Saturday, February 19

camera experiments

a couple of pics taken with camera apps on my iphone - the top one is Hipstamatic and the one below ShakeItPhoto which develops with the sound and appearance of a polaroid. I have to say, I love the Hipstamatic effect above, but you can't see what you're photographing through the viewfinder so it's a little difficult to compose the photo.

Below: Hipstamatic first then ShakeItPhoto of the same interior view - in this instance I prefer the ShakeItPhoto. Which do you prefer?

Friday, February 4

Cressida Campbell

A slice of life from us scots
Cressida Campbell's woodblock prints are one offs. She painstakingly draws the design directly onto the wood, carves out the line with an engraving tool and finally paints in the colours with watercolours. One print will be made. Her art is simple, unpretentious and decorative without being over-worked. To quote John McDonald from her website: "In bringing us back to simple things, Campbell is exploring a decorative art for our times - an art that avoids the overheated demand for meanings and messages as surely as the most austere piece of minimalist sculpture. The vital difference is that her prints almost radiate with the pleasure of their own making. It is a quality that alerts the viewer to the complementary pleasures of looking - those necessary, timeless pleasures that our television sets have been helping us to forget."

 Through the windscreen from prints and printmaking
Cressida Campbell's book cover from design public
 Studio from Mosman Art Gallery
 Mangoes and Peonies
 Plums with Indian Cloth
Hydrangeas with Magnolia Leaves
 above 3 from Studio International
page from Vogue Living Australia via design public 
Pyrmont from Annette Larkin 

Thursday, February 3

Cyclone baby

My heart goes out to the people of Queensland. First the floods, now the cyclone... I've been trying to keep up with the situation via the Sydney Morning Herald website. I wanted to share this lovely story of new life during the cyclone from the Herald today:

Amid the chaos and devastation of Cyclone Yasi, a yet-to-be named baby girl has been born at a Cairns evacuation centre.

Akiko Pruss went into labour at the evacuation centre at Redlynch State College at 2.45am (AEST).

The baby girl was delivered healthy at 6.09am (AEST) after a three-hour labour.

Akiko and her German husband Christian, live in Cairns, and the baby will be their second child.

Cairns councillor Linda Cooper said the baby would not be called Yasi.

"Akiko doesn't like that name at all," she said.

The little girl arrived right on time.

"Today's actually her due date," Ms Cooper said.

She said there were no scales equipment at the evacuation centre to weigh the newborn.

English midwife Carol and her husband Andrew Weeks, who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on holidays in Cairns, delivered the baby.

Ms Pruss gave birth in the first aid room of the college and was supported by her mother, who had travelled from Japan to be with her.

"The grandmother is looking after the little toddler," she said.

Ms Cooper said Akiko wanted a home birth and did not accept the offer for upgraded medical facilities at Fretwell Park in the city's south.

"When you get to that stage of labour you don't care any longer," she said.

The couple have requested privacy from the media and won't let photographers in, although a huge press contingent is building outside the room.

Premier Anna Bligh said news of the birth would bring a much needed lift to people's spirits.

"In the midst of all of this devastation, new life in some very touching circumstances," she told the Nine Network.

"I'm sure it will bring a lot of smiles to faces in that centre today after such a difficult and distressing night."

Ms Bligh said two babies were also born at Innisfail Hospital last night - one at 10.43pm and another at 10.44pm (AEST) - right in the midst of the storm.

"Innisfail, right in the line of fire, so it would have been an anxious time for all of those staff as well," she told Channel Seven.

"I understand the mum in the evacuation centre has ruled out calling her baby Yasi, and I suspect the other two mums will do the same.

"I think these will be some of the most sought-after baby photos globally."


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