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Judging the Myrtle Street 2011 Pinhole Photography Competition

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Over the last few days we’ve been involved in the judging of a new and unique photography award – The Myrtle Street 2011 Pinhole Photography Competition. Initiated and organised by artist and gallerist Jay Dee Dearness of Myrtle Street Studio this is a new and exciting opportunity for pinhole photographers to present their best works.

Our comments on the judging were:

‘It was a great pleasure to judge this competition for Jay Dee and the Myrtle Street Gallery. We enjoyed the variety and quality of the images presented.
We approached the judging of this work from the point of view that, as there are endless devices, methods and materials for the capture and production of pinhole photographs the image had to utilize the qualities of the pinhole in support of a visual concept. These image qualities include; long exposure subject movement, maximum depth of field and a softness of image that evokes mystery and an appearance like a memory. These elements are characteristic of lensless photography and form the basic ‘language’ of the pinhole image.
The image, for the pinhole photographer in the landscape, encapsulates the experience and the ‘feeling’ of ‘being there’ during the extended time of exposure. For other pinholers the image evokes a kind of romantic softness and sometimes a mystical immanance within rather than precise detail of the subject’s features. With this in mind we chose the images that satisfied these criteria, although all of the images entered have many of these qualities.’
The winners can be viewed at  http://www.myrtlestreetstudio.com/blog. An exhibition will open from Saturday 9th of April.  You can also vote for a People’s Choice Award.

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April 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

TWINSCAPES Opening – March 12, 2011

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Japanese pinhole photographer Hideharu Matsuhisa presents the exhibition The TwinScapes @ the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery  – March 9 ~ April 10.

PHOTOS: Mark Schoeman

Hide has been a regular visitor to Australia for many years – staying with Brisbane photographic identity Ian Poole. For 7 years Hide has been working with pinhole film cameras in Japan, the US and Australia. The Caloundra gallery exhibition is a selection of his color pinhole images made over this period.

As pinhole photographers and friends to Hide we supported his exhibition by providing pinhole cameras and other resources. We were invited by Hide to include two camera obscura images to be included as visiting artists in his show. On the morning of Saturday 12th we presented a lecture on pinhole photography to around 40 participants. After lunch John Waldron, (Cultural Heritage & Collections Manager, Creative Communities, Sunshine Coast Council) presented a commentary on Hide’s approach to pinhole photography (SEE http://lucidamagazine.com/?p=414).  We officially opened the exhibition.

The TwinScapes exhibition features color pinhole imagery that has the profound feeling of a memory – in encountering the works the viewer may have a sense of looking at the image of a past experience. Hide’s feeling for the sweeping expanse of the Australian landscape is complimented by the tight compositions of urban Japanese buildings.

Thanks Hide for sharing your “light” with us.

'Trees in fog' by Hideharu Matsuhisa

GIRRAWEEN National Park Weekend, March 25, 26 & 27

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Back on granite @ Girraween

I wonder if our shadows are still there

when we return I will check the rock and let you know.

Vicky under the picnic tree

Doug taking a break

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April 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Toowoomba Floods – January 11, 2011

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January 11, 2011 FLOODS IN TOOWOOMBA.

I went home for lunch on the 11th and, after checking the Bureau of Meteorology – and noticing a big red/orange blob heading toward Toowoomba, Vicky and I waited for a storm. That’s not unusual – we’ve seen plenty over the years. But this one seem ominous.

The rain became heavy, and the heavier again. Water began to flow from the tank overflow and follow its familiar path into the back yard. But then the water level in the back yard began to rise up towards the house and studio. And it rose more and more – torrential rain thundering on the roof.

Water run off from the road in front of the house began to make its way through our drive-way and through the space between the house and studio. The backed-up water in the back yard continued to rise – flooding the underside of the house and creeping up to just below the top step into the house and studio. It held that height for twenty minutes or so. I grabbed the camera.

View from the top step of our studio

Eventually the rain eased and we checked the aftermath. Backyard flooded, under the house flooded – huge volumes of water running down the street. We investigated – just a minute or two from our home a torrent of brown turgid water was crashing through the once peachful parkland at the end of our street.

Our back yard

Neighbors were out on the street as well – watching, wondering about the awesome scene before us. Later we were to learn of a child and mother had been swept to thiei death from their flooded car a block away upstream.


Flood waters at the bottom of our street

The rest is a history that we all know from the media . . .  Somethings were never to be the same again!

Cheers  –  Doug


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April 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

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April 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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