This is the place where I grew up and the images have a nostalgic quality for me. The images bring back memories from my childhood through to when I left home as a young adult. Memories of my mother’s gardens that have always been a mix of fruit trees and flowers, of asbestos sheds filled with ancient boxes of ancient tools, of the dams that we swam in as children that are now filled with water lillies, of maintaining aging fences to keep in the stockand of building my mother a fish pond by cutting down and rendering a rusty water tank.
Many of the images, while taken recently, could have been taken during my childhood or at any period in between. Sometimes things in life change very slowly. However my mother has now reached eighty years of age and can no longer be described as sprightly. We are discussing how long she can continue to remain in the place that has been her home for over forty years. For me these images and others that I have taken are also a record of a time that is rapidly drawing to a close.
Please enjoy them with me.
I decided to make a photographic series with movement blur and dance and hoped that the expressive visual combination would elicit different moods and feelings. I was very fortunate to photograph actor and dancer, Sarah Jane Kelly who brought such energy and expression that my photographs were completed in one studio session. In my composition I aim for the viewer’s eye to constantly move, like the ceaseless movement of dance, encountering different moods along the way, while also as a whole representing expression and energy.
Shown here is a representation of the print (which measures approximately 78cm width by 88 cm high) and detail of four of the images.
Old Lang Syne
During our travels we visited grand churches, cathedrals and other historical buildings. These historical monuments are often many centuries old but are well maintained. The current photographs do not readily reveal their antiquity.
Now imagine how these buildings would have been drawn in ancient books or manuscripts…. the weathered look of these pictures conveys these bygone times.
ABOUT SECRET FLOWERS
I love Australian native plants.
Evolving in an ancient land of poor soils and variable climate, they are often small, hiding in the foliage.
Only up close and personal do they reveal their beauty. Then we see their vibrant colours, unique shapes and subtle designs.
And together with the wombats, quolls, wallabies, birds and insects, they create a landscape that is uniquely Australian.
Yet these plants and their ecosystems are under threat – land clearing, development, weeds and climate change.
Can we allow these unique plants to disappear?
I think not. I believe we can all make a difference and protect them for our grandchildren as well as our own wellbeing.
How? By planting native, by protecting the bush, by living sustainably – every action counts!
Here is a small selection of our beautiful flora, shown up close and personal, showcasing what makes them worth fighting for!
I hope they inspire you to plant a native today.
Heather Miles, November 2019
In June this year I spent 3 weeks travelling in Norway going from South to North along Norway’s west coast ending up way above the Arctic Circle.
I was totally gobsmacked by the scenery of the fjords, the mountains and the delightful small towns and villages. Hardly ever in my considerable years have I been so impressed with both a natural and a built environment. I took many photographs including exercising my techniques in Panorama and Long Exposure images.
I strongly felt that I wanted to share this experience with friends and colleagues; hence this portfolio. I hope you enjoy it.
This portfolio depicts the familiar in an unfamiliar way. The veils of colour and movement, of people and trappings, have been lifted. Ethereal lighting and frozen streaks of cloud add drama and motion. Reflections from glass-still water invite us to hold our breath.
Objective observation gives way to personal interpretation. The document is replaced by imagination and becomes the prerogative of the artist and the viewer together.