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19 January 2009
moving, just keep moving
Now Playing: various artists - lost highway ost
Topic: dreams

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I've been dreaming about homes and transience a lot recently.

About a week ago I dreamt of moving onto a hillside into the open air. Karen and I moved all our furniture there and she created a precarious wall of furniture along the cliff edge - wardrobes, dressers and such - and then one-by-one, through this not-so-well-considered placement and the carelessness of movement along the ledge, all our items tumbled down the cliff, smashing and broken and lost forever.

A night or two later I dreamt of living in an extensive tent inside a long, low-ceilinged, arched, abandoned industrial tunnel-but-above-the-ground. The security on the tent openings was suitably inadequate and people I didn't know kept coming into the tent and wandering around, and I had to keep asking them to leave and continued my futile attempts to better secure the entries.

Then last night I dreamt of being in a hotel where it appeared I had been residing for the better part of a week in preparation for a journey I was going on. The travel had been planned, but I had ended up without the funds to cover my trip, and also without the funds to cover the $800+ hotel bill I had already racked up from my stay in the hotel I was checking out of. I hoped that I could persuade the owner to accept payment within 30 days rather than on leaving as he was a friend of my parents and knew I was "good for it", but was worried and thought to leave quietly without letting him know my intentions to pay him later (but as soon as I could). I tried to call my parents but because I'd officially checked out of the room the phone no longer worked. I was also very nervous about having to drive to get to the next place.

Waking from the anxiety of this dream, even after only 4.5 hours sleep and earlier than I've been waking lately, I was more than happy to get up and out of bed and on with the day.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 02:00 GMT
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18 January 2009
Now Playing: horace andy - skylarking
Topic: portraits

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These are the last of the shots from this session with Allison Browning.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 16:36 GMT
Updated: 18 January 2009 16:43 GMT
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pirate hats and accordians
Now Playing: supergrass - in it for the money
Topic: portraits

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 11:29 GMT
Updated: 18 January 2009 11:35 GMT
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17 January 2009
candy striper
Now Playing: various artists - blue 'n' groovy
Topic: portraits

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:26 GMT
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16 January 2009
what's a girl to do?
Now Playing: dresden dolls - no, virginia
Topic: photography

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A Flickr contact of mine posted a photo today that caught my attention as soon as it appeared on my Flickr homepage when I did a refresh. This isn't all that odd. Often his photos do catch my attention because he has a lot of talent, a signature style and I'm always impressed by his knack for making his wooden box within a basement or bedroom look like an impressive studio, replete with wallpaper, carpet, props and himself or a stunning model posing within it.

However, he is not prone to posting photos of breasts and nudity unless he has something to say, so of course when I saw what appeared to be a semi-nude woman reclining on a bed, I guessed he had some axe to grind.

Sure enough, he was taking a (not-at-all veiled) shot at Miss Aniela and Rebekka Gudleifsdottir's inclusion in a recent issue of Spanish Playboy. He was pretty quick off the mark too, given that only a few hours earlier I had clicked through to Rebekka's stream to view the tearsheets she'd uploaded, and already here he had a custom-edited photograph of his head sewn Frankenstein-style onto a naked female torso to go with his comments.

Although this photographer is somewhat infamous on Flickr for posting controversial rants about female self-portrait artists, especially those who use nudity in their work, he has a tendency to claim it all as a joke when confronted by the artists he is criticising / lampooning the work of, so it's hard to really tell how serious he is being.

A lot of the time I just shrug off his rant posts and go "oh well, he's at it again", and move along to whatever else I'm working on, or check out work from other contacts.

But today, without it actually making me angry (because it didn't), it disappointed me once again that the attitude "Having tits is all I need to become famous, I don't need talent" seems to abound amongst those jealous of the success of artists like Miss Aniela and Rebekka.

The assumption they haven't spent tireless hours devising, shooting and editing photographs; they haven't done the "hard yards" of contacting galleries, magazines, potential clients, potential sponsors, of promoting their work through Flickr, their blogs, and other online outlets (and anyone who claims this is far easier than toting a portfolio around door-to-door really hasn't spent any time updating sites / profiles / blogs, researching, and promoting their various endeavours online); that they've just snapped off some quick shots of T&A and then whacked them up on Flickr and waited expectantly for galleries, magazines and clients to click through and hand them everything on a platter, is really quite insulting, both to Miss Aniela and Rebekka, but by extension to any successful female self-portrait artist who might take nudes or implied nudes. The notion there is a direct correlation between the amount of nipple shown and the amount of success these artists achieve outside of Flickr is a naive and offensive point of view, and I'm disappointed that it exists.

I haven't seen the spreads of Miss Aniela's images, but as Rebekka says in her post about the article, she's "going to take at least some pride in being featured in this publication wearing clothes". I think that is a testament to the quality of her work that it has been included in a magazine where her imagery is quite different to the magazine's standard photography and does not include the (seemingly) obligatory nudity.

But moreso than all of this, why is it such a bad thing that so many female photographers are now getting recognition around the world? Personally I think it's fantastic and about bloody time, especially since in the past there were probably many, many talented female photographers but relatively few of them became famous because, like most industries, photography has historically been a male-dominated arena.

Here's a challenge for you: see if you can name 50 world-renowned female photographers. They can be in any field – fine art, portraiture, self-portraiture, photojournalism, fashion, etc.

Wikipedia is not the ultimate resource, but as an example, I only found around 24 female photographers in their list of photographers who I would consider "world-renowned" (and that was being generous, some of them may not be as well known as I would like to think).

However, going through their list for world-renowned male photographers, I found 50 before I even hit the end of the S's, and that was me being restrained as I know not everyone has studied photography or art history to know many of the ones I know from classes in college.

Oh, and guess what? Of those 50 male photographers, around half of them shoot / shot nudes, and many are / were renowned for their nudes. Only difference I can see is that, apart from a few of them, they photographed other people nude, not themselves...

And for those bitter and jealous about the success of these artists, if you want to become famous and get your "15 minutes of fame" for your photography, here's a tip: spend less time sledging the work of others and more time concentrating on your own photography and I'm sure you'll find more success.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 09:24 GMT
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15 January 2009
Now Playing: moby - play
Topic: vignette press


Vignette Press are back with their second mook!

Following What Is Our Sex?, the new mook to be released in February 2009 explores all things death-related and asks the question "How Do We Die?"

A sampler of the mook will be available to download from the Vignette Press site soon, but until then you can feast your eyes on the quite wonderful cover designed by Jason Lingard and featuring an illustration by Nom Kinnear King. The mook is edited by Dion Kagan.

I will have a few images included in the mook, though no writing in this one.

For those in Melbourne, How Do We Die? will be launched on Thursday 26th February 2009 at Dante's Upstairs, 150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Come on down around 6:30pm for a 7pm start, and hobnob with contributing writers and artists and pick up a copy!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:19 GMT
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honey bunny
Now Playing: jose gonzalez - in our nature
Topic: portraits

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 11:31 GMT
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14 January 2009
hook, line & sinker
Now Playing: soho dolls - ribbed music for the numb generation
Topic: the big issue

For those not in Australia or who didn't get a chance to pick up a copy of edition #319 of The Big Issue, here's some tearsheets:

the grey river rest stop

the grey river rest stop

the other side of the river

the other side of the river

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:08 GMT
Updated: 15 January 2009 01:54 GMT
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13 January 2009
Now Playing: dinosaur jr
Topic: saatchi showdown


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

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 08:46 GMT
Updated: 14 January 2009 02:11 GMT
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12 January 2009
secret garden
Now Playing: ida maria - fortress round my heart
Topic: portraits

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 08:21 GMT
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