Photography credit: Images by Marion Abada www.marionabada.com.au Marion is a current PSC second year student. These images are part of her Photo Impressionism series which applies the concepts of the 19th Century painting style of Impressionism through the medium of digital photography. In these images Marion was interested in exploring the nature of time and how changes to the time of year, time of day or even random fleeting moments create differences in how we emotionally engage with and respond to the world around us.
STUDENT: Adam Guskich, Fourth Year Part Time
ASSIGNMENT: Thrid Year Final Folio
COMMENT: This image is titled “Obscura” from my 3rd year final Folio series “Drift” which explores notions of the impermanence of our own personal existence whilst examining the dichotomy of the conscious and unconscious mind. Obscura, literally translated to “Darkened chamber” seemed a fitting title when beginning to analyse the ideas, thoughts, emotions and beliefs that permeate our subconscious. The work within this series prompts us to question our own impermanence. Do we recognise our continual state of evolution both physical & psychological? Ultimately removing the metaphorical blindfold that we all wear allows us the clarity not just to look, but to see.
Photographer and PSC teacher Jane Poynter was featured in The Age on the weekend, sharing about her work at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Jane take pictures of babies who have passed away at the hospital, providing precious keepsakes for parents.
‘The creamy woollen beanie is as big as an eggshell.
If you held up three fingers it would just stretch over their tips.
Laid alongside it in a cupboard are tiny clothes, pearl-pink blankets, booties and bassinet sheets, meticulously crafted by volunteers for the Royal Women’s Hospital.
Photographer Jane Poynter selects blankets, felt dolls and a plush teddy and arranges them inside a frothy bassinet, which stands in the centre of this nondescript room deep inside the hospital. She often uses a macro lens to capture her diminutive subjects: it shows their sequin-sized nails, the wisps of their hair, the whorls of their ears.’
Visit The Age website for the full article by Miki Perkins.
Image by Jason South - The Age
83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Exhibition Opening: 6-9pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
Exhibition Dates: 10 April – 13 April 12pm – 6pm
Polly Stanton’s work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.
‘Stórhrid was captured in Iceland during two days of severe and unseasonable weather in late spring. I was told of the approaching storm in the evening and by the next morning it had radically changed the world around me. The scale and ferociousness of the weather brought an unnerving ambiguity to my surroundings – changing shapes, colours and light.
Boundaries felt unclear, built structures and roads disappeared and the horizon became a blanket of white that descended on the land like a heavy curtain. Being outside was an extreme effort. My hands froze in minutes, airborne ice blasted my face and eyes, standing up right was a struggle and my equipment shut down because of the cold.
My experience of the places I had come to identify with and understand geographically rapidly disintegrated as the built and natural environment I recognized withdrew from my view. Known places became zones of unknowable dimensions and scale as my connection with site fell away into an unending field of white space.’
Polly Stanton, Hvítt Sól 2014
Thus did Michael Caton, quoting Phillip Adams, describe the star of The Rennie Ellis Show to an audience of around 300 at the Monash Gallery of Art on Saturday 5 April. The late, great Rennie Ellis (1940-2003) redefined social documentary photography in Australia over the last three decades of the 20th century, and ten years after his passing his reputation continues to deepen with the launch of this exhibition and publication of two major books – DECADE 1970-1980 and DECADENT 1980-2000 in the past six months.
Robert McFarlane speaking to a full house at the opening of “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA
Speakers at the official opening included renowned photographer and critic Robert McFarlane, legendary Sydney social chronicler/diarist William Yang, and actor Michael Caton. All commented on Ellis’ youthful effervescence and inquisitive nature. “He was always there, but was never pushy or judgmental, which was probably why he got so many extraordinary pictures,” said Caton.
Michael Caton speaking at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA
Yang perhaps summarized it best: “Rennie was a good photographer, but more importantly was a warm human being, and it is his humanity that comes across most strongly in the photographs he produced.”
(Yang also had some interesting – indeed controversial – thoughts about the current exhibition scene, opining that the curator has in many cases become more important than the creator, reducing much of the photography seen these days on gallery walls to artistic conceit. He said the Ellis Show proved that pure documentary still has power and relevance and will never go out of fashion. Discuss!)
William Yang speaking at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA
Ellis’ reach spanned all classes of society, and his work showed humanity at its best, worst, silliest and sexiest. He was one of a kind, and this exhibition is the culmination of a decade’s work to bring his archive more prominently into public view, and should be seen by every serious student of photography. It continues until June 3 and will then tour regionally.
Robert McFarlane, Michael Coyne, Stephen Dupont, William Yang and Manuela Furci at “The Rennie Ellis Show” exhibition and “Decadent” book launch at the MGA
DECADE and DECADENT are published by Hardie Grant Books.
Visit the MGA website for further information.
Words and photos by Bill Bachman.
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill, Victoria
Exhibition Dates: 3 April to 8 June 2014
‘The Fitzroy Extrovert’ – Rennie Ellis
Photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in Australian visual culture. Ellis is best remembered for his effervescent observations of Australian life during the 1970s–90s, including his now iconic book Life is a beach. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis during this period now form an important historical record.
The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970S and ‘80S. This is the period of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke; AC/DC and punk rock; cheap petrol and coconut oil; Hare Krishnas and Hookers and Deviant balls.
Visit the MGA website for further information.
Last night was a busy one for the PSC community! Teacher Hoda Afshar had the opening of her exhibition ‘Under Western Eyes’ and Second Year Bachelor Coordinator Daniel Boetker-Smith was involved in the opening of ‘As Good As Gold’.
PSC Managing Director Julie Moss with Hoda Afshar & Jim Davidson
Hoda’s work was proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.
PSC students Jordan Madge & Coby Baker with Jacob Raupach & teacher Daniel Boetker-Smith
‘As Good As Gold’ is an exhibition by Jacob Raupach formed from photographs out of his 2013 publication, ‘Radiata’. Jacob was the winner of the 2013 Australian Student Photobook of the Year Competition organised by Daniel and the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. This solo show was the grand prize in the competition which will run again late in 2014.
Congratulations to Greg Briggs for having his Melbourne Cleaning photographic series star in Feature Shoot website.
Greg states about the series, “The idea behind this series was to explore the intimate relationship cleaners have with the spaces they inhabit. It was also my way of paying respect to the job cleaners do and the places they do it in. Cleaners are such an integral part of our society and yet they are some of the lowest paid. I wanted to show their occupation in a positive and respectful way, to bring out the beauty in it. The idea was simple but the execution was more of a challenge than I initially thought!”
“The challenge is always in getting people on board the idea and to participate. There were so many great spaces that I wished to photograph but my request got caught up in administration and red tape. The magic happened when people understood the simplicity and legibility of the idea behind the series and did not over-complicate it. The process taught me a great deal about having a clear mission statement and intent for a project before communicating with the people you want to be involved.”
Visit the Feature Shoot website to read the full article.
Also make sure you check out Greg Brigg’s website.
Colour Factory Gallery
409 Gore Street
Exhibition Opening: 6pm Thursday 3 April
Exhibition Dates: 3 April – 26 April 2014
Jacob Raupach – winner of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive Student Photobook of the Year Competition – will be showing the work from his winning book RADIATA. This free exhibition was the grand prize in the Photobook Competition, which will be running again later in 2014.
Jacob’s photo book (which is printed on newspaper stock) will be on sale on the night of the opening. There is a digital download version available from Jacob’s website.
Visit the Facebook event page for more details.
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street
Exhibition Opening: 6pm, Thursday 27 March 2014
Exhibition Dates: 28 March – 25 May 2014
Image by Polly Borland
The Centre for Contemporary Photography is launching five new exhibitions by Polly Borland, Jack Mannix, Tony Garifalakis, Cyprien Gaillard and Laura Hindmarsh. The Perimeter/CCP bookstore will also be opened and will be a trove of published matter featuring local and international photography, small press and art publications from some of the world’s leading independent publishing houses and imprints.
Image by Jack Mannix
Visit the CCP website for more details.
Final year part time students enjoyed hearing from six fantastic photographers last night as part of the mentor program.
Our industry guests shared their diverse experiences as professional photographers, provided insights into the mentor process and reflected on their own mentors and how those professional relationships assisted in developing their work, opportunities and personal practice.
Thank you Craig Moodie, Samantha Everton, Ian van der Wolde, Meredith O’Shea, Natascha Stellmach and Scott McNaughton for sharing your insights with our students.