These photos were taken in November last year – I was going to post them at the time, but upload speeds were non-existent for about a week after the storm because of our shitty, old network that relies on copper wiring, so I shelved the idea. From memory it was the first storm of the season, when the desert is parched from a long, dry Winter, and a dust storm whips up before we’re pelted with rain. The light, just before everything turns mad and dark, is amazing.
The 2015 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize opened at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall on Friday the 4th of September. This year, the number of entries topped the 200 mark, and prizes were awarded in six different categories, as well as ten highly commended works, with the winners sharing over $40,000 prize money. Tracey Luke, Dr. Janice Lally, and Dr. Ric Spencer were the judges, and the exhibition was curated by Melissa McGraw.
I’m really happy to have picked up the Award for Excellence in Photography for my photo ‘Rainbows and Unicorns (Part III)‘ (pictured below).
What the judges said:
“Captured the light and vibrancy of the landscape. The scene was both grand in landscape but had an element of magical surrealism to it, and a touch of humour in capturing an alpaca in the Goldfields. Technically it is a great photo and she has found beauty in objects that may be considered unattractive every day.”
My other entry is titled ‘Intertidal‘ (pictured below).
From the series ‘Littoral’ (2015 – ).
With a background in earth science, my photography often focuses on a curiosity for the natural world, combined with an honest and raw portrayal of daily life.
Littoral is both an exploration of boundaries and zones of change, from an oceanographic or geological perspective, and a reflection on how that might relate to life itself. These are areas of great variation where survival depends on the ability to adapt to exposure and submersion.
The Best Overall Award was taken out by Coral Carter’s photo ‘The Poppy Seller‘.
The other major prize winners were:
Award for Excellence in 2D – ‘Polarities, Darkness & Light‘ by Ginette Hillman
Award for Excellence in 3D – ‘Seed Spirit II‘ by Neil Turner
Goldfields Theme Award – ‘Around Red Hill‘ by John Scott
Best Goldfields Artist Award – ‘The Light of Night‘ by Daniel Roisetter
First Nations Award – ‘Bluff Knoll‘ by Caroline Narkle
Youth Award – ‘Obnoxious / X Marks the Spot‘ by Nadine Marais
The exhibition is open until September 27th, each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and weekends, 10am to 3pm.
Back in January my friend Lee Harrop interviewed me for ABC Open’s ‘Makers and Creators’ project, and over the next few months we put together this little video, with some expert guidance from ABC Open Goldfields-Esperance producer Nathan Morris.
You can watch it here:
All images © Melissa Drummond 2015
Not to be reproduced without permission
I respectfully recognise and value the significance of Australia’s Indigenous cultures and people, especially the Wongi people, the traditional owners of the land on which I live.
Kalgoorlie Golf Course
14th of March, 2015
(Click on the first image for a slideshow view)
My poor, neglected, blog. It’s been seven months since I’ve posted anything. Situations changed, and life got a bit busier, and other things happened.
My most loyal companion of the last fifteen years died, on a cold, Winter’s day in July, and I didn’t feel too inspired or motivated after that.
(I should probably write about him one day, the best dog ever.)
I ended up canning my photo-a-day project, that lost momentum around the time my dog died, until I stopped it completely in October (the blog isn’t updated to this point, but my bulging hard drive tells a different tale, and maybe one day some of these photos might see the light of day).
And somewhere in between the neglected blog, and the photo-a-day blog failure, I made a web page. It’s a work in progress, and a nice distraction.
Anyway, here’s some photos from today’s St. Barbara’s Day parade, and a couple from the Twilight Maker’s Market.
My daughter, Carys, is pretty happy to help me out when I want to try something new, or test some gear.
Testing a new flash got a bit much for her after a while though (understandably).
This was the last frame – the flash was bounced off the ceiling, in a dark room.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G, Yongnuo YN-560 III Speedlite