I recently came across a plastic storage tub of all my negatives from art school days. I have had a laugh scanning in pictures and remembering my time in Newtown and the fun I had in the photography department at the National Art School in Sydney back in the late 90's-early 2000's. I miss the processes associated with the dark room and using film, but like many, have converted to the digital way- and fear I will never get to
mix up a batch of processing chemicals or lock myself away in a dark room ever again! These days, I tweak and process images from the comfort of my Mac with a program called Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Images overexposures? no problem, move a slider and presto! A vibrant new image restored to anything better than I could have possibly struggled with in the dark room. The possibilities are endless. In fact, lately, I had been so seduced by the ease by which images may be transformed, that I sit at the computer for longer
than I should. It is a nice detour around the usual work I have been doing over the last several years and it is exciting to be reacquainted with photography after a long absence.
Thanks to Margaret Mayhew and Jodie Barker for modeling for these pictures some years ago. I'm not quite sure what I was trying to achieve with all the darkness and the scary theme, but we had fun. The picture of me was a bit of a shock when I first saw it as it was when I was still a smoker!
Secondly, I noticed how thin I was; thirdly, I had more hair!
I recently came across a very funny photography site called'Black and WTF' which is worth a look. It provided me with a giggle and is worth going back through the archives to see some pretty strange and ludicrous photographs. Long live