my (amateur) photography adventure



Escher “Modderplas” via Waterlogue

Escher “Modderplas” via Waterlogue

Watercolour Dawn

Dawn at Duranbah Beach courtesy of Waterlogue

Jam Factory




“Head On” – Cai Guo-Qiang

More pictures of the “Head On” exhibit – part of “Falling Back to Earth” by Cai Guo-Qiang at GoMA.

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I was lucky enough to see the artist in person, being interviewed:

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Cai Guo-Qiang: “Falling Back to Earth” Preview

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'Heritage' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Heritage’ by Cai Guo-Qiang
'Eucalyptus' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Eucalyptus’ by Cai Guo-Qiang
'Head On' by Cai Guo-Qiang
‘Head On’ by Cai Guo-Qiang

A preview of my opening-day visit today to the “Falling Back to Earth” exhibit by Cai Guo-Qiang at Gallery of Modern Art.

Art + Timelapse

A brand new exhibit by Cai Guo-Qiang opens at Gallery of Modern Art on Saturday. So, seems like my ideal Saturday will be to visit the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit at GoMA; then shoot some timelapse of the sun setting behind the Gallery.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris app (see screenshot) assures me this is a viable shoot from the Kurilpa Bridge, so I hope to have some frames to post in a couple of days.


California Design

Photos from the California Design exhibit at Qld Art Gallery.

Definitely worth a visit.

-It Wasn’t Me- Belinda Jeffrey

Author Belinda Jeffrey reads her new children’s picture book “It Wasn’t Me” at the launch at Avid Reader Bookshop on 4th October 2013.

(Part 1):

(Part 2):

Find Belinda’s Young Adult and children’s books here:

Asmat Weavers

The Asia Pacific Triennial 7 exhibition has finished.  I’m looking forward to whatever comes next – meanwhile, I have a few unposted pictures to come :).

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part of APT7, which is about to close – get there while you can!

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roaming with the dawn – snow drifts, rain falls, desert wind blows by Tiffany Chung-6456

John Russell, Impressionist

Above: Amadiers et ruines, Sicile, John Russell

John Russell is an Australian impressionist painter, a contemporary of Monet and Matisse.  Qld Art Gallery has a number of his works on display at the moment, including these two.

I first saw Russell’s ‘Belle Ile’ works in a travelling exhibit called ‘Belle Ile: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany’ around 10 years ago and was impressed then – I still am.

Rochers de Belle-Isle, John Russell
Rochers de Belle-Isle, John Russell

“Spring Awakening” by Harold Parker (mildly NSFW)

This fantastic sculpture is in the Qld Art Gallery Courtyard.  You can eat your lunch sitting in the courtyard – it’s rather salubrious :).

Harold Parker - Spring Awakening, in the QAG Courtyard
Harold Parker – Spring Awakening, in the QAG Courtyard

Ressort, by Huang Yong Ping, at APT7

Above: Ressort, by Huang Yong Ping, with Green hypermarket by Edwin Roseno in the background

APT7 includes a number of very large art pieces – this is one of the biggest!

Ressort, by Huang Yong Ping


The Paramodel installation and artworks are part of the Asia Pacific Triennial 7 exhibition at Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane).

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You can see my previous blog posts in relation to art from APT7 here –> APT7


The Antipodean Steampunk Show at Ipswich Art Gallery.

Not really to my taste, but some impressive pieces.  All shot with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi’s art at APT7

Above: Pulekafa (sennit on cardboard), Kulasi (wool on cardboard), and Pulefakalava (sennit on cardboard).

Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi‘s art is ‘based on the ancient Pacific Island art form of lalava (lashing) that was used for joining and binding materials together.  Meters of coloured sennit were wound and tied so as to create distinct geometric patterns that were a well established part of daily life. I believe lalava patterns were a mnemonic device for representing a life philosophy’ (from the artist’s website

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Some of his vibrant work is on display at Gallery of Modern Art as part of APT7.

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Pulekafa (sennit on cardboard), Kulasi (wool on cardboard), and Pulefakalava (sennit on cardboard).

Sennit is hand-rolled cord from coconut husks which is then dyed.

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“Wingreeguu” by Shirley Macnamara

Above: “Wingreeguu” by Shirley Macnamara. ‘Somersault in sandalwood sky’ by Atul Dodiya in the background.

The artist is of the indigenous Australian Indilandji people.  Materials include native spinifex, turpentine shrub and ochre.

'Wingreegu' by Shirley Macnamara. Art by Nguyen Thai Tuan - 'Black painting no.50', 'Black painting no.80' in the background.
‘Wingreegu’ by Shirley Macnamara. Art by Nguyen Thai Tuan – ‘Black painting no.50’, ‘Black painting no.80’ in the background.

Part of the APT7 exhibit at Gallery of Modern Art.  You can find other blog posts about APT7 here: 

Persian for kids: Parastou Forouhar

Above: Farsi duck

Following on from my blog post yesterday about ‘Written Room’ – Miss Nine reminded me that she and Miss Six had created some Farsi artwork of their own as part of the kid’s activities at APT7.  Here they are:

Farsi worm
Farsi worm
Farsi camel
Farsi camel

“Written room” by Parastou Forouhar

Part of the Asia Pacific Triennial exhibit at GoMA.

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Farsi script painted by the artist on the walls and floor of the whole room – you must walk over and through it to access other parts of the exhibition.

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Rainbow Bay timelapse

Well, I finished my first effort at a timelapse video.

I made heaps of technical and practical mistakes, and the perfectionist in me wants to go and fix them all before I show the video – but that’s not real life, is it?

Shooting the timelapse video was a lot of fun, and I will know what to do better (and differently) next time.

The locations are:

Froggies Beach (on the Queensland / NSW border) for sunrise (above).

Rainbow Bay Beach for the two middle sequences:

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and Greenmount Hill, looking toward Coolangatta, for the (very cloudy) sunset:

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Please excuse the jitter and shake in some of the sequences – some of that is a result of amateur mistakes by me – and in the sunset sequence, the weather was very rainy and windy which made it very challenging.  You may see my umbrella peek into shot occasionally ;).

Sunrise and sunset times and locations were planned with The Photographer’s Ephemeris: ( Triggered using the Triggertrap app ( Those apps are just ridiculously good value for a keen photographer at about $10 each.

Gear: Shot with my trusty Canon 60D and the EF-S 18 – 135mm f/3.5 – 5.6 lens on my Induro AT413 tripod.

For any keen photographers out there: give timelapse a go! You do not need super-expensive gear – it’s mostly about planning, patience, getting up early… and standing in the rain keeping your camera dry with an umbrella when necessary.

Hope you enjoy it.

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