Tuesday, 22 September 2015

obscure beauty

I saw something beautiful on the weekend….'Cloud Land' by Robyn Stacey.

Brisbane….its clouds, architecture, jacaranda trees, environment, people….collide into a magnificent photographic exhibition.
Stacey has used that ancient photographic technique of 'camera obscura' to photograph Brisbane and my oh my what a luscious collection of images she's created.
Major Brisbane landmarks are there.  Intriguing people are in the photographs too….each hinting at their own private story.

You can see the past….you can see the present….maybe even glimpse the future….all richly coloured in rather complicated and distorted settings.

Clouds on the floor?  Cars and buildings on the ceiling?  A shadow suggestive of a pedestrian.  A red smudge that could be traffic at the intersection.  Oh yes….that's camera obscura shaking things up a bit.
The photographs make you stop, focus and look afresh at familiar places.  

How many times have I driven or walked past these spaces and buildings without pausing to really 'see' them.
Picture stories....made with talent, skill, patience, a little luck, chance....and camera obscura.
If you live in, or close to Brisbane, then try to see this one….it's exceptional!  

And it's smack bang in the city centre at Brisbane City Hall.


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Monday, 14 September 2015

Cuteness Factor

Mummy says I'm high on the cuteness factor.

What do you think?
A couple I met the other day when daddy and I were out walking said I was a "chick magnet"! Really!!

Oh well, as I've always said....if you've got it....flaunt it baby!
Maybe someone will discover me and put me in the movies.....you know, like my cousin Verdell!
Mr  DeMille, I'm Ready for My Close-Up!
Woof, woof

Sniff ya later!

You know, sometimes all these photo shoots can be soooo tiring...I'll have to speak to mummy about it!

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Monday, 7 September 2015

....a lightness of touch….

For many reasons I am drawn to the art of William Kentridge.
A gifted South African artist, his works are rich, powerful and thought provoking.

Many of his works focus on the social and political issues of his country.....while others evoke memories and stories of childhood.

His charcoal drawings are fabulous.…as are his linocuts and etchings…..black + white + erasures + under-drawings + smudges…..maybe a few fine lines of red ink, and maybe a slick of sky blue pastel.
When you look at the works in 'Drawn from Africa', you can easily see that they've been created by a master.  Some people just have it….and William Kentridge has it in spades!

Some were comical, some monumental in size, others subtle and poetic….his animated video created from multiple drawings (+ erasures) was intriguing.
All seemed to have that 'lightness of touch' that truly great artists seem to possess.

Unfortunately, my photographic images of his work, do not, in any way, capture the gorgeousness of the exhibition….they're simply a 'little teaser' for the art of William Kentridge.
There's lots of William Kentridge on youtube if you want a better look…..a great way to refresh and be inspired!

Here's "Breathe"….hope you like it.

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