems to be so little to tie them together.

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Current CCP Show

Went to the CCP yesterday, to see the Anne Zahalka Show, while I contemplate my response, consider this.

"The photographic process looks after itself when its natural inheritance is honoured. It can not understand any other way of working. But when what is passed on represents a loss, the process collapses."
Les Walkling

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Swiss Exhibition

Now after 3 pieces in the Show in Switzerland, here's a youTube piece on the opening night.

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Some indication of where some of my images have been made over the last 3 or so years.

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So much for the deluge?

For either of my readers should they care, a new set on flickr, again made using a mobile phone camera, and attempting to 'abstract' the everyday.

While I'm at it, check out Brendadda's blog, some great work and ideas as well as links to other great flickr photographers, now if I can just get some links happening here I'd be really happy.

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