Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2015

30,000+ people braced an icy mid winter day to take part in the 22nd Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival, I was one of those crazy people.

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McKenzie’s Beach Dreaming @ Grace Gala

‘McKenzie’s Beach Dreaming’ fetches $1000 at Grace Gala Auction for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

This years Grace Gala raised approx $750,000 for the Children’s Hospital. A big thank you from me to Lynn Warren Smith, Claire Galea and Angela Trieste @ Vanilla Bean Events for bringing me on-board for this worthy cause. A big thanks also to the guys at Hope Tree Framing at Wentworth Falls who did such a fantastic job with the framing of the work.

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IPPAWARDS 2015

A big congratulations to Michal Koralewski, David Craik and Yvonne Lu for picking up the top spots in this years iPhone Photography Awards ( IPPAWARDS ). Fellow Australian and Sydney-sider Nicky Ryan picked up third place in the ‘Seasons’ category along with a number of honorable mentions. I was fortunate enough to be selected for 3 Honorable Mentions in ‘Still Life‘, ‘Portrait‘ and ‘Others‘. see below

Ups and downs of agency life told through miniature people.

Here’s an interesting take on the work of photographer Slinkachu

“Derrick Lin is a senior strategist at advertising agency Resource/Ammirati in Columbus, Ohio. As anyone who works in advertising, his workday is always stressful and chaotic with ridiculous situations thrown at him from both the clients and his coworkers. Seeing there is no socially acceptable way to complain about work, he started to create imaginary scenes of his agency life work scenarios with the use of his iPhone and desk lamp, taking photographs which he then shares via social media.” @ Creative Boom

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The Impulse to Draw @ Adobe Slate

Having been involved in the beta of Adobe Luca, it was a no brainer that when Adobe released ‘Slate’ on the App Store that I should dive into this with renewed enthusiasm. ‘Slate’ is a significant improvement on the beta and in hindsight I found that my earlier publications needed revisiting and that’s still ahead.

The latest iteration of SLATE brings ‘Glideshow’, a new feature that facilitates image dissolves with text gliding over the top. Kinda nice. Haven’t used it yet but here is something of a recent offering. Life at art school and beyond.

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A sour taste at Gallery Lane Leura.

Stopped off at Leura on the way home Friday 8th May. Originally off to Lilli’s Pad so parked opposite but decided to walk up further and check out some artworks at Gallery Lane, off Railway Pde, Leura. We entered via the back gate with a sign ‘Gallery” on it and in wandered up past the outside of the gallery. My partner wanted to go straight in to view the works but on first inspection from the outside things didn’t look too exciting (for me at least) and since we were near Leura Garage I said “lets have a look on the way back after we grab something to eat”. Well that’s just exactly what we did and as we walked down to the gallery at around 3pm we noticed two elderly people (a man and a woman) sitting outside to the right of the closed gallery doors. “Is the gallery closed” my partner asked as we slowed to wait for a response. There was no reply, so we continued on. “Excuse me”, suddenly an abrupt and acerbic voice cut the air. “You can’t go through there, this is not a public thoroughfare, this is a private garden. I remember you, I saw you two walk through earlier. You can only come through here if you are visiting the gallery or going to the chiropractor.” There must have been a momentarily perplexed expression on my face. Where were the signs saying “No public access” “No thoroughfare” “Access only for gallery patrons” “No access beyond this point” From the laneway, none, just a sign on the open gate saying “Gallery” and certainly nothing at the front entrance to the drive from Railway Pde, or anything to indicate a denial of access or passage. In a moment that person (who I assumed to be the gallery owner) had cost the gallery any chance of future patronage on both our parts and any chance of recommendation to friends or other interested parties. I couldn’t even be bothered to explain that, that, was what we had come for; to see the gallery. Rude is not my food. We could have returned the response and kept walking the extra 7 meters, however, we just turned and walked back out the drive and around the block to where we were parked and; lamenting our decision, headed home.