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Eye for a scene

Sometimes things don’t work out quite the way you plan. Originally I’d intended to interview Geoffrey Simpson about his work as a cinematographer, with the idea of exploring the intersection between his craft and the art of photographic composition. Although he is an extremely busy fellow, we managed to conduct the interview. Unfortunately, it turned out to be difficult to organise the high resolution images from his films we’d need for publication in the magazine. Ownership and copyright issues that arise from such a highly collaborative art form, it seems, are extremely complex.

Distant focus

Whether he’s photographing a shipwreck at dawn, moss-covered river rocks or a wedding, it’s easy to see that Paul Pichugin puts his heart and soul into his work. He has the technical and aesthetic skills of an accomplished professional, but has also retained the enthusiasm and candour of his years as a keen amateur.

Creature Discomforts

Visitors to Peter Strain’s gallery in Broome, Western Australia, typically react to his macro photographs of mangrove tree snails with laughter and amazement. These Creatures of the Giant Tides, as he has called the series, are startlingly colourful, varied and Ëœalien’.

Be Prepared – The Busy Busy Life Of R. Ian Lloyd

‘Do you want to know how to make an egg stand up?’ R Ian Lloyd paused for effect, ‘You lick the bottom of the egg and then you put it into some salt or sugar. Because the little crystals are square, when you put it down and blow them away, it will prop up.’

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Thomas Roessler

  lo-res-r14_1y475 This is from the series I’m showing at BIFB 09. Camera: Canon AE-1; Lens, Canon FD, 20mm; Film: Fuji, ISO 800 slide film Q: How long have you been taking pictures?A: I started when I was 13 years old with my grandfather’s folding camera. A little later I bought my first SLR, a …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas

  lo-res-37840002-M_Kavaliauskas475 This picture was taken in the village of Kraziai, on a late August evening in 2002, when I by chance came to visit the Trakšelis family in their backyard. They had just slaughtered a pig and were about to cut it up. The family knew me quite well. While they were working, I …