Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

national portrait gallery

Future Australian 2009,

by Robin Sellick.

I believe that this portrait should not have been in the finalist's as it seems to be a simple image, to me it looks like very little thought and effort has been put towards the image layout and structure.

I cant picture what this Man may be thinking or even felling which makes me feel as though it shouldn't have been in the gallery.

The difference between my selection of the "winner" and this image is a big difference, the "winner" seems to have alot of thought into the image and this one not to so much.

national portrait gallery

Owen Yalandja 2009,
by Stephen Oxenbury.
I believe that this portrait should have been the winner, as it has strong contrast, colours and other features.
An image does not have to have the main object centred in the middle of the frame and this portrait displays that well.
Large space is used within the image which gives the image alot more thought to it, for e.g. giving the views the thought that there is something beyond the man and his area. This image displays an aboriginal man and his culture.
I quite enjoyed viewing this portrait and believed it was creative in its own sense.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

national gallery of Australia

According to the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia: "Piccinini has an ambivalent attitude towards technology and she uses her artistic practice as a forum for discussion about how technology impacts upon life. She is keenly interested in how contemporary ideas of nature, the natural and the artificial are changing our society. Specific works have addressed concerns about biotechnology, such as gene therapy and ongoing research to map the human genome... she is also fascinated by the mechanisms of consumer culture."
Piccinini's work often anthropomorphises inanimate objects and presents them with a high degree of industrial finish, revealing the equal influence of 19th Century Surrealism and 20th Century advertising.
Piccinini works with several fabricators to produce her works.

I was very impressed with this artwork as it really drew me in. Having the idea of mechanic machines been given human qualities was a very creative approach. Patricia's work would be my favourite of the day. As i gathered information about her on the net i saw some of her other work, she is an amazing artist and is very creative.

"The Stage" 2008 which is the series we saw at the Gallery was amazing with the bicycle lights as eyes and the wheels as arms and feet. I really enjoyed viewing this artwork, and would love to view all her works.

national gallery if Australia

Fiona HALL
born 1953 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
England, Europe 1976-78
United States 1979-82

Paradisus Terrestris 1989-90
twenty-three sculptures from the series

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Sculpture, aluminium, tineach approx. 24.5 h x 11.0 w x 1.5 d cm

Purchased 1994

Accession No: NGA 94.244.A-W

The series is informed by the artist’s extensive research into botanical depictions. While the title is based on John Parkinson’s florilegium Paradisi in Sole, Paradisus Terrestris (1629), Hall was drawn to other examples, such as Robert John Thornton’s The temple of flora (1807). She was also fascinated by the history of ideas around plants, including systems of classification first devised by scholars such as Carolus Linnaeus in the eighteenth century that were based on looking at the male and female components of each plant. As Hall has explained: ‘At the time of his findings … people still believed that the Garden of Eden existed somewhere on earth. So they were shocked when he talked about plants in overtly sexual terms.’ Hall has also been interested in current findings that show there are more genetic similarities than differences between humans and the plant world.

This work caught by eye by shock and grabbed my attention once i had realise what was within the tins rather then the plants above them. The idea of linking human aspects to plants was very creative. This art work in fact was one of my favourites as it grabbed my attention and made me think about what this was all about and what the artist might have been thinking in the process of the creation.
Some people may think its crude and rude yet it is an aspect of life and as read above it is linked to the garden of Eden, just in a different aspect.
I enjoyed contemplating about this artwork.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Texture is the main aspect within this photograph.

I particularly enjoy this photograph as it displays well contrast and strong colours.

Out of the whole day this image is my favourite for this day trip

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

the zoo

these two images are images that the zoo may be able to use in brochures.

this image is of the interaction between animal and person

the zoo

These two images are of the animal and its surroundings

the zoo

All four images are my animal protraits

This image would happen ti be my favourtie out of the whole day.

There is strong contrast and shadows shown within this photograph. colour is dull yet it gives a great effect

civic photographs

i decided to take a photograph of all three bicycles rather then just the single one as it gives a busy life style effect.
the light shining off the first bike grabs your attention and then it lets your eyes run wild towards other aspects of the image, such as the background.
i particularly enjoy this image as it gives a sense of life style within the city.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Felix Vallotton
Switzerland 1865-France 1925
Self-portrait (My portrait)
[Auto portrait (Mon portrait)] 1879
oil on card
card 59.2 (h) x 48.2 (w) cm
About Vallotton:
He was born into a conservative middle class family in Lausanne in 1865, and there he attended College Cantonal, graduating with a degree in classical studies in 1882.
His earliest paintings, such as the Ingresque Portrait of Monsieur Ursenbach (1885), are firmly rooted in the academic tradition, and his self portrait received an honorable mention at the Salon des artistes fran├žais in 1886. During the following decade Vallotton painted and wrote art criticism and made a number of prints.
About Vallotton's painting:
Self portrait 1879 reflect Vallotton’s reserved personality, Vallotton uses flat colour, hard edges, and a biting Realism to represent himself. He leaves the background a sober taupe.
The reason why this particular image captured my attention was that the painting in fact looked like a photograph it had that much detail and contrast it seemed to be a photograph of Vallotton.
The shadows and contrast within Vallottons face expresses emotions within. The detail within the hair lines display a real life look towards the image.
Felix Vallotton has created a master piece which I'm sure has not only captured my attention but millions of others.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When your assigned to take photographs at the Botanical Gardens your eyes run wild towards plants, trees, lizards etc, yet i saw a barbwire fence and took the opportunity o capture a strong image like this one.

This image was taken with the direct sunlight comming from my side as you can see within the shadows of the image on the wooden fence pole.

Having the foreground in focus it is helping to display the texture with in object in the image which is our main focus.

I also have a passion for vanishing points within my photographs which i believe gives a different aspect towards all photographs.

I had the chance to create a dark and gloomy side of a the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday when i saw the mist look-a-like aspect.
As the sun shines down apon the the slipper/wet steps the mist is displayed to be a soft flowing aspect, while the sun shines through it.
Shadows, tones and contrast are explored throughout the image as seen.
This image gives a gloomy, dark, aspect that creates a sense of fear and lonelyness.

Monday, February 22, 2010

When you first look at this image you may think "what on earth is that?"
It's in fact a mouse skull which i found during my adventure at the Botanical Gardens.
I particularly like this image as it captures a sense of belonging within the native culture of animals and their lives.
The focus is sharpened mainly on the centre of the image and the skull as it is the main point within the photography, and the point which captures your attention.
i would have to say that this is my favouriteimage of the whole day.