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15 March 2010
Now Playing: dido - here with me
Topic: divine diptychs


Left: Meganzii Right: me

The lovely Elle Moss came up with the themes for week three of the Divine Diptych Project, and she didn't disappoint, inspiring all of us, I'm sure.

Meg and I both had the opportunity to shoot over the weekend, so we dove straight into our 'dirty' theme.

The only discussion we had beforehand was regarding format (which was a very vague discussion, but decided when I took my self-portraits and let Meg know I'd shot landscape), and Meg wanted to work in colour.

Despite knowing nothing of each other's intent, location, props, colour palette, or even whether either of us were doing self-portraits, I squealed with joy when I saw Meg's three image options! Somehow we'd managed to work in very similar colours - green, pink and flesh tones - and both had flowers and leaves as a feature in our composition.

I paired my image with two of Meg's to give her a couple of options, but we both agreed this pairing was strongest: a nice echo between the curve of Meg's hand and the (slight) curve of my body, and a feeling that the out of focus leaves in the bottom right corner of Meg's shot are coming into focus in mine.

Though my original idea had been to combine being dirty, with dirty pictures (a sort of centrefold image) and a dirty look at the camera (somewhat subverting the dirty picture idea with a bit of a Cindy Sherman-esque centrefold - a defiant "I know you're looking at me, but I'm not doing this for your enjoyment" kind of thing) I ultimately decided to go with a less confrontational version of my image when pairing it up with Meg's to give a softer approach that fit more with her image.

We're both quite pleased with our work this week, and can't wait to see what the other ladies come up with!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:47 BST
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12 March 2010
look at you and your shiny new shoes...
Now Playing: inxs - original sin
Topic: divine diptychs


Left: me
Right: :anna:

Anna and I have joined in the fun of the Divine Diptych Project for the first time this week. I think both of us felt that maybe we didn't have time for a weekly project, but ultimately decided the incentive to create was too good, and were greatly impressed by the diptychs created by the other ladies in week one.

Due to the time difference, with Anna being in the UK and myself being in Australia, our quick emails prior to shooting only covered discussion of format, and that Anna wanted to work in colour (I forgot to ask, but had this very colourful image in mind, so was relieved when Anna hadn't opted for B&W).

I also mentioned I had no issue whatsoever with mixing and matching format: landscape and square, portrait and landscape...

I love Anna's image, but initially was concerned about matching up the bold colours in my image with the beautiful muted tones in hers. But I think the echoing positioning of the shoes, the diagonals leading your eye from my image to Anna's and the red popping in both images brings them together much better than I'd have expected.

You can follow the project here, there's some wonderful artists involved.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 12:16 GMT
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6 March 2010
velvet winter
Now Playing: the divine comedy - something for the weekend
Topic: self-portraiture

winter velvet

It seems almost every time I post here I'm in a hurry these days. Although this weekend less so. I'm concentrating on my photography all this weekend, most evenings this week, and next Saturday.

I've been itching to create new work, get back to editing my backlog, and try to get some of the ideas that have been whirling around my head out of there and onto my camera's memory card. So far so good this weekend, with my first self-portrait shoot completed by 10am :D

However, I'm not making things easy for myself: I bit the bullet and joined a gym last week, including a "starter pack" of three 45 minute sessions with a personal trainer to kickstart my regime. But I am seriously unfit and was a bit too ambitious with my second workout, which meant I strained my right calf muscle again and was off my feet and off work for the past two days. Thankfully an ultrasound confirmed it wasn't torn, which my previous doctor had thought was the case, so it's getting better with rest and I should be able to think about returning to the gym for much more restrained attempts soon.

Suffice to say, between my current day job, the gym and a daily three hour round-trip commute, my time spent on photography is being somewhat restricted at the moment. But I am looking forward to flying down to Melbourne on the 22nd, spending a few days there, then a nearly two week road trip back to Brisbane with Phil Ivens and one of his friends. The highest priority (apart from ensuring we visit as many rainforests as possible, keep our verticals vertical and our contrast away from the high end) is photography, photography, photography. And sound recording. And, it seems we will be lucky enough to spend the Easter long weekend hanging out at a friend's property near the Blue Mountains!

When I return I will have to make a call about whether I find a place of my own closer to town for six to twelve months, until I am ready to head overseas; or stick it out here with my folks until then.

Meanwhile, it may be summer here, but it's been raining an awful lot for somewhere folk like to call "the sunshine state". Thankfully we're not in areas like Charleville which has been flooded thrice in five days :-S

These flowers? They're Winter Velvet Allamandas, which blossom in a darker hue in winter. I've been wanting to do a self-portrait incorporating these beauties adorning a trellis down the side of my parents' house for a while now, and with the overcast, raining-on-and-off weather today, the final image ended up with more of a winter than a summer look, which suited me just fine.

Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the weekend!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 03:29 GMT
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3 March 2010
williamstown festival contemporary art prize
Now Playing: the dresden dolls - no, virginia...
Topic: exhibitions


Just a quick one to say "If you're in Melbourne, this opens Thursday 4th March! If you can't make the opening, be sure to get down and check it out when you can".

That is all.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 12:30 GMT
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16 February 2010
away from here
Now Playing: pj harvey - down by the water
Topic: exhibitions

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I received a pleasant surprise last night: I've been selected as a finalist in the Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize 2010 in Melbourne :D

However, due to some email trickery, I found out about a week after the announcement was made, when I went to the site to see where things were at.

So now I have to rush to print, frame & ship charlotte sometimes. Argh!

In other news, I also have an image in issue #40 of F-Stop Magazine: Away From Here. Go look!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 12:52 GMT
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6 February 2010
the bathers
Now Playing: elliott smith - little one

the bathers

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:11 GMT
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i never promised you a rose garden
Now Playing: the divine comedy - secret garden
Topic: rosebank, nsw

i never promised you a rose garden

lucky charms

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wild straw berries

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 12:08 GMT
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Now Playing: pink floyd - wish you were here
Topic: rosebank, nsw

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 01:47 GMT
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5 February 2010
until the cows come home
Now Playing: SoKo - The Dandy Cowboys
Topic: rosebank, nsw

until the cows come home

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how now, brown cow?

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 23:19 GMT
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a little hoarse
Now Playing: the dirty three - horse stories
Topic: rosebank, nsw

a little hoarse

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one is the loneliest number

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 10:14 GMT
Updated: 6 February 2010 01:44 GMT
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