Some more favourites from hanging out at the State LIbrary in Melbourne. All of these photos were taken on the Fuji xt-2 Mirrorless Camera.
This is my last Saturday off for a while. Next Saturday I start the next Level 2 - Introduction to Photography - Technical & Aesthetic at RMIT in Melbourne (Still a couple of places if you want to join us). Once of the activities we'll be doing is photographing the State Library, so I thought I'd head down this morning and see where the light was falling and make sure it's not covered in scaffolding like it was one other time. I ask the students to edit down to 6 of their favourite images so I limited myself to the same number.
I love the State Library. It's a fantastic building inside and out with so much to see. It's a 'must see' for any visitors to Melbourne. I stuck to the outside of the building. Apart from the striking architecture, I'm always impressed by the 'life' and activity that goes on out the front.
I have more favourites though so I might cheat and do another post! Oh, and I had arranged a meeting at the Cafe (Mr Tulk) but in the end no one else could make it, so it was Eggs Benny and a Bloody Mary for one.
What an absolute delight these gardens are. I left Melbourne in the morning with an anxious, muddled mind and came back clear headed and relaxed. Best medicine ever.
I'll be making a point of visiting this garden every season. It's such a wonderful design.
Change is slow coming but I hope for a time when as a Nation we respect and honour Australia's First People with a genuine pride.
I went with my housemate Phil to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens for an Aboriginal Heritage Walk. It was a wonderful way to learn about the people and the culture. The walks are held every day but as part of Reconciliation Week they are free (you're too late, today was the last free day, so you'll have to pay unless you want to wait 'til next year).
We had a terrific guide to educate us and were treated to a traditional smoking ceremony. I was struck most by the talk of listening to your spirit and felt a sense of the purposefulness of the culture as opposed to the busyness of todays society. It was humbling.
This is the official video launch for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. If you've always wanted to go and see what it's all about, come with me and I'll show you around (and teach you some photography tips too).
Some of my images from the recent "Show of Hands" exhibition I coordinated with a group of past Photography Students from RMIT short courses.
My work was an exploration of beauty and ageing.
If you're in Melbourne and would like to learn more about Photography, you can check out the short courses on offer at RMIT. I teach Level 1 and 2 Introduction to Photography - Technical and Aesthetic as well as the People & Portrait course.
It's only 17 weeks until the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Photography Tour gets under way. It's going to be a great 4 day photography adventure, staying at the historic Vacy Hall, visiting the amazing parks and gardens and watching the grand parade. One of the first things we'll be doing is going to see the Heritage Bank Photography Awards Exhibition for some inspiration.
The exhibition just happens to be held next to the fabulous Japanese Gardens and there's plenty to photograph there. And that's just on the first afternoon. If you'd like to join us, click here to find out more.
A sunny afternoon in a pine forest with a gorgeous young couple in love. What more could you ask for? (the answer is Mozzie Repellent!)
Of the three Diggers Gardens, this one was my least favourite. Not that there's anything wrong with it (it's majestic), it just wasn't my style. It may have been tainted by the service (or lack thereof) at the cafe on the day. It's not often I walk out of a place but one can only take being ignored for so long before giving up.
It was not the best time of day to be taking photos on a bright sunny day. Too much contrast between shady and sunny areas ruled out a few photo options. The camera just doesn't cope with such extreme contrast (unless you're doing HDR). I still managed to grab a few favourite shots before we headed to Sassafras and Miss Marples for a late lunch.
We arrived at St Erth just in time for coffee and cake before the cafe closed. It was a chilly day but the garden had a way of warming your soul. This is my favourite of the three diggers gardens. A little less stately than Heronswood and way less formal than Cloudehill. This one matches my personality perfectly.
Going from Lambley Garden and Nursery and heading to St Erths garden, we stopped in ever so briefly at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens for Stew to check out the Begonias. He was smitten. Probably about the happiest I'd seen him so far. He was impressed with Heronswood, pleased with Lamley, but he was like a kid in a lolly shop with the Begonias.
I was more impressed with the combination of reds and purples in the garden beds. I've been
One of the best things about having visitors from out of town is finding out about places you've never heard of. Like Lambley Garden & Nursery, just out the other side of Ballarat. Big brother Stew being a gardener, he knew all the best spots and what a little gem this place this. The gardens are wonderful. Well worth the drive and a photographers paradise.
With my big brother Stew in Melbourne for a week, we did a garden visiting blitz. I'm now a member of Diggers club and we went to all three of the Victorian Diggers Gardens. Starting with Heronswood, in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. I was greeted with a swathe of my favourite flowers, Cosmos, before we even got in the gate. It just got better and better after that. Starting with a great nursery and shop and leading into the fabulous grounds and then onto the veggie patch. If you've never been it's well worth putting on your list of places to go. We spent so much time in the garden we missed the cafe but the views over the bay are enough to tempt me back. Not to mention the endless photo opportunities. They even have a training room so I might look into the possibility of running a photography workshop there. Let me know if you might be interested.
A dangerous day of being stimulated and inspired that could lead to you ripping up your whole yard to implement some seriously cool landscaping and garden ideas.
And I've discovered I'm a new fan of Dahlia's.
If you're in Melbourne, and you weren't one of the 180 people who joined in the festivities of opening night last week, then get yourself out to Manningham Art Gallery in the next couple of weeks. The "Show of Hands" exhibition is a veritable smorgasbord of photography styles. There are 11 mini narratives to immerse yourself in, so there's something for everyone. There's also a floor talk on April 22 where you can speak to some of the contributing photographers.
Here are a few highlights from opening night.
Photos taken on the night by Paul Johnstone Photography
Prints are being delivered to Manningham Art Gallery tomorrow.
Here's one of the images that will be exhibited.
Fine Art Ink Jet Print on Canson Rag Paper. 60 x 42cm
Have you seen the time lapse on the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Shows website? Mesmerising! http://melbflowershow.com.au/
I'll be heading there next week when my big brother comes to visit. He's an award winning gardener from Toowoomba so we'll be visiting lots of other gardens too.
There's an interesting story about how this day with the crutches and the flowers in the hair (taken at last years flower and garden show) ended up being the start of the inspiration for my current work about to be exhibited. I'll get back to tell you about it soon but I've just looked at the clock and it's 2am. I better get some zzz's.
Do you love flowers and nature and parks and gardens? Do you wish you could take better photographs of all the things you love? Well, I've got just the thing for you!
Come away to Toowoomba, the Garden City, at the best time of year (Spring!) for a festival of flowers, fun and fantastic photographic opportunities. If you've never been to the Carnival of Flowers you really have been missing out. Come with me and my brother to show you around the best of our home town and teach you how to take better photos. Opportunities are chosen to provide a wide range of situations to inspire and challenge you photographically. You'll receive tips and support all along the way. As well as the wonderful parks and gardens, we'll try our hand at photographing fireworks, the night carnival, the street parade and much, much more. We'll stay in historic accommodation and travel around with ease in a mini bus just for us. We'll have a small group (maximum 10) so there's lots of time for one on one guidance with your photography.
You can find out more about the Carnival here and more about our tour here.
The new Toowoomba Airport has direct flights from many locations including Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. We can pick you up from the airport or bus station.
I'd love to talk to you about this great get-a-way and answer all your questions. Drop me an email or give me a call on 0417 768 318. I hope you can join us!
Here's a photo of my brother and I on Mt Kosciusko in 2015. Stew is an award winning gardener who can answer your horticultural questions, especially when it comes to growing vegies (he has a blog here). He will also double as our bus driver and teller of bad jokes.
I've been so busy making sure everyone else is on track with their exhibition planning and printing that I've kinda forgotten about my own work. Fortunately, I have a wonderful friend who lent me his house, his printer and his cat for an intense weekend of printing.
A while ago a few of my past students from RMIT short courses expressed an interest in taking the next step with their photography and exhibiting their work. I asked for a 'show of hands' to see who was serious, and now we're about two weeks away from opening night and I think I can officially add 'herding cats' to my CV. There are 11 of us - two photography teachers (myself and Bryce Dunkley) and 9 past students. If you're in Melbourne you might want to call in and check it out. Opening night is April 5 and it runs for a month.