Morgan Roberts speaks with Speaks with Sam Attwood and Chloe Brescia of Raquet Film in Newfarm about everything from A to Tri-X ...
We at WECC have been great fans of everything Racquet Films do, and getting a Public Darkroom off the ground is something we are going to cheer and yell about. With a few more "secrets" in the works, this is just the start of what we hope is a great ANALOG revival for all Brisbane Film Fans. We call all to arms and encourage all FILM shooters to help get this well-needed service off the ground ....workshop anyone.
Racquet Film began as a comission-free agency to help photographers make more money without paying fees. We've since expanded rapidly, with the opening of our full service lab (C41, B&W, E6 in 135, 120 and 220 formats, all done in-house). The demand for a public darkroom has become apparent, and the building directly next door of Racquet Film's lab and gallery is currently on hold. Racquet Film are willing to match the amount donated to cover the $18,000 bill to rent the space, and are taking donations to build a pro-grade darkroom that the entire Brisbane community can use. We'd be so greatful for any donation, big or small, whether it be money or darkroom equipment. Having spent four months in the shop, we've witnessed first hand the growth of film in Brisbane, and we want to continue to nurture this advancement, and think the expansion of services for the Racquet community is an amazing way to do this.
100% of the funds will go toward darkroom equipment, associated bills and the other expenses it takes to make a professional darkroom worthy of public use. As previously mentioned, any donations would be greatly appreciated, and we are truly passionate about advancing film photography in Brisbane (the old school way).
Thanks in advance for your support, and feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
But now that I've been shooting for myself so completely over the last year or two, I finally said "No". This is it. I only want to make photographs for myself. In the end I still make portraits all the time, make plenty of landscapes, take photos of a band on the odd occasion, but it's entirely opportunistic with no pressures to "deliver". It's me with my one little camera and 35mm perspective, all the time.
And as I keep discovering every few months, my bodies of work such as street photography, landscapes and portraits are building themselves. It feels great to have spent the last couple of years and see a cohesive bundle of good and great photographs that I can draw on in the future for projects such as photo books. Just recently I created a 20 page photo book of landscapes and nature related photographs for my father's birthday, drawing on the last few years of sunrise hikes and mountain climbs.
Last week, Hannah from the club headed to Brisbane's GoMA to have a look at some of Cindy's Sherman's work currently exhibiting in the Fairfax Gallery. Here's what she had to say...
For the formal grumblings and summary of exhibition scroll to the bottom. For candid opinion, keep reading.
From the perspective of an art student the exhibition was great, Sherman translates her intended message really well to the viewer and does an ace job of manufacturing characters and communicating their stories, not unlike a painter might. GoMA's curating team also deserves a round of applause for their selection of an exhibition that's both starkly relevant 'right now' yet can be understood and enjoyed by Brisbane's (let's face it slightly culturally-naive) general public.
However, for those of you who are used to viewing more traditional forms of portraiture or social doc, Sherman's series may fall short. For me, good photography is the capturing of a real moment, expression or emotion and the photographer's skill is in not only their technical ability with their camera but more-so their ability to frame the moment to give the viewer all the necessary information in a single frame. So although photography is Sherman's main medium, for me this exhibition was definitely a visual art piece. So if you love Sherman then by all means you will love this exhibition, it definitely includes some of her best work. However, for those not familiar- this is not a photography exhibition, it's an instillation of an artist who uses photography to communicate a prefabricated idea.
Now for those grumblings...
GoMA's exhibition of Cindy Sherman focuses on Sherman's work from 2000 onward where she returns as the subject of her photographs. Throughout you observe Sherman's transition from film to digital image and the use of software to add, subtract and manipulate the image to achieve a desired narration, reflecting the artist's perspective on the synthetic nature of our image-driven society and false concept of identity. Stepping into the gallery space you enter a room filled with the portraits of women. As your eyes scan the frames you make vague deductions about the lives of the subjects- American, vain, Christian. It's not unlike social media really- How we do love to judge or more to the point- how we fear our own judgement. 'Head shots' opens the exhibition, the faces of aspiring actresses and models gleaming and glaring at the viewer from all walls, appealing to every stereotype of a middle-aged, middle-class woman.
'Society Portraits 2008' have a slightly different story to tell, whilst the representation of more mature women in our extreme youth-driven culture can become a controversial topic, this series shows the characters of older women, matrons and trophy-wives standing adorned in pearls and lush fabrics in the settings of their mansions; possessions supporting their place in higher society. Yet the hollowness of the characters is profound. The 'Society Portraits' were captured prior to 2008's Global Financial Crisis, however in light of this event the images take on different tone, accentuating the excess of such a lifestyle. Excess is a theme that continues into Sherman's new works of 2016, where early Hollywood acts as muse. The sequinned and feathered subject's full lives are evident in their clothing whilst the hard times that follows from 1920's depression resonated through background and the figure's expressions.
Finally the over-shadowing murals of the exhibition centers the space and creates a link or bulb from which each room pivots off. The larger than life figures gaze at you from their pedestals as you attempt to interpret their dress and mood. They were the last thing I viewed before making my way to the exit and their placement really grounds the exhibition, aligning Sherman's works so that on exiting the gallery you feel satisfied with it's intent.
In my view, street photography primarily has one of two purposes, to document or to make art, even though these may both be present in some quantity. Artistic street photography associates less with the who, the where and the when, emphasising the composition such as lines, subject placement and colours. Documentary street photography associates more with those aforementioned human elements.
Sylvie Joy is having her first solo exhibition Awake in the Floating World at Substation Gallery & Studio, 150 Enogerra Terace Brisbane.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of Access Arts, who have funded a mentorship with the wonderful Louis Lim, as well as contributing financially to the costs involved with putting on such an event. Thank you Access Arts, and thank you Louis! :)
It will also be a fund-raiser for 2 local community support ventures, for which I have great respect - Orange Sky Laundry and the Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy Food Program (run by the Sovereign Grannies from Jagera Hall, South Brisbane). Both do beautiful, important work, which I hope more people will recognise and support.
Substation Gallery is a community art space located in the historical substation building in Paddington, Brisbane and is affiliated with Hands on Art
See the personal and the political explored by award-winning photojournalists from around the world.
The 58th annual World Press Photo exhibition profiles the globe’s top press photographers and showcases the world’s best press photos in categories ranging from news to nature and portraiture photography.
This year 5,692 photographers from 131 countries submitted 97,912 images across eight categories in the competition.
The prestigious World Press Photo of the Year was awarded to Mads Nissen of Scanpix/Panos Pictures. The image shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, experiencing an intimate yet dangerous moment in St. Petersburg, Russia – a place known for its firm anti-LGBTQ stance.
For LGBTQ communities in Russia, life is becoming increasingly difficult. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the world’s most compelling photographs.
You’re invited to view the exhibit at the Opening Night Celebrations on Fri 07 August at 6pm.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored by Canon.
TIMES Mon 9am–5pm Tue–Sun 9am–9pm
VENUE Brisbane Powerhouse Foyers + Turbine Studio
Hey guys, just a heads up if you wanted to attend the Cameraholics Brisbane Camera Fair, it's happening on Sunday the 7th June at the Global Learning Centre.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013 | 10:00am until 7:00pm in UTC+10
Dust off your old film gear and join the Foto Frenzy and Brisbane Camera Hire / Film Frenzy crew for a fun day shooting some film in and around the Foto Frenzy premises.
Never shot film before or don't own a film camera? Don't worry, we have you covered with a range of 35mm and medium format film cameras and lenses for you to try out on the day.
Each participant will receive one roll of colour negative film courtesy of Kodak to shoot and have processed during the day. Special offers will also be given for negative scanning and B&W Darkroom hire. Additional film will be available for purchase through Film Frenzy should it be required.
There will be a
range of shooting options provided including a number of models and a
still life setup for particpants to shoot in a variety of lighting
Although the emphasis will be placed on shooting and less on tuition, Cam Attree, Susan Gravina and Ian Poole (all very experienced film shooters) will be on hand to provide some guidance with lighting and exposing for film.
Soft beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day. There are a number of options close by for lunch or just bring your own.
Tickets - $69
Places are limited to 20 Hope to see some of you there.
TEXT&IMAGE is a great new 'West End' local street rag put out by a group of creative individuals of the same name. Founding members Grant Martin, Dane Beesley and Ben Marks have teamed up with some great local talent, and ISSUE ONE is the result. A great effort indeed, something they all should be f#$%@!& proud about
.Have a peek below and hunt your usual Street locals for your copy, congrats guys & Girls ... we at WECC give it a Thumbs Up....