One of the strands in my style of photography in and around poodlewalks is to shift away from the literal and transparent. My name for this shift is abstraction--ie., finding ways to underscore the photograph as surface, as flat; even though there is an optical space within the photograph. This is often filed by photographic educators under 'ways of seeing' that depend on, and are shaped by habit and convention.
An example of the photograph as surface:
Adobe serves an enormous part of the image-editing market, whether photographers like it or not. They are an industry leader in graphic design, photo editing and photo management software---the standard in the industry for many people.
Lightroom, the photo processing software, has professional-grade editing and organizing tools, but still maintains its usability. The Creative Cloud of Lightroom version is part of Adobe’s annual subscription-based Photography Plan, which includes Photoshop CC, so you’re getting two photo-editing applications designed to work alongside each other.
Adobe's recent upgrade to Lightroom has seen the emergence of two Lightrooms--Lightroom Classic CC (an updated version of the desktop Lightroom that we know--its Lightroom 7) and Lightroom CC (an entirely redesigned app designed to work alongside Adobe’s equally new cloud-based storage system)--a cut down version (Lightroom Mobile?), that is a shift to a more mobile-first workflow which allows you to manage your photos wherever you are and whatever the device.
The current subscription model for Lightroom CC means that we rent Adobe’s apps rather than buying a licence--permanently renting the tools we use to create. The shift is from software to rental ware. I have been using the stand alone Lightroom 5 (desktop) up to now, but I recently purchased Lightroom 6 (desktop) as part of my film order from B+H. I realize that I am essentially getting a two-year-old version, feature wise, as compared to the subscription version. I appreciate that the differences between the subscription version Lightroom Classic and and the standalone version of Lightroom 6 are becoming significant, but I don't really need all the updates or the extraneous options.
Now that Ari no longer with us we are now able to go on longer walks that allowed us to explore our locality.
Yesterday afternoon we all went exploring along Tugwell Rd in Waitpinga. The country was farmland and we just walked along Tugwell Road.
I was scoping for possible photographs with the film cameras. This is one possibility.
Whilst Suzanne is in Cuba and Mexico for 4 weeks I have been minding the standard poodles at Encounter Bay and trying to make a few photos whilst I am on the daily poodle walks.
The photos are for the Fleurieuscapes book that I am slowly working on. Slowly because I am not sure where I am going with this body of work about the Fleurieu Peninsula, or what I am trying to do with it. It is about the specifics of the place whilst avoiding the sublime, the picturesque and the beautiful as much as possible.
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:
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.
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.
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.
I've done little film photography since the start of winter, though I have been scoping with the digital camera.
It's been too cold, wet and windy along the coast of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula to use the film cameras. Today was the first time, in fact, that I used a film camera on a tripod since the photoshoot along the Mallee Highway.
I re-photographed this image late this afternoon whilst on a poodle walk ( with Ari and Maleko) using my medium format cameras--( the Rolleiflex SL66 and the Linhof Technika 70). This is the digital image from my earlier scoping with the late afternoon light:
That re-photographing felt like I was picking up the threads again re film photography after going through a fallow period---it's been about a month since the Mallee Highway photoshoot.
This was made on a recent early morning poodle walk with Ari and Kayla just before Easter. We were walking on a back country road in Waitpinga. It's all agricultural landscapes around this part of Waitpinga, with some roadside vegetation and a rows of eucalypts--mostly pink gums--between the various fenced paddocks. Though this is land seen in terms of property and its usefulness, you only occasionally see human beings working the land.
The sun burst through the cloud cover for a minute or so whilst we walking along a roadway. I didn't make it to the spot that I was aiming for (the two trees over the page). I had no time to set up the Linhof Technika 70 on a tripod, which was what I'd been hoping to do. It was either this handheld photo at this spot with the Sony-NEX-7 digital camera, or nothing.