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Hipstamatic shots

I have to admit to having a wee bit of fun with the hipstamatic app in my iphone. At the moment I’m using the John S Lens with BlacKeys B&W film. The cats are a little difficult to photograph with it because they are already so dark. However it works a treat for shadows and where there is a strong light source. The photos below in Bondi Beach were all taken near dusk this evening.

My shadow Bondi Beach

My shadow on the Bondi Beach promenade

The university skeleton

The university bookshop's skeleton getting in to the Christmas spirit

Saffron being a sook

Saffron sookin'

Bondi Beach Hipstamatic

I love the mood in this one

The parade

Humid. Sticky. Wine. Champagne. Cheese. Strawberries. Artworks. Drawings, photographs, sculpture, etchings and prints, paintings. And lastly art onlookers. A parade of guests pointing, frowning, applauding and criticising well over 500 art works. Such was my evening.
It was delightful to accompany Andrew for his first annual student art show. I didn’t expect the volume of works which were on display or the throng of people. Yet art galleries are often like that. They come in two states. Screechingly empty and overflowing. I recall when I went to see the masters paintings in Canberra last year, the entry lines were unnervingly large. Thankfully once inside I could still take my time in front of the works of Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Monet and Seurat.

Last night, Andrew gave me one of his works. It was called The Parade – named after a very different crowd indeed.

The Parade

The Parade. Original art print by Andrew Grant 3/3.

(I apologise for the quality of the image! I don’t have it with me, else I’d take another shot).

Upon seeing this piece, I had so many emotions. It’s hard to explain why ANZAC imagery affects me so much and it’s not recent.

For my 21st birthday, my mother bought me a copy of ‘The Last Anzacs’ by Tony Stephens (text) & Steven Siewert (photographs). This was not easy, it was 1999 and the book was published in 1996. She ended up ringing around publishers to find a copy.Since then, it has been reprinted, I think at least twice.

When the book came out, there were still a number of Gallipoli veterans alive in Australia. By 2002, the last Anzac (by the strictest definition) had died. For those of you who love black and white photography, I encourage you to check this slim, but oh so rich, volume out. The photographs have such warmth, respect and kindness to them. It appears that copies are still available from the 2009 printing at  Fremantle Press.

One of my paintings – the digger (below) – was appropriated from a photograph in this book. I think it remains not only one of my best artworks but one of the dearest to me. I sold it to a friend and every now and then I visit and get to see him again.

Now – thanks to Andrew – I have a ‘new’ digger for my home.

The Digger

The Digger, Mixed Media & Acrylic, Alyshia Hansen 2008

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