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Greg Elms at BIFB ‘11

– posted by Kerry

Read about Greg's experience at the BIFB folio reviews:

For a photographer like me, hoping to break into the art world, the BIFB folio reviews were an invaluable opportunity.  

Apart from the feedback gained by showing and discussing my work, it was a chance to have one on one time with some of Australia's leading artworld figures in photography:  high profile curators, gallerists and artist's representatives. 

I was given leads to chase up, advice on image selection, exhibition presentation, future directions, and best of all, great encouragement to continue producing more work. 

And I may even have a show with one of the galleries.


Keep us posted Greg, we look forward to an invite to your next exhibition opening!


Fine Lines- Kristin Diemer at BIFB’11

– posted by Sally

Uncertainty, exist and disappear.

A visual metaphor of the lines in our lives, those we transition, ignore and
those which haunt.
Reality is veiled, slips away and disappears.

A selection of images from an emerging and ongoing project - images taken in
contemplative moments during travels through rural Australia and rural US.
They are intended to capture the finelines of being split between two homes &
never fully belonging to one place.

Kristin Diemer grew up in rural Minnesota (US) surrounded by the lonely,
desolate prairie as a constant backdrop to her photographic practice. Moving
to Australia she fell in love with Australian backdrops.

Working with light, colour and geography she strives to capture the fleeting moments
disappearing before our eyes a metaphor for the search for home and
belonging in our increasingly mobile lives.
The title FineLines was inspired by lyrics in Pleasure and Pain by the Divinyls,
illustrating duplicity in meaning when we search for self, not always choosing
a path free from pain, and often unsure of where we stand.

Kristin is now based in Melbourne as a photographer, social researcher and
member of the BIFB11 Melbourne Committee.

Kristin’s photographic work focuses on identity with specific interest in women,
community and social identity. This is translated into commercial and
environmental portraits of both people and places. She has also recently
completed a 6 year documentary project with a small farm family as they
prepared for retirement and moving off the land in NW Victoria.

This work is being exhibited at the Creswick Woollen Mills during the BIFB’11.


Heather Dinas Features as a Core Artist at the BIFB’11

– posted by Sally

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale for 2011 will feature “over 100 exhibitions by over 200 artists as well as projections, a telefoto program, master classes, talks” among other special photographic treats.

Heather will be one of the core artists showcased at the event. On the back of her nomination from this years’ Head On portrait prize, Heather will host an exhibition titled ‘Hymn of Kassiani’ as well as part one of a new series, “Two Brides”.

So if you happen to be in the area or are traveling specifically to see the BIFB she’d love to see you on the opening night Saturday 20th August at the Mining Exchange. Heather will also be presenting an artist talk amid her exhibition space on Sunday 28th August from 2pm.

‘The camera acts as a mirror that facilitates the examination of self, questioning through gender roles, rites of passage and memory; cellular memory, past down from our mothers’ and matriarchal lineage. My parents’ idealized world of 1950’s morality and culture was sealed in a vacuum, floating, isolated, never changing.’

Heather Dinas


Maurizio Salvati at the BIFB 2011

– posted by Sally

30" (Thirty Seconds) series is inspired by the first photographic portraits of the 19th century. The intense look in the people's eyes being more a reflection of the physical effort to maintain the pose than their true character. 30" tries to recuperate this deep and extended moment between the sitter and the camera's lens. This prolonged stare transforms the lens' glass into a mirror where the photographic gaze is the subject's own.

Maurizio Salvati born in Rome in 1960, moved to Australia in 1991 full time lecturer at NMIT and active as a photomedia artist both in Australia and Italy.

"All my work, generally small series, is based around  my family, my work, and anything else that may happen to me. A constant visual diary of faces, objects and places that make my daily life. My main inspirations is the Family Album as a photographic record of the vernacular. I believe that the true social history of photography should be redefined by the work of the millions of amateur photographers since 1839. The other great inspiration is the constant contact with the students and my colleagues  who challenge and stimulate my creative processes."


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.


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.


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.

BIFB newsletter


Ballarat International Foto Biennale e-newsletter August.

– posted by Sally

download the latest newsletter or visit the website


Ballarat Foto Bienalle.

– posted by Sally

As you know the Foto Bienalle is coming up in August in Ballarat. Jeff Moorfoot and his team are working tirelessly to ensure it is a fantastic photographic feast.

Jeff has asked me to run a workshop on Saturday the 20th August between 10 am and 4 pm, so if you are interested, get in touch with the Bienalle office on  53314833 or go to the web site

I will also being giving folio reviews on the Sunday 21st August and Monday 22nd August. I would love to see you if you are up there.">

You can down load kits and see the other reviewers and find all the info you need on how to register.

Hope to see you there and rug up !! Its freezing up there this time of year.



Ballarat International Foto Biennale June update.

– posted by Kerry

Downlaod the newsletter.


Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011.

– posted by Kerry



The official newsletter of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale
April* 2011

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If you want to keep up with BIFB'11 (and other photographic) news on a day-to-day basis do follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  We will be using the hashtag #BIFB11 for any news related to the Festival, please feel free to join us in using this tag. 

Fringe Exhibition Registrations

At this early stage we have had 32 artists register their Fringe shows and from general conversation it appears that most venues on our list to date have agreed with, or are talking with, photographers about possible BIFB’11 Fringe shows. We would encourage those artists who have come to an agreement with a venue but have yet to submit their paperwork to do so at the earliest opportunity so that those still looking for a space don’t waste their days trying to contact venues that have already organised a show. We are still adding venues so if you are keen to show at BIFB’11 and have yet to find a space, keep your eye on the venue pages on the website for newly added spaces. And of course you are always welcome to source your own space so long as the venue is willing to complete a venue application form.

Space Still Available at the Following Venues for Fringe Shows

  • The Ballarat Observatory, Magpie St (Sovereign Hill circuit)
  • Wendouree PAC (Lake Circuit)
  • Timber Benders (Creswick circuit)

Portfolio Reviews at BIFB’11

Our review panel is taking shape. The BIFB’11 Portfolio Reviews take place on Sunday August 21st and Monday 22nd at the Mercure opposite Sovereign Hill. A two day Portfolio Review gives you eight 20 minute one-to-one sessions to show your work to some of the most important people in photography today, including curators, gallerists, editors, educators, consultants and festival directors from all across Australia and around the world.

The reviewers will collectively choose the strongest folio from the reviews and that photographer will be offered the opportunity to submit a proposal to be included in the prestigious Core Program at BIFB’13. Also on offer to portfolio review candidates will be the chance to win one of three $300 vouchers to produce a book courtesy of Blurb. Click here to access the Portfolio Review Kit on our website.

Call for Entries to the BIFB11 Projections Program Still Open

The BIFB'11 Projections Program will take place in the Manuscript Gallery at the Ballarat Art Gallery. The projections space will accommodate around 30 seats and will enable the audience to take in part or all of a particular projections program.
Each discrete projections program will consist of between 7 to 12 individual audio-visual presentations of between 2.5 minutes and 5 minutes duration. Audio-visuals will be grouped into shows of similar content, i.e. photo-documentary, fine art, conceptual etc. etc. We are most interested in presentations that have either a strong narrative and/or visual flow. Projections will show every day of the festival. Spots are still available in the BIFB'11projections program. Photographers working in the audio visual format are invited todownload an information pdf from the website on the projections page.
Win a Masterclass with John Gollings
BIFB, in conjunction with Federation Square, Melbourne, and Lowepro, are proud to announce the photographic competition F Stop. F Stop will run in the lead-up to BIFB'11. The challenge for photographers is to identify the letters - or representations of the letters -  B I F & B within the confines of Federation Square and make four photographs featuring a different letter in each photograph.  Competition starts June 1st and ends July 24th. Entry form, terms and conditions of entry will be available on the BIFB website very soon. (We'll post links on Twitter and Facebook and of course in our next newsletter).

Become a Member of our Team of Volunteers and Ambassadors

BIFB'11 will be a huge logistical exercise and will require a team of 60+ volunteers in the lead up to and during the festival itself. Tasks include preparation of venues, hanging of shows, framing works, gallery sitting, construction, transport, administration and a host of other tasks that make up the successful running of an event of this size.  Apart from being part of a team that is dedicated to raise the profile and status of  photography in Australia, our team members are offered a range of both practical and social incentives to encourage participation in an event that is making its mark on the world stage.  You can download a volunteer application form from the website, or call the office to discuss how you might contribute to the ongoing success of the BIFB.

Introducing Three BIFB'11 Core Program Artists

See our full list of Core Program artists on our website.

Free Radical R 'Chee' Ball Prize for Self Portraiture

Photographers are invited to submit one photographic self portrait to the Free Radical R 'Chee' Ball prize.  All valid entries will be exhibited as part of the Special Events Program at the BIFB'11 and the winners will be announced at the BIFB volunteers vernissage at the Mining Exchange on Sunday September 18th.  Go to the Free Radical website for more information on the entry and judging process.

BIFB'11 Print Swap Call for Entry 

The Print Swap is a great way to support the festival and to get your hands on a new photographic work for your wall.  
There are some well known photographers participating and will be a wonderful selection of works.  All you need to do is donate $100 and one of your best prints to the swap by the deadline of June 15th.  Then attend the draw (details to be announced) and select your print of choice when your name is drawn.  It will be a lot of fun and an invaluable support for BIFB'11.  Details and print swap kit are available on our website. 
Head On Photography Festival in Sydney Opens May 5th
See details of the Head On Photography Festival and asssciated events at

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BIFB'11: 20.8 > 18.9 2011

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