Close to Home 1-16 by Andrée Lawrey
Another long break… I’m shocked at the way this year has got away from me. A couple of project commitments, too much administrative busyness, too little space for personal work plus the usual gaps, roadblocks and creative droughts — I need to do better in future!
The high points were pretty good, though. For example, the exhibition I helped to organise — Close to Home, by members of the Australian Photographic Society’s Contemporary Division — looked really good in both venues. Yes, we hung it twice, first at ‘The Q’ Exhibition Space at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, then again at APSCON 2012, the Society’s 50th annual conference. Organising an exhibition by 20 artists from all around Australia by email was an interesting challenge for the Canberra team, but the end result was very fine. Congratulations to all concerned — you should be proud!
Then there was the new website. Yes, this is it — welcome! A completely new look, bringing my blog, articles and photography galleries together on a single site, something I have wanted to do for ages. As always, comments and suggestions are most welcome. If anything looks odd or it’s hard to find your way around the site, I’d love to hear about it.
More exhibition images from my iPhone in Italy series. The flowers and the church are from Portofino and the others are from a morning excursion to Burano in the Venetian lagoon.
This set is part of Out There 2011, the Canberra Photographic Society‘s annual exhibition which is now showing at the Watson Arts Centre. More information, including an online catalogue, is available here. The exhibition continues until 10 July.
Roman Flare and Afternoon Trees
Many of my favourite images from my visit to Italy last April were taken with my iPhone. The Hipstamatic app I was using just seemed to suit my subjects and the holiday mood I wanted to convey.
I exhibited this pair in Access all Areas 2011 – The PhotoAccess Members’ Show in May. I was trying for silhouettes but the iPhone sensor, the Hipstamatic app’s Helga Viking lens and the angle of the sun conspired to deliver some additional special effects. The only post-processing I did was to crop off the white border around each photo, which doesn’t look good in prints.
Here’s a favourite from 2007, a lucky find on a PhotoAccess workshop excursion early one frosty morning. The sun was just melting the frost, turning water drops to jewels and gilding the dead flower heads. I love the way backlight turns the most commonplace scenes and details to sheer magic.
A print of this image is my contribution to the Floodlight exhibition and auction at PhotoAccess on Saturday, 5 February from 4 to 5.30 pm, which aims to raise funds for victims of the devastating floods in Queensland. More information and an online catalogue are available here.
D200, 28-105 f/3.5-4.5