This exposure marks the halfway point in processing the eleven camera stations at Windgrove, Tasmania. The upcoming second half have much more data and tend to be ones I have the most affinity, hope and expectations for (uh-oh…). This one from Camera Station #9 moves into that area and it’s clear that these will take many days to process. Lots of tedious work where your thoughts can drift off to related areas. Following here are three background stories that came to mind as I layered this one up. These stories probably influenced the final image. This one explores a more painterly approach to layering. Continue reading Camera Station #9, Homer, Hubble, and the Viking.
The obvious profile here became haunting. It kept bringing me back to this version – try as I might to finish others. So be it. Only one version… Continue reading Camera Station #5, A Mind of Its Own.
Camera Station #8 looks at a grove of Silver Peppermint Eucalyptus trees at Windgrove. Windgrove’s name may have come from this grove – at least it is very windy there and the sounds and movements of the trees in the wind are beautiful. I ended up with almost 400 images from this station taken over 5 weeks. I am using this as a way to experiment with “data-mining” the information (images). Continue reading Data Mining the Silver Peppermints
Finally, after six months, some slow retreat time has opened up and I am able to start the lengthy process of setting up the 4000 photos taken at Windgrove Tasmania from the 11 camera stations. This earlier post talks about this aspect of the residency – basically an attempt to slow down the process of photography to match the pace of how landscapes are formed in geological time periods. The unstated goal (can you have an unstated goal on a blog…?) is to work towards simulating shutter speeds of years, decades, centuries, and millennia. This is a first baby step – a two-month shutter speed. Continue reading Let the Slow Begin
Seating for Dialogue is one title that Peter Adams uses for describing a major aspect of his wood design practice – benches. As you walk around Windgrove there is always a bench waiting for you around the next corner. If you have friends with you, all the better. This post is simply updated photos of eight of his benches along the Gaia Walk. Continue reading Seating for Dialogue
Twice Windgrove hosted Australia’s national Sculpture By The Sea festival in its early years. Tens of thousands of people roamed Windgrove and looked at sculptures and views of the Southern Ocean. For one festival in 2001 Jenny Dewhurst hauled in tons of gray stones smoothed by the action of breaking waves, along with thousands of pieces of sea glass found on the beach. Continue reading Circles and Trees, Addendum – J. Dewhurst
For more than 20 years, Peter Adams has planted more than 9,000 trees at Windgrove’s 65 acres. Previously the land had been decimated by decades of unsustainable farming. Planting trees was one way to start the healing. The land becomes a canvas and the trees become the brush. Peter – without drones, airplanes, surveying equipment, or google satellites – started making patterns. The circle became the shape of power. This post is a collection of aerial views of the circles and old photos of Peter planting trees. Continue reading Circles and Trees
Continuing with current plan that for the next few months this blog will house a catalogue of photographs I took for Peter Adams and Windgrove during my 2 month residency, I post a few more based loosely on themes. These photos are intended to be used by Windgrove for documentation and promotional purposes. They are easy for people to see and link to. Click on the photo to see a version that is designed for screen-based presentations. Since many of the regular readers here know Peter, I will add in a few notes here and there. Enjoy. Continue reading Workingman. Portraits of Peter Adams Working
There are a number of artists who have permanent installations at Windgrove. Most are obvious and visible, but Sally Horne’s Moonstone Mandala Temple in the Valley of Hope is a secret. You can never find it without a guide – and Windgrove is not that big! It is very tucked away in a hidden gully. In the detail shot you can see the 29 phases of the moon painted on rocks from the shores nearby. Click on a photo to see a higher res version.
There are two large sculptures at Windgrove by Peter Adams that were too difficult to transport to Hobart for professional photographs. Plus, the photographer’s studio couldn’t hold them. So on rare evenings when it wasn’t windy, cloudy, cold, rainy, or crowded with guests, we photographed them in his front yard. For you photo geeks out there, this is using a little Fuji mirrorless APC camera to mimic a 4×5 camera. The resulting image is 14K x 10K. At full res you can count the legs on the little lady bug up on the top left corner. Continue reading Budda Beads and Belly Buttons
I’ve decided to use this blog as a catalog for photos of Windgrove that Windgrove’s creator, Peter Adams, can peruse and choose from. You, lucky or not, get to peruse them as well. These are photos I took during the 2 month residency there and augment the more than 3,000 photos that Peter has in his collection. Slowly, over these cold weeks here on the east coast of the US, as winter refuses to die, I am culling and prepping images that he can use. In May, Peter is one of three individuals selected to speak to his 50th graduating class at Harvard. Apparently he needs some photos to help him… So here they come. No text, no explanation, just images. Organized by themes that he and I worked with over the last 2 years. Somehow the images feel better here than on Flickr. Its quiet here and only a few people. Enjoy. (Click an image for higher res version). Continue reading Windgrove Peace Garden, Tasmania
How can you not fall in love with Wedge Island? It’s like the soft gentle warm back of the old family dog sitting on the porch looking out at the far off perimeters. Guarding. Protecting. Head on paws. Watching as boats and storms go by – nary a twitch of the ear, just an eye tracking the wake. Who knows, Antarctica is only 2000 miles away, one needs to always be on the ready… And the name, Wedge Island, can it be any better? Nope. You can’t forget it. So Wedge Island has become my Monet’s Haystack. I can’t keep from making images of it. However, Wedge Island has another side – its head that faces the Antarctic and the onslaught of rough weather. Continue reading A Mad Crush on Wedge Island
You may not see it unless you zoom in, but there is a Mermaid in this shot. Maybe it is coincidence, but I doubt it. Why would anyone draw a mermaid facing a dead-end. I am posting this quickly, because perhaps the individual who drew it is reading this blog. And I want to thank them. Continue reading Drawing Me a Mermaid
I’m finally starting in on another research thread of exploring “slow exposures” – slit-scan photography. My head hurts trying to pre-visualize what something is going to look like in the end. Instead of exposing the whole frame with a long exposure, you work by exposing small areas (slits in this case) that move across the frame over a long period of time. I thought I would put up some some test images just to see how it feels. Continue reading Waves, Slit-scan, Head is Swimming
This is my new motto for the last 4 weeks here. It was scrawled by Frank Hurley over a hundred years ago on his 1912 darkroom wall at the Mawson’s Huts in Antarctica. This man was cold, cut off from the world, watched some of his mates die, and he suffered for over a year taking photos in the “windiest place on earth”. His sled dogs are on the other side of the wall. I paid $12 to see this replica of the Mawson’s Huts. The fee goes to restoring the original that is pretty much entombed in ice. It is one of very few still surviving buildings from the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration”. Online I found some images of the real darkroom – still full of old chemicals and plates. I guess not too many people go there and grab souvenirs…… Continue reading Near Enough is Not Good Enough
Another thing off my bucket list. According to my parents, I saw “Northern Lights” when I was 6 or so. That doesn’t count and I can’t remember. It took coming to the Southern Hemisphere twice to see them. Not that they can compete with all the stellar photos on the internet, but this is my own. The following video proves it. They were so faint, you couldn’t see them with your naked eye, but hey, what the camera records and gets posted is what counts. Right? [BTW, that is little Wedge Island there. I have a mad crush on it. I am working on a whole blog post about it. Stay tuned.] Continue reading Hah! Caught me an Aurora
Just returned from a week of traveling and working with the University of Tasmania and Greening Australia. Spent the morning up-dating my calendar of required appointments for the weeks ahead. My dream calendar. Now that I have returned, I might have sometime to go through some photos and share some stuff here. We will see. My schedule is pretty jammed…..
I started 3D scanning aspects of Windgrove with a drone. In processing, the first step is creating a point cloud (data) and most people ignore it and move onto making a solid mesh. Peter was looking over my shoulder and immediately loved the look of Windgrove’s Peace Garden as a point cloud. So I went with this above sketch as a test. Click it to see a large version. I would love to see this type of look in a real-time environment. The following photo of myself along with my identical triplet brothers and a swarm of 200 drones begins to explain the process. Continue reading Point Clouds of Windgrove
The word “long” has a long history in photography: long lens, long exposure, etc. It seemed weak. “Slow,” however, added in new territory that is important to this project and residency. The U.S. movement of “Slow Foods” comes to mind. Slow Foods speaks of different attitudes, focus, and priorities related to agriculture, food preparation and consumption. In the geologic and rugged cliff setting of Windgrove Tasmania, the word “exposure” also takes on new meaning. As well, an individual can be exposed to new ideas. Much of this work comes directly from scientists, artists, and writers working in the territory of Deep Time.
Slow Exposure is about my simple attempt to slow down and use a different rhythm to observing, reflecting, and making images. It is about being a student again. If the Slow Food movement is a reaction to Fast Foods, then Slow Exposure is reacting to the glut of the usually malnourished imagery in social media: Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, texting, and so on. (No offense to my friends who post amazing images and are the exceptions to the trillions of images online.) The above image is an early test exposure from camera station #6.
Tech Stuff. Amongst the time lapse community, the term “Holy Grail” refers to a continuous shot that goes smoothly from full sun to the deepest star filled night with no hitches, glitches, bumps, or dissolves. It is really hard to do – hence it being called the Holy Grail of time lapse shots. At long last I have joined the ranks of Holy Grail-ers. Continue reading Finally. The Holy Grail, but this shot isn’t it.
Instead of fighting jet lag, I went with it and photographed stars for 5 straight nights. It happened to be a new moon, so the sky was dark, and Tasmania has little light pollution. This, along with crystal clear weather made for a perfect setting. And I learned enough about the southern skies that I can forgive Orion for standing on his head here. Continue reading Embracing Jet Lag