CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Art and About Sydney

Sydney sure does know how to put on an event and at the moment it's all about Art & About Sydney; "a collaborative arts festival where every street, lane-way, building site, intersection and thoroughfare is a canvas for creation and storytelling." Dani, our studio manager went on Wednesday night and thought it was amazing! She also went onto the Art After Hours party at the Art Gallery and described it as, "art on steroids".  There were 100's of people swarming the exhibitions and you had to be very patient in order to get your chance to see everything.

Art & About is on for the whole month so make sure you get down there and check it out. Apparently there are vintage buses touring the exhibitions for those who don't fancy walking it and lots of live music. Sounds like lots of fun!

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 You gotta love art school! The challenge of the art world vs. the commercial world. I find I have to keep re-adjusting my expression.

As part of my Masters of Art at COFA I have been working on a series of digital images with a narrative addressing contemporary life, telling a story through a single image.

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I wanted to create a body of work that spoke to the internal dialogues we all have.  As part of our humanity we all go somewhere internally that we only selectively show to the world. This is often in contrast to the persona we show and the ubiquitous images we send out to the world as captured by photographs of ourselves.

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Photography has a long history of ‘depicting the truth’ and if not, being used to frame or lead the viewer to a desired interpretation. In more recent times digital imaging has furthered this ability of photography to craft it’s own ‘truth’ or subvert the real.

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Beam in thine own eye

The Orchard team are back from this years AIPP Event in Hobart and feeling very inspired. It was the perfect combination of motivating seminars, exciting workshops and fabulous parties. Our minds and tummies were equally bursting at the seams by the time we left. At the Kayell dinner on our final night in Hobart, all the photographers were given the challenge of conjuring up the most creative photo using the new Ice light. Suddenly people were lying under tables, sliding down staircases, it was very funny to watch.

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Deciding to take it up a notch, the Orchard team said no to coffee and quickly exited the dinner party in search of Rjoyi Ikeda's Spectra, an outdoor installation for the Mona Gallery's Dark Mofo exhibition.

From a distance the Spectra looked like a single light beam shining into the sky, surprisingly up close it was 49 military grade search lights arranged in a perfect grid creating a 15km tower of light into the sky, piercing through the layers of clouds, continuing up to the heavens. Amazing. To add to the sensory experience our movements created sound waves so intense it felt like we were cocooned in a humming vortex, with the rain looking like snow falling down on us. It was a beautiful outer-worldly, almost religious experience. 'Beam me up, Scotty!'

What do you think of our efforts at being poster kids below? Expecting the phones to go OFF from hollywood agents now...

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