Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Northern Hemisphere

Four Feet Project
David Wills, Click Culture's creator and editor, will be away from 1 June working on his research, a collaboration project in Finland and other new ventures including a redevelopment of this photography blog. The archive will remain on-line for now, with the possibility of intermittent posts over the next few months.

David will continue to add images to his recently redeveloped website Turnstile. He will continue contributing to This Is Ikon, posting to his own blog Tokens, and develop a new work for his Finnish residency on Four Feet.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Surreal Review: Isabella Weekes

Untitled, 2012
Photomedia's recent first year review has netted some intriguing results. The new review system devised by Kris Smith and David Wills allows students to not only present their work in progress, but to also see and comment on the work of fellow classmates in a supportive open critique session. More images to follow.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Congratulations to Shan Turner-Carroll

Shan Turner-Carroll has taken out the 2012 Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship. To say Shan is prolific could be viewed as an understatement as Shan regularly brings in hundreds of photos to discuss and edit, with each one having its own importance. Family and heritage play a crucial part in Shan's work, so it's little wonder to learn that Shan will be travelling to Burma. Photomedia sends our warmest congratulations to Shan. We can't wait to see his take on Burma.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Amanda Mullaney: Happy Ever After?

 Beauty and the Beast, 2012
Amanda Mullaney's interpretation of Telling Tales, the second year Studio to Bureau project, stems from fairy tales and Disney's typical 'happy ever after' endings. Amanda's photographs depict lead female character from popular fairy tales in situations showing life may actually be. Amanda says "We are raised on these fairy tales that end in happy ever after but when we reach a certain age we realise that happy endings are not as we may seem them to be". Stay tuned for future endings.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Modern Lighting: Katerina Pravdivaia

Techno Tribes, 2012
Katerina Pravdivaia
Katerina Pravdivaia is interested in our obsession with devices. Her work for Light is exploring the connection we have we our smart phones and tablets from bedside to bus stop. The portait series is lit using iPhones, iPads and other technologies and is exploring our tendencies to interact on-line.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

In Progress: Emily Davies

Vanitas for Noela, 2012
Emily Davies is working towards producing a book based on her grandmother's recipes.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Inspiration: Pinhole Bin

Inventiveness is key when it comes to pinhole cameras. Taking trash to new levels are these garbage men from Hamburg in Germany who are behind an inspirational and ongoing series dubbed the Trashcam Project. The large-scale images are captured by the dumpster pictured – if you look carefully you can see the lens. The images themselves are stunners. Follow the link to see their Flickr Photostream.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Background: At the Carwash

Carwash, 2012
Angela's Background Gallery contribution proves it's always a good thing to have a camera on hand. A quick trip to the carwash proved to be an inspiring opportunity to grab abstracted images. These foamy suds could be read as hot lips on the left or an aerial view of a beach complete with sea pool on the right. Any thoughts?

Monday, 30 April 2012

Model Magnificence: Allan Duncan

Untitled, 2012
Allan Duncan is making good use of the studio. Here's one of his latest images, with the 10x8 film version to come. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Lost Art of Wood Engraving

Printmaker Peter McLean will be in town for a Wood Engraving workshop in May. This two-day, hands on workshop exploring the art of wood engraving is suitable for beginners or those with some prior printmaking experience who want to explore a new technique. Prints can be produced without a press and using only a small number of specialized tools, so it is suitable for those without a large studio space or budget.

This workshop will cover all aspects of wood engraving including: history of the medium with examples to see; image design; printing block preparation; correct use of engraving tools to create an image; and hand printing. Students will produce a black and white image of their own design and print a small edition. All specialized materials and equipment will be provided.

Peter teaches at the National Art School, Sydney, the Australian National University School of Art and at Megalo Print Studio, both in Canberra.

Be quick, space is limited. More information here.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Identity: Angela Speers

Angela Speers has sent in a few of her images to share. You'll be able to see the prints in the Identity exhibition opening at Watt Space this Thursday. For me Angela's black and white image shows a rare beauty, seemingly from another era.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Surreal Review: Andrew Styan

First year Photomedia students have just completed review presenting stage one of their Surreal project. Over the next week or so we'll be publishing some selected images which have a strong sense of experimentation, resolve or intrigue. We're inviting you to also add your thoughts by posting a comment. All students are strongly urged to revisit their Surreal project for final assessment at the end of semester. Feedback from review should be considered, reshoots undertaken and new images printed.

Diametric at Podspace

From the Diametric exhibition at Podspace, 2012
Simone Paterson's Diametric exhibition opens at Podspace April 26. The work result from her residency at Artspace in Sydney. Here's what Simone has to say:

Visual art offers us the opportunity to reflect on the human condition and provides us with a way to transform our understanding. In a time of increasing reliance on technology it is the practice and study of new media itself, the aesthetic and philosophical concerns that can clarify our position within the world. In the exhibition "Diametric" I employ a range of contrasting art-making techniques including traditional craft, such as sewing and fabric casting, as well as computer technologies such as interactive software, digital video visual effects and digital imaging. The combination of techniques is a deliberate strategy to blur the boundaries between art, craft and digital reproduction. This method of working could be classified as “post new media” i.e. a collision or coalescence between traditional and new media techniques.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Snapfactor: Allan Duncan

Ryan, 2012
We're pleased to be see our 10 x 8 camera getting good use by our current Photomedia students. Allan Duncan recently shot Ryan's portrait in the lighting studio in preparation for his upcoming fashion shoot. Keep posted for future images.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Snapfactor: Ryan Fitzgerald

Untitled, 2012
Snapfactor is again calling for images from all Photomedia students. If you've got an image that you'd like to see on this page, email David the image resized to 1000px at 72 ppi. We'll choose the best and post it here. In the meantime, ponder this image by Ryan Fitzgerald. What do you think it is? Send your thoughts by posting a comment.