Favourite Photographer Evening
Presented by Greg Bell, Michael Barrett,
Phil Unsworth and Bob Halligan
Shiny, regular metallic shapes or rusted, broken equipment. Bring out the beauty and history of machinery, perhaps as an abstract or monochrome. What stories can these parts tell?
Photography As Art
Mark says he has been learning how to take a photograph for 33 years, and believes he is getting close! He has been intrigued by visual art for as long as he can remember (a period he says is diminishing daily).
He has no formal training in “Art” but has read a good deal about the subject over the years, and has considered photography’s place in the arts world over many years of judging photo competitions. (He has judged the FIPP, the Perth National and countless camera club events). Like all of us, he has experienced (some might say: “suffered”) judging as an author, and he has given the present topic much study.
With all the strength his ageing body can muster, he denies that he is old, but admits he has seen the great transition from the predominantly documentary photographic style which preceded the digital age, to the flights of fancy permitted by Photoshop and its offspring.
He says the bland title of this topic masks some relevant and controversial issues and he hopes to facilitate lively debate: bring rotten tomatoes and brass knuckles!
On Art in Photography
Amateur entomologist and
Photographing insects and spiders, its pleasures and challenges.
* Self Introduction
Photography as Art
The purpose of this award is to encourage photographers to lift their thinking beyond traditional photographic criteria such as sharpness towards the qualities that characterise Great Art. This is easy to say but hard to define. Ideally the image should capture something eternal, beautiful, noteworthy, striking or unusual. It would be a rare image that achieved all of these!
People looking for examples should look to the all-time great art works for inspiration. Clearly these paintings will include but not be restricted to: portraits (such as Rembrandt, Leonardo), landscapes (such as Constable, van Gogh), abstracts (such as Rothko, Kandinsky), human form (such as Ruben, Rodin), and expressionism (such as Munch, Monet).
Any amount or method of photo manipulation is acceptable, however the original image must have been taken by a camera or some other photographic process (e.g. a scanner).
The aim should be to produce an image that one would not be surprised to find hanging in the Perth Art Gallery.
Phil Deschamp Trophy awarded to best subject image
(Chair of Photography, Arts Faculty, Murdoch University)
The History of Photography