Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

I want to start out by paying my respects to the citizens of Paris and the families of those who lost their lives on the weekend. Anybody who knows French history knows the price France has already paid for “Liberte Egalite Fraternite” since the birth of the republic.

That history clearly shows unity will triumph over evil, whatever the sacrifice, every single time.

So I mentioned what I have been looking at in my last post but I also managed to squeeze in a couple more things.

National Gallery Victoria has an exhibition featuring the colour blue or more specifically the use of Indigo to colour textiles and Cobalt in ceramics. Some nice work and since it is a single room, easy to get through in a lunch break.

There were some portfolios too. Peter Lippmann does fine art and commercial work (Note there is some not safe for work content… Sorry!). Meanwhile Chris Burkard is a surf photographer having a love affair with Icelandic landscapes. He also gives a pretty good TED Talk about having the courage and perseverance to create great images in extreme circumstances.

Listening to Busby Marou

A selection from 2014

Ever watch a series on television and there is an episode made up almost entirely of bits from previous episodes?

Yep, that’s what this is. I went back through the year to find some images my most recent followers may have missed and to remind myself of what I got up to.

For those of you who have stuck around, thanks.

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Mentally I’m close to exhausted. I have a paper due Friday and it is almost there but I find the review and edit to be the most tedious part.

The shares for this week include;

An-My Lê  

Traer Scott 

Listening to some Georgian folk music. Great harmonies and simply timeless

To the country I go

To the country I go

Last weekend we spent a couple of days in the Riverina district on the border between Victoria and New South Wales. While this was primarily to catch up with family, there were opportunities to get out with a camera. The light at the beginning and end of the day has a marvellous quality to it and I hope this comes through in the gallery of images below.

It was a great opportunity to play with a range of techniques and get some fresh air and socializing in at the same time. I look forward to doing more of this after I graduate in 2015. In the meantime I need to get back to writing papers…

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

A rushed update for this week as the semester grinds on and work is due. I decided to outsource my workload related anxiety to Edwood and as you can see he is a bit dark on me at present…

There is always times for looking at photos though. Here is this week’s selection.

Portraits made by Diego Arroyo

Some gorgeous photos of Japan through the seasons by Yoshi Shimamura  aka knulp

Listening to…  Lake Street Dive 

 

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Building any body of knowledge is hard work and once you do it you have to maintain what you have built.

I returned to University part-time  in 2010.  I know from previous experience that as I approach the finish I feel more tempted to walk away, even though I only have 15 months of study to go. I start to question and doubt my decision to do this. My motivation evaporates and the work becomes an unwelcome set of chores.

I can already see signs of this, like not caring about lower grades for papers. I got through last time with a determined resolve to complete the qualification and lied to myself that I would never undertake such a commitment ever again. In “The War of Art” Steven Pressfield describes this as the Resistance, a force that  exists solely to help you fail at things. You have to fight it to succeed in any endeavour.

It’s that decision to push on  and through that I wish I could better harness for my photography. I seem to be slipping here too, not getting out or even just playing. I probably should conserve my energy and focus on study but photography gives me more satisfaction. Fighting a war on two fronts is poor strategy but I know at least one of the battles will end in June 2015, so I choose to push myself onwards to victory!

So now I have that off my chest let me share some work from people that have overcome their resistance.

Light painter Eric Pare

Some landscapes by Killian Schoenberger 

Jamie Johnson is a commercial photographer but her personal projects and documentary work interest me greatly.

Listening to…  The Martin Bailey photography podcast 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

The lull before the storm of a new semester is here and the break I had planned has been taken up by work demands. I did finally get to have a decent look through the McCurry book though.

Portraits of Sudanese emigres by Mike Mellia. There are also portfolios of commercial work.

Listening to more fusion…  This time classical meets pub rock as the 2Cellos take on AC/DC. It’s Cello but not as you know it.