Albert Namatjira’s Chasms

One of the residents of the Hermannsburg mission in central Australia was Albert Namatjira. He showed a keen interest in Rex Battarbee’s watercolours. Rex taught him all he knew, including how to sign his name in the white man’s way, and the Namatjira show began. When I look back at my photos of central AustraliaContinue reading “Albert Namatjira’s Chasms”

True Western by Joseph Brennan

Along the Arizona-Utah border, just off Highway 163 and deep within the Navajo reservation there lies a series of stratified plateaus, which sit like great fists of rock, pounding a docile plain.  It looks like something out of a movie, and it is. | Glen Canyon, Arizona-Utah, image by Joseph Brennan 2012 | The imageryContinue reading “True Western by Joseph Brennan”

Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

Here’s an excerpt from Godfrey Reggio’s final piece of the Qatsi trilogy. Still loving the music from Phillip Glass. This one is about the transition from nature to technology. So he went all out with the computerised images. I’m really attracted to the non-narrative nature of Reggio’s work. And the Glass music allows your ownContinue reading “Naqoyqatsi: Life as War”

Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

Godfrey Reggio chose to use footage of the Serra Pelada mine in Brazil to open his second film, Powaqqatsi. To quote Reggio, “Awesome beauty, terrible beauty, beauty of the beast.” Click on the image below to see and also hear another perfect Philip Glass score. | Godfrey Reggio, Powaqqatsi, 1988 | The voice of OrsonContinue reading “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation”

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

Guardian journalist Leo Hickman, recently chose Koyaanisqatsi as his favourite film. The film was made by Godfrey Reggio in 1983. Hickman’s article got me thinking about the Reggio trilogy. This was formative stuff for me. I have vivid memories of seeing and hearing the film. But I’ve never really known much about the director ofContinue reading “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance”

The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work

The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work was held at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne for five weeks in 1907. People could see arts and crafts including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, needlework, leatherwork, woodwork, spinning and weaving. One of the women carvers exhibiting was Tasmanian born Ellen Nora Payne and she went on to winContinue reading “The Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work”

Churchly Prenzel

Robert Prenzel produced a lot of ecclesiastical woodcarvings. When many of his private clients abandoned him during and after the war he became the odd job man of Toorak and South Yarra. But the churches continued to support him. He said My Roman Catholic friends were always loyal to me. I wanted to get to Trinity CollegeContinue reading “Churchly Prenzel”