Monday, 20 November 2017

Abandoned photography

"Abandoned : the most beautiful forgotten places from around the world "
by Mathew Growcoot, a photographic book of the dark yet hauntingly special places.

The places time forgot. From the magical empty theatres of Detroit to the lost playgrounds of Chernobyl, there are places across the globe that were once a hub of activity, but are now abandoned and in decay. With nature creeping in and reclaiming these spots, we are left with eerie crumbling ruins and breathtaking views that offer us a window into the past and capture our imagination.
"Abandoned" showcases the very best photographs from around the world documenting this phenomenon. More immersive than a museum, abandoned photography has given the world an exciting way to look at times gone by and the places we have long neglected. The images captured provoke questions about earlier times, mans' futility, and the relentless power of nature.
The book was compiled and curated by photographer and former urban explorer, Mathew Growcoot from Birmingham in England. Below are just some of his images of industry, landscapes and the built environment post usefulness.
 Part of the incline at the abandoned Dinorwic Quarry, which lies between Llanberis and Dinorwig, near Bangor in Wales, UK. It was once the largest slate quarry in the world.

Nature reclaiming a derelict building

 An old locomotive in the Istvantelek Rail Workshop, Budapest, Hungary

To view more of Mathew's photographs borrow "Abandoned".

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Above and beyond

Nick Rains latest book "Aerial Australia" is beautiful, and reminds us that depending on the angle there is beauty in just about everything.
In this case the angle is from an aeroplane, but the proliferation of drones is likely going  to make the rarity of aerial photography more commonplace.

There's nothing like the thrill of looking out the window of an aircraft and seeing the world from above, and in "Aerial Australia", Nick's photographs reveal Australia as it's rarely seen, revealing a whole new side of its beauty. It offers sweeping views of Australia's cities; dramatic glimpses of its Outback sand dunes and epic waterfalls; a new perspective on Australia's coral reefs and coastal fringes, and a new way of looking at Australia's countryside. These hundreds of stunning photographs turn industrial scenes and winding rivers into abstract art. 

Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, starting off in the UK with sports and commercial work before moving to Australia in 1990. Since then he has specialised in travel and landscape work, crisscrossing the country on assignments for publishers. His work involves packing up his 4WD and heading off into the wilderness for weeks at a time, driving tens of thousands of kilometres and camping out under the stars in a never-ending quest for the perfect light.  

Here are just a few of the images in the book-
The solar reflectors at White Cliffs, N.S.W.

The everyday reflected in White Cliffs, then the everyday transformed with a red car on a road crossing the shallow Wallaga Lake near Bermagui.

The unexpected - headstones in Melbourne General Cemetery

This beautiful keepsake casts Australia's beauty in a whole new light. 
And talking about drone photography, I was recently impressed with Jaimen Hudson, check out his website for more stunning photos, especially those around Esperance.

Here is the link to Nick's website, and other books by Nick Rains.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Intellectual secrets

Sent a link to an article by James Somers titled 'Keepers of the secrets' which relates to his experience when visiting the archives division of the New York Public Library.

The most quotable quote from the article has to be - 
"The real work, though, in processing a collection, is intellectual. The goal is to make the files you’ve received findable"
In an age when people say Google has all the answers to your information questions, and when economic rationalists question the value of extra time and effort expended on a bibliographic record, this is a refreshing affirmation.
Go James!
James Somers is a writer and programmer based in New York.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Pleasant Creek sold

Further to a previous post - "Abandoned in Pleasant Creek" way back in February 2008, the site was finally been leased.

According to the Stawell Times News Keenan Quinsee from Ballan is the new owner of the old hospital buildings.
He intends to clean up the site and then operate Aradale-style ghost tours.
Keenan also has other potential ideas for utilising some of the buildings (Christmas in July festival next year, a weekend night market, live music events in the summer, a bean bag cinema, wine bar and cafe and a three-dimensional artistic mural), including the very utilitarian looking concrete offices near the highway as retail space.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Glenelg

The Glenelg River rises from its source in the southern Grampians (near the Chimney Pots) and flows over 350 kilometres to Nelson on the coast, where it empties into Discovery Bay. 

It passes spots like the road-side camping area at Cherrypool, the bridge at Kanagulk, the town of Harrow, and flows into and out of Rocklands Reservoir and through the Lower Glenelg National Park.
The Fulham Bridge at Kanagulk

Canoeing on the Glenelg at Harrow

< A bend of the Glenelg as it passes below the Princess Margaret Rose Caves near Nelson.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Chief Executive Officer

It all started in 2010 with the publication of "Starring the Boss Baby as himself" (“Boss Baby”): The boss. He's here. (And FYI—he's a total baby.)
Marla Frazee’s hilarious picture book where for the Boss Baby for first-time parents become his instant minions. He is used to getting his way--drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock, and if things weren't done to his immediate satisfaction...HE HAD A FIT!! But when his demands aren't getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves.
Then earlier this year came the DreamWorks "Boss Baby" animated feature film loosely based on the book, and starring Alec Baldwin.  

And now we have Introducing the bossier baby as herself!” (some editions with the variant title “The Bossier Baby”): There’s a new boss in town... and she’s younger, shorter, and bossier than the Boss Baby ever was!
Boss Baby used to be in charge of his family, but that was before he got an even bossier baby sister. So how will he handle this hostile business take-over?

A wonderful mix of parenting frustrations and corporate bargaining.

A great book for parents, for babies, for brothers, for sisters, for children, for siblings, for executives, for minions...hey it's for everyone.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

From dawn to dusk

Another week-end, another batch of photographs -
Pano of the northern spur of Mt Arapiles, Mitre Rock in the centre, and the Arapiles silo to the right, as the morning mist was lifting.
Believe this was Wasgott's house, it's on Hauslers-Dundons Road at Miga Lake. 
The smoke from stubble burns obscures the sunset near Remlaw, while a plane to Adelaide makes it's own smoke trail. Mt Arapiles again - on the horizon.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

More than 4 seasons in 1 day

Experienced some dramatic weather on Saturday, and while I didn't set out to capture it - was just admiring it - some became part of the image anyway.
Here is a selection in the order in which they occurred, with no playing at the edit process.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A hut ever so humble

From the authors of one of Australia's favourite bush camping and 4WD guides comes a striking review of the High Country's most aesthetic and historic huts. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful full-colour photographs, ‘High Country huts & homesteads’ is a nostalgic collection of abandoned mountain homesteads, shearers’ huts, traveller’s shelters and many other lonely structures. The text portrays a short history of each hut along with many fascinating accompanying stories and importantly a GPS location.

Ranging from simple log cabins, wooden slab cattlemen’s huts, eclectic miner’s dwellings to homesteads on vast alpine grazing runs, this book presents a selection of rustic buildings with their associated structures, which have become part of our High Country heritage and a legacy of times gone by.

According to Craig and Cathy there are well over 300 huts remaining in the High Country. Each at the mercy of the elements, so it is great that they have chosen 63 of what they consider classic examples of the craft to present in this coffee-table style book.
Wallaces Hut
They refer Wallaces Hut, perched near Victoria’s highest peak Mt Bogong, a crude hut which has withstood over 120 snow covered winters, and dodged bushfires to become the oldest hut on the high plains.

It contrasts with Four Mile Hut in the Kosciuszko National Park erected from scavenged materials from a nearby gold mine.
Du Cane Hut below Castle Crag
While DuCane Hut on the Overland Track and Cope Hut on the Bogong High Plains were constructed to meet the needs of walkers and skiers.
Cope Hut
The Coolamine Homestead Complex was developed in stages from the 1880s to the end of the 1890s, for the managers and their families of the vast pastoral holdings. Its last resident only leaving in 1958.
Coolamine Homestead buildings
So should more bushfires devastate the High Country, there is now a better photographic record of the huts dotted through its landscape.
Like to visit any of the huts mentioned in the book, you may want to check out Craig & Cathy's camping and 4WD guides