Friday, 8 April 2016

colour breakdown

The other day I was explaining color channels in a class I'm teaching and took this image and slid the colours out of register to show the whole thing is made from only three colours even the black and white zones. The combined image is quite muted and desaturated but made up of three very saturated colours that cancel each other to become neutral. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

greyson perry

At the MCA until may 1 is Greyson Perry's largest ever show. Rich in detail, ideas and craftsmanship and low in saturated artspeak. Huge tapestries, pots and sculptures as well as the sketches at their source.

what we do in a day

Walking around solo it's amazing what you see in a day . . . . 


Going through some non work images like this one. Which made me think of people who say they want every day to be an adventure but I doubt this is what they have in mind.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Felix Kwan

I went to the opening of a new show at contact sheet gallery in St Leonards yesterday where I saw some exciting street photography by Felix Kwan. The show is called "Curiositas" and is a series of exposures of people in a busy street. Those standing still are sharp. People smoking or having a pensive moment. The rest are blurred to different degrees depending on their speed or if they have come too close to the lens. The image are overall well composed and have a first layer tha quickly gets your attention. As you look there are more interesting zones both in the detailed and the abstract areas. To do this kind of work that you can't direct you need to go a place where you expect something to happen then try and seize the best moments. Later you need a real willingness to discard what you wanted to work but which didn't and to identify what does work even if it was really accidental like a test exposure.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Decisive Moment at Contact Sheet

A great collection of images and text on the theme of the decisive moment. Historical, current revealing not just the content of the image but the motivations and process of the photographers, the intention and the random seen with intent. Curated by Paul MacDonald and Sandy Edwards there is a lot to look at and a lot to think about including many, many kinds of decisive moment. Some the classic interpretation, others the moment they clicked as photographers, another the moment he realised a photo had merit and many more. A treat.

Justine Varga :: Bill Henson :: Sydney Contemporary

A bit of a delayed reaction but working on the weekend upsets the rhythm. Not complaining. 

A month ago I went to Sydney Contemporary and found it overall a much more interesting experience than previous years. Lots of good painting and interesting installation but coming back to photography I found two artists who are very different really help focus in on what I like in photography. When asked I usually find the answer has to do with simplicity and emotional resonance. This could be reportage, street photography or an intensely glamorous portrait. I admire a lot of heavily worked images, illustrations of a concept in the artists mind, from a rough collage to a polished where does reality end kind of image but they don't really excite me. The more it's cut back the more I like it like a polaroid that seized a unique moment in a unique example. Nothing wrong with multiples though.

In this exhibition two artists struck me. Bill Henson who's work I knew and Justine Varga who's work I didn't. Justine makes cameraless images. Have a look