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Another attempt of mine at making some sort of music that might be actually listenable… running my guitar into Ableton Live through a cheap digital delay from Aldi! I was pretty happy with the percussion I put together for this. This piece goes for a while so if you aren’t into electronic/ambient stuff you may as well give it a miss!

365 Photos Some More

Here are some photos for my 365 photos project-thang… I have actually been taking an image a day, just haven’t updated them here, slacker that I am. The images below have been made with expired “Ultraviolet ID” Instant Pack Film in my Polaroid 600SE Camera and tinted in post processing. I will attempt to retrospectively post all that I have done so far, but for now, I give you:

365-145: Sepia Rope

365-145: Sepia Rope

365-146: Object of Beautiful Intent

365-146: Object of Beautiful Intent

365-147: Object of Ambiguous Intent

365-147: Object of Ambiguous Intent

One of the Many Reasons Why I LOVE Large Format

White Night Melbourne 2014

A 4×5 Photograph made at White Night Melbourne 2014. (click on image to enlarge) Note the highlighted area of the image.

Recently I was fortunate enough to take part in a joint exercise with my favourite local analogue photographers group, Melbourne Silver Mine and the White Night Melbourne to take some long exposure photography over the course of the night ~ from the White Night Melbourne site:

In its 2013 debut, White Night Melbourne attracted more than 300,000 people. Commencing at 7pm on Saturday 22 February 2014, Melbourne’s city streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions will once again be transformed into a cultural playground from dusk-till-dawn.
With an expanded event landscape, White Night Melbourne 2014 will offer a mix of free and ticketed entertainment for families to urbanites and everyone in-between. Over 12 hours, in venues and major cultural institutions right across the city centre, visitors can participate in an urban adventure of exhibitions, street performances, fashion, lighting installations, film screenings, multimedia projections, concerts, dance and interactive events.

There was also a small exhibition of some of Melbourne Silver Mine’s members analogue works at The Westin, Melbourne of which I was privileged to have one of my images showing. It was estimated that half a million people visited the city on the night and the streets were very congested, almost impossible to move in the streets at some stages of the night.
On the night, I carted a selection of analogue cameras into the city and met up with my friends at Hamer Hall where we had been granted special access to an upper balcony, not normally open to the public, where we could make some photography during the night. Along with my Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid SLR-680, I took a couple of 35mm cameras (Yashica FX-D SLR, Lomo LCA+ and a Horizon Perfekt panoramic camera), I also had a Holga Pinhole Wide (medium format film) and my “Big Cheese” Razzle Polaroid 110B 4×5 conversion.

Detail of a 4x5 photograph

Detail of a 4×5 photograph showing the amount of information contained on these negatives.


The thing about ‘Large format’ negatives is, well, they’re LARGE! This means that the amount of detail on the 4″ x 5″ negative can be considerable (provided the Photographer has actually framed and focussed the camera adequately, otherwise you will get a large amount of ‘noise’). Case in point:
One image from the night (taken at about 00:30hrs) looking over towards Federation Square, shows the crowds on Princes Bridge, blurred due to the long exposure. In the example image above I have highlighted a small area of the image in red. When enlarged (next image) you can clearly see the rubbish bins in the Tram stop are full. You just cannot extract that kind of detail from smaller format cameras!

This is Amazing

I often think of Photography in terms of freezing a specific slice of time for later perusal, but a gentleman named Adam Magyar has taken this conceptual framework to an amazing new artistic level. Read about him here:
Einstein’s Camera
You can see samples of his work here: on vimeo
And here is a sample of his work. Check out the little girl with the backpack running in the middle distance, she almost keeps up with his camera!

More 365

365-10

365-10

Day 10 – Mr Sooty on the grass. The second-last pack of SX-70 Instant film is now finished, with only about 60% of the images being viable. The other 40% did produce images, but they were either too dark, or the area of non-viable chemicals (the ‘brown’ areas) where the image didn’t develop was too big. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film. I have some ‘Impossible film’ which is the modern day equivalent of the Polaroid Instant films (along with Fuji “Instax” films) so I may see how they look for the next set of photographs.

More 365 Photos

Day 8 - a bit difficult this one, I left it until the light was fading, which with very expired SX-70 film is not the best idea as their reciprocity tends to be pretty poor. Setting the camera to the lightest (read longest) possible exposure and using the remote release returned this result... strangely (but not intentionally) reminiscent of the first of this 365 series in that it is of a bottle, but this one with a plant in it. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

Day 8 – a bit difficult this one, I left it until the light was fading, which with very expired SX-70 film is not the best idea as their reciprocity tends to be pretty poor. Setting the camera to the lightest (read longest) possible exposure and using the remote release returned this result… strangely (but not intentionally) reminiscent of the first of this 365 series in that it is of a bottle, but this one with a plant in it. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

Day 9 - continuing with the still-life theme for this project, here is a little bird that a friend of ours gave Jane for Christmas. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

Day 9 – continuing with the still-life theme for this project, here is a little bird that a friend of ours gave Jane for Christmas. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

365 things

365 Photos Day One

Day 1 – a found object – a medicine bottle of unknown age and origin, found whilst digging to make a retaining wall, made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

Happly New Year good readers! Why anyone would even bother visiting this poorly updated blog recently is a mystery but for any who still are, thanks and I hope 2014 will be a wonderful year for you. All things considered, for yours truly 2013 was a good year. I am still fortunate enough to be living in a peaceful country, I have a job, a roof over my head and food to eat. All in all, doing very well!
Day 2 - A Floral Photograph made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

Day 2 – A Floral Photograph made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.


As far as my photographic pursuits went, last year I actually remembered World Toy Camera Day and made quite a few photographs with a couple of plastic cameras on that day. I was lucky enough to be on holidays in Northern Queensland and my family and I were visiting the outskirts of The Great Barrier Reef on that day, so a disposable plastic underwater camera was part of my arsenal that day also. I will post photos in another post, eventually, (maybe).

Putting the final touches on the darkroom at home is mostly complete, I scored a proper wet bench and rinsing sink, now all I have to do is plumb them in and also get the running water reconnected… so a frame for the wet bench and sink must be constructed and once that is done, the plumber will be called in!

Day 3 - today I chose for my subject matter the most excellent Rocket Ship come Bottle Opener which was a wonderful Christmas gift from my fantastic bratanek.  Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

Day 3 – today I chose for my subject matter the most excellent Rocket Ship come Bottle Opener which was a wonderful Christmas gift from my fantastic bratanek. Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

Pperhaps the most satisfying thing was that I actually used the darkroom to print up my own photographs for an all analogue exhibition in the last half of 2013. (Unsensored 2013, see a couple of posts back).

You may well be asking “whats with the 365 things thing?” Well, many of you may be familiar with various 365 day photography projects that people take part in. I thought it was time to do my own. While I have been aware of these 365 day photo projects for a while, I have never really considered doing one… but on the 2nd I thought “why not?”

Day 4 of the 365 photo-thang and for today's subject matter I chose my Telecaster, Polaroid made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film... This image marks the end of this particular pack of SX-70 film, I have two more packs left, hopefully they are as viable as this one was. We will find out tomorrow I suppose!

Day 4 of the 365 photo-thang and for today’s subject matter I chose my Telecaster, Polaroid made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film… This image marks the end of this particular pack of SX-70 film, I have two more packs left, hopefully they are as viable as this one was.

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Now I know I can be pretty crap at sticking to these sort of things, but then I said to myself “what the hell, I’ll try anyway” then I realised it was already the second day in the year and if I was going to be really obsessive and do it from the beginning of the year I had already failed by one day…I became momentarily despondent, for perhaps a nanosecond until I realised I HAD made a couple of photographs on the 1st, not the least of which was a found object, a bottle dug out of the dirt that is part of my current outdoor project (a ‘trying-to-become’ retaining wall)! Then I thought, hang on, I want this 365 thang to be all analogue, because, well…I’m an analogue kind of guy, so I fudged the rules anyway and made a Polaroid of it (the bottle) instead, a analogue recreation of the original image a day later, so there.

Day 5 - the little spotted chicken thing. The penultimate pack of SX-70 'Time Zero' film has been opened and is... sort of OK. This is the 2nd exposure from the pack as the 1st was deemed 'not worthy' Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film...

Day 5 – the little spotted chicken thing. The penultimate pack of SX-70 ‘Time Zero’ film has been opened and is… sort of OK. This is the 2nd exposure from the pack as the 1st was deemed ‘not worthy’
Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film…


Yes, now that you mention it, I may be just a little bit weird… So I finally got up to speed and made my fair-dinkum day 2 image (also a Polaroid) of a yellow flower. I’m going to try and use mainly Polaroid and Instant film,
Day 6 - a glass of Rosé-type Cask Wine on the window-sill. The extreme age of this Polaroid film is starting to show in this pack... Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

Day 6 – a glass of Rosé-type Cask Wine on the window-sill. The extreme age of this Polaroid film is starting to show in this pack… Made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film

because I have some Polaroid film that has been languishing in storage and I really should use it before it becomes completely non-viable… oh, I’ve been rambling. Sorry about that. Wish me luck! Let’s just see how far I get with this eh? The first week wasn’t hard, but then again I am on leave at the moment. It’s when I’m back doing shift work that it will become more difficult to maintain discipline! Anyway, we are at the beginning of the second week of the year, so I have shared what I’ve done so far…
Day 7 - the last Polaroid of the first week is rather sad. This beautiful Crimson Rosella broke it's neck when it flew into our window... I wanted to preserve it's memory before I buried it. Polaroid made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

Day 7 – the last Polaroid of the first week is rather sad. This beautiful Crimson Rosella broke it’s neck when it flew into our window… I wanted to preserve it’s memory before I buried it. Polaroid made using a Polaroid SX-70 with expired SX-70 film.

In Memoriam

As usual, I have been remiss in keeping this blog up to date. I guess I have been lucky enough to be having fun in the real world, making (or trying) to make music, working, learning the guitar, learning how to use Ableton Live and virtual instruments more creatively, trying to be a good husband and father and yes, taking, developing and printing photos.

Today I wanted to share with you a project I completed recently as part of a monome community remix, dedicated to one our members, Michael Abel, a.k.a. VGAForest, who passed away from complications due to leukemia. The tracks were made by way of remixing his music, there were no hardened rules to the project, each artist chose to include many samples from his music and all were at liberty to include other sounds, if they chose. The main idea was to pay tribute to his music, which you can hear here:
www.soundcloud.com/vgaforest

My contribution is not that great, but heart-felt and I just would like to remind everyone to…

Live your life more fully. Love more deeply. Sing more heartily. Laugh more readily. Experience every moment with your whole being. Do not begrudge growing old …for some of us are denied the privilege.

If you would like to hear the whole compilation of remixes that the monome community put together in memoriam for Michael you can listen to them here:
MCRP XV – In Memoriam – VGAForest edition
The album is available for download and is free, but if you feel like giving to a leukemia related charity so that others may have a stronger fighting chance against the same kind of struggle which Michael faced, that would be wonderful too.

Unsensored 2013

In 2012 I did not exhibit in Melbourne Silver Mine’s Unsensored (although I had in the previous 4 or so years), so it was great to be able to exhibit three of my own darkroom prints in this years group exhibition of all analogue photography (even though I was rostered on night shift for the whole period of time the exhibition ran) – at least I had the opening night off!

Unsensored 2013 from artpunk on Vimeo.

World Toy Camera Day TOMORROW (19th October)!

Just saying… www.wtcd.org yay!

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I will be using my Blackbird Fly 35mm camera (which produced the image here ‘kid on a chair’) and my Diana for medium format plastic fun! …oh, and probably a disposable underwater camera as well (why not?)