Journal

When I was 5

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
― John Lennon

This marks the 5th anniversary of my years on RB. Alas things have changed here a lot quieter in some respects and a lot louder and strident in a minority of others – but overall the quietness is prevalent and saddening – quietness also means not a lot of happiness is to be found.

I don’t make a great fanfare of my art – no “I’ve been featured journals” or 100 of groups submitted to. I measure my success by the acceptance of my art by my trusted friends – fr…

Instagram for Android

Good news for a lot of the “other people” there in smart phone world – the photography app Instagram is now available for phones running the Android operating system. Previously this funky (and I promise not to use that word too much) app was the preserve of turtle neck latte sipping Apple iPhone types – a lot of them since it had around 30 million registered users.

I downloaded it and gave it a quick try today on my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. Why I’m mentioning the model of my phone is that the wide variety of Android phones and tablets in the ecosystem means results with Instagram vary a bit from model to model.

In my case the app installed without any problems and gave me an interface very similar to the Apple iOS experience. The only noticeable difference being that when it…

It’s not wrong – just different

In the early 1980’s the world was introduced to the video recorder and pretty soon some parties saw that there may be problems regarding copyright. Two of these companies were Sony and Universal studios – pretty soon the future of the VCR hinged upon the ability to use a video recorder to legally copy a whole television show and play it back later on.Sony, maker of VCRs, won the case when it was heard in the American Supreme court. The court ruled that it such recording was allowed under the “fair use” provision of copyright law.

The new found legal protection that was conferred to the video recorder allowed the mass adoption of VCR’s in every household and enabled the subsequent boom of video rental and video purchasing that is such an additional revenue stream even today with the advent…

Slow Motion

Sometimes when we get a little flat in photography we have good friends that recommend going back to film. Film slows us down and makes us think about each shot – no 100’s of digitally disposable attempts. I think there could also be another way of approaching the usefulness of speed in getting photographic results…

In recent times I have been the victim of a very un-Germanic failure in my German automobile. According to the great google my workplace is 8500 meters away (I think it sounds better than 8.5km) and I’ve driven it consistently over the last few years – at a speed which unwittingly kept my eyes and mind closed.

Automobile-lessness has given me the ability to walk to and from a few times this week – once with a camera. It has allowed my mind to slow down and po…

Not Your Ordinary Wallpaper...

For many a year we as photographers have customised the desktop wallpaper our computers use. Usually the stuff included with the PC or Mac has been a little average in quality.Here’s an exception…

Recently Asus, the PC manufacturer, got acclaimed photographer Don McCullin to create a series of musically themed images for their marketing initiative called In search of Incredible
. Even Better you can download the images as a theme PC for Windows 7 computers from here . Enjoy.

Two Minute Noodles and Photography

I was walking around the streets of Melbourne the other day and came across the following art…

It got me thinking.

Camera phones are a new wave of ubiquity in the photographic world. They have allowed more and more people to have access to recording their images by not having to consciously bring a camera to an event or to record a sight. The simple meal of two minute noodles have allowed us late at night to have a quick meal and not to worry given that preparation will not be much longer than two minutes advertised on the side of the packet.

The other thing that simple food has allowed us to do, is to provide an entry point to teach ourselves how to cook. Over time we cook simple things and our talents progress to more imaginative dishes that we are proud to serve to others. In the sam…

Margaret Olley

Up in the Yarra Valley there is the Tarrawarra Museum of Art – one of the finest private exhibition spaces in Australia. Right now they are showing the finalists and winners of the Archibald prize for 2011. It is only open until the end of this week (31st) so if you haven’t seen the wonderful work it may be a bit of a crush.

What is significant in the gallery is the winning work of Ben Quilty who painted the artist Margaret Olley. It is a wonderful work of broad sweeping strokes. Equally significant is that in 1948 William Dobel painted her and won the Archibald in that year. Her portrait has also been painted by the likes of Russel Drysdale and Jeffrey Smart – significant artists capturing a significant artist in her own right. As an artist she was generous and caring contributing to the…

One city, Two Exhibitions

I went to the opening of two Melbourne exhibitions last Friday displaying the work of two very talented Redbubble members…

Days of Zodiac – Jessica Andrews

Occasionally here on Redbubble you may have the visual treat of seeing a piece of Jessica Andrews work flash by on the activity feed. Over time she has concentrated in a series of images based around the zodiac. The theme may sound simple but her execution of each element is wonderful and conveys a much deeper meaning.

Central to each image in the series is a mysterious young feminine figure seemingly a part of the world but anonymous and somewhat disconnected from it. They show someone defined by their astrological symbols – but still struggling to make reason of their earthly domain on a day to day basis.

My personal favourite is Li…

When this Lousy War is Over

Perhaps time for something from Richard Attenborough’s 1968 film Oh! What a lovely War…..

When this lousy war is over,
No more soldiering for me,
When I get my civvy clothes on,
Oh, how happy I shall be!
No more church parades on Sunday,
No more putting in for leave,
I shall kiss the sergeant-major,
How I’ll miss him, how he’ll grieve!
Amen.