At the opening of the Abstraction x 5 exhibition, which includes abstractions by Graeme Hastwell, Beverley Southcott, Stuart Murdoch, Adam Dutkiewicz and myself, we launched the Abstract Photography book. The exhibition and launch was yesterday at the Light Gallery in Adelaide to a full house.
The book was written by Dutkiewicz and myself, and it recovers the lost modernist abstractions made in the 1960s by Adelaide photographers, has a couple of essays by Adam and myself and a number of abstract photographic images by Adam and myself.
Early this morning on a poodle walk at Petrel Cove:
I hadn't wandered around Petrel Cove for a quite a while and I decided to explore the rocks photographically, given the soft, early morning light.
This is the interim poster, or flyer, for the first exhibition for the 3 year collective Mallee Routes project that is to be held at the Atkins Photo Lab new photography gallery. The exhibition opens on Friday October 7th, and it runs for around a month. It is a work in progress exhibition, that basically says, 'this is how we started the project everyone.'
The poster/flyer was designed by Eric Algra, one of three photographers involved in the project. He is the project member who has the most extensive photographic archives for the Mallee.
The Mallee Routes project has its own website---though this is still in a rudimentary state---with a blog containing a few posts. This means that the project now has a public profile. The overarching statement of the project can be seen here.
The Weltraum exhibition at Magpie Springs officially opened on Sunday, 11 September. Although the Shimmer Photographic Biennale closes at the end of September, the Weltraum exhibition remains open until early November--Sunday, November 6th.
I now start preparing for work for both the Abstraction x 5 exhibition at the Light Gallery, which opens on October 1st with its book launch; and then the Mallee Routes exhibition with Eric Algra and Gilbert Roe, which opens at the Atkins Photo Lab gallery on Friday, October 7th. It's a case of one exhibition down, two exhibitions to go, with the photography budget collapsing under the weight of the costs.
Curating these exhibitions has meant that there hasn't been much time available for my photography; apart from the odd moment here and there when I am away from the computer screen. This image was from once such moment:
On Tuesday last week I drove to Magpie Springs to start hanging Weltraum for the 2016 Shimmer Photographic Biennale , which opened on Friday 2nd September. I encountered fog on the top of Willunga Hill and Magpie Springs:
The last gasp of winter I wondered? We finished the hanging on Friday morning. Weltraum opens on Sunday, 11th September, at 3pm---a delayed launch due to the various exhibition launches at the other venues on the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend.
This behind the camera image of me photographjng a silo at Peake for the 15 Silos on the Mallee Highway project was made on a day trip along the Mallee Highway with Maleko. I needed some black and white mages of the silos on the Highway for the Weltraum exhibition at Magpie Springs in the 2016 Shimmer Photographic Biennale as the ones from an earlier photoshoot hadn't work out that well.
The Biennale opens on Friday, September 2nd. The 8 x 10 image black and white image of the silo at Peake was not included. It is an outtake due to the the lens vignetting because raising the front standard to its limit was too extreme for the lens to cover. I need to stand further back from the silo when I return.
Avril Thomas is hosting A Small World--A postcard exhibition at the Magpie Springs gallery. It is the exhibition after the Weltraum exhibition in the 2016 Shimmer Photographic Biennale finishes. The postcards consist of works on paper, they are 6x4 inches and its international in scope.
The 100 or so works will be auctioned through an online auction site with the proceeds going to help raise money for a cancer charity.
This is one of the pictures that I am thinking of entering into the exhibition:
The picture of clouds on the cliffs near Kings Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula, is made with a rangefinder 35mm Leica film camera, so the aspect ratio of the negative is 3:2, which if uncropped, will enlarge to print 4x6 inches.
Finally some photographic action:
There was some sunshine early on Sunday morning. So I took advantage of it to make a 5x4 black and white picture. I rushed the photoshoot though because the light had changed from the time I'd scoped it. It hit the tree about 10 minutes earlier than last time.
On Thursday the wild, stormy winter weather eased and we had a day of overcast skies, little rain and no wind. So I loaded the large format cameras into the Subaru Outback and took off for a day trip the Mallee along the Mallee Highway.
I needed to continue to photograph the silos with the 8x10 Cambo for the forthcoming Weltraum exhibition in the Shimmer Photographic Biennnale. I photographed at Peake and Lameroo. The silo at Geranium was difficult and I left it for another occasion. I didn't make it to the Victorian Mallee as 220 kilometres one way was far enough for a day trip.
Maleko accompanied me on the day trip. It was his first time on a photo trip.
After I finished the silo photoshoot in Lameroo I briefly photographed around the town. I struck up a conversation with a wool buyer who had seen me photographing the silos about the history of the Murray Mallee. He informed me that the last train on the Mallee Highway railway line had been around October 2015, and that the silos along the Mallee Highway now stand empty. The wheat is now picked at the farm gate up by trucks and then taken by road to either Pinnaroo or Tailem Bend.
That is is the end of an era that began with the vegetation clearance, agricultural development, small farms and the railway infrastructure in the early 20th century.
It's been cold, windy and wet on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula these last couple of weeks. There has been little to no opportunities to do any large format photography, nor to go camping at Murrayville on the Mallee Highway to continue the work on the silo project.
I've spent my time writing the texts for the Weltraum exhibition at Magpie Springs in early September, the Abstraction x 5 exhibition at the Light Gallery in late September, the Mallee exhibition at Atkins Photo Lab in mid-October , and the talk to the Flinders University Philosophy Club on 'Philosophy, Photography and the Environment' in late October.
I decided to take a break from the writing by scanning some vegetables that I'd purchased at the Victor Harbor Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I used the Epson V700 flatbed scanner: