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November 2, 2008

Online Photo Editing

In old news Aviary, recently went public, and is a subscription based online photo editing service.

Phoenix Interface

Aviary joins the other companies that offer this service, including picnik, & photoshop express.


Picnik and Aviary differ somewhat in their services offered. Aviary it seems is attempting to create more of an online community, where picnik, taps into existing communities such as flickr and facebook for example.

With CS4 released and soon to hit the shelves here in Australia, I can't help but think, what of the future of desktop computer applications? The average person's needs are being driven down in terms of their must-have software, [it's all online now] factor in the increasingly narrowing focus of users of software such as photoshop, and I'm left thinking, where can this [and other packages] package actually go? Packages, such as Fireworks, Corel Paint. Why would anyone buy software, when there are ample alternatives to the big players?

Several packages have been released over the last 12 months, that have the potential to completely usurp programs like Photoshop, there's Iris, [$79.00 AU] Seashore [freeware], LiveQuatrz [donationware], and I'm sure this list will grow.

November 7, 2008

STREET WITH A VIEW: a project by Robin Hewlett & Ben Kinsley

Talk about grass roots art, meets corporate technology. This link thanks to twitter.com

[From STREET WITH A VIEW: a project by Robin Hewlett & Ben Kinsley]

More of it I say.

November 14, 2008

Identity Crisis: We don't know who we are any more...

...but have we ever

[From Valleywag]

sorry the article isn't about photography or identity per se, but a thought provoking read anyway, particulalry if you are paranoid about your identity online.

From History to Identity

Photography's power re-confirmed

[One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor's house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.

He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges -- snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home.]

Powerful stuff.

While we are on history and documentation, 'The Age' online newspaper now has a photo gallery section, not sure how new it is?

November 15, 2008

Rad - This bag is RAD - Lifelounge - Daily Goodness


[From - This bag is RAD - tanks 2 Lifelounge]

yikes, pass me the tongs

November 16, 2008

Flickr in a Nutshell

A sense of humour IS required

[A kitten on an iPhone at (HDR) sunset on Flickr - Photo Sharing!]

But don't you dare criticise flickr


Looking at this gallery of images of body builders, I reminded that; physical factors that are used to determine gender are obsolete and possibly, useless, cultural ones are of course either even more ambiguous or rigid depending on your camp.

You decide?

Reading Blogs on a Sundy click! Photography Changes Everything

Leads to all sorts of discoveries. This site for example, I found from Brian's blog [not if but when]

[click! Photography Changes Everything]

Just when you think it is afe to go back in the water, another flood comes tearing along.

November 23, 2008

New Exhibition

Despite all that's been going on for the last few weeks months, I've gotten involved in a little group exhibition at 'The Workshop Bar" in the city. The show is called, 'Guzzle it', it opens today, at 5:00pm.

I'm exhibiting some more polaroids for this one.

Be nice to see some familiar faces.

Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

November 24, 2008

Advice For Young Photographers

Wanting to start out in photography? here's some advice from 30 or so Magnum Photographers.

November 25, 2008

Guzzle it, and other exhibitions

The photography show at Workshop, runs till the 14th of December.

While we're on the subject of photography and art exhibitions, it's the crazy time of year for art and photography shows as all the graduates from the major art schols are showing around town.

VCA, are showing at the VCA gallery, RMIT Fine Art graduating students are showing at the Brunswick st Gallery, the First Year Students next month Tuesday 2nd December 2008, 6-8pm @ Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith Street, Collingwood just to mention a couple.

Then of course we have the Gursky show at NGVi, and Rennie Ellis at Ian Potter, which I've briefly looked at already, a great historical and social document.

The Rennie Ellis show was somewhat timely this year, several students used a similar approach with a more personal focus in their folios, but what I really found interesting about that was that they predominantly used film. Food for thought—when I get time, some time ANY time!

November 29, 2008

Online Discussion about Photography

Words Without Pictures

WORDS WITHOUT PICTURES is purposefully multi-voiced and multi-layered [2]. It includes essays [3], discussion forums [4], debates [5], one-to-one conversations [6], and questionnaires [7]. Words Without Pictures is using this range of formats to gauge a broad range of opinions about photography before they become received wisdom. We offer the ideas that begin this year-long process fully aware that subsequent discussions on this site will determine the directions the project will take. Words Without Pictures invites you to contribute your perspective on the directional shifts in photography and help us define their meaning [8].

[From Words Without Pictures]

A big thanks to junk for code for the heads up.

It's been a while


Driving home on Friday night, I saw this. I actually found a legal park around the corner, went back and grabbed the shot, fortunately the light was perfect.

November 30, 2008


Popped in to read some blogs via newsfire, my news reader, when I hit Jörg Colberg's weblog, he recently wrote an article about, W. Eugene Smith. What was interesting was that a lot of Mr. Smith's work is being hosted by Google allowing easy access to a large number of his images.

I recently purchased a book called Dialogue with Photography ,a series of interviews on some of the photographic movers and shakers from the 20th century. W. Eugene Smith's article was the 2nd I read after Henry Holmes Smith. Both passionate about their chosen paths, Henry Holmes Smith a passionate educator as well. While I find, W. Eugene Smith's most renowned work interesting and inspirational, I find Henry Holmes Smith's work more engaging. The two essays amplified this, and reading between the lines of the essay about W. Eugene Smith, there's an implied notion of modernist "truth" that no longer sits very well with me.

In unrelated news, I'm hoping to check the Gursky show next week, and thanks to Gary on Junk for code, I'm going to check it out with a renewed vigour.

Finally, this in from 3thousand a small street e-mag.

As much as we hate to use this word... CRISIS! Melbourne's artist-run galleries have been getting rather large rent hikes inserted into their rectums recently. And it's time for us all to adjust our perspectives, because if we don't start doing more than drinking free goon at launches of a Thursday night there'll be no more launches to drink goon at.

History 'n Hindsight

Missed this event earlier this year.

Stewart Butterfield the co-founder of flickr was in Melbourne, at, X|Media|Lab, at ACMI

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