Miles from Anywhere

4 new images just delivered to Gallery Salamanca, these are a bit smaller than my usual with an overall size of 725 x 570 mm. They make a really nice set or are available for purchase individually. So happy with how they look thanks to the expert printing at Fullgamut and superb framing from Art Poster

 

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Night Bathing (Left) and Tea by the Sea (Right)

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Old Money (Left) and Networking (Right)

The series "Miles from Anywhere" explores the differences between being along and loneliness. Being alone is finding a sense of freedom in isolation. There is a certain fabulousness in being alone, enjoying your own company. Loneliness on the other hand, creates an ache deep within us. Loneliness is the isolation created by unrequited needs.

The series depict homes where somebody is more than likely to be living there, but exactly who is not always evident. It is also not obvious why these solitary out of the way places, miles from anywhere in particular appear to be inhabited. What is evident is that something is going on, something is about to happen but what is not entirely clear.

Night Bathing is an isolated and private residence where bathing outside is not an unusual thing to do.  But something is about to happen, is something is lurking in the long grasses about disturb the peace and tranquillity of a long hot relaxing bath, something that is not quite visible yet. 

Tea by the Sea is a relaxing and serene place to be, where sitting outside with a cup of tea enjoying the sea air.  But something is about to happen, is someone about to come out of the house and disturb the peace, or will something happen out to sea, something that is not quite visible yet. 

Old Money is private residence in the historic township of Richmond in southern Tasmania. It represents the gentry of colonial Van Dieman’s Land where money, old money gave great status and responsibility in the community.  In convict and colonial times having money though was also dangerous, you could be “set upon” by highwaymen or rabble raisers.  Richmond would have been a long way from the main township of Hobart, a long and dangerous journey. 

Networking is an unnamed building in Echuca, South Australia.  The building is the only one around but it’s closed therefore communications are cut off.  We must resort to old fashioned methods of communicating…the lighthouse signal? The postal service? But something is not quite right, the  dog is not at all settled and is intrigued with the post box

The stage is set, the actors are nowhere to be seen, but something is definitely about to happen. What is it?  You are invited to step onto the set and write the story from this point on.

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MILES FROM ANYWHERE

Miles from Anywhere is a series in progress exploring the differences between being alone and being lonely. The idea of the differences sprang from previous imagery such as Branch Line and Hill Farm, but is probably a quietly flowing theme through a lot of my work.

Being alone is finding a sense of freedom in isolation. There is a certain fabulousness in being alone, enjoying your own company, doing your own thing. For me, being alone is food for my soul as I get to explore my ideas for imagery without the pressure of having to conform, be here or there, do for others or structure my thinking…its absolute freedom to think, explore and create. It also makes me appreciate having my loved ones around me when they are there with me.  We need to experience both ends of the polarity to appreciate the other.

On the other hand, being lonely is an ache deep within us. Loneliness is the isolation created by unrequited needs. Loneliness is desperately wanting connection but not being able to create connection.  Barriers block connections, like language, race, stereotyping, being judgemental, shyness, old age, disability, mental illness, envy and jealousy even anger.  Loneliness can be quite destructive like a disease eating away at the framework of our soul destroying the hope and happiness that we all desire.

The places in Miles from Anywhere offer a sense of fun and happiness, a feeling of contentment, offering peace and quiet and a life fulfilled, tucked up inside these out of the way houses. They are not lonely places, but instead they are showing us how to be content with being alone.  The viewer is gifted the luxury and freedom to soak up the ambience and do their own thing, to take time to enjoy exploring and imagining living here, and deciding  what could happen next.

THE LIGHT AT SEA'S END

Lighthouses captivate many of us.  Is it the romance of the era, the mysterious stories, even ghost stories that that seem to abound?  Perhaps it is the feeling of stability and security they embody or the perilous stories of shipwrecks and lost lives that seem to accompany them that bring to life our worst nightmares?

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2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards

I am so honoured to have had all 4 of my entries into this year’s Australian Professional Photography Awards,  awarded, three with Silver Awards  and 1 with a Silver Distinction (Hill Farm). I have described the inspiration for Branch Line in a previous blog post here .  I have also posted a blog about the inspiration behind the  images.  Please enjoy and I will be happy to receive your feedback.

 

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THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER

Two new images about weather really, I have this fascination with Lighthouses and having recently spent some time on Tasman Island I was inspired to delve into my imagination and find a story there….so far

 

THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER

THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER

but sometimes the weather doesn’t play ball

 

THE STORM

THE STORM

The Storm

 

The Lighthouse Keeper and The Storm are both printed and framed and hanging in Gallery Salamanca for your viewing pleasure

Ficifolia St….The beginnings of a series

Although there is an overall theme to most of my imagery I have not landed on a suitable subject that I really want to explore in a number of related images…until now.

Very early on I produced an image called the Gumnut House, and it was a comment by a respected friend who suggested I use one image as the springboard for a series…so that is the one.

This will be a series exploring quintessential Australian homes that we recognise from growing up in this diverse country of ours. Not always “real” but the homes that spring from our imaginations, like the beach shack or the suburban white picket fence.

 

13 FICIFOLIA STREET

13 FICIFOLIA STREET

 

The first one I have finished is a whimsical manifestation of a house I walked past as a child. It was dark and mysterious with lots of steps, columns and a very dark garden, towering over and dominating the street, and little me as I hastened past. It made me wonder who the scary person was who lived there, it always seemed like a place of dark magic and my pace would quicken, hoping no-one would see my tiny scared face peering in. As I grew up this place had strong reminders for me of Miss Havisham’s house of Dickens fame. Although the house still exists, it is not so scary now as an adult but it still makes those feelings rise to the surface and create pulse quickening memories of the impression I had of this place and the tangible fear it embodied for me. The image is titled No. 13 Ficifolia St…the botanist and gardeners will, I hope, recognise why. The landscape was shot at the Blue Tier NE Tasmania. All parts of the image are derived from my own photographs.

Keep watching the website or join me on facebook to see more parts of this series as they evolve.