Time for Polaroid

A want to get back to a slower way of taking photographs, away from the near-endless shots available on digital cameras, and smartphones, and a little bit of inspiration from the likes of Mapplethorpe too, a restored Polaroid camera (Autofocus 600) was a gift for Christmas 2020. I am re-learning about light and distance, andContinue reading “Time for Polaroid”

Run with Kylie

In late December 2013, Al-Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste (Australian), Mohamed Fahmy (Canadian-Egyptian) and Baher Mohamed (Egyptian) were arrested for doing their jobs. Peter Greste was in an Egyptian prison for 440 days, and I followed coverage of that imprisonment from around day two. I recall coverage was quiet for a while in Australian media,Continue reading “Run with Kylie”

Under the fig tree

  From the speakerscorner.org.au website: “Every Sunday, from 2pm until 5pm, people gather in Sydney’s beautiful Domain park to discuss matters. The ones standing on ladders are ‘the speakers’, and they believe it’s their job to educate  their ‘grasshoppers’ or ‘groundlings’.  The ones sitting in chairs believe it’s their job to point out why theContinue reading “Under the fig tree”

NGV Triennial; belated

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial exhibition ended a month ago, in March. It is never to late to look back on an exhibition. It was big, it was rich, it was global, and, it was for the people; free.                              Continue reading “NGV Triennial; belated”

Robert Mapplethorpe: look at the women

It wasn’t a leatherman, a naked man, or a man in a polyester suit that was the subject Robert Mapplethorpe’s first photograph — it was his oldest sister Nancy posing elegantly outside the family home in Floral Park, New York. Many more women would sit for Mapplethorpe — a subject that would not be his most infamous but arguablyContinue reading “Robert Mapplethorpe: look at the women”