I spent Friday, wandering between exhibitions and other locations I wanted to visit. All on foot. The light this summer has been softer than usual. I’ve been trying to exploit this. I walked back from dropping my car off for a service on Monday too. So my main digital project on Tumblr, pc30320, got a nudge forward this week.
The Vault, a controversial sculpture has been in this location outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art since 2002. I have various pictures of it as it has been moved. It has its own group on flickr as well.
It is to my mind an interesting sculpture, but one that requires to the space to step back and take in the whole object from a distance. This is easily achievable at its current location.
Melbourne is in the throes of a heat wave this week. This makes picture making difficult to the point of unbearable. Luckily for me the weather eased off Tuesday afternoon. So I headed out to a spot that had been lingering in the back of my mind for some time.
I used to drive up and down the Westgate freeway daily. I rarely do now and the changes going on there are massive. A tunnel is being built and scheduled for opening in 2022. Improvements include widening of the freeway with related infrastructure. I focused my attention near the exit from the freeway. This is where to my delight I managed to find a new location that I had not realised existed. I exposed approximately 3 rolls of film and some colour film too. I also made almost 100 pictures on my Canon G9X MkII and my iPhone as well.
The light was actually perfect for photography. Australian summer light is usually harsh with little or no cloud cover. Today was an exception and I made the most of it. The black and white film will be processed shortly. The above 5 pictures I hope gives a sense of what the location looks like. I will return over the coming years to map the changes.
On this day ten years a go I was having a well deserved break with my wife in a lovely bluestone cottage at the foot of the Grampians.
Late last year I was invited to participate in two long term photograph projects. These projects both focus on aspects of Rural Australia. Gary, the lead photographer lives in South Australia. We are already collaborating on a project that examines the changing inner west of Melbourne’s old industrial suburbs like North, and West Melbourne and… Continue reading New Year, New Research