Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I ♥ Diana

I mentioned in my last post my fondness for my Diana camera, so I wanted to share some wonderful photographs taken with these sweet little cameras. Not my photos. I’d like to share my Diana photos, but I don’t currently have access to a decent scanner to copy and upload them to my computer. The following photos are so much more beautiful than my stack of blurry blobs in a box anyway. If you’d like to know more about the wonders and the many faults (the faults often described as being part of the charm) of the Diana, then click here. Or don't, as the Diana is all about the element of surprise!

The above photos are by Stephan Kaps, sourced from the Lomographic Society International archives.

These photos are by Perth photographer, K. Sundari Carmody, who has one of my favourite art-photography style blogs called Intimate Vignettes. Sundari has recently submitted a series of her Diana photos for the Dianalogues No. 1 – “Through A Woman’s Lens” book. I believe two of the above images are part of her submission, and judging by the beauty of these photos I’m sure her series will be included. I sure hope they will be! More of Sundari’s exquisite photos can be viewed on her blog and Flickr site.

"The Diana questions many photographic axioms, such as "a photograph must be sharp," "a photograph must have maximum detail," and "a photograph must possess a complete range of tones to be considered good." The Diana challenges the photographer to see beyond the equipment and into the image. The Diana summons up the Dadaist traditions of chance, surprise, and a willingness to see what can happen. This lack of control can free you from worrying about doing the "right" thing and always being "correct." Since the Diana is a toy camera, it allows you to look and react to the world with the simplicity and playfulness of a child." - Robert Hirsch

Such a cutie-cam too! The insightful Mr Hirsch forgot to mention that.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shadow Shot Sunday #23

Howdy! I was lucky enough to have three awards passed along to me over the last week, so I’d like to thank those three fine folk. Em (EmBelISH), Sandra (Bubble Babble & Aimer) and Lisa (Lisa’s Retro Style), thanks ever so much! I love you guys and I always enjoy visiting your wonderful blogs. Your kindness inspired me to make a little something in return. So there is a small surprise for you three, and for the rest of the super shadow shooters at the end of this post. Oi! Don’t be scrolling down there now! You’ll ruin the surprise! A record number of people participated in SSS last week. Yay! Thanks to those newbies for joining in and of course a big thanks to the regular SSS players. You all rock! The Shadow Gallery collages this week feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to participate in SSS, please do! How? Easy peasy! Simply shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), add your link to the Mr Linky gadget at the bottom of this post, and visit other players. Have fun!

Shadow Gallery - Lurking in the shadows, awaiting the arrival of The Great Pumpkin

The Shooters:
1. ZanesMilkMachine 2. TwinkleStarArt 3. Bobbityboo 4. AlmostThere 5. TheSmallThings 6. RosebudCollection 7. GiddyJax 8. Gingerbread 9. SweetRepose 10. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 11. Fog&Thistle 12. ThisGirlLovesToTalk 13. EmBelISH 14. SpittingInk 15. Lisa'sRetroStyle 16. HoosierRoots

Shadow Gallery - Big bright and beautiful promises for a brand spankin' new Sunday

The Shooters:
1. GalleryJuana 2. LaVieEstBelle 3. HighDesertDiva 4. Flanders-Inside 5. NakedLady 6. SummerKitchenGirls 7. 365DaysInMyHouse 8. Charlie&Grace 9. AboutNewYork 10. MeAnnMyCamera 11. AllThingsAlissa 12. RichiesInspirationalDesigns 13. GreyscaleTerritory 14. SweetAgring 15. SerenityNow 16. LongIslandDailyPhoto

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #23

A caged hydrant booster valve I stumbled upon in the city earlier in the week. It was located on a very busy footpath and I received some very strange looks from people walking past as I was crawling on top of this cage shooting my shadows. A small number of curious people even stopped to watch what I was doing. Ugh! It was most embarrassing. For a moment I felt like a city busker. Nobody tossed any money into my hat though. Cheapskates! Hope they enjoyed their free entertainment…

Here is the little surprise I mentioned earlier. It is an award I made for all you wonderful SSS players.

I so very much enjoy looking at all your shadow shots every week and I greatly appreciate you guys participating in this SSS project/meme and sharing your wonderful images. So this award is for all SSS players, past and present participants. I’ve called it a Super Sweet Shots award to keep it more general should any of you wish to pass it along to other blogs that may feature photos that you really enjoy, without restricting it to shadow related photos only. So please feel free to do that if you’d like to. I’ll not include any rules with this award because you’re all a creative bunch and if you are wanting rules you can make up your own. Hey do you like the cute camera featured in the award? That’s my beloved dinky Diana camera. Don’t be fooled by her cheesy plastic exterior. She really is quite special! Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. GalleryJuana
2. High Desert Diva
3. La Vie Est Belle
4. Hildegarde (from Flanders)
6. Lisa B.
7. Gemma
8. Bobbie
9. EmBelISH
10. Bobbi
11. Charlie and Grace
12. Bobbie-2
13. Annette
14. Gingerbread
15. Paz's New York Minute
16. me Ann my camera
17. The Summer Kitchen Girls
18. Sweet Repose
19. Elizabeth
20. Michelle Pendergrass
21. Alissa Baptista
22. Katanya
23. Sara Chapman
24. Long Island Daily Photo
25. Richie
26. Giddy Jax
27. Toni @ Hoosier Roots
28. Naked Lady
29. ctmott
30. fcp
31. Olga aka orchidgirl1979

Learn more about Shadow Shot Sunday here.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

La Magie du Cinéma

I’m a huge fan of films and the magic of cinema is something I’ve always found enthralling. The magic can work on many different levels. The magic may be reflected in the style and techniques used by an innovative filmmaker. It may relate to the experience of sitting in a cinema surrounded by strangers, yet connecting with these cinema-goers through the shared viewing of motion picture art in the same space at the same time. The magic can also be present, most importantly to me, in the way a film makes you feel. Some films have the ability to can change your perspective to a positive one when not all is ok in the world. I like to call these comfort films. The ones you seek out when you need a lift. An escape. A little hope. I have a couple of comfort films in my collection. Harold & Maude being one, and I’ve previously posted about my obsession with this brilliant film. My other comfort film is one called Band of Outsiders (aka: bande a part), a Jean-Luc Goddard (one of my all-time favourite directors) film made in the mid 60s.

There is one particular scene in this film, one of the most joyous, enchanting and affecting scenes in cinema history, that makes everything feel just right with the world. I realise that not all is ok in the world and I’m not so naive to believe it ever will be either. However, while watching the characters Arthur, Odile and Franz perform a delightful impromptu version of the Madison dance in a half-empty smoky Parisian café, the world is a perfect place. At least for an approximate running time of 4 mins & 16 secs it is. Oh how I wish they could dance forever! Do you have any comfort films? If so, I'd love to know yours!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shadow Shot Sunday #22

"Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing" - Edmund Burke

It’s nice to be back. It seems I timed my mid-week post break perfectly, due to an electrical storm causing damage to my computer and leaving me off-line for a period anyways. All fixed now. I learned a valuable lesson. To unplug things from the wall during a storm. Simply switching them off at the wall isn’t enough.

Thanks so much for the lovely birthday wishes and sweet surprises I received during the week. Since I started blogging early this year I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many amazing, creative, clever, funny, kind and wonderful people. It’s a beautiful blogging community out there. Thanks for making it so. xo

The Shadow Gallery collages this week feature one photo from each participant from last Sunday. If you’d like to participate in SSS, please do! Simply shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), add your link to Mr Linky at the bottom of this post, and visit other players. Have fun!

Shadow Gallery - Ninety-Nine Red/Luftballoons (the other 98 popped in fear of listening to that song)

The Shooters:
1. Bobbityboo 2. GreyscaleTerritory 3. Gingerbread 4. Fog&Thistle 5. ZanesMilkMachine 6. Lisa'sRetroStyle 7. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 8. GalleryJuana 9. ThisGirlLovesToTalk

Shadow Gallery - "It's oh so quiet, it's oh so still, you're all alone, and so peaceful until"...BA!DA!BA!DA!

The Shooters:
1. HoosierRoots 2. HighDesertDiva 3. LongIslandDailyPhoto 4. GiddyJax 5. AnnetteHanigan 6. AlmostThere 7. SweetRepose 8. Aimer 9. TwinkleStarArt

Shadow Gallery - "ARRrrr! Take that you crazy sock puppet" says pint-sized pyjama clad pirate boy

The Shooters:
1. SummerKitchenGirls 2. ArtSquadGraphics 3. EmBelISH 4. RosebudCollection 5. SpittingImage 6. AllThingsAlissa 7. NakedLady 8. TheSmallThings 9. AboutNewYork

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #22

A photo taken of a murky and shadowy pond. The bird, thinking it was a frog, jumped onto a lily pad. As it was slowly sinking a whirlpool formed around it creating an interesting pattern in the water. The second image is a cropped section of the water from the first photo. I like it better than the first pic. Trippy!

I was very happy with my pooch Sophie for finishing the SSS post last week. Sophie did such a fine job that I’m thinking of having her contribute to my blog occasionally in the future. That will not be happening until I’ve purchased Sophie her very own keyboard. It took me a long time to clean the grotty paw prints and slobber off mine last week. Ick! Sophie is a little piggy pooch! A loveable piggy pooch all the same.

Date claimer! The BrisStyle team are busily preparing for this super event. All the details can be found here on the blog. If you’re a local be sure to mark the date in your diary and come along. It promises to be a great day! While I’ll not have a stall set up on the day, I’ll be there doing the all-important coffee runs for my fellow BrisStyle members. I’ll also be running around like a loon buying all my Christmas presents. Yes, MY Christmas presents. I’m thinking whatever I buy I’ll not be wanting to part with! Also, something else fun will be happening in the BrisStyle camp in a couple of weeks and I’ll be shouting all about it here as soon as it kicks off! It’s going to be BIG! And fun! Did I already mention fun? Big & fun!

Ok, I do apologise for this SSS post being so long-winded. I'm just making up for lost time. I did actually have more to say but thought I’d better stop now as all this waffle may be a little coma inducing as it is. Happy Sunday! Perhaps I should yell it for the benefit of those who have nodded off. HAPPY SUNDAY!

Shadow Shot Sunday participants

1. La Vie Est Belle
2. High Desert Diva
3. Charlie & Grace
4. Bobbi
5. Naked Lady
6. The Summer Kitchen Girls
7. Gemma
8. Bobbie
9. Hildegarde (from Flanders)
10. me Ann my Camera
11. Elizabeth
12. Gingerbread
13. Michelle Pendergrass
14. Bobbie-2
15. Paz's New York Minute
16. Lisa B.
17. GalleryJuana
18. Sweet Repose
19. Alissa Baptista
20. Long Island Daily Photo
21. ctmott
22. EmBelISH
23. TwinkleStarArt
24. Katanya
25. Richie
26. Fog and Thistle
27. Spitting Ink
28. Toni @ Hoosier Roots
29. Bettye
30. Sweetagring
31. Serenity Now
32. Giddy Jax

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shadow Shot Sunday #21

Howdy! I begin with some unfortunate news. For those who aren’t yet aware, M.Kate of La Vie Est Belle, blogger extraordinaire, dedicated shadow shooter, and all round super sweetie, had an accident recently while on holidays. The nitty-gritty details can be found here. I dare you to read the post and not chuckle slightly (I’m sure M will not mind as she has found humour in the situation). Anybody who has risked life and limb (or tailbone in this case!) in pursuit of capturing the perfect photo will appreciate the story! Take care, look after yourself and rest up well M. Wishing you a speedy recovery. You mad crazy goose! xo.

Now onto the shadows! Three Shadow Gallery collages this week featuring a photo from each participant from last Sunday and a few from the archives to round out the numbers. If you’d like to participate in Shadow Shot Sunday, please do! How? Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or close to Sunday), add your link to the Mr Linky gadget at the bottom of the post, and visit other players. Have fun!

Shadow Gallery - The Answer My Friend, is Blowin' in the Wind... The Answer Is.

The Shooters:
1. Gingerbread 2. EmBelISH 3. AboutNewYork 4. TheSmallThings 5. GalleryJuana 6. SummerKitchenGirls 7. HouseInMarrakesh 8. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 9. Charlie&Grace

Shadow Gallery - Significant Fish. In Memory of Dude. Coz Dude is Dead (for Giddy Jax)

The Shooters:
1. Aimer 2. BubbleBabbles 3. Fog&Thistle 4. RosebudCollection 5. LaVieEstBelle 6. HeyHarriet 7. Lisa'sRetroStyle 8. GreyscaleTerritory 9. GiddyJax

Shadow Gallery - Such an Oh-So-PURRfect Day with a little Ray of Sun-Sluggie

The Shooters:
1. AnnetteHanigan 2. LaVieEstBelle 3. SweetRepose 4. SpittingInk 5. HighDesertDiva 6. LongIslandDayPhoto 7. NakedLady 8. RichiesInspirationalDesigns 9. Bobbityboo

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #21

Some broken and abandoned chairs I found at the southern end of the Southbank boardwalk. I'm glad I stumbled upon these shadows earlier in the week because there are no shadows lurking about this weekend. It's been a rainy and miserable one so far. A handy little hint for shadow shooters: Snap your shadows whenever you see them and keep them stored away handy for a rainy day. A rainy Sunday!

Gemma from Greyscale Territory gave me a very cool award last Sunday. Gemma has an awesome and inspirational blog and she is one of the most prolific bloggers I know! Gemma’s gorgeous collection of photos and poetry always makes visiting her blog such a delight. Thanks ever so much Gemma! xo

The rules in receiving this award are to share 6 values that are important to you and 6 things that you do not support. Rules. Eeeeek! My dog Sophie has been wanting to contribute in some way to my blog so I’m giving her an opportunity to do so now. So I’m leaving the remainder of this post in Sophie’s capable hands…er...paws. Thanks Soph! Now don’t forget to hit the publish button when you are done. Ciao!

1. My dinner bowl. Especially when it’s full!
2. Long afternoon walks in the park.
3. The lady next door who gives me treats over the fence.
4. Cheese! Cheese! Cheese! In all its varieties!
5. The designated doggie beach at Nudgee
6. My person. I love her very much!

1. Cats believing that they’re superior to dogs! Grrr!
2. Bindies and other assorted prickles in the park
3. Idiots smashing glass in public places where I may walk.
4. Winter because I resemble a tubby ninja turtle in my silly coat.
5. Cruelty to my kind or any living creature (even cats!)
6. Stereotyping! I’m a Staffy but I do NOT have an aggressive nature

My person didn’t leave instructions about who to pass this award along to, so I’m giving it to all Shadow Shot Sunday players. I think she would be happy with me doing that! My person will be back next Sunday for SSS. There will be no weekday posting this week because her regular weekday post day coincides with her birthday and she will be too focussed on consuming as much cake as she possibly can. Piglet that she is! Hope she shares some cake with me! So, until next SSS, have a wonderful week ahead. Happy Sunday!

♥ Sophie xo

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. Giddy Jax
2. Bubble Babble
3. Aimer
4. Bobbi
5. Gemma
6. Bobbie
7. Annette
8. EmBelISH
9. High Desert Diva
10. Gingerbread
11. Sweet Repose
12. Katanya
13. Fog and Thistle
14. Paz's New York Minute
15. The Summer Kitchen Girls
16. Long Island Daily Photo
17. ctmott
18. Spitting Image Glenn
19. TwinkleStarArt
20. Bobbie
21. Elizabeth
22. Lisa's RetroStyle
23. Naked Lady
24. Alissa Baptista
25. Toni @ Hoosier Roots
26. Michelle Pendergrass
27. Sara Chapman
28. Gallery Juana

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Portside Pelican Posting

"Yes Master. Fish to be lightly grilled. Never fried. Your wish is our command"

"Ooooh yeah, now there is one fine lookin' and sexy peli-butt" says Mr Pervy Pelican

An attempt to impress Ms Fine-Lookin'-Sexy-Peli-Butt with a goofy facial manoeuvre

I took these photos while at Portside Wharf last week and while there I popped into Dendy Portside cinemas to pick up a current film program and discovered a cool little event that will be taking place next week. It’s called Bollywood on the Wharf and looks so fun! Four days/nights of Indian film screenings and much celebrating on the wharf with yummy food, live music and Bollywood style dancing. I’m hoping that the local portside pelicans will be wearing their finest saris and will be joining in on the fun! I’ll have my camera ready to capture some of their goofy Bollywood dance moves!

Amanda from Twinkle Star Art blog is having a cool giveway! If you’d like to be in the running to win an adorable new BEEP BEEP CAR print, head over to her blog now. Quick! Entries close Friday 10th October.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Shadow Shot Sunday #20

"Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! It is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidy as these!"
– Charles Dickens

Shadow Shot Sunday time again! Gosh Sundays are rolling around quickly! Three Shadow Gallery collages this week featuring one photo from each participant from last Sunday, plus one from the SSS archives to round out the number of photos required to create collages. If you’d like to participate, it’s easy. Shoot a shadow, post it on your blog on Sunday (or near enough to Sunday), add your link to the Mr Linky gadget found at the bottom of this post, and visit other players. Have fun!

Shadow Gallery - The Egg Man didn't do it Babs! (from Pink Flamingos)

The Shooters
1. AboutNewYork 2. ArtSquadGraphics 3. Gingerbread 4. Kuusela 5. SpittingInk 6. TwinkleStarArt 7. SerenityNow 8. Life&Days 9. EmBelISH

Shadow Gallery - Happy Hoop-La-La with the Little ‘It Girl’

The Shooters
1. AnnetteHanigan 2. GalleryJuana 3. Lisa'sRetroStyle 4. Paz'sNewYorkMinute 5. Fog&Thistle 6. GreyscaleTerritory 7. FlandersInside 8. thingsIsee 9. LaVieEstBelle

Shadow Gallery - Hokey Smoke! Not Again Bullwinkle! - Rocky J. Squirrel

The Shooters
1. HeyHarriet 2. Aimer 3. BobbityBlog 4. SweetRepose 5. RosebudCollection 6. HoosierRoots 7. SummerKitchenGirls 8. Charlie&Grace 9. HighDesertDiva

Here's my Shadow Shot Sunday #20

This photo was taken while descending the steps of the old Victoria Bridge Abutment located in Southbank. It’s a nice spot to take in the views of the city. I wanted to post some cute pelican pics for SSS that I took the other day but they weren’t very shadowy. I’ll post them on Wednesday so pop in then if you’d like to see some pelicans acting a little goofy. They were such funny creatures to watch. I do love pelicans. Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday Participants
1. Fog and Thistle
2. La Vie Est Belle
3. Bubble Babble
4. Elizabeth
5. Gemma
6. EmBelISH
7. Bobbi
8. Annette
9. Janine
10. Lisa's RetroStyle
11. High Desert Diva
12. Paz's New York Minute
13. Naked Lady
14. Gingerbread
15. Summer Kitchen Girls
16. Sweet Repose
17. Charlie and Grace
18. ctmott
19. Katanya
20. Gallery Juana
21. Long Island Daily Photo
22. Spitting Ink
23. Richies Inspirational Designs

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Urban Wall-Capers (Part 2)

I haven’t been able to follow up with photos of graffiti from the same location as featured in my Urban Wall-Capers (Part 1) post yet, but have found some other interesting public art elsewhere in my travels about town. Well that was a long-winded sentence wasn’t it? I realise sentences as a general rule require full stops, but I sometimes have an aversion to full stops. Full stops, minimalist by design and misleadingly innocent in their simplicity, yet the impact often confronting and abrupt. It’s about the timing, when to let go, when to end. Like a relationship going nowhere, drifting, with nothing left to say, procrastinating with a splattering of ambiguous commas only delays the inevitable, it’s over, finished, full stop. Oh. I got a little sidetracked. Just thank your lucky stars that I didn’t get started on semicolons.

The first two pieces I found in West End, at the entrance of the building that houses the ever-awesome Reverse Garbage Co-Op. The last photo was taken of a large-scale stencil mural in Paddington. The majority of the mural was obscured by a big shadow from the neighbouring building so much of it wasn’t clear in the original photo, so I cropped the clearest section of it. I was surprised to not find more graffiti style art in the West End area. Well, maybe not that surprised. Sadly, West End isn’t the ratbaggy and unique inner-city suburb it once was. It seems to be the way of many Brisbane inner-city areas now. Progress and development has bulldozed the character and charm out of them. ‘Tis now a never-ending skyline of cranes. BrisCrane. Ugh! I'm sure this phenomenon isn't unique to this city, but it still bugs me.