Ari and I went to Henley Beach to help Gilbert Roe hang his ‘Time & Tide’ exhibition at the Swedish Tarts cafe. The images were made with a flat bed scanner and could be considered to be the digital equivalent of the 20th century photogram.
After hanging the exhibition I walked back to the car to pick up Ari, then we walked to Hendley Square to share a glass of wine, then Ari and I walked back to the car. It was just after sunset and I saw this building on Seaview Rd on the way back to the car:
Memorial, Henley Beach
A gentle south west wind was blowing and people were strolling along the esplanade and the beach enjoying the softness of the dusk.
Yesterday evening’s poodlewalk was Maleko’s first walk in the city. We had just returned from a week of walking and playing on the beaches in and around Victor Harbor in the morning and evening.
We walked along Sturt St to Whitmore Square, then back along Wright Street to the townhouse. Maleko was a little unsure of himself, as there was so many strange happenings and sounds on the city streets compared to the coastal quietness of Encounter Bay in the early morning.
It was just a trip to Petrel Cove this afternoon. Maleko was tired from an earlier afternoon walk around the Inman River and Kent Reserve and he didn’t want to walk that far. So Petrel Cove it was.
We mostly hung out on the beach on the Rosetta Head side of the cove. We wanted to sit in the sun and avoid the cold south easterly wind that cut through our clothes. It had been raining all morning at Encounter Bay so the sun was more than welcome.
I realised that the photography done whilst on poodle walks has a conceptual emphasis on the exploration and development of ideas surrounding those moments and aspects in everyday life that are often deemed as just normal, ordinary, perhaps even non-essential, but are in fact potentially worthy and notable and should not simply be overlooked.
The nature of our poodlewalks has changed with the arrival of Maleko, a 8 week old blue standard poodle pup, last Friday. We cannot walk far, and we more or less hang around on the beach at Encounter Bay, in the morning.
Or rather, Suzanne walks Ari in the morning whilst I hang out on the beach with Maleko, so that he becomes at ease with, and confident in, this coastal environment.
The photography is circumscribed until Maleko can walk a greater distance. Or we carry him some of the way, which is what we did yesterday afternoon when we all went to hang out at Petrel Cove:
Ari and I wandered around the CBD of Adelaide late this afternoon. It was a glorious spring day.
The city had a festive air, due to the AFL result of clash between Port Power and Richmond at the renovated Adelaide Oval. Port Adelaide won. The crowds were walking through the city after the game to the various forms of transport. The Richmond fans, who had travelled over from Melbourne— bussed, trucked, hitched, trained, planed and biked in numbers—were very subdued.
I was on the lookout for opportunities for street photography for the 1picady2014 project after I’d spent all day in front of the screen of a Mac desktop editing a text for my Edgeland exhibition at Manning Clark House in Canberra in November. It was a relief to be able to leave the office and wander the city.
I’ve been doing some street photography in Adelaide these last few days whilst we are on our poodlewalks. The reason for the change is that the September theme for the 1picady2014 project is street photography. It’s not a style of photography that I usually do so I am being pushed into new territory.
I find it hard to do, especially when Ari is with me. It also takes a lot of time to find a suitable location and the right urban light. I’m not even sure what street photography means these days.
We are at Victor Harbor for the weekend.
Saturday was spent going to see Alex Frayne’s poetic Adelaide Noir 11 pictures at Magpie Springs, having lunch with friends at Red Poles restaurant and attending the opening of the Light exhibition that is part of the Shimmer Biennale 2014. One of my photographs is included in the Light exhibition.
The early morning Sunday walk was along Dog Beach and beyond to the rocky coast:
The weather looked as if was going to change over the next day or so. The warm sunny spring weather of the last few days is going disappear and the temperature drop by about 10 degrees. Rain is on the way. I could sense it in the air.