Harry Nankin’s workshops

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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

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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)

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The Muybridge movie

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The great 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge is the subject of a new movie, a biopic called Eadweard. It covers his famous professional life and controversial private life and is due for release this year.The movie was directed by Kyle Rideout and stars the Canadian actor Michael Eklund.

Muybridge has had a career comeback in recent years with new a new biography, a comprehensive new website, and recently a major exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery. There is even a chamber opera by Philip Glass called The Photographer.

Muybridge deserves this public attention for the breadth and drama of his life, as well as his great influence on photography and cinema. He was a highly successful landscape photographer before millionaire Leland Stanford hired him to capture the galloping horse. He soon became an international celebrity on the basis of his Animal Locomotion photographs. He presented these in book form and in public lectures where his projector, the zoopraxiscope, displayed them in living movement.

These lectures were an immediate predecessor to cinema which he helped give birth to following discussions with Thomas Edison in 1888. The Kinetoscope craze soon followed, then the Nickelodeon phase and modern cinema around 1904.

Muybridge’s private life was equally compelling. Discovering that he was not the father of his seventh month old baby, he sought out his wife’s lover and, after introducing himself with the words “Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife” shot him dead.

He was later acquitted due to “justifiable homicide” despite the plea of insanity due to a serious head injury after a stagecoach accident. With dramas like these, you might wonder why it took so long to have a movie about him.

See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/133479780

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Kate Ballis : Aerial Pink

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Kate Ballis is a young Melbourne photographer who likes to shoot from a plane. These stylish abstracts were taken over Docklands and make it look better than it really is on the ground. Like a lot of photographers today, she shoots both commercial and personal projects, always in a clean, crisp style. This project could be for exhibition, publication or commercial illustration, the border is not always clearly defined in photography.

Ballis is the partner of Tom Blachford, creator of the Midnight Modern project. They travel and shoot projects together, then collaborate on weekends to shoot weddings as Rasberry Robot.

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