Posts tagged ‘melbourne silver mine’

January 29, 2012

unSensored11 opening night (or ‘trying to rock the digital camera’)

by nicole


so ages ago (in late november early december) the melbourne silver mine had it’s annual unsensored show. it was great … i loved what i’d produced for it (which didn’t sell but that’s cool – you still have a chance). i dehung and had dehanging drinks with all the msm peeps on 8 december – literally jumping on the tram five hours before i was due to fly to malaysia (i hadn’t packed either!!) but the opening night! the opening night was fabulous and i took bucketloads of pictures both of the night and the hanging the night before. i’ve put these images on flickr but haven’t blogged them before now. why? because i shot them on my digital with my new lens. now i wasn’t really feeling the love with the digital. it just doesn’t feel right to me anymore after many months of almost purely shooting film (and iphone). now i’m not getting into the film vs dig debate but suffice it to say i felt the images were too clean, too easy, too … meh. so i bumped the iso up hugely on the opening night and felt a little better about them. and now a couple of months later i’ve looked through them again and decided that i do like them after all. sometimes distance and time are very good things with your own artwork.

next up: travel photos – so many you’re going to be sick of them … but too bad :p look at them on flickr and put them on slideshow. it’ll be like an old fashioned family slide night … hehe

artily placing stuff on the wall

big decisions

let's get it started

posing awkwardly

getting going

nice hat!



pointing artily

January 28, 2012

so there was that one time …

by nicole

when i shot a whole roll of film for the melbourne silver mine totally awesome film swap project.

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i spent the evening and morning with a good friend who was over from london and is one of a couple of people that i really credit for inspiring me to return to film photography. i shot the whole roll in one day, kind of like a day in the life of nicole. i felt inspired and excited by what i’d shot.

now i’ll let you in on a secret. normally with photographic projects and exhibitions i’m usually doing things at the last minute (like framing photos at 3 o’clock in the morning the night before) rather proud of myself that i’d done a project several weeks before the deadline.  i immediately developed it and it looked awesome on the negs! then i got a bit busy with uni and work (actually frantically mind blowingly busy) and after a couple of weeks realised i’d better get my butt into gear and scan and print the photos.

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could i find the negs? no … nowhere. chris and i turned the house upside down, i flipped out and cried cause i was so stressed out i didn’t feel like i had time to shoot, develop, scan and print another whole roll.

but i did do it … and in the end both myself and the recipient did love the images.

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fast forward three months. i’m back from thailand and malaysia. i’m centred, at peace, calm. and i’m looking through my dvd collection in my tv cabinet draws and glance up at the shelf in front of my face. a white box that my lab puts the negs in was sitting in front of me. about 20cm from where i’d last seen it all those months ago. it was there all along, in plain view.

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MSM film swap 1019

i’ve now had them developed and i’ve scanned them. but you know what? i don’t think i like them as much as the roll i ended up giving to dee. it’s like the time i finished a uni assignment two weeks early and got the worst mark of any assignment ever. i don’t hate them, i like them but they just don’t have as much of the spark, the oomph, the passion of the second lot. i suppose i shouldn’t be dissing my own work but it’s just honest. maybe i’ll change my mind later though.

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in any case here are a few and you can see images from both rolls on the flickr set or the other shots in the original post – if you’d like to compare and let me know what you think about all this.

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what have i learnt from this? i do too much. i need to keep calm.  i shouldn’t freak out. i need shanti.

and most of all … never ever ever finish something three weeks early and then neglect to go back to it and check it again before the due date.

athough sometimes you need a little bit of panic to inspire you too!

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ps i really really want to post my travel shots but i needed to finish this … and i have one more post before you can see the travel ones – see you tomorrow x


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November 22, 2011


by nicole

hung parliament

hey folks … it’s on again! unSensored11 is coming soon to collingwood gallery. this is the exhibition that led me to the fabulousness that is the melbourne silver mine.

one day last year i was randomly walking along smith street and saw this cool photography exhibition in collingwood gallery … hmmm i thought … photography … and even better film photography. this was something i’d been pouring my heart and soul into for a while and i was uber excited to see a whole exhibition dedicated to it.

the talent of these folks blew me away. and the rest is history … i joined melbourne silver mine … started meeting a few of these fab people and started exhibiting with them.

just over a year later i’m exhibiting in the same exhibition that drew me in to the fold. i’ll be exhibiting a polyptych of images shot with my polaroid sx70 on impossible project’s px100 film (they won’t have the black border … just makes it easier to see against the white background on the blog but it will be framed).

come and check it out! if you can’t get to the opening on friday 25 november please come at some point during the exhibition. full details to be found at the website linked above. most of the works are for sale (including mine!) and you too could have some fabulousness for your own wall/s courtesy of the melbourne silver mine’s talented cohorts.

props to all involved and the hardworking committee members and the other peeps that make this happen!


the truly awesome invite includes image by kat in the invite with graphic design by dee

November 6, 2011

totally awesome …

by nicole

Inspired by nostalgia for giving gifts of mixed tapes, I thought maybe we could do something similar, but with film.

in late august dee came up with this very cool idea. last week we met up on a gorgeous melbourne afternoon and swapped our images. there were lots and lots of amazing shots taken by the very talented msm crew. i shot for dee. this is just a sample of what she got …



rainy lunchtime

glass ceiling

red door

blue chairs



waiting for coffee

August 14, 2011

ballarat bound

by nicole

BIFB Street Poster FINAL

did you know that melbourne has a special camera group dedicated to film photography? it does! and it’s called the melbourne silver mine. it’s made up of about 100 people who love old school analogue. silver miners come from all backgrounds and have the most amazing range of film cameras that you could not imagine. we do stuff like exhibitions, fun photo walks, monthly competitions, group buys of film and such.

we are very excited to be holding not one but two fringe shows at this years ballarat international foto biennale: the melbourne silver mine show at woolshed clothing on armstrong street north and just don’t call it street (surprisingly about street photography) at the very cool old butcher’s shop on seymour street.  dee (top) and roberts (bottom) two of our very talented photographers (with super design skills) made some great posters with all the details!

the shows and the biennale start on saturday 20 august and run until 18 september. so there’s plenty of time for people to jump in the car or on the v-line train for a gander at the amazing range of works by melbourne silver mine and hundreds of other photographers.

on thursday a few of us went up to ballarat to drop off our street show work and to hang our msm woolshed show images. i’m doing some old favourite street shots from buenos aires for the former and both old and new polas in the latter. the majority of folks headed up today to have a big all in hanging day. even with only a few works up on the wall it already looked great and i can’t wait to see the final results.


BIFB11 MSM flyer August 2011


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