This fantastic sculpture is in the Qld Art Gallery Courtyard. You can eat your lunch sitting in the courtyard – it’s rather salubrious :).
The beautiful sandstone Anzac Square Memorial is still covered with wreaths from Anzac Day on 25 April.
These two pictures are 15 second exposures in early evening. I’ve been doing quite a lot of long exposure shooting lately and I think these bring out the best of the Memorial.
I thought about showing them in b & w – they look great in b & w, but it’s not fair to lose the colour of that sandstone!
Last Anzac Day post for this year – I promise – but since I walk past this Memorial 10 times a week (it’s right above the CBD train station in Brisbane), probably not the last time I’ll photograph it :).
My other Anzac day posts are here: http://lightswimming.com/tag/anzac-day/
If you want more of a story about the history of Anzac Day, check out this blog post at Tragicomedia, which includes a quote by Kemal Ataturk which I can never read aloud without choking up, and some great Anzac Day people photos (quite a style contrast to these ones).
Photos from a visit to GoMA to see the new exhibit “Lightness & Gravity”:
We also briefly visited the rest of Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum and other places on the same day – so I hope to add those photos later.
For other photos from previous trips to GoMA, see the above links, and these ones:
and other posts linked from those.
Interactive sculpture in Brisbane Square.
I’m not sure whether it was designed to be interactive, but it’s definitely ended up that way….
Click the gallery pictures for full size slideshow:
A trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
We went to see the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia’s annual show. (OK, it was a bit of an excuse to get out of the house and take some photos).
The show was underwhelming, but we also took a quick trip to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (in the Gardens).
Chandelier, multiplied with old-school Fotar prism.
1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. an image; representation; counterpart.
3. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
I’ve had a lot to reflect on, lately:[click pictures for full size gallery]
REVHEAD: the motorsport art of Eamon O’Toole is a new exhibit at Ipswich Art Gallery.
You may have seen my short post earlier in the week, here —–> Hot head (I love those pics!)
All of these shots are taken with my fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens, so apologies if I couldn’t get ‘wide’ or ‘close’ enough, it’s the only one I had with me. I think it gives a nice perspective to a lot of the shots.
I was really quite surprised by this exhibit – I am not really a motorsport fan, so I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did (and didn’t even take my whole camera bag with me!). It is actually quite fantastic – and considering that most of the Eamon O’Toole works are mostly made of hand-moulded plastic and enamel paint – staggeringly complex and impressive.
I think this one was my favourite:
These sculptures are full-size, including this one:
There were also some working drawings on display:
Which is pretty cool, when you have the actual final sculpture on display next to it:
I enjoyed these stacked sculptures of wheels too:
Some fun sculptures of parts too:
It was a fun and surprising exhibit!
Pip & Pop have a huge exhibit at GoMA at the moment entitled “We miss you magic land” in the Childrens’ Gallery area. It’s fun, definitely pitched to kids and has cool computer-based activities connected with it as well which my kids really liked.
It’s all a bit ‘trippy’ for my tastes, but certainly spectacular (see the gallery below – click the pictures for full size slideshow) – and your kids will probably love it too.
“We miss you magic land” is free at GoMA and finishes in early March, so if you are keen to see it – be quick!
I promise that this is the last blog post about GoMA for a while – I have other art galleries to haunt ;) – and here are links to my other posts from the same (photographically productive) day.
Across Country (one of my favourites)
Cloisonné (another of my favourites)
“Across Country” is an exhibition showcasing five years of indigenous Australian art from the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art collection.
There are some quite stunning pieces:
I thought these ‘morning star poles’ were absolutely fantastic:
I loved these baskets, and the shadows were pretty great as well:
The ‘1100’ sculpture is near the Bremer River at North Ipswich – you can hardly see it from the road and I certainly didn’t know it was there. I was trying to find an old watertower (more on the watertower later) which I saw on the skyline and stumbled across the sculpture on the way.
First, I got a little obsessed by its rather cool fence (above). I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for rust (more on that later). It was raining and I was quite pleased with the ‘rain’ effect in this pic too.
The 1100 sculpture is based on ‘the multiple beehive forms of the nearby coke ovens’ (I’m quoting from the plaque) from the 1940’s, where coal was heated to 1100 degrees C to make coke for use in steelmaking. Apparently. Thus ‘1100’.
I really liked the shapes of ‘1100’ and would love to shoot it again under a sunny blue sky, some other time.