Photo of the week 136

                           Greg Neville, Sky over Taradale, 2017

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Caesarea light

caesarea-1    Caesarea, on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, is the ruin of a Roman-era port city built by the Jewish king Herod just before the time of Christ.

It became an administrative center of the Roman Empire, then the capital     of a Byzantine province, then an Arab city, a Crusader port, a Bosnian Moslem fishing town and finally an Israeli kibbutz. No wonder it’s a ruin.

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Photographs by Greg Neville, 2016

Harry Nankin’s workshops

Of-Great-Western-Tears-2-diptych-2006                         Harry Nankin, The Rain/Quadrat 1, 2005

The esteemed Melbourne photo media artist Harry Nankin will be running photography workshops  from his studio and darkroom in Montmorency next year. They will cover introductory analogue (traditional) photography through to advanced sessions on the philosophy of environmental art. They will range from one to four day sessions.

 Harry has long experience as a photographer and environmental artist. He started in the 1980s as a realist photographer of the natural environment, inspired in part by Peter Dombrovskis who’s wilderness photography played such a part in saving Tasmania’s Franklin River. Harry’s pristine large format photography can be seen here on his website.
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Harry once told me that he moved on to his giant immersive photograms of forests and waves because he wanted to have pictures made by nature not of nature. These ambitious projects require planning and special funding plus  teams of assistants but they result in artworks of great beauty and strangeness. They have have been exhibited extensively both here and overseas.
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The workshops, which are explained here, will run from April to May 2016 on the following topics:
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The Camera and the Darkroom, introducing traditional gelatin silver camera and darkroom craft.
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The Plasticity of Silver, on the traditional art of development controls, toning, reduction and intensification of silver materials.
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The Remarkable View Camera, on large format ‘view camera’ craft.
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Art and Ecology, on thinking and making environmental art.
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Harry teaching at Kinglake

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The Blue Moment

The Blue Moment #17, Hong Kong, 2015Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, The Blue Moment #17, Hong Kong, 2015

It’s not surprising that Romain Jacquet-Lagreze is also a graphic artist – the flattened perspective of his Hong Kong photographs look two-dimensional, like graphic design.

In his project The Blue Moment he uses carefully chosen vantage points and apparently a long lens to compress the city of towers and give it a cut-out look, as though photographs have been sliced up and joined together. Some look like René Magritte’s visual puns, especially his 1965 painting The Blank Cheque.

To get the particular mood, Jacquet-Lagreze photographed his adopted city at dusk when the fading sky light washes the city in blue.

The Blue Moment is a photographic journey in the city of Hong Kong. Each day at the very last moment of dusk, the sky takes on a deep blue tinge which is then reflected onto everything that exists below. During this very brief moment that only last a minute or two a blue veil envelops Hong Kong and releases a mystical atmosphere. With the coming of the night, the city’s lights bring the touches of warm color illuminating the cityscape. (www.rjl-art.com)

The Blue Moment #20, Hong Kong, 2015Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, The Blue Moment #20, Hong Kong, 2015

The Blue Moment #19, Hong Kong, 2015 Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, The Blue Moment #19, Hong Kong, 2015

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