Place-making is usually associated with urban design in the sense of it being a community-driven process for designing public spaces (streets, sidewalks, plazas, squares, campuses, parks, and so on) that are mixed use, host a variety of activities for diverse audiences, and are well-connected to the larger city or town. The overall aim is to strengthen the local community
Place-making is what the Victor Harbor Council is doing with its upgrade and renovation to Ocean Street to counter the decline of the local shops along the town's main street as a result of shopping shifting to the Woolworths mall named Victor Central. This placemaking is making main street more attractive to tourists --building the city brand through revitalising the town and increasing its liveablity.
However, place making is also possible through stories, art works, or photos.
These representations are what express the importance of the place for the self or help to develop a sense of place. The arts place us in time, space, and community in ways that encourage us to be fully and imaginatively present in a variety of contexts: the natural world, our homes, our worshiping communities, and society.
I have settled in using the Sony A7r111 after working with it extensively on the recent New Zealand trip.
I use the camera manually, as if it were an old fashioned Leica rangefinder from the film era. This is crazy, I know, but I have set camera up so that nothing is automatic. I am however, getting to the point of adjusting the basic menu that was set up for me by the camera store when I bought the camera. I do need a bit more flexibility in adjusting exposures up or down in specific situations.
What is really working for me, and what has impressed me, is the Sony's low light capability. This allows me, as in the above image, to photograph hand held in low light, whilst on the morning or afternoon poodlewalks along the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. I was scoping for a possible film shoot, given that there is low tide early in the morning at the moment.
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The changeable weather conditions of late has provided a space for me to explore the coast in the early morning light and to I scoping for suitable subjects for some large format photography. In this instance it basically 5x4 colour using the old Linhof Technika IV or the Cambo 5x7 monorail.
I haven't really found much to work with, but this granite formation looking towards King Head and the wilderness lodge is one of the more promising possibilities that I have across.
I haven't been doing much large format photography along the coast for a while --only hand held medium format lately. Hence the specific scoping. Most of what I see in the morning ---eg., seaweed amongst granite rocks--is ephemeral, as it is usually gone by the next morning. It is either washed away by the sea or blow away by the wind.
Nor can I take the 5x4 or 5x7 out and hope that I come suitable seaweed to construct a still-life. It's only now and again that I find seaweed pods washed up on the shore.
It is best to use subjects like granite formation and just wait for an overcast early morning with little wind and soft morning light. The large format then highlights the tonality and colour in the granite.
I have been playing around with photographing seascapes with a digital camera whilst I am on the poodle walks without much success. Most of the images I have scoped have been bland and boring.
I have been scoping them in order to photograph the seascapes with a large format camera on a tripod from the top of the cliffs.
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This was made whilst we were starting out an afternoon poodle walk. You can see our Subaru Forester parked on Kings Beach Road.
The storm from the south west came in that night and it has battered the coast for the following 4 days.
Whilst on my poodlewalks I sometimes set up an open air studio amongst the coastal granite, and I then play around with bits of seaweed and flotsam to construct a simple still life.
This is a recent example of such staging:
On this occasion I was attracted by the colours and the texture of the seaweed. The image worked better with the seaweed wet rather than dry.
If the image works then I reshoot with my film cameras. This rarely happens. One occasion when it did.
Thanks to Madeline taking Ari for a walk this afternoon I was able to walk along the foreshore rocks with Kayla and Maleko this Sunday.
There were heaps of people walking along the cliff top path, which is part of the Heysen Trail, in the afternoon sunshine--with children, in groups, with their dogs. They were still walking at 5pm.
I suddenly realised that it was a long weekend--Queens birthday weekend. People had come down the southern Fleurieu Peninsula coast for the weekend.
One coastal subject matter that I had started to explore was the dried salt ponds among the rocks along the coast west of Petrel Cove. I had started to scope them with a digital camera. Then I saw the photograph of salt ponds by Christopher Houghton made with a 5x4 camera and decided to photography the ones I'd seen in black and white.
I quickly found them to be very ephemeral--there in the morning, gone in the afternoon. So I spent several days on the various poodle walks looking for permanent saltponds in different locations along the coast. I found a couple and I was ready to go back with a medium format camera.
Then the rains cam after Xmas. It rained for several days and the permanent salt ponds that I had discovered were washed away. A week has passed, and though I have been back every day, the salt ponds have yet to return.
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A digital version (using the Sony NEX-7) from the photoshoot with the Rolleiflex SL66 (both colour and black and white) this morning. I had come across the rockpool yesterday when I was on a poodlewalk with Ari and Kayla. I needed cloud cover and a low tide to be able to do it.
I had to wait for the low tide so that I could access the site. I needed the cloud cover to soften the early morning sun whilst I waited for the tide to go out. Even then, I was photographing with the sea swirling around my shoes and tripod legs.
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