my (amateur) photography adventure



“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

Wild Thing!

Above: Wild Things by Troy Emery

Wild Thing is an exhibit in the Children’s Gallery at the Ipswich Art Gallery – part of an interactive art, craft and activity gallery for kids.

Dangerous Company, After the gold rush, and Wild Things by Troy Emery


Emerald Python by Troy Emery

15 second memorial

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!

lion head fountain below memorial, Anzac Square. ISO100, 18mm, f/9, 15s

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:

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).

Revhead, revisited

Quick trip back to the Revhead exhibition.

[Click any picture for full size]

Photos from my previous trip to this exhibit can be found here:


Hot head

Lightness, GoMA

Photos from a visit to GoMA to see the new exhibit “Lightness & Gravity”:

Reflection of the City Skyline, in the eastern wall of GoMA
Jungle by Nöel Skrzypczak - a new 3-storey tall work at GoMA. Photo by Miss Eight.
This 'flower' was part of the major "Look Now, See Forever" Kusama exhibit, and has been purchased by GoMA for their permanent collection. Kurilpa Bridge in the background.

For pictures of the Look Now See Forever exhibit, look here: Look Now See Forever.  Kurilpa Bridge is here: Kurilpa

"Wrapping History" by Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva. Duratrans print in lightbox. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA.
"Woods III" by Shigeo Toya. "Stamping the Water" by Song Dong at the left. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA. Great photo by Miss Eight.
Side-on view of "Museum of Silence" by Eugene Carchesio. Miss Eight and the edge of "Lightning for Neda" in the background.
Part of "Stamping the Water" by Song Dong, seen through "Woods III" by Shigeo Toya. Part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA.
part of the portfolio "Sacrifice" by Michael Riley
Part (about 10% of) the large artwork "Lightning for Neda" by Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, in the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit at GoMA
artworks by Gemma Smith on display at GoMA as part of the "Lightness & Gravity" exhibit: Boulder Prototype #2, Chessboard Painting #8 in the background
Inside the Lightness & Gravity exhibit at GoMA. Photo by Miss Eight.

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:

GoMA turns 5


and other posts linked from those.

Sculpture, Brisbane Square

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:

City Lights

Inspired by K. Ryan Henisey, who reminded me that to haiku is divine:

Tonight, wandering

Almost dark, yet light enough

Brief moments captured

Ann St Presbyterian Church
Arch, Albert St Church
Brickwork, Albert St Church
Anzac Square
Old Titles
Albert & Adelaide
Sculpture, Albert St Overpass

This is a re-visit to Roma St Parklands – you can see my previous Parklands posts here:

Lotus Life

Water Dragons


Waterfall, Parklands
Melange, Parklands


A trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Magnolia grandiflora seedpod

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).

Cycad and ceiling; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Cycad; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

The show was underwhelming, but we also took a quick trip to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (in the Gardens).

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture - in front of the curvy Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture

Also, many other photos were taken around the Gardens (see Seussical Succulents, Reflection and, hopefully, future posts).

Legacy Way structure, under construction (I assume!)


 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.

The Big Bang, up close (top)

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:

Honda CB750 K1 sculpture by Eamon O'Toole. Torana XU-1 Nibless Steel Rims, Torana Hotwire Mag Wheels, Torana Sprint Master Wheels and 8 Anvils sculptures in the background.
Honda CB750 K1 sculpture by Eamon O'Toole

These sculptures are full-size, including this one:

McLaren Formula MP4/4 1 – Ayrton Senna Car sculpture by Eamon O'Toole

There were also some working drawings on display:

The Big Bang, working drawing

Which is pretty cool, when you have the actual final sculpture on display next to it:

The Big Bang sculpture by Eamon O'Toole
The Big Bang, up close (bottom)
Engine Bay, Working Drawing

I enjoyed these stacked sculptures of wheels too:

Torana XU-1 Nibless Steel Rims, Torana Hotwire Mag Wheels and Torana Sprint Master Wheels sculptures by Eamon O'Toole

Some fun sculptures of parts too:

Honda XR600R Engine sculpture by Eamon O'Toole
Z1 900 engine sculpture by Eamon O'Toole, with my trusty model in the background

It was a fun and surprising exhibit!

Kawasaki Z1-900 sculpture by Eamon O'Toole

Pip & Pop

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.

GoMA turns 5

Across Country (one of my favourites)

Look Now, See Forever – Yayoi Kusama

Cloisonné (another of my favourites)

Yes, sometimes there are people…(part 2) .

Look Now, See Forever – Yayoi Kusama, GoMA

‘Look Now, See Forever’ is a “major solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama” at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

Quite stunning.

photographers enjoying "Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama
"Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight” by Yayoi Kusama, other works in background
2009-2010 paintings by Yayoi Kusama
"Flowers that bloom at midnight”; Yayoi Kusama
"TRANSMIGRATION" by Yayoi Kusama, seen through "Flowers that bloom at midnight"
Entry to "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Looking back through "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Resting, "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama
Up close, in "The Obliteration Room” by Yayoi Kusama

Previous posts from GoMA:

GoMA turns 5
Yes, sometimes there are people… (part 2)
Across Country

Across Country

“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:

Aurukun artists - camp dogs. 'Dibirdibi Country' by Sally Gabori in the background.
Collection of wire and metal 'bags'
Bagu and Jiman (Firestick figure) by Girringun artists

I thought these ‘morning star poles’ were absolutely fantastic:

Banumbirr (Morning star poles) by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artists
Grey-feathered morning star pole by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artist
Feather bundles, morning star pole by Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) artist
Actually from a different collection, but pretty fabulous...

I loved these baskets, and the shadows were pretty great as well:


More pictures are below.  You can see my previous photos from GoMA at GoMA turns 5, Cloisonne, and Yes, sometimes there are people… (part 2).

1100 – hidden treasure

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.

there's the 'beehive'

I finally made it to the disused watertower at the old Railway Workshops.  Here it is… with a bit of rust :).

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