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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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New pictures: Trekking in Shan State

Shan State is Myanmar largest administrative division (state) and borders China, Laos and Thailand. It’s mainly inhabited by Shan people who are originally thought to come from China. It’s also largely rural and has a number of ethnic armies.

I spent three days trekking in villages near Kaukyame with an excellent local guide staying in homestays along the way, getting real insights into how the local people live, what they eat, how they bathe and so on. This was a real privilege as official government policy is that you’re not allowed to stay with locals. Our guide had frequently seen local militia and we did come across the government’s armed forces in one town, although all seemed peaceful and relaxed despite an array of massive weaponry.

Here are some highlights.

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Typical Shan house in the morning light. We stayed in houses like this throughout our trek. The accommodation was never prearranged, our guide simply turned up and asked.

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In pictures: A Muse wedding, Myanmar

I was invited to a Shan wedding up on the border with China when I was in Myanmar recently. I wasn’t sure foreigners were allowed in this part of newly opened country and indeed there were some issues with immigration officials both ways. But it was worth it, even 24 hours on a bus, to spend two days in the home of Shan people and attend this interesting event.

It was a Christian wedding so there were a lot of points of reference and crossover but some differences too. For example the bride and groom get ready in the same house and arrive in the same vehicle.

Arrival together in the family's white van decked out with flowers.

Arrival together in the family’s white van decked out with flowers.

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Cameras for Asia: Yangon photo festival

During the recent Cameras for Asia workshops in Yangon, the city’s annual photography festival was being held and I was able to take the children to the awards night where Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the judges.

It was a really wonderful opportunity for the children to see some world class photographic work, by both local and international photographers, and see the Lady, who is such an icon in Myanmar and indeed around the world.

Here are some images of the night.

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Me in the back seat with the kids heading out for the photo night. Photo by Andrew Rogers.

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