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The View from Here: The Photographic world of Alfred Elliott 1890-1940

If you looked at images of Brisbane from over a hundred years ago do you think you would recognise your city? I admit I was thrown a bit at first by the photographic collection of Alfred Elliott currently showing at the Museum of Brisbane with images of Brisbane from 1890-1940.

All that grainy black and white of a city in its infancy, of trams, men in hats smoking pipes, women in lacy frocks and Aboriginal people fishing in the river felt vaguely like looking at a movie set but also oddly appealing at the same time. There wasn’t all today’s development — no bridges, no TV towers and no skyscrapers — and it was fun recognising the bends in the river, the heights of Mt Coot-tha, the cliffs of Kangaroo Points, and the long Milton Reach past a grassy area that is today my suburb of Auchenflower.


It felt and looked a bit like Brisbane but not one I was familiar with. And it was fascinating.

If you have ever wondered what history lurks in the bends of the river, under the pavements of city hall, or on the slopes of Mt Coot-tha get along to the Museum of Brisbane at City Hall. The exhibition is titled “The view from here” and open from February  13 – August 30 (daily 10am-5pm). Admission is free.

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Lent to Easter: Exhibition by artists of Visionaries

Some of you may have decided to give up wine, television, chocolate or sugar this Lenten season. Whatever you’re doing, if you do follow Lent, you recognise that the 40 days are a journey. That’s the theme I elected when asked to submit artwork as part of Visionaries for the “Lent to Easter” exhibition currently on display at the wonderful Vera Wade Gallery in Brisbane City.

I put in two pieces – “The Beauty of Suffering” featuring some of the heights, lows, mountains, deep waters and rough tracks of New Zealand and “The Bridge of Reconciliation” showing the crossing of a rickety teak bridge in Myanmar.

Walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

The Beauty of Suffering – walking into Middle Earth, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Sunset on the U Bein bridge near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar.

The Bridge of Reconciliation – Sunset on the U Bein bridge near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar.

Vera Wade Gallery
Saint Andrew’s Church (gallery is downstairs)
Cnr Creek and Ann Street (entry is via Ann Street), Brisbane
Free admission
Open 11-2pm Monday to Friday

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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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Cameras for Asia: Yangon through the lens of children

Cameras for Asia hosted a three week exhibition of the children’s images this year in Yangon at the Witness Yangon Documentary Arts Space run by Myanmar Deitta from February 16 until about March 7 (the flyer says Feb 28 but it was extended another week). This wonderful space allows international and local photographers the opportunity to exhibit FOR FREE, which is a tremendous provision for a budget such as the one Cameras for Asia runs on.

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The exhibition flyer. How good is your Myanmar? Well it doesn’t matter as it’s translated in both languages!

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Cameras for Asia: Myanmar and Nepal 2014

Cameras for Asia will jet off again this Friday for 5-6 weeks in Asia. The schedule is:

2-3 weeks in Myanmar: teaching photography, hosting an exhibition of the children’s photographs at the Myanmar Deitta gallery in Yangon (the flyer is below) and a few days of travel to Hpa’an.

2-3 weeks in Nepal: teaching photography at two centres in different parts of Kathmandu plus a week long trek to Langtang.

I am really pleased about a number of things this trip even though it is promising to be a pretty mad and hectic schedule:

– the annual Yangon photography festival is on while I’m in Myanmar and I hope there will be a chance to take the children to it
– Myanmar Deitta is a great space and I do hope there’s more opportunities for these kids through the centre in the years ahead as they offer scholarships and workshops
– I raised $1000 towards the trip expenses (donations are still welcome!)
– the incredible array of cameras that I’ve received and that keep arriving (an underwater camera, a sports action video camera etc)
– seeing all the children again in Yangon and Kathmandu – can’t wait…

Exhibition flyer.

Exhibition flyer.

The children’s images from all three centres will be posted in the coming weeks plus details of any travels/sights/images I might get to do myself.

Thanks for all the varied support I’ve received for Cameras for Asia this year.

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