Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011

colonia

by nicole

horizons, 2009 © nicole davis

just  a monday post. a few b&w film images from colonia del sacramento in uruguay. enjoy! some colour ones tomorrow.

naptime, 2009 © nicole davis

parillada, 2009 © nicole davis

oldies, 2009 © nicole davis

facade, 2009 © nicole davis

a dream, 2009 © nicole davis

the wall, 2009 © nicole davis

January 30, 2011

happy happy rainbow

by nicole

 beginnings, 2010 © nicole davis

last weekend my boy and i went to rainbow serpent festival. this is a mindblowing music/arts festival (colloquially called a bush doof in aussie parlance) set in an amazing australian bush setting near the town of beaufort in country victoria. it’s predominantly electronic music but there is a growing variety of genres and this year we saw an amazing ska band – skazz - i’m totally tracking them down at another time.

people love rainbow so much that, when it ends, we are already counting down to the next one – the website even counts down to get us excited.

we had a gorgeous weekend of dancing and catching up with a few friends – and meeting new ones. in honour of that i’ve recently (in honour of clearing my backlog of images) scanned my film shots from last year’s party. i do confess that this year i only took one photo! but these will give you an idea. the full set can be found on flickr.

cowboy, 2010 © nicole davis

daylights, 2010 © nicole davis

rainbow serpent triptych 2, 2010 © nicole davis

dancefloor, 2010 © nicole davis

nuclear free zone, 2010 © nicole davis

welcome, 2010 © nicole davis

rainbow serpent triptych 1, 2010 © nicole davis

sunny bee, 2010 © nicole davisunder the southern cross, 2010 © nicole davis

lolly, 2010 © nicole davis

January 29, 2011

backlog

by nicole

home, 2009 © nicole davis

my backlog of images is getting over the top. these shots are some more on film from south america and i shot them two years ago. there are many more where these came from. i feel somewhat stressed that they are not on flickr or blogged or on facebook. but really, why does it matter so much?

i guess the main reason is that it helps me to analyse and reflect on my work when i go through them in order to blog about them, etc. but i also feel on the flipside that going through such old material hinders me from creating new work, from exploring different avenues, undertaking new projects. it also means that new things i create also often go into the backlog and may only be explored two years down the track.

it’s a catch 22. but for the moment i’ll keep plodding along and seeing where these images, both old & new, take me.

and hey – you haven’t seen them before have you? that’s another good reason!

closing in, 2009 © nicole davis
big sleep, 2009 © nicole davis
protection, 2009 © nicole davis
exposure, 2009 © nicole davis

company, 2009 © nicole davis

sunset, 2009 © nicole davis

contentment, 2009 © nicole davis
reminder, 2009 © nicole davis

ps. they are from recoleta cemetary in buenos aires. you can see more of these shots on my buenos aires flickr set.

January 22, 2011

inhabited

by nicole

just a quick little post for the weekend! i’ve showed you some of the colour film images that i took in south america, including several from buenos aires that i displayed in my feria exhibition at sonido! cafe. i loved the beautiful soft light and colours that my canon tx captured during my time there. but i also shot with black & white film while i was there. it’s interesting to reflect on the difference in feel between images produced with colour film and those made with black & white, on the same camera in the same area of buenos aires at around the same time in similar light. 

to me the colour shots seem whimsical and dreamlike with a vintage feel. in contrast the b&w shots are sharp and defined with a simplicity that that lends itself to particular types of urban scenes that i so love to shoot. the images that i shoot in b&w are often simpler in their composition than my colour shots; they usual emphasise the built environment and, although the people that inhabit that environment are present, they are almost incidental to the scene. of course the contrast between these people and the solid structures surrounding them only serve to highlight their humanity and perhaps their fragility.

sometimes this is deliberate but, more often, i think it’s actually an unconscious process when i’m shooting b&w. my composition changes to this more simple style, with architectural forms and lines often the driving force, starkly contrasting with the people in the images.

i hope you enjoy these images – all shot in buenos aires in 2009. for those of you in melbourne you can see these four particular images in real life at brunswick street gallery in the photography 11a group show, on until 3 february.

daydreams, 2009 © nicole davislos despidos, 2009 © nicole davistienda, 2009 © nicole davisnew store, 2009 © nicole davis

January 19, 2011

sweet things: polas on show

by nicole

alimentari & benvenuto diptych, 2010 © nicole davis

hello all! i’m back. i’ve been having a wee break from the web 2.0 world since early december – no tweeting, no flickr, no blog reading! this was all for a variety of reasons mainly business:

a. i went to new zealand for 10 days. it was part work, part play. i friends in auckland & tauranga (bay of plenty), as well as going to the contained memory conference in wellington. the former was restful and good for the soul, the latter was mind-blowingly inspiring!

b. christmas in brisbane with family after a week back from nz. lovely and restful, great to see my family. lots of dvds watched on my parents gigantic new flatscreen and harry potter at gold class. it rained the whole time, which made it hard to go out but it forced me to relax. unfortunately, as we now know, that rain turned into devastating flooding that affected so many in queensland.

c. new years. four lovely friends came down from sydney and spent the week with us. it was so much fun! i worked the whole time, including new years day but we had plans for a nice quiet dinner with cocktails and drinks at my house. everything went to plan … except for the quiet bit (i was in bed by 1am, the rest of them partied all night!)

d. exhibitions! yes … plural. i’ve been doing back to back exhibitions for the last few months and feeling a little exhausted by them all. i of course already blogged about the m.a.i.d. show in october at the owl & the pussycat, richmond, as well as my solo show, feria, in november at chiquitica. for the last month i’ve had six polaroids up in the annual small works show at brunswick street gallery. i was so pleased with the way they worked out i have to say! they included some that you’ve seen before and a few new ones, including the two above. you can see all the images on my small works exhibition set on flickr. they’re a nice little mix of foody treats and images of two of my fave spots in fitzroy for being foody - sonidoalimentari. there were so many gorgeous works in the exhibition in all types of media … i was so tempted to buy … but could not make a decision what to buy! i literally just pulled these off the wall today, so apologies that i made no effort whatsoever to promote it or tell anybody about it at all. but … i promise i’ll keep you up to date on the next lot coming up very very soon … in two days in fact … eep!

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