Another image after one of the most remarkable storms in Perth in recent history. This Mother and son took advantage of a clearing of the clouds just before sunset to visit Cottesloe beach, Western Australia and see the aftermath of the storm. I like the fragments of the setting sun that are starting to break through the heavy cloud cover and the "happy" colours of the umbrella.
On Sunday I managed to get to a few of the feast of photographic exhibitions from some well respected Australian and international photographers exhibiting as part of the FotoFreo program.
One of the highlights was definitely Brad Rimmers exhibition: Silence - The West Australian Wheatbelt.
Brad Rimmer, a three time winner of the Perth, Photo Image Award presents a remarkable solo exhibition of moving, emotive and memorable images of Brads journey through the West Australian Wheat belt. These beautifully presented images are not only technically brilliant but leave me wanting to know more about the stories behind the images.
Brad Rimmer: Silence - The West Australian Wheatbelt is open until the 16th May 2010 at the Fremantle Prison. Coinciding with Brad's exhibition is the realease of his first book by the same name, which i'd love to get my hands on.
Another one of the moving FotoFreo exhibitions at the Fremantle Prison is "The Blue Room" by Eugene Richards. This exhibition is a highly emotive journey through abandoned and neglected areas of Western America including Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico.
These moody, dark images leave me asking "what was life like here in years past"? To add to the erriness of this exhibition is Eugene Richards voiceover on a multimedia presentation of his images that left me impressed if not a little haunted!
I went out Monday night to try and catch a good lightning shot over Fremantle and Cottesloe and left empty handed. I did manage to get this shot during 5 magical light minutes as sun was setting. This shot has had very little post production (the light and colour were incredible).
This shot was taken last Sunday at Monument Hill in Fremantle. Didn't think too much of this shot at the time, but its growing on me.
I was fortunate enough today to get a reminder email about the events of fotofreo 2010. Tonight was a talk from Bruno Barbey from Magnum Photos. An incredible photographer who's still going strong, producing relevant and moving images more after more than 4 decades in the game.
I always find it interesting to see how some of the worlds most accomplished photographers tackle issues that still trouble me...such as to ask or not to ask permission to take a photograph of a subject. Bruno's philosophy: Take picture first ask permission later. Afterall how else do you get a natural shot?
For those in Perth, the next month offers a visual feast of photography exhibitions, workshops, talks and discussion groups and i hope to see as much as i can over the next few weeks. Make an effort to see what you can because some world class photographers are here to inspire us from half the world away.
See you in Freo!
With the "Greatest Rock Band in the World" in Perth to pay homage to the the "Spiritual Home" of AC/DC and stomping ground of the idolised Bon Scott i decided to visit the statute honoring his roots to Perth. Usually the Harbor of Fremantle is awash with tourists ordering overpriced fish and chips, though today (Sunday, The day in-between the two concerts) it wash awash with sentimental bogans.
From all reports the concert rocked with a stage and performance that will go down in our little town as one of the best tours in a long time.
This image for me captured what i think summarises AC/DC: Bon Scott - The Greatest...
No post to AC/DC should go out without a "shout out" to Brian Johnson one hell of a performer.
Now for the real challenge. Peoples top 3 Acca Dacca songs?
1. Back In Black
3. Hells Bells
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You).
This image is by no-means my favourite image but to this day it intrigues me. A cliche sunset silhouette yes. But where does the lone palm branch come from?
While I'm here, my thoughts on Hawaii. Incredible...if you get out of Honalulu. Honalulu represents everything i despise in a holiday. An overcrowded touristy concrete Metropolis with poluted, crowded beaches full of people that can't swim. And don't get me started on the food. It is near impossible to find a decent meal that doesn't contain my yearly fat content in one meal.
Elsewhere, incredible scenery, culture, people, surf and climate. Fortunately i managed to spend a week on the island of Kauai which was amazing. Remote, small, incredibly scenic, i only wish i had skipped Oahu completely to spend more time here. I will get round to posting more photos when i get the chance.
It reminds me a lot of Margaret River region down south yet with a tropical climate all year round! The older i get the more i realise I need the warmer climate to feel alive.
Does anyone else have one place that represents a place that they love and hate at the same time?
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.