Each year, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (APPA - the only professional industry body in Australia) holds awards both at the State and the National Level. I excitedly shared in my last post that I was named “NSW 2019 Illustrative Photographer of the Year”,. This past weekend, the National Awards were held. I was really pleased to win two golds and two silver distinctions. My highest scoring print (93) was for my “Entwined” artwork. This is the first in a series entitled “Bush Tapestries”, inspired by the beautiful Australian Native Flora and Fauna. It measures 40 inches by 40 inches. The quality of the work submitted at the National Level in the Illustrative Category is truly inspiring. Really wonderful to be in the company of such creative individuals.
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I am super excited to be exhibiting at Sydney’s “The Other Art Fair” next week in the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh. I will be sharing a variety of pieces, but have been working very hard on my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series. I have created these artworks by compositing images taken in the past two years in and around Sydney. All of the subjects are Native Australian Flora and Fauna. Some of the artworks have 200 layered images in them…Here I invite you to take a close look. These are available as Limited Edition Prints. The large size is 40”x40”, edition of 10. The smaller size is an Edition of 20 at 30”x30”. Do you have a favourite?
Earlier this year, for Father's Day (in the USA), I put together this little image for my parents and titled it "Love Birds". Last week, my dad took his last breath. I am forever grateful for the love, guidance and friendship and know how very fortunate I was to call him my dad. While this is very personal to share, much of who I am today is because of my parents...they encouraged me to always follow my passion and that was truly a gift. xx
SANDSTONE FORMS THE BEDROCK FOR MUCH OF THE CITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA AND IT'S VISUAL PRESENCE IN BOTH ITS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND IN ITS ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING, GIVES SYDNEY A DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITY. I HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OF THE ROCKS AND THEIR ABSTRACT NATURE, HENCE THIS SERIES OF ARTWORKS CAPTURED AND INTERPRETED BY ME, BUT CREATED BY MOTHER NATURE.
Printed onto canvas and gallery wrapped, or finished with a floating box frame, this beautiful stone creates stunning, large scale artworks. Make an appointment to see some of this work in my studio in Mona Vale.
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.
Following the success of my April workshops, I am excited to announce a new workshop, this time on a Saturday afternoon, entitled "Dare to Create" Compositing Workshop. This workshop is Limited to 8 people and is designed for those who have a basic understanding of Photoshop, but would like to learn more about turning their photographs into true pieces of Art.
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.
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...
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..
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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!
Thorn Tree and Cheetah, Limited Edition Print @pamelapauline photography
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.
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.
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.