a rural river

a river: dubbo: rural nswMy father used to own a small farm property, and it had a river running through it. This was when rivers tended to have at least some water in them.

What I really like about this image is the tree in the foreground as compared to the background. From memory this is only a 90 degree field of view.


glebe point waterfront

blackwattle bay: glebe: sydneyThis is, or at least was one of my favourite fishing locations, but they changed the lighting, so the water isn’t as well illuminated at night. As a result this wonderful location, such a short drive from home has more or less shut down.

Still, it’s a pretty picture. It’s also one of the most polluted places in Sydney, the sediments being filled with all sorts of crap from a hundred years worth of industrial use.


enmore design centre

enmore design centre: enmore: sydneyThis is the design college I was studying and working at for a while. It’s right down the bottom of the street I was living on at the time. Which was convenient to say the least.


trees of newtown cemetery

newtown cemetery: newtown: sydneyOne great thing about these old cemeteries, they can often represent the last remaining areas of tree cover in densely populated inner city suburbs.

This is a nice vista of the whole area inside the graveyard walls.


a graveyard corner

newtown cemetery: newtown: sydneyThis is an early attempt at a high dynamic range image. It’s a bit difficult to make out, but the location of the image is in the back of a very tight corner at one edge of the graveyard.

See all those headstones against the wall. Oh yes “You son of a bitch. You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn’t you? You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the head stones. You only moved the head stones. Why? Why?”.


trees and graves

newtown cemetery: newtown: sydneyUnfortunately I only shot one set of exposures for this, and no nadir frame.

I may have to reshoot it to get a high dynamic range image, but that will be difficult given the tendency of trees to move in the slightest breeze. either way, it’s a nice image as it is.


st. stephen’s church

st. stephen's church: newtown: sydneyOne of Newtown’s most loved locations is St Stephens church and cemetery.

Apparently the final resting place to a number of (in)famous individuals, it’s overgrown nature makes it a picnic and photography favourite.


cloudlands house

cloudlands house: blue mountains: australiaCloudlands house is a place you can rent in the blue mountains west of Sydney. It may look like a simple weatherboard cottage, but once you’re inside it’s all dark wood panelling, fireplaces and big clawfoot baths.


on eating one’s own dogfood

Well, here we are with the new version of golgotha.com.au. All database driven, and running in wordpress. This was done as a proof of concept – that I could use a readily available free platform like WP to provide the back end engine and all the post-design editing functions.

While I’m not going all out to do web design as a profession now, on occasion if an interesting project comes along, I’d like to be able to concentrate on the design, and base it on an engine that allows the client to manage the content themselves once my work is done (so I’m not doing 1 paragraph edits for ever afterwards).

It’s been an interesting journey getting this working – interesting in the Chinese sense. The biggest obstacle has been due to a rather nasty rendering bug in Apple’s WebKit rendering engine, which is the basis of the Safari, OmniWeb and iCab browsers. But, eventually I found a workaround, and now all is working well. If you do encounter any problems, please contact me and let me know.


surrender

This poster was produced for the 2007 Sydney Supanova convention. I was a tad uneasy about this one, since it deviated from the thematic elements I’d preferred – angry female characters wielding blunt objects. Still, I’d had a few people asking for images that were less in that direction, a couple specifically asking for some sort of “cyber chick”, and thus, this image. I think this one worked worked really well from a volumetric perspective, and the character has quite a different body type from the other two, far more solid (to my eye, at least).

What I like most about this one is the compositional alignment of the cog with the knees and shoulders.

This image was printed by our new printer and is even more lustrous than the others. Again, it’s a limited run of 50, on 200gsm stock, A3 size and available from the store.