A part of me is gone

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On Saturday morning I developed 6 sheets of film that I had taken over the previous week. Little did I know that over the weekend my treasured Toyo-View 45CF, tripod and most of my large format lenses would be stolen. These are probably the last photos I will ever have taken with “Toyo” unless it is recovered.

I am distraught that the camera I have learned large format photography with, and the lenses I had so carefully pursued and collected are gone.

During the last 18 months “Toyo” has been my life’s blood whilst I have been recovering from operations and major illnesses caused by cancer. I loved this camera so much simply because it helped me to see the world a little differently, and to get up and about into our great National Parks along the coast, escarpments and mountains near where I live. Many days were spent carrying…

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Mexican Fiesta

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For her 21st Birthday, my daughter Honi wanted a Mexican Fiesta. That meant of course plenty of margaritas, tequila, beer, fajitas, beans, guacamale, corn chips and sombreros. We hired a juke box, light show and a good time was had by all.

For this special occasion I loaded up the Wet Flash (Olympus AF-1) with Fuji Superia 400, that I later developed in the Tetanal C41 two bath rapid kit.

The Wet Flash is perfect for a party at night with its autofocus and instanteous ESP Quickflash with zero recharging time. It was a real find when I found it at the trash and treasure market in Dapto last year. The camera cost me less than the battery. Priceless!

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Do the Strand!

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My cousin from Holland wanted to go shopping at the QVB (Queen Victoria Building).

The time needed for the exposures left her plenty of time to wander the shops.

It costs nothing to window shop, and, I was particularly enarmoured by the spiral staircase in the QVB

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August 2014 HolgaWPC Velvia50 Xpro 3I also took her to The Strand.

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Taken with Holga-120WPC on Velvia 50 cross-processed in Tetanal C41 2 Bath Kit.

NB. I always throw a few coins into the wishing well outside the QVB. It has a touch of the blarney!

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South West Rocks

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On a rainy day the ochre tones of the rocks were enhanced by their wetness and the light. From offshore these rocks must be striking standing out from other physical features in the landscape, and serve as an aid to navigation.

August 2014 HolgaWPC Portra tetantalc41 3August 2014 HolgaWPC Portra tetantalc41 2August 2014 HolgaWPC Portra tetantalc41 1Taken with Holga-120WPC on Portra 160 and developed in Tetantal C41 two bath rapid kit. This roll just wanted it rough. The camera fell open and half the roll was exposed. After developing the film slipped out of my hand and landed on the floor. I quickly washed and cloned out the grit. And it rained and rained and rained…

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Smithtown and beyond

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Sitting on a bend of the Macleay River between Kempsey and Jerseyville is Smithtown. Once busy towns when the waterways were full of traffic, but today’s freeways bypass many small towns and villages. Along with the coming of supermarkets and malls in regional centres, the dearth of traffic contributes to closing businesses in many rural communities.

Coming off the freeway at Frederickton, where the famous pie shop on the old Pacific Highway has lost most of its business in the twelve months after the bypass opened, we make our way via Smithtown to the coast. The Nestles dairy is still a major employer in Smithtown, so there are less houses for sale than expected, but most of the shops have closed. Oddly enough, it is a small working class town set amongst dairying and beef farms. On a rainy Saturday morning there is not much activity.

"Meat is murder.."

“Meat is murder..”

For…

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Finding paradise

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Sometimes I wonder what it actually might mean to find paradise?

Can it be an earthly reality, or is paradise a place which is mystically conceptualised due to the influence of myths, religions, tourist or even real estate brochures? In a world full of hash tagged paradises that seem to be for sale, or to be exchanged for desiring souls, can such places exist at all.

Over the past few weeks our cousin Kitty has been visiting from Holland. For a few days we took her down the South Coast of New South Wales to the Murramarang National Park, and the parks in the mountains behind. At this time of the year it can be icy cold in the mornings always with the possibility of rain, practically deserted beaches, villages quiet, and the vast wilderness expanses of dense forest seemingly impenetrable.

It is these sanctuary zones, especially thosewhich National Parks…

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Distant winter sun

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August can bring cold frosty mornings, clear blue skies, a chill in the breeze, and a rapid fall in temperature when the sun starts to set. It is on these days when the winter sun is distant, that it seems perfect to be the only person on a beach, in the surf, or walking the headlands of the South Coast.

In the nearby wildernesses of the Great Dividing Range, the cool weather provides an opportunity for burning off to reduce the fuel load in the forests before the long dry summer months begin. The smoke haze sunsets intensify red and orange hues of sandstone cliffs facing the west on the escarpment.

Winter morn - Beagle Bay, South Durras

Winter morn – Beagle Bay, South Durras

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Trees at the end of Cookies Beach

Lone surfer - Wasp Head

Lone surfer – Wasp Head, Murramarang NP

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Wobegong Bay, Murramarang NP

Ochres at sunset

Ochres at sunset – Hylands Lookout

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Looking towards Yalwal

Burnt orange

Burnt orange

Smoke haze at sunset Smoke haze at…

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