Annie Hogan

Annie Hogan’s artwork explores the complex and evolving relationships, past and present, between people and the spaces we inhabit.  Her work has evolved out of a persistent curiosity about interior spaces, how people inhabit them and their relationship to the body.  Through saturated colour and skewed perspective she reveals arterial spaces of the in-between that momentarily enclose the body yet allows for departure through open portals of light.

I came across Annie’s work during my research for my own body of work.  As I’m in my graduate year, I have to come up with a body of new work to exhibit by the end of the academic year.  My lecturer mentioned Hogan after seeing some of my preliminary images from a month ago…nothing spectacular by any means but at least I’m heading in the right direction as the basis for Hogan’s work correlates similarly to the series of images I’m currently working on.  We both focus on the domestic interior as a container of time, natural light and the absence of human presence.  The following images were taken on the day my parents moved out of my childhood home.  Completely empty of furniture, it evoked in me a sense of loss as it would be the last time I would set foot in this house.

I chose to photograph these rooms at the last-minute using the only camera I had with me…my camera phone.  I hope to post more images as I go.

More of Annie’s work can be seen at her site here.


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Favourite Photographers of all time…the next 5

A couple of entries ago I posted about my first 5 favourite photographers of all time. Here is the next installment:

6. Olive Cotton

Olive Edith Cotton (1911-2003) is regarded as one of the pioneers of Australian modernist photography. However, her work is distinct from the boldness and dramatic compositions of other modernists, because it is characterised by a gentleness and tranquility. Her career spanned more than six decades, but was punctuated by a forty-year absence from the art scene. Despite this, she never stopped taking photos. I particular like the above image Papyrus taken in 1938 but she is probably most known for her image Tea Cup Ballet that she made in 1935.  More information about Cotton and her work can be found here.

7. William Eggleston

William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939) is an American photographer. He is widely credited with securing recognition for colour photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries. Eggleston has a unique ability to find beauty, and striking displays of colour, in ordinary scenes. A dog trotting toward the camera; a Moose lodge; a woman standing by a rural road; a row of country mailboxes; a convenience store; the lobby of a Krystal fast-food restaurant — all of these ordinary scenes take on new significance in the rich colors of Eggleston’s photographs. He has the ability to turn the banal into something extraordinary, his use of colour sublime. More information about his work can be found here.

8. Sally Mann

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. In the past Mann has courted controversy with very moving and often candid photographs of her own children. I admire her work not only for its beauty but Mann works with collodion glass plates that she coats herself…an arduous process where she must work the plates while still damp using a large format bellows camera. She is one of just a few photographers that has mastered this age-old technique. The result is a crispness in her black and white images that can’t be achieved with regular film. More of her work can be found here.

9. Tokihiro Sato

Tokihiro Sato is a Japanese artist who long exposure photographs connote the passage of time, a performance and the artist’s own body in space. Sato keeps the shutter open for long periods of an hour or more and travels throughout the landscape in the field of view while marking his path with flashlights or mirrors causing the light effects that you see in his images. A relatively simple technique executed well. More information about Sato’s work can be found here.

10. Martin Parr

Martin Parr (born 1952) is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular provincial and suburban life in England. Parr’s approach to documentary photography is intimate, anthropological and satirical.  Using high-saturation colour film, and recently digital allow him to put his subjects “under the microscope” in their own environment, giving them space to expose their lives and values in ways that often involve inadvertent humour. Recently Parr was invited to Australia by FotoFreo Festival director Bob Hewitt to photograph 3 Western Australian port cities. The documentary video can be seen here. More information about Parr’s work can be seen here.

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Excerpt Magazine

Excerpt is a free quarterly online magazine that is centred on photo-based practice and challenges the archetypal magazine structure by constructing new formats.  In the current issue, 30 photo-media artists were invited to visually respond to the front cover by Izabela Pluta.

This second issue could be regarded as visual pressed against visual, to get us closer to what others see in an image. This has created an exhibition within a magazine and a discussion written with pictures.

Hasisi Park - Untitled

Anahita Avalos - Untitled

Editor Amy Marjoram says, “We approach each issue as a new creative challenge and wanted to start 2012 with this incredible selection of images that resonate together before returning to a mixed format for the rest of the year.” She adds, “With Issue 2, through a wordless premise, the magazine inhabits the very openness that keeps us looking at and taking images.”

Contributors include: John Alexander, Anahita Avalos, Stuart Bailey, Thomas Bonfert, Caitlin Burkhart, Kel Glaister, Tatiana Grigorenko, Harrison Haynes, Kotoe Ishii, Thomas Kalak, Charis McKittrick, Stacy Arezou Mehrfar, Miriam O’Connor, Flemming Ove Bech, Hasisi Park, Izabela Pluta, Patrick Pound, Kiron Robinson, Laura Rodari, Zoe Scoglio, Ilya Schtutza, George Schwarz, Daniel von Sturmer, Koo Sung Soo, Linda Tegg, Inez de Vega, David Wadelton, Lee Walton, Jennifer Williams, Kit Wise & Keith Wong.

info courtesy of press release provided by Excerpt Magazine. The current issue can be viewed here.



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Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Mohammadreza Mirzaei photographs with precision and dispassion. Setting up his camera at a distance, he sees and records anonymous people making cameo appearances, alone or in groups, frozen against backdrops of expansive and empty white skies.  The following images are from the series Humans.

Mohammadreza is a Tehran born and based photographer.  He is also the founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography. More of his work can be found here.

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Contemporary Chinese Photography – Chen Zhuo & Huang Keyi

Last year the White Rabbit Gallery exhibited a selection of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide.  The White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.  Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000.

Apart from installation, painting and sculpture I was drawn to the photographic work of Chen Zhuo and Huang Keyi.  Based in Beijing, they find digital photography and Photoshop the perfect marriage of media for their exuberant view of the new China.  Taking up to a month to complete each picture, they integrate real and virtual images, duplicating here and erasing there. In the process, they say, “some of our works have become more real than reality, while others convert reality into fiction.”

The China Carnival series (2007) portrays the country as a frenzied fun park where Chairman Mao gives his blessing to roller-coaster riders, romantic love merges happily with shopping, and the sky is too blue to be true. But there’s a grim subtext to these pictures, seen in the identical faces and robotic poses of the crowds, and in the red balloons that resemble spatters of blood. Other photos in the series (which includes a short video) show black limousines surrounded by dead female bodies, and a missile silo in which a line of saluting soldiers recreates a multi-armed kuanyin goddess.

China Carnival No.1, Tiananmen, 2007

China Carnival No.2, Wedding, 2007

Exhibited as c-prints 1.2 x 1.8m they draw the viewer in to consider the detail in each work.  Although there are only 2 of the artist’s work in this collection, more of their work can be viewed from the Yang Gallery site here.

Artist info and images courtesy of the White Rabbit Gallery. Additional information and viewing of the complete collection can be viewed here.

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My favourite Photographers…of all time.

On Thursday the 26th Jan I posted on my Tumblr 10 images from my favourite Australian Photographers…it was Australia Day after all! The complete list can be see here.  I know it’s been a while between posts so I thought I would share with you images from my favourite photographers of all time.  Some will be obvious, others not so much but it will give you an idea of the photography that I like and the influences that come across in my own work (this may become obvious in later posts.) I’m also inspired by Art in general (particularly painting and sculpture) , popular culture, books (I have a large collection), architecture and the urban environment.

1. Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus’ Identical Twins, Roselle N.J. 1967 was the first image that got me interested in her work.  I also love black and white and the square format, areas that Arbus excelled in.  Unfortunately she died the year I was born…I often wonder how her career would have progressed had she still been here.  For more examples of Arbus’ work, check out her site here.

2. Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind 1993 is a photographic interpretation of a print by the artist Hokusai.  I was first introduced to the work of Jeff Wall in my first year of Art School and I’ve been following his work ever since.  His method of exhibiting his work in large scale lightboxes is visually impressive.  More of his work can be seen here.

3. Lee Miller

As her images are strictly protected by her estate, it is very difficult to post images on blogs, websites etc…I will say this though, one of my most prized possessions is a book on her work called The Art of Lee Miller by Mark Haworth-Booth published through the V&A Museum.  Check Amazon or The Book Depository for details.  She initially started off in the industry as a model in NY for Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene and Arnold Genthe.  She then went to Paris to work with the Surrealist artist Man Ray. In the early 1940’s she became a correspondent during the war and I believe this is where she did her best work.  My favourite image from this time is called Women with Fire Masks, Downshire Hill, London that she took in 1941.  You can access the archives of her work here.

4. Michal Chelbin

Michal Chelbin is an Israeli born, New York based photographer who primarily shoots portraits and she somehow seems to capture the essence of the people in her images.  The above image Alona in the bedroom, Ukraine, 2006 is from the series Strangely Familiar in which she has photographed acrobats, athletes and other performers.  In the age of digital, she shoots with film and prints directly from the negatives.  More of her work can be seen here.

5. Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore photographs the ordinary in America and focuses on the minute details of everyday life, unveiling a beauty in the banal.  He effortlessly moves between black and white and colour, portrait and landscape, large format and small. The above image was shot on Wolf Street in Philadelphia.  More of Stephen’s work can be found here.

Ok, so that’s the first 5. I’ll follow up with the next 5 in a future post. Stay tuned…



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2012…and beyond

I must say, 2011 wasn’t one of my better years. I lost my job, gained another and then lost that. However, I’m now in a job that I love which also allows me to return to Art School and hopefully finish this bloody degree that’s taken me years so far…I SHOULD graduate by the end of 2012.

2012 will hopefully bring me much more creative inspiration, I’ll pick up my camera more often and hopefully finish reading the pile of books on my studio floor.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy NYE and a creative and inspirational 2012. I’ve included some of my recent phone pics to finish off the year. Enjoy the Summer…or Winter xxK


My lovely dog Ruby





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