Gust Front – February 2017
While large parts of Australia’s eastern states are experiencing record high temperatures and catastrophic bush fire risks, Western Australian rain records have been smashed, causing widespread flooding, damage to property and, tragically, loss of life. As our climate changes, these weather events are predicted to become more frequent and extreme.
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Down Draft – November 2017
A storm cell passes to the south east at the end of a day that saw the outback city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder hit by a severe front with winds topping 100km/h, causing widespread damage and leaving 16,000 residents without power.
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16th Battalion, Royal Western Australia Regiment (16 RWAR) & the Australian Army Band
Freedom of Entry Parade – Kalgoorlie-Boulder 02/12/17
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.
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All images © Melissa Drummond 2015
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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.