Hobart Snowscape – Courtesy of Phil Kitt

Alright, so this is my own personal blog – usually reserved for my own writings and amateur photography.

However.

The below is a photo taken by my brother, a professional photographer, of the recent cold snap that has swept through Hobart.

He has been doing some amazing things in photography around Hobart of late and chances are if you have looked up photos of any event in Hobart in the last 18 months, you’d see one of his images.  This is the first photo he has put up on his online store and I would urge you to check it out.

The image will link through to his online store and other contact details can be found below.

Hobart Snowscape – $150

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Hobart’s Dark Side: Dark Mofo

Since starting work in Melbourne a few months ago I have not had many opportunities to get out and take photos.  I’ve been travelling to Hobart every second weekend, but haven’t had the luxury of being able to fit in my camera.  The weekend just gone my camera was non-negotiable because the weekend just gone was Dark Mofo.

Dark Mofo is no short of amazing in my opinion for two main reasons;

1. Prior to the introduction of Dark Mofo there was literally nothing to do in Hobart in winter.  It was like being at the end of the earth, nights were long and cold, people stayed indoors and going out on a winter’s night was undoubtedly disappointing.  Dark Mofo has changed that, now Hobartians come out in the thousands happy to head down to the waterfront and experience a truly wonderful winter event, despite the arctic temperatures.

2. Like MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and Mona Foma (Dark Mofo’s older summer sister festival), Dark Mofo confinues to raise the profile of Tasmania both interstate and internationally.  Cause let’s face it, Mona events are the shit.

My Friday night adventures included WinterFeast and Blacklist which I sensibly, but somewhat regrettable for security sake left my camera at home for.  The below shot is a photo I took at the gates of WinterFeast the following night.

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The Gates to WinterFeast

WinterFeast was again a delight for the senses, predominantly taste but most definitely sight and smell wise also.  The feast is held over four nights in the second week of the festival, over the weekend prior to the solstice. I went down with Damian and Kristy and we caught up with a number of friends for food and drink before heading to the night party by the name of Blacklist.  The festivities and curiosities continued there well into the night and to be quite honest, it’s probably best that there isn’t photographic evidence of our night.

Saturday afternoon/evening was spent exploring the other parts of Dark Mofo that were on offer.  Surprisingly our heads were quite alright and we headed down to the waterfront to check out Dark Park and the exhibits around the area.  The walk to the waterfront took us by arguably the most impressive installation being the Pulse Column which would send beams of light to the night-sky that were in sync with the heartbeat of the person controlling it.

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Dark Park down around Macquarie Point was next on our list of things to see.  On our way there we wandered through Angry Electrons, an exhibit whereby motion caused the 1000 light globes suspended above you to light up as you moved through the corridor.  It made for a great walk through to Dark Park.

People Under Angry Electrons

People Under Angry Electrons

Angry  Electrons

Angry Electrons

Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities was the first place to stop in Dark Park and I for one was more than willing to sample one of the Hot Cider Punches that were on offer – and boy did they have a punch!  Set up as a Speakeasy Bar, the atmosphere was mysterious and alluring.  Being a Saturday night it was quite busy and we unfortunately didn’t experience first hand the curiosities  inside the parlour, but it was a worthwhile adventure in any case.

Radiant Heat

Radiant Heat

With so much to see and do we decided to make the trip back on Sunday afternoon to experience Bass Bath and the Anthony McCall exhibition, both of which were really great to go and experience.

Solid Light Works

Solid Light Works

Damian at Solid Light Works

Damian at Solid Light Works

The entire Dark Mofo program went for two weeks and it would have been great to be able to be there for longer however I feel like I got a lot in during the weekend I was there.  Perhaps next year will need to a long winter weekend to make the absolute most of the event.

The Grand Chancellor

The Grand Chancellor

Pulse Column from the Waterfront

Pulse Column from the Waterfront

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

Pulse Column

Sunday Drive: New Norfolk

As a Tasmanian there are certain towns and locales that tend to have a bit of a stigma.  New Norfolk is one of these country towns.  About 40 minutes north of Tasmania, the town is well known in local lore as being the home of all the mental patients in Tasmania.  This is a bit of a stretch but the origins of this wide spread “knowledge” is that in the early to mid 1800s New Norfolk housed the Royal Derwent Hospital, which was the medical facility that did treat all the sick convicts.  As part of this facility, Willow Court operated as a mental hospital throughout this period.

We headed up to New Norfolk to visit Willow Court, not for the historical appeal, but because it has now been transformed into large and reputable antique stores.  The below photos are a few that I snapped around the gardens and carpark in New Norfolk.
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One of the antiques stores had a number of rooms each which housed only a couple of pieces.  I was captivated more by the roof in one of these rooms than the antiques for sale and got a couple of shots below.20141206-092 20141206-093

 

Back outside again, around the carpark are a number of rusting motor vehicles.

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Wherever we walked it as snowing some kind of spring blossom or seed; not really sure what but it made for quite a beautiful scene as the air was full of the spores.  Lucy had a run around kicking up the settled white snowflake like carpet.
20141206-102 20141206-120The trip up was worth it as I managed to pick up part of Damian’s Christmas present which was a green and brown West German vase and Damian found a set of yellow retro nested tables which were a great buy.

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Brisbane Street Church

Brisbane Street Church

Brisbane Street Church

Yellow doors are few and far between.  This is the first of a likely series of posts that capture some of the doors around Hobart, predominantly yellow ones.  This church on Brisbane Street is only a couple of blocks away from my house, the yellow doors on it look stunning regardless of the addition of graffiti.

These images are also the first time I’ve played with focusing the image on a subject through the use of colour.  I did these in Lightroom and I think that once I’ve done this a few more times the accuracy and effect will be much stronger.  I’ll probably revisit these images in a couple of months

Two of Three Doors

Two of Three Doors

Yellow Doors Behind Fence

Yellow Doors Behind Fence

In Colour

In Colour

With some colour

With some colour

Yellow Doors

Yellow Doors

From a Fence

From a Fence

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