Silverton

6th September 2014 | Digital, Images
Silverton

Silverton

Silverton is an old mining town on the outskirts of Broken Hill with some fine, well-preserved buildings. In case it’s not obvious, this a reflection from across the street.

Dunes near Vigars Well, Mungo

6th September 2014 | Digital, Images
Dunes near Vigars Well, Mungo

Dunes near Vigars Well, Mungo

A semi-abstract from the dunes above Vigars Well in Mungo NP. Late afternoon.

Mungo Woolshed (detail)

2nd September 2014 | Digital, Images
Mungo Woolshed (detail)

Mungo Woolshed (detail)

OK, so it’s clichéd subject matter but even Ansel Adams was known to take a few of these in his off-days. A useful reminder that sharpness is more about light than anything else.

Untitled (near Wentworth)

2nd September 2014 | Digital, Images
Untitled (near Wentworth)

Untitled (near Wentworth)

I saw this dilapidated building (and the tree with shadow) as I was driving on a back road near Wentworth NSW and had to go back and take a photograph.

Wire, Trentham East

24th April 2014 | Film, Images, Pinhole
Wire, Trentham East

Wire, Trentham East

Taken on a custom Zero 2000 pinhole camera on Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100. Somewhat abstract but I like it!

Men

8th November 2013 | Digital, Images
Men

Men

I had occasion to use this public convenience in Weston Park in Canberra yesterday. You’re never sure what (or who) to expect on entering. I must admit to finding some utilitarian charm in these older buildings. Note the smart double cantilevered roof. Maybe there’s a project here! The lighting was pretty difficult.

Untitled (Gillamatong Lane)

29th October 2013 | Digital, Images
Untitled

Untitled

This is the first of hopefully an ongoing set of random casual images posted purely because they took my fancy for some reason. Not belonging to a body of work they may never be printed or otherwise shown. The aim of the exercise is keeping my hand in, working on my eye and technical (camera, post processing) skills.

This was taken on a very late afternoon walk up Gillamatong Lane. What caught my eye here is pretty obvious. Snapped with a Fujifilm X100S.

Karijini (2013)

5th October 2013 | Exhibitions, Film, Pinhole
Knox Gorge, Karijini NP

Knox Gorge, Karijini NP

Fifteen years ago I made it to within 1,000km of Karijini National Park in Western Australia’s Pilbara region but the extra distance was just too much at the time. In July 2013 the opportunity arose for a small group trip of two weeks duration to the region, camping in the park/nearby and sharing 4WD hire costs. The intention was seeing the sights and photography, the park’s famed gorges being the main attraction. The park is well represented in overly colourful picture books etc. I decided instead to shoot with a 6×12 pinhole camera in B&W.

A pinhole camera is very easy to use, the only decisions being where to point the camera (a wooden box with a tiny hole as fixed aperture) and the exposure time. This simplified approach, while somewhat haphazard, does however allow one to concentrate more on the subject and lighting: the quintessence of a photograph. The resultant images have infinite depth of field but an overall softness and distortions at the periphery which are intrinsic to the pinhole medium and only add to their charm, I feel. These are surprisingly minor shortcomings given the primitiveness of the means.

An exhibition of twelve images from this work is on display at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre in Canberra until 2nd February 2014. Click here for the catalogue.

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100 Views of Canberra

5th August 2013 | Exhibitions, Film
Spring, Telopea Park

Spring, Telopea Park

The above is my submission to 100 Views of Canberra, PhotoAccess’ contribution to the Centenary of Canberra project. The exhibition is on display now at the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Arts Centre and runs to the 28th August. An accompanying book of the same name is available for purchase from the gallery and Paperchain bookstore.

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Coast

8th April 2012 | eBooks, Film
Croajingolong - Stephen Best

Croajingolong - Stephen Best

Technology marches on and I have just authored an eBook (PDF) of images from my Coast exhibition of 2007. While viewable on any computer/device, this will display at its best on an iPad (3rd generation) or future similarly high resolution displays. It’s a free download for personal viewing. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you’d like a print of any of the images in the book get in touch for pricing etc.

Click on the link below to download it (24MB):

Coast – Stephen Best