Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dogfood and Oysters is ready for your shelves!

You go to Brokenbench or the Pidgin site, download the PDF… take it to your favourite print-on-demand provider (Officeworks, print companies, or could be the little printer on your desk or the one at the office – we won’t tell), then bind it with the finish you want… you have your book.

I’d suggest getting your phone out at that point, snapping a picture and emailing it to Sean Davey, showing him how you finished it off. Endless possibilities, and exciting for the photographer to then know what you’ve done.

Sean Davey and I jumped into the Pidgin-mobile on Saturday and stormed north, our sights set on Newcastle.

It was a productive day with some great conversations on the possibility of showing some prints; as well as a chance to sit back and cruise.

The ride south in the afternoon was sweet, and I got the chance to slowly roll through Brooklyn and see the river that I used to wander by daily (in a past life). I romanticize the time spent living in that tin shed a little too much (it was dry, but not particularly good in the heat of summer or the cold of winter) – but the existence of having the thing split in two, one side containing a darkroom, the other a bed, trangia stove and fridge… well it gave me a little space to push and strip away a little of the overload the inner-city had wrought. It also meant a broke youngster could continue to feed film into the 8×10 (hmmmm, “film or house?”…).

All the peeps close to Sydney need to sit the frog up and listen in.

Mayu Kanamori is involved in something very interesting, the use of live photography and movement to spin your head. She’s wild this one, out on the fringe of what I can comprehend and handle. A one off performance in Sydney, so do not miss it.

05 March 2011 at Fraser Studios, Chippendale.

Get the flyer here.

Rolled last night to the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) for the opening of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.  55 pictures are hanging in the gallery space, and from the outset it became apparent that the show is varied in strength (quite dramatically) from wall to wall.

Ms Jacqueline Mitelman was awarded the prize for 2011.

There are some very direct, strong photographs; stripped back and rich.

And there are also some horrifically kitsch pictures that I am shocked made it through.

For those in the capital, or travelling to it, I strongly recommend that you get in there for a good look and an explore.

The BlondeMachine collaborated with Ozi Batla and handed over a picture for the cover of OB’s debut solo album Wild Colonial in 2010.

Many will be very familiar with the sound of Ozi Batla through his many projects including being a member of The Herd and Astronomy Class. Blondie’s long standing commitment to documenting the Australian Hip-Hop scene is well known (he’s an integral part of the movement).

Dog Food & Oysters has appeared in its re-invigorated form, and holy snap is it a killer body of work.

Sean Davey of Brokenbench fame has grabbed the proverbial rabbit by its back legs and reefed it kicking and screaming out of the hat, clawing wildly and wide eyed at what is to come.

The work is from a number of years ago, shot while Davey was OS exploring some photographic lines of enquiry.

I knew it was on the way, but when I saw the final edit… knocked over. I love this stuff. Regular readers would think I’m a bit of a fan-boy of Davey’s work… and I won’t deny that I think there is solid backbone and conviction to the manner in which he pursues these photographic compulsions of his. In short, yes, I love his pictures.

All fans of photography should drop everything and get over to the brokenbench or pidgin sites NOW! Go exploring. A bunch of pictures that don’t offer many answers… wonderful.

There are rumours of some sort of book or folio that is taking shape in the dark backroom of some dilapidated, half burned and leaky factory, safely away from the prying eyes of the trend setters.

The picture of the five people (at least one in the services) with their luggage under the overpass is just killing me, can’t stay away from it.

Last little while has been busy busy busy. Shuffling boxes, unpacking boxes, re-packing boxes, trying to get things stowed away and organised – all the while preparing for a return to the AROB.

I’ll try to get a little bit more content on here in the coming weeks.

During lunch today I had one of those eye opening (and embarrassing) moments. Sometimes the things we’ve had under our noses for some time are the greatest discoveries.

Anyhoo, there I am flicking through a book while eating leftovers and suddenly I’m staring at a fantastic – truly magic – set of pictures. A quick glance down at the byline… Joe Deal.

We’re all familiar with him as part of the New Topographics show (ie Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz and others), but to be honest I’ve never spent the appropriate amount of time looking at his photographs. And here I am now, knocked over on my butt by these beautiful things, desperate to find more and dig deeper.

After that defining show in the 1970’s Deal pushed on with his work, and references keep popping up to all sorts of projects. There are plenty of starting points for me.

Deal died in mid 2010 from cancer.