For those of you who may not know, I am currently working on many projects both digital and analogue. At the same time I am reading and researching as much as time and energy permits. Last weekend also saw me at the Melbourne Art Book Fair. To say I enjoyed myself would be an understatement.… Continue reading Project Updates
This picture made ten years ago, tells me several things. Our street had new kerb put in in an effort to slow traffic, in terms of speed and amount. And that I caught public transport to work that day.
Perhaps the paucity of images at this time can be explained by the date they were made? Maybe weekdays saw me less ‘open’ to picture making than other days when I specifically went out to make pictures. On my days off.
March that year saw me uploading a typical mount of pictures to flickr so I was making them.
Ten years ago today I made this picture.
Based on the date and time, I have no idea where I was when I made it. I do however know why I made it.
At this point in my flickr experience I am well and truly enmeshed in a game played on flickr that involved voting for and against other peoples camera-phone pictures. It was called DBOLRL. It was an acronym, it stood for something like Diabolical Lovers of Low Res, apparently. I didn’t setup the group up, but by 2009 was an admin and a very very regular player. Winning photos were deposited in another group called the DBLOLR Hard Disk . The losing pictures were deposited in a group called, DBLOLR: I’m a loser.
As each image moved through the voting process, it garnered a lot of banter. Sometimes this banter overflowed to other text based games in the discussions areas of the group or became running in-jokes.
Plastic religious figurines was one of those jokes. This is why I made the picture.
It has yet to make its way to flickr but given the group like so many others has faded away I have no real reason to upload it. Even though thematically it would fit with my current picture in my stream. [More than one figure]
This is how I operate on flickr. I look for connections from one photo to the next by perusing my archive. I look for all kinds of connections. some are literal, some are colour, tone or shape related. Not to mention lighting qualities and direction. Sometimes I pick an opposite, and even at times the connection is conceptual which in itself may only be apparent to me. It is a pleasurable past time. It keeps my stream fresh and worth visiting in my mind anyway.
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
“…the human race is, and has always been, ruin-minded’ and that ‘all ages have found beauty in the dark and violent forces, physical and spiritual, of which ruin is one symbol”
Rose Macaulay, Pleasure of Ruins, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1953, p.20.