I took myself to the National Gallery of Victoria to see some work shown for the Festival of Photography It showcased the diversity of approaches to this medium but apart from Bill Henson, nothing really made me feel anything, although there were some techniques I would like to explore.
I managed to see Degas at NGV before it closed this week. Turns out when he was not painting or sculpting, he had time to be a photographer.
Listening to Matt Nathanson
I got to see the Henry Talbot exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria Fed Square on Friday. The highlight for me was seeing the proof-sheets with markup for framing and selections. I could see the decisions he was making and it brought me back to my brief time as his student, working the image with each successive frame.
Listening to Stephen Cummings Mainly because it harks back to the time I spent with Henry. Those were simpler times…
The recent heat wave made reading difficult and I found myself listening and sleeping rather than looking at stuff over the weekend. A big sprinkler would have been refreshing!
I have nothing to complain about though as there were around 300 fires across the state and a lot of people are facing a difficult Christmas right now.
I was really pleased to see the National Gallery Victoria will be having a retrospective of work from my old teacher, Henry Talbot in May and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Listening to Jess and Matt. I seem to have a thing for duos at present (and images of metal signs).
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
To celebrate the last essay going in on Friday, I went to the National Gallery of Victoria on the weekend. They are hosting the Golden age of China, a selection of artefacts from the imperial palace. The age and nature of this material meant photography was prohibited but I can only suggest that you go see this if it is ever shown where you are. Beautiful craftsmanship.
Another exhibit across the road at Ian Potter has a different take on craftsmanship in the form of automotive industrial design . Shifting gear is all about cars and shows we could design ad build world class vehicles. Sadly we won’t be building them much longer.
I also picked up a copy of the photographers playbook. It has some good content for stimulating creativity.
For this week I have a folio from someone who learnt the trade under Avedon. Sebastian Kim
Listening to Velvet Revolver
It’s difficult to fit in pleasure reading with my academic reading load. It also steals time that can be used to make images so my reading pile is pretty static at present. One thing I did read this week was an email from the National Gallery of Victoria promoting an exhibition of fashion photography by Edward Steichen. He covered a broad range of subject matter apart from fashion that I find more interesting but I will probably make time to see this next month. Here is a google image search to give you an idea.
Listening to Depth of Field podcast with Matt Brandon.