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:
The wet, cold stormy weather has passed. It is still cold in the morning (I wore gloves on the 7am poodle walk this morning), but the wind has dropped, the sun has returned and the sky is blue. I've picked up my cameras again, and I've started thinking about photography. -
I picked up the Sinar F2 5x4 yesterday, got my pack out, and loaded the battery into the light meter only to put it down again as I didn't have anything in mind to photograph. However, I used the digital on yesterday's evening poodle walk. The picture below is a scoping study that I made on this morning's poodle walk along Baum Rd in Waitpinga using my Sony (APS-C) digital camera:
I have photographed this tree before--probably a couple of years ago. It was 5x4 film and I choose an overcast day with light rain to obtain the dull, gloomy look. I wasn't all that happy with what I did in colour.
The Mallee group of photographers meet for lunch today at the Ramsgate Hotel in Henley Beach, Adelaide to discuss the exhibition schedules of their lens-based photography work about the Mallee. The Mallee photography group is small --it consists of Eric Algra, Gilbert Roe and myself--- and it recently came together through our mutual interest in exploring the Mallee photographically.
None of us live in the Mallee, but each of us has developed a broad photographic interest in exploring the South Australian and the Victorian Mallee. For some of us, especially Eric, this interest goes back several years. What is interesting is that we approach the Mallee from diverse perspectives.
What we decided over a convivial pub lunch on a windy winter's day was to come together to put on a series of group exhibitions over a period of years as we gradually built up a body of work about this region of southern Australia. We decided to exhibit on a small scale in Adelaide in late 2016, then produce more work for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in 2017, then doing extra work to exhibit in some regional towns in the Mallee--eg., in Mildura or Murray Bridge. This photography gallery in Mildura was mentioned, for instance, as was this one in Murray Bridge and this one in Horsham.
There has been very little photography done this last week whilst Suzanne has been away in the Pilbara. There has been the odd snap on when I've been on the poodle walks when the sun was shining between the squalls:
I've had little interest in photography as it as been just too wet.