The Swan River can be lovely in the morning.
The Swan River can be lovely in the morning.
One of the favourite haunts for Perthians wanting to photograph abandoned buildings is the old Fremantle Power Station. There’s something apocalyptic and haunting about it – almost like a remnant of some catastrophe with its gutted interiors and broken windows. I went to visit yesterday and unfortunately couldn’t get in because security was patrolling the area [it is still private property and apparently a heritage site]. I did get to see another group of photogs being busted!
May try again another day.
I’ve been experimenting with slow exposure recently. I’m drawn to it because think it gives a picture a dreamy quality. It’s also an interesting change of pace for me, because I usually take action shots that require a lot of quick responses and movement from me. Slow exposure shots are a more meditative process where you must wait for the camera shutter to close.
In January, I was given the opportunity to participate in the first Island Innovation Lab. It was a fantastic experience where I was able to immerse myself in the island’s culture and collaborate with a wide range of disciplines. The Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation are now running a second lab in July 2014. Here’s their call-out for participants.
At Burns Beach, lovely place to photograph because of all the interesting textures in the landscape.
Got the good news today that I’m a finalist for the Cliftons Art Prize! My entry was of three fire dancers performing in Efate, Vanuatu.
Some ducks enjoying the sunrise at Lake Joondalup.
A tree making its path towards the sky in Cottesloe, Perth.
Sunrise over Lake Joondalup.
Here is a panorama off Hideaway Island, a tiny island just off Efate in Vanuatu. There was an oncoming storm that was covering the otherwise brilliant blue sky, and I thought it was a very striking contrast. There was also a sense of beauty in how the sky rapidly changed over the course of an hour or so.
Another panorama I took off the coast of Efate. Here are some villagers gathering a fishing line, while others tend the market stalls. Visitors to Hideaway Island would wander these stalls while waiting for the next boat over, or while waiting for a bus back to Vila.
My work will be featured as part of Lakeside Joondalup’s Community Wall Project, to coincide with redevelopment around Station Square. It is intended as a celebration of life around the City of Joondalup – it will be very interesting to see the contributions by various local artists!
I’m quite excited to announce that I’ll be heading to Vanuatu next week, as part of the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation’s Island Innovation Lab. The group will be exploring issues such as sustainability, climate change and socio-economic change both on Vanuatu and on a global scale.
I hope to explore the issue of socio-economic change using a combination of photography, audio and interactive technology.
The lab promises to be an exciting workshop with participants from various disciplines, ranging from art to aviation, environmental management and commerce.
If you’re interested in reading more about the project: www.vanuatuproject.com
Since we’re coming to the end of 2013, I thought I’d do a retrospective of some of the most memorable live shows from this year. It was a very interesting year where I did a mix of local artists and large festivals, covering a diverse range of genres.
Here are some of my favourite moments.
Nakho and Medicine For The People
Supporting Xavier Rudd at the Fremantle Arts Centre on a rainy night, they were full of energy and soul with their spiritual roots music. In my opinion, they stole the night with their performance. Nahko is also a lovely guy and I had the opportunity to have a quick chat [and a hug] with him later.
Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance are an amazing band, with their eclectic mix of world music and electronica. It was best described as an experience. Probably one of the best shows I have ever attended.
Despite the hot weather and the weird layout, Future Music was quite fun. Seeing thousands of people doing the Gangnam Style with Psy was hilarious [yes, I joined in while in the photographer's pit]. Another highlight of the day were the Stone Roses, who were magnificent. Having conversations with drunken people has become a fun side event – I think my best exchange was with a girl who asked, in all seriousness, “Are you related to Psy?”
Killing Joke – now this was an intense gig. Jaz Coleman was like a man possessed throughout. When they played ‘Pandemonium’, the Rosemount Hotel went berserk.
It has been too long between entries. Life gets that way sometimes! Plus my band has been up and about lately, feel free to check us out.
Anyway, here’s a few shots I took around OpenHouse Perth earlier this month, where various parts of the city were open to the public. I’ve developed an interest in black and white photos and also large-scale photos where you stitch several shots together. First up, a view of the Swan River from the 12th floor of Council House:
Here is a view of St George’s Terrace [main part of CBD] from the same building:
Finally, just something fun – the urban wetland in the Perth Cultural Centre, reinterpreted:
I have just returned from a whirlwind overseas jaunt. It was hectic but a lot of fun, despite the headaches of juggling multiple timezones.
My first stop was in Hong Kong. Here is the cable car link to Lantau Island, the largest island in the Hong Kong area. It’s a relatively new development. To think that 30 years ago, people [like my parents] would go camping on this very same area. I believe one of the reasons for the area’s development is the current Hong Kong airport, which is a stone’s throw away.
I always like dropping into Hong Kong, even briefly. It’s where I’m born and where my family’s from, so I feel a connection to the place.
Then it was time to hit Los Angeles. I saw this interesting public art piece outside the USC IMAX theatre. I liked the use of colours and how the golden spheres resemble a cascading waterfall. I can’t find any information about it, so I’ll be interested if anyone knows the details.
USC also has a lovely rose garden.
Then I was off to Calgary, Canada, to attend my cousin’s wedding. It was nice to see some relatives I hadn’t seen for a few years. I also had the opportunity to wander around downtown Calgary, where there were multiple pieces of public art. This one of a mechanical horse was particularly striking. I like how its mechanical parts have been made to look organic – it’s quite clever.
Then it was time to hit New York. I was fortunate enough to spend a day in upstate NY, and it is gorgeous country. Here is a peach tree, just groaning with fruit.
Then the mystery of the solitary fuel pump. Does it work? If so, how do you pay? Who looks after it?
I also had some fun wandering around NYC. Here is a gorgeous budding musician walking around Washington Square Park. He’s going to follow a long-standing tradition of musicians hanging around that area.
What I really loved about NYC is the energy and amount of culture on the streets. Here’s a taxi driving past a public art piece, like it’s no big deal.
An oasis of calm near the centre of NYC is Central Park.
Overall, it was a great time where I got to spend moments with relatives and friends. Plus I also saw three of my photos that were being displayed at See.Me’s gallery in Long Island City, Queens. If you happen to be around that area, drop into their gallery – the exhibit runs until September 10th.
On Saturday, I went to the Fremantle Winter Music Festival. It was a great night, with excellent bands. I spent most of it at the Railway Hotel for the post-Indie acts. No, I don’t know what “post-indie” is.