I was lucky enough to get my first real photo book made and it was also critiqued and shown at Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. The lovely Linsey Gosper from Strange Neighbour and Jason McQuoid from Edmund Pearce Gallery took some time to look through all the photobooks on the day and offer some wonderful feedback.
I was a book I have based on my Semester one folio idea of the recurring fear we have that can still haunt and upset us in our adult life. We know these things can never hurt us, they are only toys, but we have a unusual irrational fear of them.
Do I plan on doing a proper book of them later on.. Yeah I might. I do keep my eye out for crazy old toys every time I walk past a second hand store, so I do think this will be a very long and open ended project for me.
A wonderful body of work is emerging form photographer Sandro Giordana.
These amazing and crazy images stemmed from an idea when Giordana fell from a push bike and another friend breaking their leg trying to save a phone from water.
The images have a wonderful absurdity to them, without the grossness of blood and bits. They are almost a commentary on the clumsiness of us all at some stages in our life, and how we can still laugh about it.
Shooting film gives some very happy mistakes sometimes, and when you use a super cheap plastic camera and cheap film, these results are even better.
This image was shot using my Holga 120 N, a very cheap plastic camera and lens from a bygone era. They have made a very big comeback in the Hipster revival of all things low fi.
On a camera like the Holga, if you don’t turn the advance wheel you will take a picture over a picture. These double exposures can make wonderfully beautiful images of shapes and colour if controlled correctly. As I use black and white film mostly we can ignore the colour reference, but the odd shapes and textures produced are something to be amazed by.