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Guardian of the Alley

Guardian of the Alley

As a chimera, our alleyway guardian keeps faithful watch over the coming and goings of the alley, possibly the only alley that my home of Mullumbimby has.

So easily I am fooled into the illusions of my own making. Like a looped soundtrack I carve the same groove of impossibility, each repetition deeper the groove goes on to become a trench. In this trench there is nothing hopeful and certainly nothing inspiring, is there? But the trench, the carving of a groove reminds me now of the blood red waxy disc of Anish Kapoor’s My Red Homeland

Inspiration seemingly illusory and unattainable, I find when I no longer try that all around there is the gold of my imagination, more than I could have wished for, or at least enough.

Loving the iPhone.

iPhone 4 image captured on my way to meet friends for dinner. Friday evening 15.03.13

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On a fast train

On a fast train

Symmetry in motion.

From one train I capture another as it speeds by. I love the transition between landscapes over time. Same window, similar speed, different scene, separated by time and space. I sit and watch poising the camera, randomly capturing. Curiosity, surprise, colour, reflection, a moment goes by. A diorama within a reflection.

Further curiosity takes me to here:

The inventor and proprietor of the Diorama was Louise Jacques Mande Daguerre (1787–1851), formerly a decorator, manufacturer of mirrors, painter of Panoramas, and masterly designer and painter of theatrical stage illusions. Daguerre would later co-invent the daguerrotype, the first widely used method of  photography.   

iPhone4 image captured close to Melbourne Wednesday morning 13.03.13

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As I ride by

As I ride by

I was reading my latest copy of Dumbo Feather on the train as I travelled toward Melbourne from Kyneton after visiting family. Pondering my life and what I was going to do next, I looked out the window to the dry minimally undulating landscape. I use undulating rather liberally because it is really kind of flat with a few low lying hilly areas. The land in this part of Victoria has a dry, desolate quality. The trees and the animals make it less so.

As I ride by I am curious what I can capture from this landscape from behind the window of a moving train. This is one.

I’ve posted a couple of other images on Instagram and just started a Google+ page which will have something posted as well.

iPhone4 image captured Wednesday morning, 13.03.13

 

 

 

 

 

20/100

Flying into Night

Flying into Night

Taking a walk is sometimes enough to get a breath of freshness, clear the mind or find inspiration.

Sometimes I need to fly, catch a plane and soar to a different place altogether.

4:50am get out of bed

8:30am touch down Sydney Airport

Given that I live rurally, going to the city gives me that shift in energy, perspective and inspiration that I feel a great need to do at the very least twice a year. I crave contrast, cultural richness and diversity. Newtown’s grimy edge contrasts with the perspective warping and intensely rich colours of an Anish Kapoor exhibit at the MCA. An icy lick of pistachio gelato contrasts the caffeine rush of espresso. A crowded city bus is not that different to a fully loaded Boeing 737. I get on a plane to travel 774kms to feel difference, to feel sameness.

Walking like travel is sometimes a consciously now meditation in motion. I wish it was always, that I was so aware in every now moment. Sometimes it only comes to me, that quality of meditation in motion, after the fact. Like now, as I write, I can join the dots, linger and ponder on the experience had. And feel inspired.

iPhone Capture at 1/1000 of a second on my way home.

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Sand Dunes in Miniature

Sand Dunes in Miniature

The coast line is in a constant state of reinvention. Last week we saw the effects of a 3 day stormy deluge with fierce winds and swimming pools of rain dumped in our backyards. Many trees came down throughout the Byron Shire and several thousand homes were without power for up to 5 days. Natures way of a mass pruning and purging which we are all left to clean up so we can return to our preferred neat & tidy state. All fair. The coast line is, and should be, left to be in its more naturally wild and self correcting state. I love the way it is so transformed, so affected by the big storms particularly those that come off the back of the northern summer cyclones. Great chunks of sand on the beach so quickly disappear and then so mysteriously reappear weeks or months later. The beach totally reformed with new dunes, banks and surf breaks.

Today I found these perfectly sculptured sand dunes, they could be any size, but in fact are quite small and delicate. This is my wonderful surprise find on the morning’s walk along the beach. I don’t often use the 100mm lens in the landscape, it allows me to get in much closer and capture my subject in a more imitate way. It’s a totally different way of being in the landscape. The big vistas draw you in with grandness of space and depth of perspective. This one holds the eye in a still moment of sharpness between dunes of softness.

Brunswick Heads, Canon 5D, 100mm Lens

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Morning Clouds

Morning Clouds

One part of the purpose of my blog is to be a visual logbook, that means I have a place to host collections of images of things that interest me. Clouds are one of them. Through the course of this year I want to see how many different types of cloud images I can record and share here. These ones are from my early morning walk at my local beach. There was a band of cloud sitting right along the horizon so it was awhile before any sun light lit up the renegade clouds higher in the sky. Sunrise here is at about 6:20am and these clouds were captured in a sixtyth of a second around 6:48am.

Brunswick Heads, Canon 5D, 100mm Lens

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Green Coastal Grass

Green Coastal Grass

Having played around with a similar image as a black & white version, I also wanted do one in colour. I liked this image as an almost panoramic version. I am using this blog space a place to explore options, play around with ideas and images. Often they won’t be the final edit, or I may not do anything else with the image but post it here. This space becomes my working diary, a visual logbook of my photo excursions.

There’s no doubt it’s invigorating going for a dawn walk, scrambling for clothes, quick cup of tea, grabbing the camera gear, leaving home in the dark or in the pre dawn low light, sometimes still too dark to take photos. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for a walk or to take photos, I am always so much more engaged with the land, trees, plants, animals and people around in the freshness of a new day. I am grateful that I create these moment in my life. My life in a fraction of a second.

 

Brunswick Heads, Canon 5D, 100mm Lens

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Coastal Grass on the Sand Dunes

Coastal Grass on the Sand Dunes

I was up at 5:00am this morning, not because I couldn’t sleep but to get down the beach before sunrise. I’m out on a recce for photo walks in my local area. This is one of the test shots from this morning taken on my Canon 5D and converted to a black and white image in Lightroom. I love playing around with different versions of black&white and colour to see what I like best. This was taken with 100mm fixed lens and a fairly wide aperture so the blades of grass in the foreground a blurred. For me it accentuates a sense of movement. A feeling of the grass gently swirling and moving to the play of a soft breeze. But at the same time it is a very still moment. Life captured in a fraction of a second.

Brunswick Heads, Canon 5D, 100mm Lens

 

 

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Storm Clouds over Brunswick Heads

Storm Clouds over Brunswick Heads

Captured on the same stormy morning as the previous image, at my local beach at Brunswick Heads.

iPhone4 + added grain

I’m also posting through Istagram now. I’ve just started but I’m sure the collection will build fairly quickly because the iPhone travels with me everywhere.

 

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Storm Clouds over Brunswick Heads

Storm Clouds over Brunswick Heads

When I walk along the beach it’s one of the times I get a really scaled up view of the sky. There are so many trees around where I live that usually I only get a partial sky scape. Of course one needs to be in the desert on fairly flat earth to see the whole sweep of the sky. And that is majestic. I had that experience in the desert at Black Rock in northern Nevada, USA and trekking the Annapurna circuit along the alluvial flats of Jomsom Sadak in Nepal. Both times I felt so connected to everything around me, completely One with All That Is.

It’s quite surreal that these clouds brewing along the northern NSW coast connect me to journeying through dry, open and often dusty landscapes.

Captured on iPhone4