Who is Stuart Murdoch?
About, Stuart Murdoch, who is he and what does he do?
G'day, I'm Stuart Murdoch, [Artist : Picture maker: Teacher : Publisher], I specialise in all forms of creative image construction/manipulation using still cameras, read my CV for more detailed information if you are considering giving me a job, or read my creative auto-biography.
As a visual artist I create for a variety of mediums, some online some more visceral and tactile. Visit my online portfolio/gallery to see some examples of the imagery I make.
My early career in the fine arts began by making fine silver gelatin prints. Currently I focus on any and all forms of image construction using any device at hand. I completed an M.A. in 2002, the summary of which, can be downloaded and read. The whole thing as an object, lives in the RMIT library and was a comparison between silver gelatin and inkjet technologies of the era.
These days however I also use other films and materials, such as, colour film, and Polaroid® materials and cameras, and digital tools, as a means of creative image construction and exploration. Digital photography these days; forms one part of my work, I experiment with small/cheap/toy cameras, to see if I can exploit their characteristics combined with digital technologies to produce a 'fine print'.
I have been toying with mobile phone cameras [iPhone, & Sony Ericsson K700i/k610i/C902], to see what kind of imagery I can create, and see if they are capable of producing bodies of engaging work. I upload most of my images to flickr, a great photo-sharing resource, as well as tumbl. Each of these spaces is an ongoing series of experimental online permanent exhibitions.
I have been very fortunate to be part of a team of hard working educators at PIC photographic imaging college now since the early 1990's. I also teach at Victoria University on a sessional basis, read more on my CV.
I have been tinkering with web publishing now since 1995/6. My step into the realm of web publishing has several driving factors behind it, the explosion into the public's awareness of the system itself, my becoming more conversant with computers, the reading of the book creating killer web sites, and my own personal belief in the power of the web to empower both self expression and ‘freedom of speech.’ Ultimately though I guess I am a somewhat frustrated, desktop publisher/publisher. The medium that is the early 21st century world wide web, allows me to be my own publisher of the materials and content, content I produce or I have found on my journeys of picture making, research and publishing.
I have contributed to COD magazine, an online collaborative project, that utilises blogging tools to create an ongoing dialog between participants spanning several continents. COD is the death of cool.
I'm on all the curent crop of socila media tools, which means I'm really stretching myself thin these days. Look hard enough if you know me, you'll find me. Here's a list anyway:-