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 …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Robert Billington

  RedWhiteBlue02475 Red White Blue02 Q: How long have you been taking pictures?A:  30 years Q: Do you remember your first photograph?A: My first photograph was taken in 1972. I was photographing still life on a coffee table to find out how the camera worked. At this stage I was also working in a book …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Drex Brooks

Peach-Tree-Utah-1997475 Peach Tree, Utah.Made with a found lens hand mounted on a Polaroid Pack film camera with type 665 Positive/Negative Film – the lens was cheap and it didn’t cover the whole film area. Q: How long have you been taking pictures?A:  Since 1973 or thereabouts. Q: Do you remember your first photograph?A: My dog …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photographer Profile: Gary Steer

  Bills475 Bills, Bills and More Bills Q: How long have you been taking pictures? A: “How long taking pictures seriously?” you ask. It’s not serious business, it’s fun! I was a journalist who picked up a camera to do photojournalism. I did freelance work for newspapers and magazines, then I moved on to shooting …

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: MAP group

According to its home page, the ‘Many Australian Photographers Group’, (the MAP Group), ‘is a non-profit association of around 40 photographers who share a passion and commitment to high quality, independent documentary image making.’ The membership is drawn from a wide spectrum of photographers. Some of the group are just setting out on their careers behind the lens, while others have established practices and have earned awards nationally and internationally.