Adelaide Botanic Gardens

The Flaneurists spent another wonderful day photographing the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, East End and Art Gallery (which now allows photography of art works), including the recently completed wetlands north of the National Wine Centre. Every time we go there it is completely different, different foliage, new species, different flowerings, different artworks (a “neolithic” style seems to be taking hold!), and above all: different light.
Today’s sunny weather and brilliant light allowed us to go beserk with macro lenses, and some incredible images are on the way…..including an innovative reprise of the well viewed and featured The Art Critic

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All!

I’m not a religious person, but I do believe in Christian ethics, the basic philosophy of which is shared by Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. The idea that we are all one, and should treat each other as we would want to be treated in return: to be loved and respected.

As the spirit of christmas approaches, quiet and stillness descends and sits around us.
It is then time to reflect. If you are reading this you are alive. Many people are not, the victims of those who have forgotten the basic idea above, and replaced it with aggression and greed. We must be ever vigilant- to identify these egoists, and not to follow their path, no matter how popular, glamourous, and righteous they seem. Its simple- look into their eyes and ask yourself: is their message about unity …

...The End is Nigh!

The Mayan Calendar heralds the end of the World this week, in fact on Friday. It ends earlier in Australia than the USA because we’ve been far badder than the Americans.
If the world ends on friday, I’d like to say that I’ve really enjoyed being a Red Bubbler and meeting so many wonderful photographers across the globe, It’s been a HOOT!!!!
NASA says the world won’t end, so perhaps I’m wasting my breath.
Others say it’s just the end of an old order.
OMG…I’ve forgot to order the ham….I’m doomed.

Lobethal Settlers Cottage Demolished.

Sadly, I wish to advise that the Lobethal Settler’s Cottage (Lobethal, Adelaide hills), featured in so many Red Bubbler photos, including my own photo: Renovator’s Delight: Lobethal , has been demolished. Not just demolished, but carelessly obliterated from history.
The site is now just a field of grass, a barely discernable patch of slightly ruffled soil.
It is a very sad day.
I feel like taking to their cream brick shit boxes with a D900…..

Atget Exhibition

Well, after saying I was not going to fly to Sydney to see it, I did just that, and have just got back. Superb, but one has to put these photos into historical perspective to understand their value. Yes they are great compositions, but this is a bonus. Their beauty lies in the the idea, at the time (1890’s) that a photographer should chronical everyday life and urbanity, by going out into the city and wandering, by shooting whatever comes to hand, opportunistically (despite the weight of the gear). The photographs are therefore, from the point of view of people in the 21st century, a view into the past, a rare “perve” on another time. Many are also beautiful art objects, my favourites being the street scene with the cart in the foreground right and domed church down the …

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