Technology in the time of the pandemic

Screengrab from my gallery page
My gallery page on the 18th of April 2020

I have been housebound for about 4 weeks now. My energies were primarily focused on digital work and projects while on term holidays. One of those projects was resurrecting my domain [stunik.com] and website. I use 2 tools to make pages for my website Dreamweaver by Adobe, and GraphicConverter, by Lemhke Software. I added some new content, primarily in the gallery section. I also added some content in new personal sections of the site, pets and house. The other setting up and creating this blog.

Graphic Convertor Splash Screen
Graphic Convertor Splash Screen

Exploring GraphicConverter I discovered I can build html galleries quickly and easily. This means many plans I had for my website in terms of galleries can be expanded and sped up. Every time I publish a photobook now I can add a digitised version of each page easily too. I updated my photobook section as well.

The last big project I hope to undertake is to archive my Movable Type blog it was originally hosted at http://blog.stunik.com. The new uri will most likely be, http://stunik.com/MvT/.  This is going to be a big long job, there are many broken links. I used to use flickr extensively to host images there. In the interim I had a major purge of my flickr stream, this broke many links on the blog. At the time I was also using a piece of software called Skitch made by a company called Plasq, it was bought by Evernote in 2011 and this also broke many links on the blog.

Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog
Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog note the missing links in the right column.

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Throwback Thursday [Pandemic Edition #2]

An film shot image from nearly 10 years ago says a lot about where I was at in my image making
Highly designed urban living in the Docklands. A source of fascination for me in the early 2000s.

In 2009, it seems I was working in and around the Docklands precinct of Melbourne. Using colour film and my Hasselbald. This work is likely to sit in my archive its use undetermined. I had begun working there as early as 1993 or so. In those days the site was still a lingering industrial wasteland. See image below shot on 5×4 and black and white film.

The Doclands circa 1993
An area of the docklands undergoing reclamation. This time shot on 5 x 4 black and white film.

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Watching videos in the time of the pandemic?

The Audience Will Come from Doc League on Vimeo.

Documentary featuring photographer Tod Papageorge.
Part of the documentary series Viewpoint.
Director: Nicholas Panoutsopoulos.
Producers: Lena Anastasiadou, Tassos Rigopoulos.
Research and Consulting: Sam Barzilay

Hat tip to Luke*

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Wordless Wednesday [Pandemic Edition #1]

Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  2010-04-15, 18:12:42

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Reading in the time of the Pandemic [Quote for yesterday]


What seems to be real in the photograph is always a simulation of something else. We have shown how this way of thinking provided a theoretical basis for simulation methods in contemporary art and photography. The exploration of staging, quotation, repetition, copying and plagiarism typifies the postmodern trends of the 1980s. These anti-realist strategies found a rationale in the conceptual art movement’s critique of documentary methods and the emergence of sceptical attitudes to the truth claims of photography.

pg 169. RETHINKING PHOTOGRAPHY: Histories, Theories and Education, by Peter Smith and Carolyn Lefley published 2016 by Routledge, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN, ISBN: 978-1-315-72241-2 (ebk)

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Street Art?

abstraction #20200117105431

I listened to this ABC broadcast about Street and and Graffiti. this morning

“Street artists, advertising agencies and the authorities are in the middle of a space race.

It’s a lot less about little green men and much more about spray paint and stencils. But the stakes are still sky high. Artists are busy commandeering as many city surfaces as their paints will allow, authorities are trying to neutralise the threat, while advertising agencies are keen to clone the potency of hand painted art.”

I have a small series of work that looks at much more ephemeral art of peeling advertising posters. Which is a kind of street art.

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Creativity in the time of a Pandemic?

Bore Beach San Remo, Victoria, 2020-03-29 14:00:03

I made the picture above on the Sunday before stage 2 restrictions were brought into effect. We had taken a Sunday drive to explore real estate.

Autumn in Melbourne is usually a prolific time for me. The light is beginning to change for the better. I have a two week break from my job, and with a reliable steady income it is easy to be spontaneous and often drive somewhere for the sake of it.

Not so this year.

Despite this lack of movement on my part there have been many, many, emails from all kinds of cultural organisations with ideas for keeping creatively busy. There has been funding support and peer support across every level of the industry. Of course this could only happen because of the internet. This is a wonderful thing. I have submitted a project to HAFNY’s online callout “walking” as a consequence.  Not to mention  the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is partnering with FORMAT International Photography Festival and Gallery of Photography Ireland to create a visual record of the COVID-19 crisis on Instagram. [Use the tags, #massisolation and #massisolationAUS].

Still; I hanker to go outside follow my intuition while driving with a car load of equipment or walking with some equipment.

I guess I will hibernate in my darkroom.

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For the record

As this is a new blog I’m putting a list of some of my online projects here. I use flickr and tumblr as my two main digital folio display tools.

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First tumblr:-

  • Every Saturday at 17:17 I make a picture, it’s a project about time and photography’s unique ability to preserve it.
  • Four days a week at work I make this picture, again  it’s a project about time and photography’s unique ability to preserve it.
  • I have lived in Sunshine now since 2000. At some point around 2017 I realised that I was sitting on a vast archive of images. These were of things and scenes that have changed or disappeared. I decided then to start looking at other parts and places of Sunshine and record them.  This is an ongoing project like the other two predominantly digital but I do use film as well.

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I have many ideas and projects that tick away on flickr, this list details some  them.

  • Psychogeography, this project has its roots in my use of phone cameras, the underlying concept comes from an art movement active in the late 1960s early 1970s. The movement was called the Situationists and extolled the idea that walking and observing in the city was an act of creation  and rebellion itself.
  • C roads & other adventures this project is like the Psychogeography however it involves me driving in a manner that is spontaneous and intuitive. It too is an going project.
  • Doors/Doorways  Inspired by Egene Atget’s work I find that the shape and form of a door is very interesting.
  • Concrete as canvas as a surface most people look at concrete as a bland and uninteresting surface/object. Under the right conditions though the surface can become quite beautiful.
  • Abstractions. This work is about the how surfaces can becomes an abstration unto themselves. What really makes these pictures interesting for me is the fact that they are also ephemeral and disappear very quickly.

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