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12 September 2008
to dream more, to dream all the time
Now Playing: the cure - wild mood swings
Topic: exhibitions

to dream more, to dream all the time

"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
- Marcel Proust.

Just a reminder to those in Melbourne that I have four images in the Picture This 08 prize opening tonight at Brunswick Street Gallery, as well as appearing in one of Paul Louis Villani's images. There will be a number of Flickrites and Bubblers about, so come on down!

Also, if you'd like to see a bit more about Aradale Mental Hospital, there is a video on YouTube put together by Hudcomm at the recent photo weekender there. Myself, Karen and Greg can be seen in the car park at about 50 seconds in, and then I'm the short girl with hair flying across her face, a clothes rack under one arm and a strangely husky voice talking to camera straight after. Oh dear :P

Speaking of videos, there's a nice little piece about RedBubble (Brent Chandler's favourite online shopping site) on 9am with David and Kim. Scoot forward to about the 5:20 mark to cut to the chase.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 04:36 BST
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11 September 2008
she took her own picture
Now Playing: tegan & sara - this business of art
Topic: photography books

she took her own picture

Friday 12th September 2008

Contact: Bronwen Hyde
Email: propaganda@bronwenhyde.com

**Press Release**

She Took Her Own Picture --- 44 female artists from across the world have come together online to self-publish a collection of photographic self portraits---

The group of women, most whom have never met each other, have collaborated through a photo-sharing website where they share their work online, to produce a book of their self-portraits.

She Took Her Own Picture: Selections from the Female Self Portrait Artists' Support Group will be available this Friday, 12th September 2008. The unique venture comes as a first for women's photographic self-portraiture today.

Self-publishing the book through Blurb.com, the artists hope the book will serve as a prototype to target suitable art publishers and make the book available on a wider basis, with the aim of donating a percentage of the profits to women's causes.

The participants, both amateurs and professionals, range in age and origin and hail from North and Latin America, the UK and Ireland, Australia, the Caribbean, Oceania, and all over Europe. These 44 women however, are only a small percentage of over 1000 female self-portrait artists who congregate in the Female Self Portrait Artists' Support Group, a group on Flickr started by Laurel Fiszer from Ireland, where the idea for a book of work first began. The group was set up to provide a "collective of women photographers who strengthen their friendship by sharing inspired, artistic, and well-executed photographs".

"Laurel's primary goal," says Natalie J. McCarthy, writer of the introduction to the book, "was to create a place online where female photographers could share self-portraits and receive constructive criticism in a supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment.

"She noticed that female self-portrait photographers were often seen as narcissistic princesses who had to defend their work against an onslaught of criticism — most of which was not directed toward the photograph's technical merits."

The group argues that the female self-portrait has proved to offer women artists a powerful opportunity: the chance to categorically refute antiquated notions of the woman's role as an art object, and to create a new, empowered vision of the female model. She Took Her Own Picture, whilst constructed upon this feminist foundation, also presents a collection of first-rate photography.

"At the end of the day", says McCarthy, "they bring you into their circle of friends and share their art with you".

For more information, please visit:

The Book: 'She Took Her Own Picture'

The Female Self Portrait Artists' Support Group

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:28 BST
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8 September 2008
southern belle
Now Playing: tegan & sara - so jealous
Topic: saatchi showdown

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I have an image entered in the latest round of the Saatchi Showdown.

You can vote for it here.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:18 BST
Updated: 8 September 2008 13:33 BST
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4 September 2008
truth lies beyond
Now Playing: tv on the radio - desperate youth, bloodthirsty babes
Topic: exhibitions

truth lies beyond

"We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond" – Marcel Proust.

Four self-portraits I created at Aradale Mental Hospital this past weekend will be included in the Picture This 08 Prize opening at Brunswick Street Gallery at 6pm on Friday 12th September.

If you're in Melbourne please come on down and check out the show. If I'm not mistaken there will also be a photograph of me in the show taken by someone else *shock! horror!*

Also, there is now a People's Choice Award within the Photography.Book.Now competition that I have entered my book "darkness & light" into. You are only able to vote for one book in the competition so registration is required, however if you've already bought a copy or have created your own book you'll have already registered on Blurb.com, and if you are going to buy a copy then you'll need to register, so it's not too big a deal ;o) Voting is open until September 10, so get to it!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 05:36 BST
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2 September 2008
morgue chic
Now Playing: black box recorder - the facts of life
Topic: fashion

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*inspired by the work of Guy Bourdin

**thank you to sandy and karen for being brave and crazy enough to climb into freezing cold morgue drawers in the aradale mental hospital on a cold night.
i love my friends...

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:03 BST
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1 September 2008
la mort
Now Playing: the cure - bloodflowers
Topic: death

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*thank you to tony and greg for being brave and crazy enough to climb into freezing cold morgue drawers in the aradale mental hospital at 2am in the morning.
i love my friends...

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 14:51 BST
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31 August 2008
Now Playing: mirella freni and teresa berganza - stabat mater: sequentia
Topic: aradale

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I've just returned from the most wonderful weekend away that I've had in a long time.

After weeks of excited planning and imaginings, myself, Karen, Greg, Tony, Sandy and Rob ventured up to Aradale Mental Hospital on the invitation of Melissa Kirkham, to take photographs within the buildings and grounds of the disused institution.

As I have stated to the four wonderful models I brought along with me on a number of occasions over the weekend, I could not have chosen a better bunch for this trip. The enthusiasm, respect and professional manner which they all demonstrated, not to mention their extremely photogenic appearances, made the weekend an absolute pleasure and made the job of capturing them, whether laid out in a morgue drawer or decked out to the nines, an inspiring and satisfying experience for me.

I also managed to sneak in some self-portraiture today, as well as posing for the very talented Paul Louis Villani.

And though I managed to create some wonderful images and enjoyed a very full weekend of shooting, I hope that the opportunity will arise again to visit this wonderful site and further explore and record its architecture, ambiance and history, both as a backdrop to portraits, fashion and narrative cinematic images, as well as on its own.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:43 BST
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22 August 2008
cat on a hot tin roof
Now Playing: beirut - gulag orkestar
Topic: mixed bag

cat on a hot tin roof

I've been a bit AWOL from the internets the past week or so.

I managed to catch a winter cold (only my second cold for the year, which for me is good going), and had a sore throat from last Saturday which moved into a fever on Monday night, then lots of nasal congestion on Tuesday and Wednesday resulting in excessive tissue burn and a split / fat top lip from nose-blowing. Luckily the paracetamol I've been dosing myself up on seems to be working its magic and my split lip is healing along with my tissue burn. Further proof that working in offices is bad for your health. The only two times I've been sick this year have been when I've been in an office environment for extended periods (NEIS course and current part-time temp work).

I also managed to max out my peak internet allowance last month (my billing month just ticked over this morning at midnight, thank goodness!), and as 12pm to 2am is currently my only usage time, being shaped down to 64kbps from ADSL2+ was just unbearably frustrating and I had to walk away from the computer.

I have also been spending a lot of time working through ideas for the asylum trip I'm going on next weekend. I'm taking along a small group of my friends as models, but will be joined by a bunch of other friends and artistic folk I know through RedBubble, as well as many artistic folk I don't yet know through RedBubble. I organised a little meet-up on Monday evening for the (non)-models I am taking up for the weekend to get to know each other before spending a weekend in each other's faces, and it was great to see the way they got along (which I expected), and their excitement and enthusiasm for the upcoming weekend was so awesome :o)

By the time I leave for the asylum I'll have done my dash for work external to my business for this quarter so I am excited to have September to work completely for myself. I'll also be heading up to Spring Migration in Yackandandah the first weekend of September and will take more photos there as well as possibly do some road-tripping with Pete Charlesworth.

I didn't manage to get shortlisted for the travel award I applied for. It was my first time applying for a grant / award like that so I am interested to read the feedback once the organiser has a chance to respond to me. I am okay with not being selected for a couple of reasons, the primary one being that, although I have unfinished business with Blighty I feel like I have more to do here before I leave these shores indefinitely (which my proposal being accepted would have led to).

My itchy-feet syndrome may be resolved in another manner anyway, but I'll reveal more if and when that happens.

In the meantime I've had the guilty pleasure of costume / outfit shopping, which is something I can so rarely afford. Having spent a lot of money last week on some great stuff for the asylum weekend (including some cute lingerie stuffs like the negligee shown above reduced to only $10!) I was concerned about covering my costs for the two upcoming weekends away, but my tax refund should cover everything well and truly.

In the meantime I have more shopping to do this weekend including buying a couple of new bras as all of mine are now too large (that's a sentence I never imagined having to say) and a number of Katie West's prints in her final internet print sale, and also Lou O'Bedlam's book of gorgeous polaroids *swoon*

I'm not going to go into the excitement of the outfits / costumes I found last weekend, but suffice to say when you find a particular costume that happens to fit you perfectly and it's almost the first thing you saw when you walked into the store, it would be sacrilege not to buy it.

Oh, and if you happen to have some spare cash lying about, I think you should check out the details of my print and portrait session sale which is on for only one more week; or maybe you might like to buy my book?

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 14:28 BST
Updated: 22 August 2008 14:30 BST
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11 August 2008
death in the afternoon
Now Playing: gorillaz - demon days
Topic: saatchi showdown

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I have an image in the latest round of Saatchi Online's Showdown, you can vote for it here.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:32 BST
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10 August 2008
print and portrait session sale on now!!
Now Playing: the divine comedy - victory for the comic muse
Topic: photography

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That's right! I'm having my first ever print and portrait session sale!

Until the end of August 2008 you can buy any¹ non-limited edition standard² size print from my website for only AU$45.00!³ That's 25% off my standard print price!

Or you can buy a limited edition print, framed or unframed*, and get a bonus non-limited edition standard size print of your selection for only AU$30.00 extra!³

And if that's not enough for you, I'm also offering 20% off my tailored portrait package prices until the end of August 2008!**

To take advantage of any of these offers:
- head over to my website and take a look around,
- then email me at propaganda@bronwenhyde.com with the URL of the image(s) you would like to purchase;
- or if you're after a portrait session fill out the contact form on my site or email me directly with as much information as possible and I'll get back to you with a discounted quote.

So what are you waiting for?!

The fine print:
¹ Some exclusions apply.
² "Standard" is defined as any single image printed at 7"x10.5", 8"x12" or 10"x10".
³ Postage & handling additional.
* Unframed limited edition print prices as shown in the 365days and alternate worlds stores, framed prices available on request.
** The portrait session can take place after 31 August 2008, but the booking must be made and the non-refundable booking fee of 30% of the total quoted portrait session price must be paid on or before 31 August 2008 in order to secure your booking and lock in the discounted rate.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 09:32 BST
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