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Landscape Photography and the Art of Listening

On October 28th, I did a Pecha Kucha talk here in Broome, and I just thought I’d share it here on RB for those who may have come to see it were they not so far away :) :) :) The format of Pecha Kucha is 20 slides / 20secs per slide = 6min40secs. Short and sweet!

A huge “thank you!!!” to everyone who came, to Allison Stout who organised the event, to Graeme for recording the presentations and to Gary for being the photographer on the night!

Although the timing got mucked up a bit in the online version, you can click here to listen to me reading my ‘poem’ and view the actual presentation

Landscape Photography and the Art of Listening.

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My name is Mieke Boynton, and I’m a Landscape Photographer.


The land is never silent.
Never empty.
It is alive and it speaks…

Thank you for 5 years of bubbling!

I noticed today that it’s my RedBubble five year anniversary this month!

For five years RedBubble has provided a place for me to:
- share my photography on a free and dynamic platform with you wonderful people, and with the rest of the world
- be part of an incredibly talented artistic community
- be constantly inspired by astounding Visual Art of all genres and media
- meet other Bubblers from all over the World: in Tassie for Fagus Week , in Melbourne for our photo walks , and when Bubblers have come to the Kimberley and sent me a Bubblemail so that we can do a shoot together. It has been such a pleasure to meet so many amazing artists!
- make life-long friends :) :) :)
- sell more than 850 photographic items online, and purchase my own work to sell at my weekend market stall

Yes, we a…

IPW Indonesia - The Final Day - Bayan Village (West Lombok) and Sendang Gile Senaru Waterfall (North Lombok)

As you know, International Photography Week Indonesia was held from June 6th – 17th 2014 in Indonesia. Though it was only ten days of photography, it has taken me sixteen weeks to complete my photos and journals for this amazing trip. The sheer magnitude of events was stunning, and the organisation that was behind it simply boggles the mind. Here, finally, is my last journal!

On the final day of IPWI 2014, we travelled to West Lombok.

Bayan Village

Everyone was so welcoming and happy at Bayan Village! You could really feel the community spirit there. Almost everyone was in their traditional costumes – and the fabric was absolutely beautiful. They’d clearly prepared well in advance for our arrival.

When we first arrived, I don’t think any of us really understood jus…

IPW Indonesia - Day 9 - Sade Village, Kuta Beach and Batu Payung (Lombok Island)

Our first destination on Day 9 of International Photography Week Indonesia 2014 was Sade Village – a traditional Sasak Village – near Mataram.

Sade Village

Sade village is a very traditional village, with many homes having earthen/dung floors, woven bamboo walls and thatched straw roofs. We were fortunate to be met by an enthusiastic guide (with a microphone!) who spoke English quite well. He explained many elements of traditional Sasak life to us before we went into the village.

To be perfectly honest though, after nine days of very little sleep, and so many cultural experiences, I don’t remember a lot of what he told us. I’ve had to fill in the gaps by doing a bit of internet research. Thank you Google!

Despite forgetting most of the commentary, the welcome we re…

IPW Indonesia - an EPIC Day 8 on Lombok Island

Sunrise at Senggigi Beach, Lombok Island was a colourless gradual lightening of the sky. Not great for a landscape photographer. And even worse for a landscape photographer who’d stayed up all night putting together a presentation of her work to present to a group the following evening.

Okay, so I’ll stop with the third-person descriptions now :) Basically, I should have stayed in bed for sunrise on Day 8, because I was absolutely exhausted. But we’d hardly had any opportunities for landscape photography (apart from middle-of-the-day, full-sun, boring-light photos which don’t count) so I didn’t want to risk missing one of the few sunrises I had to work with.

Anyway, this was my best shot of the morning. Not exactly worth writing home about!!


That’s a co…

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IPW Indonesia - Day 7 - Love Hill (Labuan Bajo) - Sukarara Village and Senggigi Beach (Lombok)

By this stage of my adventure, it was clear that Landscape Photographers were outnumbered. Actually, that’s an understatement. Of the entire group of 46 people (counting the invited photography delegates, the organisers and the photographers’ guests who were mostly also photographers), there were only three of us who identified ourselves specifically as Landscape Photographers. The first was our fearless and carefree tour leader Rizal Amir, the second was the friendly seascape-fanatic Wesley Law and the third was yours truly.

On the evening of Day 6, Rizal and Wesley had a chat to some local photographers while we were staying at the hotel in Labuan Bajo, and these generous locals offered them a ride to one of their favourite places for a dawn shoot.

Being the gentlemen that t…

Happy Dancing!!

I’m on my lunchbreak, so I’ll need to make this very brief, but I just wanted to share a little bit of excitement with you!!

Back in 2009, while I was a member of the Melbourne Camera Club, I was encouraged by a lovely lady (Maggie Smith) to enter some of my photos in an International Exhibition called “The Al Thani Award”. My photos were all accepted, and I caught the “exhibition bug”!

Since then, I’ve joined the APS (Australian Photographic Society) and a fantastic group called AIGE (the Australian International Group of Exhibitors) and have been entering my work in various International Salons and Exhibitions, which has enabled me to gain honours in the APS and in FIAP – the International Federation of Photographic Art, or Fédération Inte

IPW Indonesia - Day 6 - Pede Beach, Komodo Island, Komodo Village and Rinca Island

You may recall that I spent Day 5 of International Photography Week Indonesia with the wonderful people of Melo Village. I know that I will remember their warm and unreserved welcome forever. The generosity of strangers is something that never ceases to amaze me…

So. It’s been a while, but now we’re up to Day 6.

Pede Beach, Labuan Bajo

I know I wasn’t the only one who was thrilled to find that the La Prima Hotel at Labuan Bajo had all the amenities a Western traveller has come to expect of a hotel. Bottled water, crisp clean sheets, showers with hot water, and a flushing toilet AND toilet paper(!)… and I must admit that I was a little bit relieved to find that I had been given my own room aswell. I’d enjoyed the company of my Canadian room-mate in Buton…

IPW Indonesia - Day 5 - Melo Village on the island of Labuan Bajo

When last I wrote, I was sadly farewelling my new-found friends from Buton, and packing my bags for an early morning departure.

The morning of Day 5 consisted of a series of island-hopping flights… and I must sincerely thank the wonderful Mister John (John Richard Law, of England) who swapped tickets with me all day so that I could have the window seat on each flight! He’d suffered an unfortunate set-back in Buton which left him sans DSLR and when he found out how much I wanted to see the landscape from the air, he promptly switched tickets with me. We were both a bit concerned the first time we went through security (I don’t look much like a Richard), but it’s not like airport security here: If you have a ticket, you’re good to go!!

Despite being desparately…