Printing for More Than Art’s Sake

This story amuses me every time I read it: MissyMwac’s family and friends were gobsmacked when she printed all her phone photosthe concept was completely foreign to them!

Yes, it is satire. Heavy satire.

Yet it is a reminder that very little photography of my children, my nephew’s and niece’s birthdays, nor my family moments, is available to view outside of my archives.

Art is very important, yet printing photography of family & friends enjoying life is the best preservation of history.

That said:

With any available finances, I plan to print and frame more of my Kangaroo Island artwork in 2017.

I’m already planning a selection for exhibition either in Adelaide or on Kangaroo Island (or maybe both) during SALA 2017.

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After Every Flood Comes a Drought

Way back on the 26th July 2016, I received a message from my friend Sasha – asking if I was available and willing to exhibit my photography during SALA 2016!

I have 10 A2-framed photos in SALA2016 !

ASIDE: 2010 was the last time I participated in SALA. There has not been a day since that I haven’t thought about doing it again. But money is strict, so I never imagined I’d ever get another chance.

But it appears to be true that “after flood there is drought“.

About 30 minutes later, I somehow managed to twist my right knee left and right, dislocating the knee plate TWICE! Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

There is more to this story regarding the ambulance ride and the hospital time, but that is reserved for close friends and family on Facebook.

Since then I have been on crutches and other leg wrapping to decrease the severe inflammation within my right knee. How the hell did I do that?

Thankfully it appears (according to X-Rays and an MRI) I did not tear my ACL. The Orthopaedic surgeon determined I only had a patello femoral dislocation .

Initially we believed I had wedged my knee between the cupboard handles beneath the sink I was standing in front of . Turns out I’d have to be 10cm taller in my lower leg to do that! So I suspect now that the weight of child in my left arm was a contributing factor.

The MRI showed “a stretched muscle around the right of the knee with a tear along its length, not across its width“. That was the best news for me. It meant the muscle will heal quicker, though there will be a knotted feeling. I can live with that. So no surgery required, only lots of physiotherapy. Good, because that I can do.

At the first hospital visit they gave me a solid reinforced black leg brace. It had only one purpose – to keep my leg straight. But that was getting more painful – because the muscles were not moving, they were going solid under the skin.

Without consultation, I changed to a skin-toned compression band. Oh, the pain has lessened dramatically and it’s so much easier to get around. It’s going to heal quicker now.

My Orthopaedic specialist changed to the 0-90degree knee brace [IMG]. This forces the knee to sit up without falling left or right whilst the plasma buildup reduces, yet enabling me to bend the knee sufficiently. This is a much better way to recover, particularly that I can walk just a little bit. Well, with crutches. Because initially is was ever so painful to put any weight on the leg at all!

So I am slowly on the mend.

Well, Balm Me, That Soothes the Pain!

Thanks to a new friend, Tim McGrath CEO of VitalXan , I am now applying Mangosteen Muscle & Joint Balm [IMG] upon my swollen knee up to three times a day.
The product is cooling, relaxing and makes a noticeable difference to the swelling each time I apply it.
If anyone is interested in trying this product for similar problems, contact me via social media.

Curb Negotiation on Crutches

On the downside, I had to negotiate this curb at the Flinders Private Admin to get from a ‘faux parking zone’ across to the orthopaedic clinic – and back again.

If you look closely, they seem to have removed the sloped path and rebuilt the concrete edging. Yet there is still painted lines for pedestrians on the car-park bitumen!

I wonder how much repeat business they get from customers who don’t survive the car-park obstacle course?

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My Photography in SALA 2016!

I have the grand opportunity to exhibit my photography during SALA 2016 – and they are on display already:

WHERE:
At the Catalyst Foundation offices, 149 Currie Street Adelaide City – in their From Another Perspective Art Exhibition.
All are available to peruse both in their reception and in their rear seminar room.

WHEN:
1 August until 2 September – Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

PRICE:
$195 each = A2 (40×50cm) print and frame.

Additionally, and as originally presented, they are also available here on my Redbubble gallery, on multiple mediums. The easiest way to hang them all is on a Calendar !

Here is each image framed, similar to how they appear on exhibition:

Seminar Room (left to right)



Reception and Elsewhere

I bet you are asking: What is SALA? It’s short for ‘South Australian Living Artists’. Read more about SALA here.

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Upward View of the Adelaide CBD Horizon

I have found a PDF that makes good reading for Adelaide residents who have penchant for knowledge that includes facts, figures and fees. I have gone through it with a fine tooth comb: Below I have listed the pages and Fee-ID’s that might be of interest to the photographers of our great and ever-growing inner-city.
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  • Page 20, Fee ID 0412 – Film Shoots Commercial Still or Movie, in line with guidelines
  • Page 24, Fee ID 0916 – Audio Visual Equipment 8×8 Tripod Screen
  • (Extra: Page 53 – all of them. Don’t feed the birds.)
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0109 – Business Promotion Handing out free samples
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0300 – Distribution of pamphlets
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0562 – Ladders / Footpath permits (Casual)
  • (Extra: Page 67 & 68 – photography archives. Read it.)

Appears to be nothing saying I’m not permitted from capturing photography of the Adelaide architecture for general use and potential exhibition.

Thus, I can continue with an idea (that I have mulling over for about five years) for my SALA exhibition in 2014.

Onwards and upwards I shoot!
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Donating Photography for a Worthy Cause

I am donating three framed photographs, from the 20 that I exhibited during my SALA 2010 exhibition, to a silent auction at my day job.

Why? Well, it turns out that one of my work colleagues is participating in SuperCycle 2012.

What is this all about?

Most of us would know somebody who has been affected by cancer, whether it be ourselves, our family, our friends or one of our work mates. According to evidence, people in regional areas around the country have lower rates of survival from cancer than city folk.

A group of friends who all work in the superannuation funds around South Australia AND enjoy riding bikes around our beautiful state got together and said “We can do something about this!”

So they approached the Cancer Council of South Australia with the idea, arranged everything and set about press-ganging anyone listening into participating.

Consequently, the event is now a 1,000 kilometre charity event that will take the riders on a week-long trip around four wine-making areas, including the Spencer Gulf, the Southern Flinders Ranges and along the Murray River. Lots of beautiful parts of our beautiful state!

Why am I donating the framed photographs?

The group’s goal is to raise money and awareness of the accommodation services provided by Cancer Council SA to regional areas around the country.

To help my colleague raise as much money to support the Cancer Council, I volunteered three framed photographs from my collection that will be sold in a silent auction to the staff of my department. It just seemed like the natural thing to do.

But it has taken me a while to choose which works would sell highest in the auction!

Tonight I have made the final choices.

Check ‘em out:

They retail between $120 and $200 when bought framed from my Redbubble photo gallery, but I have no idea what they will sell for during the auction. I’ve got no idea when the results will be revealed, but I’ll be sure to let you all know!

PS. Some of you may notice that the article has changed quite radically from what was originally posted. This has happened at the request of the cyclist I am supporting.

Portrait of Ian McFarland

One of my fellow #SALA participants, Ian McFarland , let me shoot portrait photographs whilst he sat in his stall. Yes, we are both ‘artists in residence’ during SALA 2010 . With the glass window between us, I was able to capture him at his most candid. Good for me, good for him. The interesting reflection is the balustrade behind me as I crouched on the floor looking through the window.

Ian

Ian

Ian’s stall is across the void in one of the best studio’s because it has solid brick walls! See more of Ian’s artwork here.