Long Form Project Research

North Melbourne and West Melbourne are inner suburbs north of the CBD. They have been changing rapidly. There is a major infrastructure project being undertaken. It will irrevocably change the appearance atmosphere and function of the suburb. I recently visited there with this in mind. I learned several things. Some of these point to the history… Continue reading Long Form Project Research

New Old Locations

I recently created a new album on flickr, it’s a small repository of images I intend to re-potograph.

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The idea was sparked by the above image, which is a place I drive past often and have watched it change dramatically over the years. When I made this picture in 2005 the small group of factories had just been finished.

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Over the years small firms have come and gone, painted and repainted the walls. The inevitable graffiti has been there so long I can’t remember when it first appeared? So I went to re-photograph it on Tuesday, and in the process found a part of Sunshine I had not seen before. While this location is technically outside my pc3020 Tumblr boundary I may add some images to it from the day. I will return with film cameras soon too, as there were trees that I think would work well with my ongoing trees idea, and if my solo exhibition about Sunshine gets off the ground I could include images made from there as well.

Here’s a few more images made on the day.

A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Picturesque or soul destroying?
Picturesque or soul destroying?

 

Raw file processing with ON 1 software?

Phase One Raw file processed on ON 1
Phase One Raw file processed on ON 1

This image is just a jpeg of course, processed using a trial version of ON.1. This software looks promising. Also there is Darktable and many other applications useful for RAW file processing.  Since Adobe brought in their subscription model and Apple stopped supporting Aperture, I have been looking at alternatives to these applications. Affinity photo is another Photoshop challenger. If and when Affinity Photo adds a file cataloguing system it’s bye Adobe for me, maybe even earlier as ON 1 is only $99.00 Aus.

ON 1 UI in the developer section
ON 1 UI in the developer section

You can see in the screen grab above that the detail has been held in the highlights. So somewhere between export and conversion some info has been lost. I attribute this to my own inexperience as its probably only the second time I have ever used this software.

On the edges

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West Footscray, near the recent fire

I went in search of the source of the recent fire that consumed a factory in Melbourne’s western suburbs recently. The smoke had died down, but it was still NOT extinguished 3 days after it broke out. Using my local knowledge of the area I drove down 2 streets that may have gained me closer access to the source of the fire. While I did not succeed in this endeavour I got to see a part of my local area I had not visited for some time, if  at all. This is what I found, and it is almost pastoral in its appearance.

Everything came together the light, the weather, it was meant to be. This has to be one of my least ‘processed’ files in a long time. Which makes it even more exciting for me. Sadly it does not fit into my long form tumblr project pc:3020, because it is not in that postcode.