Photography

UNPACKING YODA : THE JEDI MASTER ARRIVES!

An exhibition entitled Star Wars : Identity opens on Friday 16 November 2018 and should prove an irresistible magnet to Star War fans.

Perhaps the most revered character is Yoda the Jedi master. He teaches Jedi knights to nurture and channel an inner and outer strength known as the Force. It creates courage, endurance and strategic and tactical wisdom to become a Jedi knight (an exclusive band of warriors)

Yoda at critical times materialises to impart a prophetic wisdom to help the Jedi knights and their followers to fend off what is known as the Dark Side.  

In this exhibition this reverence has spilled over into the treatment of a Yodi figure. The media was called to the Powerhouse Museum to witness the uncrating of Yoda and the reverential treatment with which it was accorded as it was transported to its nearby exhibition case.

Interestingly enough the case is quite large emphasising Yoda’s diminutive stature.

In the earlier films he was played by dwarfs such as Warwick Davis but in more recent times Yoda has been digitised.

Unfortunately he died at the age of 900 in the most recent Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.

But he lives again in this exhibition!

FLUGTAG MAKES A SPLASH IN SYDNEY

Flugtag is German for flying  day. Sponsor Red Bull’s drinks are supposed to give you wings. The fullest realisation of this is in their air shows which are held round the world. A single engine craft undergoes a time trial whereby it must fly around obstacles which sometimes require amazing aerial stunts. The fastest pilot and plane through the obstacle course is the winner. Red Bull sought permission to hold the event over Sydney harbour but this request was refused. This show has been held in Perth over the Swan river..

Nevertheless we received a consolation prize when Sydney held its first ‘Birdman Rally on the 6th April 2008. Red Bull actually started these rallies in 2000 and they have been held every year since in over 35 cities globally.

Sydney had to wait another ten years to hold Flugtag which  took place on the 10th November 2018. No other city in Australia to date has held a Flugtag. It was held at Mrs Macquarie Chair where a crowd of over 50,000 watched with amusement as aircraft of all shapes and sizes plunged from a six metre platform into Farm Cove, Sydney harbour. The backdrop to this event was Sydney’s spectacular cityscape, including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Sydney’s criteria is different from those in other cities. The wingspan must be not bigger than 8 metres (26 feet) and the weight (not including the pilot) is limited to 180 kilograms (400 lbs). The  contraption must be powered only by muscle and gravity and any battery or engine assistance is strictly prohibited. Because the aircraft will inevitably end up in the water it must be unsinkable and constructed entirely of environmentally friednly materials and must not have any loose parts.

Each team comprises four  people, three to push the craft and one  to ‘pilot’ it.

Teams that enter the competition are judged according to three criteria- distance, creativity and showmanship. Included under showmanship is the requirement for the team to choreograph and perform a short dance prior to take off.

All participants must wear a life jacket and helmet, be able to swim thirty metres without assistance and the pilot must be able to easily escape his or her flying machine. Furthermore one must be able to swim in the costume of one’s choosing.

Team creativity ran to creating crafts such as the Splashed Avo, a dinosaur named Flyrannosaurus, and a barbecued themed craft called The Sore Sage Sizzle.

A  crowd favourite was the Bin Chook comprising of a paper mache Ibis in a wheelie bin.

However the winner was Chip Off The Block which was a seagull and chip themed flying machine. In second place was the Flying Ricciardo, basically a racing car,  and in third place was won by the Red Baron modelled on a World War 1 military aircraft.

This year’s contestants did not ‘fly’ anywhere near the world record which was set in Long Beach, California when a craft flew 258 feet (76.8 metres) in 2015.

One hopes that it won’t take another ten years for Flugtag to land in Sydney again.

 

CITY2SURF 2018 : SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT FUN RUN

Sydney celebrated its annual 14 km road-running event last Sunday with close to 80,000 entrants participating in what was regarded by many as the world’s largest fun-run.

It was a big day out for Sydneysiders who either joined the serious competitors in testing their endurance, or choose to walk the distance pushing prams or revelling in fancy dress.

This is one community event where the spectators offer every encouragement to participants both young and old, cheering-them-on and making it a very special outdoor activity to be enjoyed by all. Truly, a genuine sense of community was felt all-around. Continue reading CITY2SURF 2018 : SYDNEY CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT FUN RUN

BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION : MATT IRWIN’S ‘SYDNEY : A LOVE AFFAIR’

Award winning photographer Matt Irwin’s love and vision of Sydney prompted him to visually document the evolution of Sydney into the city it has become – one of the most iconic cities in the world.

From 1992 he photographed Sydney and watched it grow and change, capturing the evolution of its progress through his lens.

According to Matt, much of our impression of the world is through our eyes. What we can see and feel. Sydney is a visual feast – It truly is a photographer’s dreamscape. It offers rugged geography, globally recognised icons and street-level authenticity – all encapsulated together with good weather conditions and a life so well lived.

The goal of Irwin’s book was to capture all these elements. His photographic adventure spanning 25 years in the making is a curated collection of the epic to the hidden, from the natural to the built, from every day to the one-off. Continue reading BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION : MATT IRWIN’S ‘SYDNEY : A LOVE AFFAIR’

MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

All photographs: Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam.

I’m going to get lost was my first thought when invited to review the MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION:  Celebrating the Stories of Strong Indigenous Women at International Towers. What a pleasure I would have missed out on had my first instincts prevailed.  This is a superb exhibition of faces that carry the pride and power of indigenous women. Currently showing in the foyer of Tower 3 and soon to be expanded to Tower 2, there are 37 pieces of work from renowned photographer Professor Wayne Quillam. Continue reading MALI DHARNGURR PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING STORIES OF STRONG INDIGENOUS WOMEN

THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

James Bugg, a 22 year-old emerging photographer from Melbourne has won the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP). The MCPP is Australia’s richest photography prize and James took home the $50,000 prize for his photograph Zach. The announcement was made recently at Juniper Hall in Paddington, the home of the Moran Arts Foundation. The judges of the 2018 MCPP were photographer and curator Cheryl Newman, photojournalist and photo editor Jon Jones and Australian documentary artist Raphaela Rosella.

The judges also highlighted Isabella Moore’s ‘The Significance of Ceremony’ and Matthew Abbott’s ‘Wrestlers Cooling Off’ as Highly Commended. Continue reading THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY @ JUNIPER HALL

LUDLITE COLLECTIVE – SPACE – PART OF THE HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL

Photography by Craig Proudford.

LUDLITES LOVE SPACE is an exhibition of lo-fi film photography, part of the Head On Photography Festival. Using photographic film and plastic lens such as the Holga and Diana, and sometimes pinhole cameras, 13 members of the Ludlite photographic collective, all leading photographic artists (12 Australians and 1 Canadian) have explored and interpreted the SPACE theme in a range of creative and unusual ways, with inspirations ranging from outer space to personal space.

These cameras have the ability to make multiple exposures on a single frame of film. This can be controlled but often the random nature of the lo-fi cameras produces quirky layered images. This is something that the Ludlites embrace as it perfectly suits their sci-fi and outer space inspired images, including some inspired by the music of David Bowie and Elton John. Other members of the collective have ‘space’ in very personal ways, addressing agoraphobia, aquaphobia, overcrowding and health matters. Continue reading LUDLITE COLLECTIVE – SPACE – PART OF THE HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL: EVERY PICTURE HAS A STORY TO TELL

Kiddie Pool (Analog 2015)

This Image: Welcome to Camp America Inside Guantanamo Bay –  Debi Cornwal ‘Kiddie Pool’

Featured Image: White pigeons take off as Afghans come to feed the birds at the Blue mosque in Mazar-E-Sharif.  Afghanistan – ‘Between Hope and Fear’ –  Paula Bronstein

Saturday 5 – Sunday 20 May 2018  will see the HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL on display in galleries and other locations all over Sydney along with workshops and talks and  the prestigious Head On Photo Awards.  Included are assortment of world-renowned speakers, and innovative workshops, all showcasing the work from over 700 Australian and international photographers. Continue reading HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL: EVERY PICTURE HAS A STORY TO TELL

Photographic Exhibition: ‘The Mentawai of Indonesia’

the mentawai of indonesia : Guy Needham

the mentawai  of indonesia is the latest photographic exhibition from Guy Needham,  an international photographer noted for his work with indigenous tribes.  This exhibition, part of Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival, is the third in his Tribal Series, following on from The Hamar of Ethiopia and The Huli of Papua New Guinea.  It will run 7 May – 8 June 2018.

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2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced

This image: Junior Mullet Festival Contestant – Isabella Moore
Banner Image: Cows are Home – Felicity McMaster

The Moran Arts Foundation has  announced the semi-finalists for the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, one of Australia’s most highly regarded photography competitions.  Continue reading 2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced