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14 May 2009
a summer wasting
Now Playing: nina simone - i put a spell on you
Topic: mixed bag

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I'm back in Melbourne now, after 3.5 weeks of "holidays" at my parents' in Brisbane. I use quotation marks because I was still doing things like putting together submissions, taking photos (though barely any self-portraits), working on grant and award applications, researching, etc., etc., etc.

I also took the time to answer some questions about my art for Brian Sherwin at Myartspace which you can read here.

Whilst in Brisbane I visited the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art to see The China Project, Breaking Boundaries, Creative Generation and the Spencer Finch exhibition. I also dropped in to see the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2009 at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. I'll post more about The China Project soon: I was really impressed by a couple of the artists included in the exhibition.

As it was a year since the end of my 365 days project on 16 April, I set that as the last day I would have my book darkness & light available, but I am working on a couple of new books at the moment. All will be revealed soon enough.

In the meantime, as always, prints are available in my store.

If you're in Melbourne you can see one of my prints "in the flesh" until the 23rd of May in the Kodak Salon 2009 at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.

I'll also have a print in the Melbourne Silver Mine's annual exhibition of analogue photography, Unsensored09 opening on 7th August at the Collingwood gallery.

I hope you've all been behaving yourselves in my absence and I will be posting more regularly again now that I'm home.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 14:36 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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