Wild Brumbies Free to Roam but at What Cost?

The controversial plan to cull 90% of Australia's Wild Brumby population in the Snowy Mountains has been abandoned to the relief of many.  Conservationists and scientists, however, suggest that these Brumbies are endangering more than 20 plant species and numerous animal species.  Hopefully there will be a concerted effort to relocate the Brumbies from particularly environmentally sensitive areas.  

Despite one's views on the emotive topic, there is no doubt they are beautiful to watch in the wild, and I have been lucky to capture them on camera while snowshoeing in the backcountry.

 Brumbies in the Snowy Mountains @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Brumbies in the Snowy Mountains @ Pamela Pauline Photography

 Against the Wind @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Against the Wind @ Pamela Pauline Photography

 Freedom @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Freedom @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Support for WildAid

Elephants are highly social animals with very strong social bonds. Females and their calves spend most of their time with their family groups, traveling, resting and feeding. The Matriarchs lead these family groups. Sadly, these older elephants are also the primary target for poachers due to their larger tusks. Research has shown that after a Matriarch dies, daughter elephants take up their mothers’ position in networks, making pachyderm networks resilient to the effects of poaching. 

To help in raising awareness and funds for the protection of endangered animals, I am honoured and thrilled to be supporting the phenomenal organisation, WildAid, by donating this Limited Edition Print (1/10) to their Major Gala Fundraiser to be held in Beverley Hills, USA, later this year. If you are interested in learning more about Wildaid's work, check out their webpage www.wildaid.org.


 "Matriarch" @ Pamela Pauline, Limited Edition of 10 @ 40"x40"

"Matriarch" @ Pamela Pauline, Limited Edition of 10 @ 40"x40"

Arcadia Pittwater Private Hospital - the Next Generation in Healthcare

Pittwater residents are fortunate with the opening of the New Arcadia Pittwater Private Hospital on Daydream Avenue in Warriewood. The facility is a non-surgical rehabilitation hospital with five-star facilities.   I am absolutely honoured to have supplied all of the photographic artworks for the hospital. 

The term "Arcadia" (as in Arcadia Healthcare) refers to its origins as "a vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature".  As such, the Artworks selected for this healthcare facility are congruent with this vision, offering patients a sense of connectivity to nature, facilitating a reprieve from their discomfort and a sense of wellness and hope.  Some of the artworks are "conceptual" or "composites", while others simply capture the moment.  Regardless, they are all from the Pittwater region, showcasing the extraordinary beauty of the Northern Beaches.

 Hospital Lobby @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Hospital Lobby @ Pamela Pauline Photography

 Hospital Cafe @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Hospital Cafe @ Pamela Pauline Photography

Autumn Creative Photography Workshops with Pamela Pauline

I am super excited to announce my Autumn Creative Photography Workshops.  I will be offering two workshops during the month of April.  

The first will take place on Wednesday, April 11th, and is aimed at those photographers who have a solid grasp of photography, but would like to learn new techniques for editing their images.  We will enjoy a full day of fun, food and editing, and will hopefully leave the workshop with a renewed vision of how to create photographic art.

The second workshop, on Tuesday the 17th of April, is an early sunrise shoot aimed a people who love the sunrise and want to learn how to take better photographs as well as learn editing techniques.  After our shoot, we will enjoy breakfast together at my home Studio/Gallery overlooking Bungan Beach and then begin editing the images that we just captured.

Contact me to discuss any of your queries at pamelapauline5@gmail.com.  I would love to see you at one of these Autumn Creative Workshops.  Visit my link at www.pamelapauline.com/education for further information.  Limited to 12 people per workshop.


Sydney Children's Hospital Autumn Art Exhibitions

Well, Autumn is here and the Sydney Children's Hospital is celebrating by having an Art Exhibition over three levels.  I am pleased to be taking part in this exhibition as a Head On Landscape Prize winner in 2017 for my Wild Brumby in the Snowy Mountains image entitled "Freedom".  Proceeds will go to support this important Children's Hospital in Westmead.  

Opening Night is Thursday, 8 March and you are all welcome to attend.

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Is Letter Writing a Thing of the Past?

I grew up writing letters.  It was something my whole family did, and more than I even remember.  I am one of six siblings and  we were lucky to all suffer from wanderlust.  The way we justified the gypsy nature of our existence was to write home from wherever we were, to mom and dad and to our siblings.   I have boxes of letters written to me by my sister and four brothers, not to mention my parents.  They are a record of a time when we would sit, reflect and compose a letter from our heart, in an effort to provide the reader with an understanding of ourselves at that moment, knowing that the letter would take some time before it was received and read.  By writing, we felt connected, despite long distances.  It was therapeutic.  And of course, receiving a letter was joyful and not taken lightly.  I would find a favourite spot to sit and read, absorb and remember.  Not long ago, my parents moved from our family home and had to declutter.  My mom, painstakingly, went through all of the old letters that she had stored in boxes and worked out who would most appreciate receiving them.  Any letters that were written by her six children, were returned to the author.  She had letters from her own brothers that she sent to her brother's children, knowing they would enjoy reading them.  It was a very thoughtful act, and one that has stayed with me.  We now all have this amazing record of our own writing at various times in our lives...a true treasure.  

The internet and mobile phones have certainly changed the way we receive and send information.  That transfer is instantaneous and seems to come and go more freely.  There are certainly many positives.  I am in touch with friends from all over the world because of Facebook and Instagram. I can chat to my family and friends over the internet at next to no cost and it is as clear as day.  I love it.    However, despite the incredible wealth of information and instant communication now available to us at our fingertips, I still get a thrill out of receiving a letter in the postbox.

As I sit down to write my Christmas Thank You Cards, I feel grateful that this form of communication still moves me.  As a photographer, I have had some of my images transformed into Greeting Cards...they are available for purchase via my website if you are wanting to make someone's day!!  Go to Greeting Cards...


For the Love of Trees...

This week we will start the installation of our "Trees" exhibition in Balmain.  Housed in the beautiful old police lock-up, the Balmain Watch House Gallery is a great place to visit just for the history and architecture.  Hope you can drop in to see some of my work as well as two other beautiful artists, Denise Barry and Deanna Doyle.


Below are the images that I will have on display for this exhibition. 

Tiny Tawny Frogmouth

With Springtime upon us, new life abounds.   I love watching the birds in particular.  Often I walk the Warriewood wetlands on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and this week I was thrilled to spot a Tawny Frogmouth with its chick.  They were on a low branch initially but then kept getting higher up in the tree as the week went on.  The first time I spotted them, the parent had its wing around the chick...literally taken under his wing...so beautiful.  What a privilege to witness..

Fine Art Prints are available for purchase.

 Tiny Tawny by Pamela Pauline

Tiny Tawny by Pamela Pauline


ArtEdit Artist Spotlight

Nice to see this little feature this morning...

I am currently working on a series of Trees for my upcoming exhibition in Balmain in November 2017.  The exhibition will be held at the Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street, Balmain from 16 to 26 November.  The opening hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.  Hope to see you there!

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Thorn Tree and Cheetah, Limited Edition Print @pamelapauline photography

Beauty and the Beast - A Lesson in Double Exposure

Recently, I have been using the technique of in camera multiple exposures to create images that draw attention to current social and environmental issues.  “Beauty and the Beast” below double exposes the iconic sails of the Opera House at Circular Quay with the repetitive geometric, weather stained concrete structure of the Sirius Building on Cumberland Street.   A landmark example of brutalist architecture, the Sirius building was built in 1979 for public housing tenants that had been displaced during redevelopment of the Rocks.   Despite being a cultural marker in the landscape of Sydney, controversial plans could see the 79 units of the Sirius building replaced by 250 luxury units.  Clearing the way for demolition and sale, the building failed to make the “heritage listing” on the State heritage register, despite a unanimous recommendation by the Heritage Council.   The government argues that divesting the site will fund hundreds more new social housing dwellings.  The debate continues.

"Beauty and the Beast" Limited Edition Print by Pamela Pauline

So, how do you create an image like this?  Firstly, not all DSLRs or mirrorless cameras have a multiple exposure mode.  I use a Canon 5D Mark iii, which has a setting for multiple exposures. While it is easy to set the camera to the appropriate settings and then take two or more images that are combined, the difficulty is in choosing the images, framing and positioning these shots so that they blend well into one image.  

The first exposure is considered the base layer on which your second image will blend into.  In the shot above, I really wanted the Opera House to fit entirely in the bulk of the Sirius Building.  With that in mind, I tried to position the buildings when pressing the shutter in a way that would create this effect.   I kept the exposure the same for each of the images and was rewarded with the above multiple exposure.

Like with most photography, the best way to understand double or multiple exposure is to experiment.  While there are no steadfast rules, it is useful to remember that darker subjects blend more easily than light ones.  You don't want to end up with a bunch of blown out highlights.  Sometimes it is easier to shoot the darker scene first, then try a lighter scene on top.   Of course, there are exceptions.  If you are trying to create a silhouette of a person with its head or body filled with details from another exposure, shooting a dark silhouette first that has lightness around it, will allow the elements of your second exposure to fill in the void of the silhouette.  

There are many interesting kinds of multiple exposures.  I love clouds and ocean and am always trying to get the perfect double exposure in camera.  Sometimes I use a slow shutter speed to capture the ocean in motion, and then a faster one to capture the clouds.  I almost always use a tripod, and for my image below, entitled "Impending", I moved the camera ever so slightly downwards with the second image so that the end result looks like the clouds are just hovering above the water.  

"Impending" Limited Edition Print by Pamela Pauline

The 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival in China

Established in 2001, the Pingyao International Photography Festival has become one of China's most popular events each year.  Held in the old town of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the festival combines ancient culture with contemporary photography.

Australia's own Head On Photo Festival is attending the event and staging an exhibition that features Artists from New South Wales.  Two of my images have been selected to feature in the exhibition.  "Freedom" won 3rd place in the Landscape Awards at Sydney's 2017 Head On Festival, and "Under the Weather" was a Finalist in 2016.  

Held from the 19th through the 25th of September 2017, the Pingyao Festivities will also include a short film festival as well as a lacquer art show.  Looks to be a wonderful, culture infused event.  

 "Freedom" by Pamela Pauline

"Freedom" by Pamela Pauline

 "Under the Weather" by Pamela Pauline

"Under the Weather" by Pamela Pauline

Amazing Aloes

For the past couple of weeks I have been overseas visiting family and along with my five siblings, surprising my parents for their 60th wedding anniversary.  What an incredible milestone and a successful surprise!    While in California, I had the opportunity to photograph the most incredible Aloe Garden.  I spent hours admiring and photographing these stunning unique gifts of Mother Nature.  Using in-camera techniques, I have created abstract artworks that make real statements when blown up large scale.  Contact me directly for more information about availability of these pieces.

Stay Kind Initiative - Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend time with the Kelly family, and to photograph Chris Lawrence and Luke Brooks of the West Tigers and Tim Mannah of the Parramatta Eels as they donned their new "Stay Kind" Jerseys for the inaugural Stay Kind Cup.  

Ralph and Kathy's son, Thomas,  was the victim of the coward one-punch killer Kieran Loveridge in King's Cross in 2012.  In an effort to curb alcohol fuelled violence, the Kelly's established the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation following the loss of Thomas.  Tragically, their younger son, Stuart,  took his own life nearly a year ago.  As one of my own son's best friends, we feel this loss deeply but more importantly, the whole of Australia mourns for the Kelly family.  Their courage and hope for a better world is remarkable.

Aiming to bring awareness to youth suicide, the Stay Kind (SK for Stuart Kelly) initiative now forms part of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.  The initiative is about kindness and respect towards all people, fostering a supportive environment in all aspects of life and community.   It is about the opportunity to save lives.  The inaugural Stay Kind Cup will be played between the Eels and the West Tigers at the ANZ Stadium on the 23rd of July.   Donations on the day will go towards Lifeline.  The ANZ stadium holds 80,000 people.  Each year in Australia, nearly 77,000 people try to take their lives.  This initiative aims to make a difference.  

For support and information about suicide prevention, please ring Lifeline on 13 11 14.

HeadOn Photographic Festival 2017 - 3rd Place Winner

Again, the Head On Photo Festival is being held throughout the Month of May in Sydney.  The festival showcases works of Australian and International Artists in what is Australia's largest and most prestigious photography event.  Established in 2008, it has become the second largest photography festival in the world.  The Festival marks a vital place on the Australian Arts Calendar attracting highly acclaimed photographers as well as those that are newer to the scene.  Held in Sydney over three weeks, it offers free events, workshops and exhibitions as well as  talks by well-known and lesser known photographers.  

Dedicated to encouraging innovation and excellence in photography, the Head On Festival also offers the Head On Awards for Portraiture, Landscape, Mobile and Student works.  As a finalist again in 2017, I am honoured to have won Third Place in the Landscape Prize for my image of a Brumby in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.  The Landscape Prize Exhibition consists of the 40 Finalists and is held at the NSW Parliament House from Monday the 8th of May through to the end of the month.  

As part of the festival, I am also exhibiting in the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) exhibition entitled "Storylines".  I will be speaking about my work at the Paddington Town Hall on Sunday, the 12th of May at 3:20.

Finally, I am also an exhibitor in AddOn, a curated exhibition featuring anonymous small square prints..no names, no titles, lots of room for interpretation.  This is also being held at the Paddington Town Hall, Festival Hub.  

Thank you to all of those people who worked so hard to pull together the HeadOn Photographic Festival.  

 Freedom by Pamela Pauline, Winner HeadOn Landscape Prize -3rd Place

Freedom by Pamela Pauline, Winner HeadOn Landscape Prize -3rd Place

Wild Wyoming

While I haven't lived in Wyoming for 30 years, I grew up there and it holds a very special place in my heart.  With family there, I visit as often as possible. In January of this year, my husband and our three grown up children transversed the state from Laramie in the SouthEast, to Jackson in the Northwest.  The sparse landscape looks forboding and beautiful with the snow, the wind adding to the sense of isolation.  While there are many iconic images of Wyoming, most notably, those of Ansel Adams, I wanted to show it's simple everyday beauty.  This gallery aims to capture that simplicity.

"I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing"

In January of this year, I visited Avery Island, Louisiana, home of the infamous "Tabasco" sauce.  Invited by a member of the McIlhenny family and travelling with Jeannette Whitson from Garden Variety Design in  Nashville, we had the great privilege of visiting the areas of the island that are not open to the public.   The purpose of the visit was to photograph the beautiful trees but the experience was so much more.    Not only did we get to explore the extraordinary beauty of the island, but we were welcomed into the archives by the company's historian and curator.  These archives hold a treasure trove of documents, photographs and artefacts dating back 150 years.  As a beneficiary, the forethought of the early McIlhenny family to preserve all of this for future reference is remarkable.    Of course, we also braved taste testing a freshly opened barrel of Tabasco chilli mash,  ate what I consider to be the world's best Gumbo in the local canteen and were serenaded by the host (who grew up on the island) as she "called" an alligator to us while we sat watching the birds in the swamp.  And then there are the Southern Live Oak Trees...so magnificent and graceful with Spanish Moss delicately flowing from the branches.  The tenderness  with which these living legends are preserved on Avery Island was absolutely heart warming and it was an honour to capture them on camera. 

What is Photography today?

In light of a lot of discussion on social media about the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and the highly competitive Award system,  I thought I would share some of my views.

The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is  the premier membership body for professional image makers in Australia.  There are a series of steps a professional photographer is required to take in order to become accredited with the AIPP and it is relatively rigorous.  This accreditation is designed to "give the consumer confidence that your professional photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner who complies with all legal business requirements and a Code of Professional Practice".  To be part of the AIPP, one must also be committed to continuing their professional development.  More about the accreditation can be found at www.aipp.com.au.  Of course, not every professional photographer chooses to apply to the AIPP for a variety of reasons.  

Each year, the AIPP holds both State wide and National Professional Photography Awards.  The National Awards (APPA) were held a couple of weeks ago in Melbourne (end August 2016).  The National Awards are open to those photographers who have been seeded through previous Award results at the State level or have in some way proven their skill to the AIPP..   Professional photographers spend a lot of time and energy deciding which of their four best images to enter and into which category (ies).  At the National Level, there are 18 different categories that are judged.  While all of the image content must be photographic, some of these categories allow for digital manipulation, whereas others accept only minor treatment.  Having spent a good deal of this past year on work that I was entering into an International exhibition,  I decided to enter the Landscape category with four of my Exhibition images.  Winning a Gold with Distinction for my elephant "Connect" image was a huge thrill.  A Silver with Distinction and two Silvers completed my portfolio.  I was pleased with my results.  While the AIPP and the Award System may not be perfect, entering these awards has been the single biggest contributor to my professional and creative development in the past few years.  

Lisa Saad took out the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Title with her portfolio of four images  that were entered into the Advertising category.  This category allows for significant manipulation, and her final results were brilliant.  However, this announcement triggered a great deal of debate on social media and the media in general.  Spearheaded by Ken Duncan, one of Australia's most well-known (old school)  landscape photographers, the debate considered "What is the line between Photography and Illustration?"  Lisa's images were very illustrative in nature.

As a past recipient of one of Ken Duncan's generous awards, 2nd Place in the Real Australia Landscape Awards in 2015, I appreciate the concerns voiced by Ken Duncan.   At the same time,  I feel it is a mistake to assume that if a photographer chooses to hone their post production skills, then they are a lesser photographer. They are using the tools available today to better tell their story.  It is photography, even if it isn't the way everyone chooses to do it.  Photography has been evolving since its inception and will continue to evolve.  I do not believe there is one right way in photography, or in life for that matter.  Good photographers are story tellers.  They choose certain lenses to better accentuate certain elements in an image or they may add a photographic texture to enhance a dull sky.  It is still photography, it is still story telling.  It is still image creation. Doing it well is the challenge.  There is a reason that certain images stay in our minds.  

I also believe that most professional photographers who are skilled at post production (more often done on a computer than in a darkroom today) also have the ability to produce a very high standard of image straight from the camera (or nearly...there is no such thing when shooting in RAW...all data needs some sort of processing to become an image).  I love capturing amazing landscapes when the light is just right, or the sky when it is full of ominous clouds..and there are many opportunities to award these types of images...the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the Real Australia Landscape Awards, the Bureau of Meteorology competition, One Eyeland Landscape Competition, International Epson Panoramic Awards, etc).  But I would be disappointed if this was the extent of my photography, given the tools available today.  I would not want to be strictly limited to the technical knowledge and capability of a camera.  To my mind, this would be a very narrow view of the field of photography. I enjoy pushing my own creativity.  All of the images that I submitted into APPA this year required many hours of post production.  And I loved this process...something I consider an important part of my photography today.  And then again, when I see beautiful clouds looming, I grab my camera to capture the moment...