Suzanne has left Cuba and is now staying in Oaxaca in Mexico for 12 days or so before she and Lariane return to Australia.
In the meantime the household chugs along with its daily routines in the balmy autumn weather, with its still, sunny days.We are usually up before sunrise walking along the back country roads:
dawn, Baum Rd, Waitpinga
With the walk over I have time to take some photos with the Linhof film cameras as the sun starts peeping through the trees and lightens up bits of the roadside vegetation. The images have been scoped on earlier walks and the time when the sun lightens up the trees duly noted. So it is just a matter of setting things up and waiting.
We drove up to Magpie Springs winery this afternoon to scope some photos for their photographic competition. It is situated in the Adealide hills just past the township Willunga on the road to Meadows.
The poodle walk consisted in us slowly walking around the 80 acre property seeing what was there.
stone, Magpie Springs
There is a lot to look at on the property–ponds, water lilies, trees, old machinery, buildings, landscape, vines— and these would change with the morning and afternoon light. Several visits would be needed to become familiar with the property and the different lighting conditions. This makes for an interesting competition.
After picking up my prints from Dani McLean that were in the 5015 photography exhibition, which was a part of the Port Festival, I wandered around the streets at Port Adelaide. There was still some cloud cover to soften the contrasty, late spring light.
I walked around snapping until the cloud cover disappeared. That happened too quickly to my dismay.
Vincent St, Port Adelaide
It looked less like a ghost town this time as I wandered around the main shopping area. The car park was full and people (largely blue collar) were shopping at the supermarkets. However, the shops in Vincent Street that had been empty for over ten years were still empty. So were the ones in the Mall.
I couldn’t help thinking that the empty spaces could be reinvented as gallery spaces whilst avoiding embracing the idea of “hip coolness” or remaking the Port “cool”.
Whilst many photographers are turning back to the past in very interesting ways with wet plates I’ve stepped into the now —a Tumblr blog of my iPhone photography, which only exist online. Apparently, a few years ago there was a 8×10 craze. I have yet to embrace Hipstamatic or Instagram filters to help make the iPhone pictures.
This gives rise to the ongoing debate about photographic process v image.
leaves in gutter
Meanwhile I trawl the gutters. Why? Because that is what Raffi does on his 8am walk to Whitmore Square and back to the Sturt St townhouse. I’ve had to take an interest in what lies in gutters to prevent Raffi from eating the junk food left by humans.
Ari and I have come down to Victor Harbor to escape the Adelaide heat and to scan a 5×7 negative for a print that has been selected for the Adelaide City Council’s Snap Your City competition. It is refreshingly cool and pleasant on the coast. Summer has arrived in South Australia.
monolith, Victor Harbor
This seascape work is topographical in that represents the surface of a landscape and a place–topographical in the sense of place (topos) and modes of perception (tropos). These are small gestures in a specific place.
Gestures in the way of a map that is not ‘mimetic’ – ie., will not straightforwardly represent the actual space, but one that reflects or expresses the distortions and omissions of the individual’s personal experience of living in this place now being affected by climate change.
Last week, on one of our back country road walks looking for possible pictures for the conceptual photography book on pink gums and Xanthorrthoea, Ari and I stumbled across this scene:
roadside vege, Mt Hill Rd, Victor Harbor
It looked good on the computer screen–a candidate for the book— and so we went back on the following afternoon to reshoot it with a film camera. But I couldn’t find it, even though I searched everywhere. As I’d deleted most of the pictures on the SONY NEX-7 I couldn’t retrace my steps from the sequence of pictures. I returned the following morning and started from the other direction of the walk to no avail.
Ari and I went walking along a back country road west of Victor Harbor yesterday afternoon looking for more material for the conceptual photography book I didn’t find much in the way of the pink gum and Xanthorrhoea combination, but it was an enjoyable walk along Wilson Hill Rd. I found myself wondering how difficult it would be like to take pictures with a digital field view camera. Would it need to be tethered to a computer?
on Wilson Hill Rd, Victor Harbor
This part of the Fleurieu Peninsula region is dairy country and there is very little native bush left. This region been extensively cleared.
Thinking in terms of regionalism—the expression of a type of local identity—recalls the divisions between figuration versus non-figuration, and regionalism versus internationalism in the early 1970s where there was an identification of foreignness with non-figuration that was set against an emerging post-colonial regional cultural identity (Antipodeanism) that did not seek to create a national style.