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August photography workshop

Kent St Weir Bridge, Canning River, Perth

I’m getting in early to let you know that I will hold a photography workshop, here in Perth, in early August.

Like earlier workshops it will provide an introduction to using a 4×5 view camera. What’s different is that I have increased the workshop time to two full days. This allows you to spend the first full day learning about and making actual large format photographs. The second day offers you the opportunity to experience the darkroom techniques and procedure to bring those negatives alive, by making your own silver gelatin print from one of your negatives. Numbers are strictly limited. For full details visit my page.

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Large Format Photography Workshop Point Walter Perth

film photography Point Walter Workshop

Large format photography Point Walter Workshop: we had an enthusiastic crew  turn up for the introductory large format photography workshop, including some fine art students from Curtin University, a musician and someone with bee keeping experience. The later came in handy when a wayward swarm of bees briefly investigated our group before heading further afield. After some basic instruction everyone got down to looking under the focusing cloth and using a 4×5 camera, making some film exposures.  There were lots of questions, a lot to cover, and the time flew by. The afternoon warmed up and we finished off at the local cafe.  Thanks to Peter Kovacsy for his assistance on the day, and thanks to  Fitzgerald Photo, and Jamie Paterson helping to spread the luv.

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Artist Lounge Talk 7pm June 14th 2010

Artist Lounge Talk

I have been invited as guest speaker for the next Artist Lounge Talk, a quarterly evening event providing a forum for local art and craft minded people to listen to a professional artist (or in my case photographer) discuss their art experience and knowledge.

I will be giving an overview as to how I began my photographic career, my choice of subject matter and the founding of Stormlight Publishing. Photography has undergone rapid changes over the last decade brought about by the advancement of digital technology.  Even so, I will discuss my preference for using a large format wooden field camera which I will bring along to show.  Finding the  balance between personal artistic expression and commercial needs is my  aim in using both digital technology and maintaining the use of non digital, traditional, wet darkroom techniques. You are invited to come along for an evening of discussion and view some of my recent work.

Artist Lounge Talk, 7.00pm June 14th  2010
Liddelow Homestead
Cooper Avenue, Kenwick
for bookings and information call 9452 9903

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Gourmand Book Awards Paris 2010 Finalist

Gourmand Book Awards 2010

Gourmand Book Awards 2010 Finalist: just 12 months ago that I completed publishing my book Pemberton Wine Region, Western Australia, so I was surprised to be informed that it has won two finalist categories in the Gourmand Awards. Judged by an international jury, Pemberton Wine Region has been awarded Best Wine Photography Book in Australia and Best New World Wine Book in Australia as part of the international, 2009 Gourmand Awards. The book now qualifies to represent Australia in the Best in the World Awards to be announced in Paris, February, 2010.

For the fifteenth year, the Gourmand Book Awards attracts over 6000 entries worldwide. As my first book and as a “one man show”, it is gratifying to have my book  recognised by an international jury as equal to some of the best books from the biggest publishing houses in the world. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the Paris results in February 2010. There are not too many Australian wine books dedicated to a single region.