I enjoy going to Mosman Beach to take photos, but usually face southwards towards Fremantle to views like the one here. This time, I decided to capture the coastline looking northwards to the pine trees at one of Perth's popular beaches, Cottesloe Beach.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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This installation has prominent place near the entrance to the Art Gallery of Western Australia. I have often walked past hurrying between the city centre and the car park at the Art Gallery. The work stands talls and dominant in the plaza area of the Perth Cultural Centre.
It was erected on 26 June 1998 on International United Nations Day in dedication to torture victims and survivors. The plaque beside the statue acknowledges Gerherd Marcks 1889-1981 for Der Rufer (The Caller). The installation was cast in bronze by in 1981 by Giesserie Barth in Berlin.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Talking about camels yesterday started me reminiscing on my long walk in the Simpson Desert. Why did I do it? Well that's a story for another time. Was it an experience worth remembering? Absolutely!
Over my two weeks walking, I became "attached" to one camel in particular Istan, short for Istanbul, but the 'bul' part was no longer hence the name change. Us "cobbers" loaded up the camels each morning. At least Istan did not bite, kick or spit green slime over me and I was relatively "happy", if you could call it that, to dig under his belly and pull the ropes for the pack through. I guess you could almost say that we became friends - well friends of sorts if a knock or two on the head is evidence of affection. The obstinancy of camels is well known. Gary Zeck's artwork reminded me not only of my own colourful desert experiences, but the tenacity and sheer determination, grit and courage of settlers who took on the isloation, flies and the harshness of outback life to explore this vast and amazing country.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Gary Zeck's new works at Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park tell of the amazing story of early settler life in Balladonia in remote Western Australia. The catalogue for his works gives the following background.
The year is 1874, construction is about to commence on the telegraph station at Israelite Bay on the western end of the Great Australian Bight to link the east and west coasts. What drives a mother with her son and daughter to go to one of the least known and remote parts of Australia at a time when there were only horse tracks and less than a handful of settlers.....(these are) stories of unbelievable determination, courage and endurance. But what made then do it?
Gary's paintings and large ceramics explore that very question. Gary's research included travelling to Balladonia to explore the essence of the country. Images of camels, history and the isolation and harshness of settler life are captured in his work.
As last year I spent two weeks walking 200 kms through the Simpson Desert with camels encountering all the challenges that come from relying on camels for support, the exhibition was fascinating for both the artwork as well as the recollections of my own remote outback experiences. Gary is pictured here with his work Samarkand Dreaming.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I am fascinated with the comings and goings of Fremantle Harbour and tonight was no exception. This time though there was not a soul in sight. It was not the hustle and bustle of a busy port but the reflections of light shimmering across the harbour, the quietness of a misty night and the wind sweeping across the waters. Like the calm before the storm.
I really do enjoy the scene at Fremantle ports. I was at Port Beach, where this photo was taken, absorbed in the atmosphere and taking in the view of the juxtaposition of sea, beaches, surfers, large fuel tanks, cargo, cranes, railway, shipping and big haulage trucks thundering past. Add to that a history laden past since the port was established in 1829 and it makes for a fascinating place to visit.
Monday, August 22, 2011
After a wonderful stay in Sydney, it was time to return to Perth. Over the weekend, I went to the UWA Extension course about blogging by Amanda Kendle. The course was held at Christ Church Grammar School near the Swan River in Claremont. Lunch was at the Bethesda Hospital cafe which is open to the public. The river views are superb.
Of course, my camera came along with me and after the course finished I went down to the river to explore. Although I have driven past many times, this is the first time I have stopped to take a closer look. The weather was warm and as evening was approaching, people were starting to gather on the jetty for their night's fishing. Another wonderful spot in Perth discovered.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
For me, no visit to Sydney is complete without a walk through the Botanical Gardens usually on the way from my hotel in Surry Hills to Circular Quay. In this case, I was going in the reverse direction from the Quay to the Art Gallery of New South Wales when I took a pathway less followed and came across this installation paying respect to the ancestors of this land. The day had been wet and as the ground was wonderfully muddy, the sculpture was protected by a rope from passers-by who, being inquisitive, may get too close to the work. This is a glimpse of what is a large installation in the land.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
In June this year, I posted a photo of this tree. It was mid winter then and a chilly morning with the sun reaching across a barren Perry Lakes Reserve. The image of the tree has stayed with me and I have since written a short poem to be included in a small book I am putting together. In commenting, Julie - Sydney Eye - suggested revisting the tree as Steffe does from time in time in Photos from Haninge. So here it is. The first photo of this tree, Ode to Winter is here.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
As poet Kevin Gillam said, we launch many things: boats, rockets, new ideas, schemes, careers and of course books.
Kevin launched fellow poet Mags Webster's The Weather of Tongues at Gallows Gallery in Glyde Street Mosman Park.
Mags is pictured here with paintings by Diana Watson in the background. Mags' book is available in Perth from independent book sellers.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Over the weekend, the weather was wonderfully mild and I spent time looking around Fremantle, ending up at the Welcome Walls at the Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay. 400 panels make up the Welcome Walls that pay tribute to the contributions made to the state by migrants who arrived by sea.