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New exhibition: “Outside In” at St Vincent’s hospital

I am pleased to announce I am one of 18 artists selected for the “Outside In” exhibition at St Vincent’s hospital here in Brisbane starting on May 23. The exhibition will run for six months and my images will be displayed on level 2.

Here’s some information about the focus of the exhibition:

“Outside In” aims to provide patients with a connection from the hospital to the outside world with artworks that engender encounters with people, places and experiences beyond the hospital itself, offering opportunities for reflection and contemplation, engaging memory and recognition, inspiration and motivation. Our aim is to make a difference to patients’ hospital experiences providing hope and aspriation (sic), diversion from regular hospital routine, relaxation and potentially improve patient health outcomes.

I love the focus of this as it fits really well into one of my mission statements of Visited Planet. I’m also really pleased to be involved with St Vincent’s as a friend of mine spent the last 12 months or so of his life at this hospital in palliative care and I used to visit him there every Saturday and sometimes show him my work with the idea of bringing the outside world to him. So I actually submitted my work in memory of Rudy (previous posts about him here and here).

Here are the images that will be on display but if you’re in Brisbane, they do look much better on the walls of the hospital so go in and see them and say hello to the patients and staff while you’re in there.

Walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Woman with wine bottles, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy.

Woman with wine bottles, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy.

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In pictures: Celebrating Australia Day

When I was young I always regretted that I wasn’t born a day earlier, on Australia Day. When I was a teenager and learned the history of white settlement and what that had meant, and still means, to Aboriginal people, my regrets disappeared. Today I can appreciate Australia Day for what it means in the sense of acknowledging the freedom we have to celebrate a modern, democratic state free of war and fear while still remembering the past and seeking to make the future one of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for everyone on these shores.

With that in mind, here are some images of what it means to be an Australian on January 26. Happy Australia Day to everyone!

Feel free to add your own “Australia Day means … ” comment below.

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Australia Day means… taking the time to learn from our elders.

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Film review: Mystery Road

The Indigenous detective in Mystery Road, played by Aaron Pedersen.

The Indigenous detective in Mystery Road, played by Aaron Pedersen.

I saw the new Australian movie Mystery Road on Monday night. I’ve been keen to see it for some time for a number of reasons:

1. It was shot mostly around Winton (click for my gallery) and I was out there just a few weeks ago (1400km from Brisbane) and I was keen to see what was purported to be excellent cinematography of a really beautiful part of the country.

2. There were some fantastic Australian actors in the movie – Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Aaron Pedersen and Ryan Kwanten to name a few.

3. And most importantly for its commentary on racial tensions and the social malaise of rural communities.


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Photo gallery: Celebrating women for International Women's Day

March 8 this year was the centenary of International Women’s Day. The annual event marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.

With a view to celebrating those achievements here’s a short gallery of some of the amazing women I’ve met during travels around the world. These women were working in the fields to put food on the table for their children, they were tending and milking buffalo, cooking meals, raising children, teaching their grandchildren and even representing the rights of those less fortunate in local politics.

The woman on the right was a social advocate for village people in India displaced by the creation of new national parks. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.
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Photo gallery of the day – Portraits

Faces tell you a lot about people, the life they’ve had, their personality or even their profession. Elements of their age, clothing or behaviour often make the portrait image, as in these selections below.

This man was hamming it up in the Thimpu market for his audience (Bhutan)

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