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Marcus Thomson shoots a lifestyle promotion.

– posted by Kerry

Melbourne based photographer Marcus Thomson has recently found himself in the world of moving pictures.

Marcus has been shooting stills for his client for the past year and a half and was approached to film an advertisement for them to match the stills he had supplied. The client commissioned this ad for an Asian market and is very pleased with the result.

Have a look at his project and notice the cast!

It looks like Sally has finally got the whole dang family in on the action- even the dog!

Watch out Hollywood here they come!!!


Colin Page at BIFB 2011

– posted by Kerry

Colin's exhibition was one of the highlights for me up in Ballarat.

I loved the portraits and concept..... Read on to find out more about this inspirational series of work.


Gossamer is a portrait series by Colin Page.

In this series ultraviolet light is used to expose the subjects.  They are glimpsed on the edge of a nocturnal realm, calmly watching.  The portraits are both delicate and monstrous, gossamer and ghostly, a conflict between fierce power and tranquillity.

Gossamer is on display as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011.
It can be seen in the Mining Exchange building, at the Biennale headquarters on Lydiard Street, Ballarat open every day until September 18th.

Some of these images can be seen on Colin’s website here.

As an advertising photographer, Colin works in the world of colour and light.  10 years ago he started doing more personal projects and found himself attracted to those parts of the spectrum that are rarely explored by the commercial advertising worlds, infra red and ultra violet.  His black and white images are made without the use of any visible light, landscapes with infra red and portraits with ultra violet.

What goes unnoticed about the Gossamer series is the difficulty and dangers in their creation.

Film and digital cameras are not very good at seeing UV light.  Glass lenses actually absorb the light, and act as Neutral Density filters.  As a result, massive quantities of light are required to capture a very faint image.  

I had been successfully experimenting with UV for about 10 years, when I decided to do the Gossamer series.

The biggest change from earlier tests was the scale.  The intention was to make very large prints, about twice life size.  So focus was critical, and I tried to get a little more depth of field, by stopping down to f4.  This meant doubling the quantity of UV light.

Unfortunately our first model was cooked.  In our enthusiasm, we shot 150 images with the flash gear going at full strength.  I got the call about 4 hours after the shoot, as she was being treated for sunburn by her local chemist.  

The project was stopped, and a lot of testing was done until a system using a lower dose of UV was worked out.  We upped the cameras ISO by one stop, opened up to f2.8, turned the lights down 2 stops and limited our models exposure to 25 shots per day.  This reduced the UV dose to 1/24th of our first model’s exposure.

The lights were also tested and instead of using the highest UV output lights, we used the lowest ones, assuming that they would also be lower in UV B which causes more sunburn, but cannot be seen by the eye or the camera.

The project restarted and all went well for the next 30 models over 12 months of shooting.

There’s been a lot of self testing to check UV doses, and now I make a point of testing the light on myself the day before we shoot to check if anything has changed.  Two models have free photos for life, and I’m pleased to say both came to the opening night of the Ballarat show.

I hope you like the images.  The models have no make-up, and there’s no retouching or fancy digital post production.  This is how we all look in UV light.


‘THREADS’ - Fringe Exhibition at BIFB 2011 by Melanie Faith Dove

– posted by Sally

While I was up in Ballarat I visited Melanie's exhibition. It's beautiful work and she has sent through a couple of images to share with you.

Thanks Melanie we love your work.

Late last year my Grandmother, my last living grandparent gave me a small perishing dress she claimed was worn by her children.  I cried when I looked at it, why did it make me sad, I don’t know?

In January 2011, I took the old family photographs down from my Granny’s walls and started to copy them with my camera in order to learn about and preserve the evidence of my family’s heritage.  I soon become transfixed with the actual decay shown on the backs of the photographs and frames as much as the images themselves.  As a photographer I idolise images, it was shocking to see how differently my Grandmother treasured them.

In February 2011 my Grandmother had a stroke, I was the last family member to speak with her before the attack and the conversation was about the dress.  From her hospital bed and through slurred and scrambled sentences she asked visitors how the exhibition of the dress went.  I printed the dress image, wrote a letter on the back and took it to the hospital.  Through only one open eye she gazed upon the image whilst passing in and out of sleep.  I sat with her hand in mine gazing at her face and realised the age spots and colour of her jaundiced skin replicated that of the stained image of the dress.  The next day I returned with my camera.  It felt slightly odd to be photographing a helpless subject but I found comfort in the fact that every time I had seen Granny I had made her endlessly pose for the camera.  When I first saw those two images on the wall, the dress and Granny, I was truly moved and I felt like I had created something truthful and special.  The rest of the exhibition grew organically from that one image of the dress.

The image of my Great Grandmother and Grandfather titled ‘Lost Identity’ is one of those copied images which I made my own by photo-shopping their faces into oblivion.  Magritte-like surrealism was the aesthetic I was striving for but the underlying question I was posing was how much can we learn about people by their images? Quite ironic that I was using photography to de-stabilise the value of imagery.   I don’t know my great grandparents and photographs give me no greater insight into their characters.  Old photographs are usually repaired and cherished, I on the other hand defaced them, it felt really wrong.

‘Threads’ is a reflection on quiet conversations and intimate discoveries.

Exhibition Venue:Portico - 31 Sturt St Ballarat ph. 53 321 020

Melanie Faith Dove is a professional photographer and has worked for The Age (Fairfax) newspaper in news and editorial photography for over ten years.  Her award-winning work has been published in books and magazines and also exhibited in Australia, US, Indonesia and the UK.  She is currently one of 25 International Artists in the Charlatan Ink (US) prize to be exhibited from Sept 29 2011 in New York.


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– posted by Kerry


Sarah Anderson exhibits at the BIFF 2011 read on to find out more…..

– posted by Kerry

I’m a Melbourne based emerging photographer. I love to photograph industry and architecture and the odd cow. I love traveling to new places and seeing new things. I also love how much you learn along the way.

These images are part of a long running personal project shot in various continents started when I made a road trip following the southern coast line up to Margaret River and back to Melbourne. I went with 2 other artists and we just took photos and made films for a month. I noticed lots of lichen as we were hiking around and found it varied so widely in colour, texture and shape, almost like mini cities on the rocks. It's almost like art from nature. And the more places I visited the more I saw.
As I have been on hikes I add to the collection and love to shoot different colors and shapes; and maybe get a little too excited when I see some that is nothing like any I have seen before.

I feel like you can get lost looking at it, yet it can go almost unnoticed as you walk by if you don't look out for it.

The BIFF is on for the next month and well worth a visit.
Check out Sarah's work at the Railway yards in Creswick.

Visit Sarah's web site.


Photographer Bill Beath at the BIFF 2011.

– posted by Sally

On the Monday after the opening of the Bienalle in Ballarat Kerry and I took off to see Sarah Andersons exhibition. We knew we had to get there before 4pm, so with time against us as I had been reviewing portfolios for the past 2 days, we flew in to the town of Creswick.

We arrived at the Creswick  Woolen Mills to discover other photographers exhibiting here but alas not Sarah, she was at the Railway Station DOH!!.

Fortuitously , however, we went in to where we had arrived and met Don Oconnor Australia's last Timber Bender. What a find of a place and a lovely bloke.

When we walked thru we discovered there were a few photographers showing their work, one being Bill Beath. Bill is part of a group exhibition called "Photography and Beyond"- he said he was the beyond part !!

Bill calls himself the mathematical photographer, maths not being my strong point, I possibly wouldn't have chosen this body of work to view as the title sounds rather grim.

BUT I fell in love with his work and the colours , so much so I bought a piece.

Bill kindly allowed me to take my piece home with me ( I dont think he was meant to ), it was the only one of its kind along with the fact that he was influenced by my incredible powers of persuasion. Thanks Bill.

Following this side adventure, we then headed for the railway station to see Sarahs work, to find out it wasnt open on Mondays  aaagghh!! next time.

If you are going up to the Bienalle it is well worth looking at the programme of what is on outside Ballarat as well. There are many towns like Creswick showing work and the drive and scenery is beautiful to get to these places.

"Photography and Beyond" is showing at Creswick Woolen Mill Precinct

18 Railway Parade Creswick, as part of the 2011 BIFF.


Sally’s workshop at the Ballarat Foto Bienalle.

– posted by Sally

On Saturday 20th August I went up to the BIFB to give a workshop on folio design and editing. Originally it was meant to be held at St Patricks, but the venue was changed at the last minute.

We were now in the Annexe of the Ballarat Gallery. Yipee

I met a lovely lady, Sue Jackson who bent over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed and gave us the space for the day.

It was really exciting working in there and the photographers that attended were fabulous. They had brought their work along for me to discuss and together we were able to have many discussions about the commercial industry and I was bombarded with intelligent questions all day.

I showed them folios I had worked on and had an opportunity to look at a selection of their images they had brought with them as well.

I was able to give advice and hopefully inspiration to them over the 6 hours that they will take away and put to good use.

Kerry was with me as well, diligently manning the ipad, but more importantly showing the process of how we worked together designing her folio. She had many great suggestions for them too .

I think listening to someone else's experience and seeing how it unfolds is always so beneficial for both parties. This was the first time Kerry had shown anyone her work.

Thanks Jeff for asking me to put on the workshop , I loved giving it.


Introducing Fred Kroh’s new folio.

– posted by Sally

Fred is a seasoned shooter with many a story to tell.

It was great woriking with him and looking at a decade of images to be inspired by.

Fred shoots people.

He has a great sense of intensity in his images that make you stop and look right into them.

Fred wrote to me after we worked together and said "I found the experience fun, exciting and educational" and I think that is terrific.

Here are a few of my favourite spreads from that day.


Sally will be at the BIFB

– posted by Sally

Today Kerry and I have jumped in the car and driven up to Ballarat where the The Ballarat internation Foto Bienalle begins tomorrow in full swing.

I have been posting news of this fantastic event over the past few months and here it is finally here.

The BIFB is a fantastic opportunity for photographers from all over the world to meet up, exhibit their work, look at others work, network and have their work reviewed and attend workshops.

It really is a an amazing festival and team that have put this together headed by Jeff Moorfoot have worked tirelessly to ensure it is a huge success. Jeff and I have known each other for over 20 years, in fact we were at RMIT together, me a young 18 year old starting out and Jeff a man of many past talents persuing another carreer. His dedication to all things photography is outstanding and Kerry and I are here for the next 5 days soaking it all up.

We will be shooting and blogging whilst here, so stay tuned. Ill be reviewing folios , which I love and SOOO much more.

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Eamon Gallageher’s back on deck!

– posted by Sally

Eamon Gallagher checks in after a short break- (long story, involves a broken wrist, but he's all back to normal now).

Now he's back he has shot RUN Melbourne marathon advertising campaign for the Melbourne Age, revamped TAC brochures and been working on a major photographic project with Convention Centres across Australia for Tourism Australia.

We have also just updated Eamon's profile so check it out.


Here’s a copule of spreads from Abigail Burt’s new folio for you to check out.

– posted by Sally

Abigail and I met at the end of 2010 when I was on her final year folio assessment panel at RMIT.

She displayed an individual look to her work and was experimental which I found exciting.

Abigail was selected to win the Sally Brownbill award and together we have revamped her third year folio and added new shoots and come up with a total knock out book.

Abigail has a great sence of who she is as a photographer and a strong personality shows in her work.

it is common for a students final year folio to change fairly soon after they have graduated. Out in the world they are free of assignment deadlines and trying to fit criterias for certain lecturers.They can be themselvers, but must learn discipline too.

Abigail has plenty of that, focus,good attitude and loads of talent.

What a combo.

These are 3 of my fav pages we have in her folio now.


Sebastien Millier’s new folio all the way from France.

– posted by Sally

I recently blogged about working in Paris with Sebastien Millier. I have just received his final folio and it looks amazing. We need to tweak a few pages, but the guts of it is there.

Here are three of my favorite spreads and I am including an excerpt from a text I received from Sebastien a few days after working with him.

It makes me smile.

“I just finished to shoot in Roma for Havaianas. That was a bust day. I also have to digest all what you said about my work!

So I’m exhausted.

I was very happy to work with you.

To be honest I didn’t exactly know what to expect before we met I think you open my eyes on very simple things:

Thank you very much for your fresh air and your smart approach.

I think that was a few adjustments for my portfolio but a giant step for me!”


Capture One 6 with Les Walkling SPECIAL TRAMPOLINE OFFER Tuesday 16th August

– posted by Kerry

Every Assistant, Photographer and student should have a solid understanding of Capture One 6 as part of their photographic toolkit.  Recognised as the industry leading photographic image workflow and processing software, particularly since the release of version 6, you cannot afford to be in the marketplace without this essential skillset.

Blue Tree Studios is pleased to present this special offer
to those on the Trampoline mailing list, offering this seminar for the bargain price of only $49 instead of the full price of $77.  Featuring industry expert Les Walkling, this is the best $49 you can spend on your professional development.  Even if you know Capture One, we're sure Les will be able to show you a new trick or two in this latest version.

This seminar presents a comprehensive overview of Capture One 6, Phase One's latest version of their legendary software. Highlights of the seminar include Capture One's exceptional image quality, and the logical and professional workflow it facilitates. RAW, TIFF and JPEG files are processed non-destructively, tethered shooting and batch processing are fully supported, and special tools such as the Colour Editor, High Dynamic Range, Lens Correction and Skin Tone Enhancer produce images of unrivalled beauty, accuracy with processing efficiency.
Tuesday 16th August
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
2/126 Bertie St
Port Melbourne
VIC  3207


Stylist Steph Hooke’s work.

– posted by Kerry

Steph Hooke has worked with Photographer Alexia Sinclair for Marie Claire's "Exotic Birds" campaign.

Nice work Steph.


James Knowler iPhone shots.

– posted by Kerry

James Knowler says he has always loved doing street photography but can't always have his big camera with him.

"With all the travel I have been doing lately I end up in some great places and always have my iPhone." "The camera isn't the best through my industrial looking cover but the old style, rough effect is what I like about it."

"With the Best Camera app I can play with the images right on my phone, don't need to download it to my computer and then upload." "It's quick, easy and gives some great effects."

"The police don't really believe that you are playing with photos, and not talking on your phone while in the car."

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