Collinsville Community workshop gallery now online

The final 2015 My Space/Our Place photography workshop was held in Collinsville for community members in the afternoon on Friday 17 September. The workshop started at 4pm and it was a great time for the workshop with beautiful afternoon light giving photographers perfect conditions to work in.

Take the time to head over to the Collinsville Community Workshop gallery page to see the results from the group's practical photography exercise, which produced some really inspiring and original images. 

Check out the Collinsville Community Workshop gallery here.

 Collinsville Postcard. Photograph by Shenice Portelli.

Collinsville Postcard. Photograph by Shenice Portelli.

Collinsville State High School Workshop gallery now online

On 17 September students from Collinsville State High School took part in the My Space/Our Place Regional Photography Workshop at their school. With a very enthusiastic principal driving the students around town and out to the nearby town of Scottville, students were able to explore both their town centre and surrounding rural areas, with some great results yet again. 

Check out the Collinsville State High School gallery of photographs here.

 Nigel, Collinsville local publican. Photo by Dorothy Vallada.

Nigel, Collinsville local publican. Photo by Dorothy Vallada.


Glenden State School Workshop now online

Five Visual Arts students from Glenden State School, along with their teacher Casey Taylor, participated in the My Space/Our Place workshop on 15 September.

The gallery of their photography is now online here.

 Colour palette by Emily Wells.

Colour palette by Emily Wells.


My Space/Our Place in the Whitsundays

The My Space/Our Place workshop recently arrived in the Whitsundays to hold workshops in Bowen, Glenden and Collinsville. Students from Year 7-12 at Bowen State High School were first up, with a workshop held in the school's Visual Arts department. The students' gallery will be online very soon.

 Bowen State High School students (com)posed on the school grounds.

Bowen State High School students (com)posed on the school grounds.

Clermont State School Workshop pics now online

The My Space/Our Place workshop recently visited Clermont State School, where Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts students were tasked with making photographs around the town. The students seemed happy to focus on the textures of buildings and the architecture of the area, as there were not many people out and about at the same time we were. Students were encouraged to experiment briefly with a few different camera formats before settling on one that suited their style of shooting. Looking at the results, 16:9 and 1:1 were very popular formats.

The Clermont State School gallery of photographs can be seen here.


Rolleston Community Workshop Gallery now online

Photographs from the Rolleston My Space/Our Place Community Workshop are now online. This workshop took place late in the afternoon on Thursday 9 September. The sun put on a spectacular slow withdrawal from the day, in which the participants were able to get out and shoot in.

Have a look at these photos, there are more than a few gems in here.

 Rolleston, Qld. Photograph by Sheena Crittle.

Rolleston, Qld. Photograph by Sheena Crittle.


Re-charging....

The My Space/Our Place workshops are now on a two-day break after finishing up in the Central Highlands area yesterday, with another productive workshop at Clermont State School. Facilitator Sean is currently in Brisbane and will be flying out to Proserpine tomorrow for the next leg of the workshops, starting at Bowen State High School on Monday morning. 

Sean will be speaking with Meecham Philpott, breakfast presenter on ABC Tropical North on radio about 7.15am on Monday, so if that station transmits to your area and you are interested in this project, tune in to get the low-down.

For now, the cameras are being charged, and pics from the Rolleston Community Workshop and Clermont State High School Workshop are being uploaded. 

While in Brisbane, Sean will also be checking out the _on this site: QLD photography exhibition, which is on at Hold Artspace in West End. The exhibition closes today at 2pm.

 The  My Space/Our Place  cameras are Olympus Tg-860 point and shoots.

The My Space/Our Place cameras are Olympus Tg-860 point and shoots.

Capella State High School Gallery now online

It is not uncommon for teenagers, especially in regional and rural areas, to become easily bored with their immediate surroundings. Small towns in regional Australia often find it hard to stay alive, and the Central Highlands Shire of Queensland is no exception. For Sale signs are often seen in business windows and in front of houses and farms, the space out this way is vast, and the big sky envelopes the hot, dry landscape as far as they eye can see. It is understandable how kids and teenagers can easily feel trapped by this space. Photography, as well as other art forms, can provide students and adults alike, with a purpose to engage with their environment, to reveal what it is like out here and the conditions which they face. On a more personal level, photography and the arts can also help people to express how they see themselves in their environment, and as part of it. When the camera is used as a tool for self-expression, authorship and ownership is given to people's own story, which can help boost self-confidence and empowerment. Access to the arts is one way in which students can develop these very important attributes.

Capella State High School hosted their My Space/Our Place photography workshop yesterday, the results of their work can be seen here.

Sunbaker, 2015 (after Dupain) Photo by Alex Hugo, Hudson Jeffrey and Lydiah McLean. (Capella, Qld).

Springsure Community Workshop

The gallery of photographs from the Springsure Community Workshop is now online. This wonderful set of photographs documents the main street of Springsure, the Dawson Highway.

View the full gallery of photographs from Springsure here.

    Springsure Community Workshop photography group: (L to R) Marjorie Shannen, Joci Bate, Amanda Roebig, Estelle Daniels, Laeonie Hopgood, Sean Davey (facilitator). (Missing in photo is Alan Shaw, Pamela McLaughlin and Tessa Lane.

 

Springsure Community Workshop photography group: (L to R) Marjorie Shannen, Joci Bate, Amanda Roebig, Estelle Daniels, Laeonie Hopgood, Sean Davey (facilitator). (Missing in photo is Alan Shaw, Pamela McLaughlin and Tessa Lane.



Big sky and Australia's newest citizens

After a wonderfully productive community workshop in the town of Springsure, My Space/Our Place photography facilitator Sean was keen to check out the Art Gallery in Emerald. Arriving at the local council building, Sean came across a citizenship ceremony for new Australians. Not one to miss a photo opportunity, a few pictures were made. The photograph of the the landscape below was made on the drive between Springsure and Emerald.

Stay tuned for latest galleries from the Springsure Community Workshop and the Capella State School Workshop, which will be online soon.



Springsure State School Workshop

The My Space/Our Place photography workshop at the Springsure State High School was terrific fun. The students were enthusiastic to talk about photography and to see images fromThe Photograph and Australia exhibition, but even more keen to get out into their community and make their own photographs. We took a walk across the school oval, spending time in a small creek that runs past the back of the school. From there we were treated to an uninterrupted view of the staggering cliff face that welcomes drivers from Emerald on approach to Springsure. This rock formation is truly an incredible landmark of this wonderful little town.

 'Virgin Rock' by Emily Kajewski.

'Virgin Rock' by Emily Kajewski.

We kept walking around the north side of town, stumbling across Bill, a well know local and his array of old Chevy trucks and Land Rovers. Seeing about 20 kids wielding cameras and taking great interest in his cars, Bill opened up his shed to the students to get some pictures of more trucks that were behind a locked fence.

 One of Bill's many old trucks. Photo by Angus Iwers.

One of Bill's many old trucks. Photo by Angus Iwers.

'You see this one here,' Bill said, pointing to the large truck with a crane on the back, 'This one I built myself with parts found from all over this place. So much junk around here. So much junk.'

As the students were pointing their cameras at truck grills, spare tyres and an old engine (that Bill swears still turns over), Bill reached for a rusty old tin sitting on the flat bed of his largest truck. Opening the tin, we looked in amazement as Bill pulled out rolls and rolls of 35mm film.

 Bill shows students old 35mm nitrate cine film. Bill used to run the local cinema.

Bill shows students old 35mm nitrate cine film. Bill used to run the local cinema.

'I keep it out here because it's old silver nitrate film, and could go up in flames at any moment. It's okay if it catches alight out here though.' Bill showed us a few rolls as the students gathered around, all holding their brand new digital cameras. The irony of seeing such a generational and technological gap wasn't lost on a few of the adults watching. It turns out Bill used to run the old Springsure Cinema many years ago, and these were some of the cine film rolls that he had kept from that time.

As we made our way up main street back to school, another rather ironic moment presented itself when Angus made a portrait of Jason, the local butcher. Angus, get it....?

 'Jason, the Springsure butcher, in front of his shop.' Photo by Angus Iwers.

'Jason, the Springsure butcher, in front of his shop.' Photo by Angus Iwers.

To see the full gallery of photographs from the Springsure State School workshop, click here.

Wandoan Community Workshop

We had a great afternoon in Wandoan on Friday with Kim, Helen, Tania and Michelle for the first My Space/Our Place community photography workshop. Shooting in the beautiful afternoon light often referred to as 'golden hour', the workshop participants practiced using the exposure compensation settings on their cameras to produce some really moody dusk time photographs.

Have a look at the full gallery of photographs from the Wandoan community workshop here.

 Workshop participants (l to r) Tania, Michelle, Helen and Kym channeling The Beatles on Abbey Road, in Wandoan.

Workshop participants (l to r) Tania, Michelle, Helen and Kym channeling The Beatles on Abbey Road, in Wandoan.


Wandoan Workshops

A great day was had by all at Wandoan State School on Friday, with the first My Space/Our Place photography workshop kicking off in South-East Queensland.

The students were very enthusiastic and the time flew by! After some discussion and a slide show of images from The Photograph and Australia exhibition, we took a field trip around Wandoan to make some photographs. The students managed to get to a few different spots around town, including the main street, the Heritage Museum and one of the old church grounds. 

Check out the Wandoan State School gallery here.

The My Space/Our Place workshops begin tomorrow in Wandoan

My Space/Our Place photography workshop facilitator Sean Davey arrived in in Roma this afternoon, after a couple of bumpy flights from Canberra and Brisbane. The first MS/OP workshop is tomorrow at Wandoan State High School, a few hours drive north east of Roma, followed by a community workshop, also in Wandoan. 

Stay tuned for details of the first workshops....

 South-West Queensland (near Roma) from the air. Photo by Sean Davey.

South-West Queensland (near Roma) from the air. Photo by Sean Davey.