Moving blog archive
Moving blog archive
I was in Brisbane in early November for the opening of my third exhibition of Animus at Foto Frenzy Photography Centre in the city’s southeast. The exhibition came about through my association with Darren Jew, a partner at Foto Frenzy and the facilitator of many of my photographic adventures in the underwater world. Darren is a world-class photographer and his many achievements speak for themselves. I was really pleased to get the call, to take my work north and to tap into this city’s great pool of creative talent.
My good friend and fellow photographer Gary Cranitch collected me from the airport and delivered me to the gallery. Gary’s worked as a photographer for Queensland Museum for more than three decades and is the Principal Photographer for the museum’s new book, The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide. I’ve been on several trips to the reef with Gary over recent years so I was keen to catch up and check out the book. I did, and it’s remarkable. Gary has a long association with Foto Frenzy. He exhibited earlier this year, showing photographs from the book.
At Foto Frenzy I met Gallery Curator Ian Poole, a wonderful man with impressive credentials. A long time judge for the Australian Professional Photography Awards, Ian’s renowned for his ability to deconstruct an image and demonstrate the makings of a great photograph. Meeting him really enhanced my time in Brisbane.
The facilities at Foto Frenzy were pretty incredible. Four of the smaller framed pieces from previous exhibitions travelled with me to Brisbane, including three handcrafted palladium prints, several others Darren printed for me on site using the centre’s high-end custom printing service. It all took less than 48 hours and the prints were flawless.
I decided to take full advantage of the access to one of the country’s finest printers/operators and get a print of one of my latest images on canvas. The result was never going to disappoint. Carefully packaged for the flight home it was stretched and on my wall by Sunday arvo.
If you’re in the Brisbane area, I highly recommend a visit to Foto Frenzy.
It’s been a while since my last dive, seven months to be precise. Portsea 5 February 2013 according to my dive log. Seems a very long time ago. I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in March but after a reconstruction in May, months of rest, countless hours spent at the gym and with the physio, I decided it was time to get back in the water.
I thought I would test the knee out in the glassy conditions off Rye Pier at first light on 28 August. Portsea Pier was my first choice with its easy access from the car park, but it’s under repair making entry and exit from the water difficult.
Rye, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is one of my favourite shore dives around Melbourne. It offers a wide variety of marine life from seahorses, octopus and rays to a range of fish species, and even the odd seal if you’re lucky. It’s been the spot for many great images over the years.
The first test was the 300 metre walk from the car park to the lower landing in wetsuit, full scuba gear and carrying my camera rig. A lazy 40+ kilos of extra weight, but I managed it, and after a quick gear check it was time to enter.
The first mistake was not zipping up my wetsuitat the back. Felt the full force of the 10-degree southern waters down my back. Had to get the camera back on the landing, paddle back to the ladder, get the fins off and exit the water. I’d call that second test complete.
While there wasn’t much to see I was able to successfully navigate the pier in perfect conditions for 20 or so mins without any discomfort. Followed it up with another seamless exit and a solid walk back to the car.
And with that, for the first time in months I feel ready to get back to the project that’s been on the backburner since early 2013. A venture which will require many hours in our challenging southern waters. Liam
Two weeks ago I crammed the car with framed prints for what ended up being a fairly epic road trip to Ballarat. Edie, my three-year-old daughter, quite happily shared the back seat with the alpha male ‘Omega’ and after a quick stop at the Guildford General Store for one of the best pies around we were on our way.
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is one of those interesting regional events that’s grown from fairly humble beginnings into a month-long, internationally significant festival featuring both emerging and established photographers and attracting upwards of 60,000 people.
I’m really pleased to be exhibiting at the BFIB this year as part of an Eleven40 group show with artists including Jacqui Dean, Roger Arnall, Yury Avi, Glenn Gibson, Ric Wallis,Bruce Postle and Neil Duncan
As Edie and I wove our way through the Wombat State Forest, she fast asleep and clutching the remains of a pink cupcake sans icing, me, eyes on the road, the weather turned foul. By the time we arrived in Ballarat we were up against a power outage and gale force winds, but somehow we still managed to negotiate our way to Backspace Gallery in the heart of the city.
Edie charmed Gallery Director and artist Deborah Klein, while I emptied the car and took a bit of time to check out my fellow exhibitors. I’m sharing the space with some incredible talent and Glenn and Sandy from Eleven40 had obviously been hard at work the previous day. One of the immediate standouts for me was a piece from Ric Wallis’s Lake Eyre collection. A stunning series of images of the lake in flood shot from the air.
I returned to the BFIB this weekend, this time with my 6-year-old son in tow, to check out some of the other exhibits. The highlight for me was Korean artist Youngho Kang’s ’99 Variations’, complete with titles such as ‘Encountering a Skinny Pig in front of the Big River 2013’. Brilliant!
‘Sudarios’ (Shrouds) by Colombian Erika Diettes was captivating. The artist’s haunting images, beautifully printed on silk and hanging from the exposed beams of the Mining Exchange were something to see, and I loved the concept of Sheena Macrae’s ‘The Projectionist’.
The BFIB runs from 17 August – 15 September 2013
at various venues in and around Ballarat, Victoria.
Check it out if you can.
A few months back while passing the windows of Saxony in Chadstone, (Melbourne) I was transfixed by an image suspended inside the store. After venturing inside and chatting with the salesperson I was informed that it was part of a series titled ‘Petrified’ by Croatian born photographer Nenad Saljic. you can see more of his work by clicking on the image.. enjoy!!
Back in 2010 I’d recently purchased my Aquatica Underwater Housing for my Canon 5D Mk11 and was looking for some variety in diving experiences to test the rig under different conditions. I chose a double dive of the HMAS Canberra, scuttled back in 2009 off Queenscliff just outside the heads of Port Philip Bay in southern Victoria Australia , she now resides 28 meters below the surface.
After gearing up in Portsea at the offices of Dive Victoria then boarding the vessel ‘Sea Dragon’ where I was buddied up with experienced wreck divers Andrew & Johnny both dive instructors at Dive Victoria with great knowledge of the dive site and the wreck itself. A 30 minute trip via the Queenscliff dock and we were at the dive site ready to drop in for dive 1, surface conditions weren’t great and the visibility below was fairly poor as well. We made our way down the mooring line to the deck of the friggett, with not alot of marine life calling the artificial reef home I quickly made the call to concentrate on working with the structure of the wreck and my dive buddies to add scale and perspective along with a human aspect to gather some ‘mood’ images.
# see images below for the out-takes from the dive…
As it turned out it ended up being the only dive for the day as we surfaced we were greeted with a 3 meter swell which had closed in on us. So after a struggle to get back onto the boat we took a vote and decided to cut our losses and head back to land.
Thinking I hadn’t achieved much picture wise I packed the car and headed home…
Fast forward to April 2013, I get a message from a friend and fellow diver Declan via facebook requesting images of divers on wrecks. Thinking long and hard then trolling my hard drives archives, I managed to find a couple from trips to Vanuatu, Fiji along with the few from the dive of the Canberra.
After a few emails and conversations with both the picture editor and art director of Australian Geographic I’ve been fortunate enough to capture and supply the image that fitted the ‘look and feel’ they felt best suited the cover of the 114th edition of Australian Geographic Magazine..
So here it is…..