Flowers, Inspiration, Photography

Mapplethorpe’s Flowers

Aesthetically, my flower photographs look nothing like Robert Mapplethorpe’s flower photographs.  He took structured studio photographs of flowers in vases, set against strong light, or coloured backgrounds. I take photographs of wild flowers in the bush with backgrounds of moss, lichen, fallen bark, rotting leaves, bracken and whatever happens to be there. Yet when I […]

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Reflections

Conceptualising the Self – Part 2, A Selfie without “Me”

Faced with the task of submitting three photographs representing myself for a unit of study, I began with photographs of my face.  However, we are being encouraged to explore ways of representing the self without showing our faces, or by showing parts of our face or body. Much of my creative inspiration comes from nature […]

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Photography

Digitally Altered Photographs

Another digitally altered photograph from the April trip to Queenscliff. This time I didn’t use a preset. The photograph is taken from the deck of the ferry, looking down into wake created by movement through the water. I wanted to achieve an abstract effect and to do this I have deepened shadows and brought out a […]

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Photography

Digital Presets

Tonight I am contemplating the effects of Adobe Lightroom’s digital presets, using a photograph I took of the Queenscliff Pier in April.  When I took up photography, I was determined to learn how to capture a good photograph through good camera technique.  The idea of using software to alter the image did not appeal to me […]

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Journaling, Writing

Pen and Paper: The Sensuality of Journaling

Moving house in 2012, I realised just how many journals I had collected over the years. Many of them have only a few handwritten pages – the rest being blank. Very few are almost full. I don’t think I can boast a single completed journal. Yet each time I enter a stationers, or a good […]

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Galleries, landscapes

Beechworth

I was in Beechworth for a flying visit last week.  There wasn’t much time to look around, but we stayed near the Cemetery and drove past the facade of the Ovens District Hospital.  Photographs taken at these two locations form the gallery below. The Hospital was constructed in the years 1862-1864 and demolished in 1940.

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Essay, Photography

Photography: Finding My Style

Over the last eighteen months, I’ve made a subtle shift from Writer to Writer and Photographer.   In my writing, I’ve always enjoyed rich imagery and metaphor.  Much of my poetry is sparked from images that intrigue me and in prose, I try to make moments ‘visible’ to the reader.

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Wild Flowers

Insectivorous Sundews

I find the sculptural beauty of the Sundew family of plants a constant draw in late Winter and Spring when they are at their peak.  The combination of clear green leaves, red sticky hairs and poppy-like buds, bursting into classically simple flowers are irresistible when I have the camera.  These insectivorous plants are also challenging to photograph […]

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