1. From a recent Psychogeography tour of regional Victoria

  2. William Eggleston Documentary - In The Real World

    (Source: youtube.com)

  3. Some other blogs

    uchihara-2014

    molanus

    avardwoolaver

    ericfredine

    patrickjoust

    jckingca

    david simonton

    digitalsnaps

    im a photoeditor

  4. Three litres of D25 ready to go.  #altmelb #film #darkroom #blackandwhite #120 #5x4

    Three litres of D25 ready to go. #altmelb #film #darkroom #blackandwhite #120 #5x4

  5. Contemporary revolutions in photography, from omnipresent digital picture-taking to the advent of hundred-billion image repositories have prompted some practitioners, theorists, and critics to ask whether “photography” (at least as it was once understood) “is over.” I noted that the question has arrived at an ironic time – how could photography be “over” at the exact moment in history that it has achieved an unprecedented ubiquity? The reason is actually fairly obvious – “photography,” as it has been traditionally understood in theory and practice, has undergone a transition – it has become something else, something that’s difficult to make sense of within the existing analytic framework. To me, it seems that to begin charting a course forward, we have to develop an expanded definition of what we mean when we’re talking about “photography.” With a nod to Paul Virilio,[1] I propose a simple definition that has far-reaching consequences: seeing machines.
  6. Flying Flanéur

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    Today I travelled approximately 350 kilometres.

    When I departed at around 7:30 am I had a loose game plan in mind. Travel west to the nearest large regional centre and explore its western edge. On the way I formulated a plan for my return journey. Get home without using the main freeway that had transported me there to begin with. I succeeded on both counts and also managed to gain a sensation I like that is usually only achieved when in a foreign country or an unfamiliar place.

    I have no word to describe it, misplaced does not do it justice and anxious is too strict and definitive. Needless to say, it is a state I like to achieve and it helps my creative process of seeing what is before me.

    I achieved this sense in Hong Kong recently, and was and am always surprised when I can achieve it, especially in my home state. So strange and sparse were parts of the area I was driving around it could have easily been another country. The lack of density in this part of Victoria still to this day surprises me, especially that sudden falloff at the edges of our fair city. A place I have been loitering for many years now and still only need to drive 45 minutes or so too reach.

    After a morning of meandering around the western edges of Ballarat, I headed home, and managed to circumvent the freeway completely.

    The pictures I made were all taken on film, bar a handful of phone camera images I used to geo-locate some of the strange places I went, and may need to return to. To either remake the pictures or explore any ideas that stemmed from todays travels. I even exposed two sheets of 5”x 4” film. The results could be some time off, this suits my process nowadays anyway. I doubt I will have the time to drive so aimlessly again as I did today this year.

    Driving around these areas and following  your nose is something I’d like to do more often, because of that sense of heightened awareness and the discoveries that can be found. I managed to get off the beaten track several times and only resorted to using a paper map once. Again using my smart phone to connect and locate myself forms part of the experience of driving aimlessly.

    Next step in the process, is to process and proof the films shot and examine them for future possible directions or prints to exhibit.

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    Here is a map of the locations I snapped to geo-locate myself during the day and for future reference. The red line indicates the planned return route and the blue line roughly approximates the actual return route. At one point I ventured into a state forest and risked being bogged. My humble little Subaru did quite well and I managed to photograph some spots that few may have photographed in. Watch my flickr stream for updates on that.

  7. Dashboard serendipity, 20140726

    Dashboard serendipity, 20140726

  8. Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR 2014-07-06 07:58:34 on Flickr.The early bird catches the worm.

    Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR 2014-07-06 07:58:34 on Flickr.

    The early bird catches the worm.

  9. Hong Kong street art.

  10. Although, unlike YouTube, Google have created both the platform and the content. With such a huge volume of images readily available to consume by the general public, it was only a matter of time before the project was exploited by appropriation-happy visual artists. Some searched for the most picturesque views, some for the most interesting, and some even scoured endlessly in the hope of finding the glitches. These are all common tropes that have been unpacked within Street View appropriation as of late. You find your spot, you take a screenshot and for the most part, the onus is on the artist to leave intact the little digital signifiers to show that this was a screenshot and not a photo of their own. Instead of travelling to extraordinary places to create an original work, open-source tourism is available and these artists are sampling the vast library to form a selection or narrative. And that’s all right, because the greatest marketing tool Google could ever have is to infiltrate society on a deeper, more aesthetic level. It’s already the king of information, could they have also accidentally created the first truly democratic camera?
  11. THE AWARDS
Your Skills. Your Genre. Your Move.
Together with a respected jury of photography leaders, EyeEm will honor those that challenge their craft and push the boundaries of their genre.
Our vision: To discover, support and promote a new generation of artists.
To Enter Your Work: 
Find your category and upload your image to an EyeEm album using one category tag. 
Do it again. Don’t stop submitting.

    THE AWARDS

    Your Skills. Your Genre. Your Move.

    Together with a respected jury of photography leaders, EyeEm will honor those that challenge their craft and push the boundaries of their genre.

    Our vision: To discover, support and promote a new generation of artists.

    To Enter Your Work: 

    Find your category and upload your image to an EyeEm album using one category tag. 

    Do it again. Don’t stop submitting.

  12. Software Evolution

    Finally, I have been involved long enough now with computers and photography to see my third round of great tools swallowed up either by other companies or evolutions of operating systems

    I have to confess I too have changed my approach to my work, in some areas pushing deeper into more technologically advanced platforms while dipping further back into my analogue roots.

    So while it won’t be all bad news it’s the sort of thing that is somewhat unnerving and unsettling. When apple introduces the new OS late this year, for the first time I will probably take a wait and see approach.

  13. Hong Kong 2014-07-06 13:48:01 on Flickr.
 Psychogeography tour 2014. Day 3

    Hong Kong 2014-07-06 13:48:01 on Flickr.

    Psychogeography tour 2014. Day 3

  14. Notesfromtheunderground, Documenting Space, Streetphotography, Art Is Dead at Beooklyn by s2 art on EyeEm
  15. Photographers Who Aren’t Writers, Take Heart

    davidsimonton:

    "I remember once working through more than a hundred drafts of a four-paragraph statement for [an exhibition] catalog, all to find something that would just keep out of the way of the pictures."

    Robert Adams (“Writing,” from Why People Photograph)

    word!