rock abstract #7

Another picture from the 5x7 Cambo monorail shoot near Kings Beach, Victor Harbor.  

It is a large format version of the 6x6 one in this earlier post. I was thinking more in terms of abstractions and modernism  than just rock studies and snap shots.  I was starting to reconnect with the art history past. A retro Australian modernism as it  were, which referred back  to the rock studies made by John Cato in the 1970s. 

Cato's abstractions developed the vocabulary of his own inner landscape and can be seen as expressions of his subconscious. I have no interest in this kind of transcendent photography that links back to Kandinsky. 

rock study #6

A detail in the coastal rock that I'd noticed whilst on a poodle walk. I would pass it by every time we walked to Dog Beach. It recalled the abstract modernist photographers ---eg., Aaron Siskind--- associated with the abstract expressionist movement.

 Siskind emphasize the modernist concern with the flatness of the picture plane and his  approach to picture making emphasised  close-up framing, as well as an emphasis on texture, line, and visual rhymes  to creating abstract images of found objects  in the real world. 

rock study #3

Suddenly I was serious. I wanted to start doing  large format photography along the coastal zone. I had  restored the equipment and I wanted to use it. So  I carried an 8x10 monorail and associated equipment along the cliff top path  down  to the coastal rocks. 

It was a struggle to carry the gear in the early morning.  The poodles tracked me when they were walking with Suzanne. 




rock study #1

This is basically where I started exploring the coastal zone in a serious manner. I used a medium format camera, tripod and slow film  in the early morning.  I  climbed down and up  the cliffs with all the equipment to reach the  foot of the cliff,

The  foot of the cliff was  right on the  edge  of the sea at high tide. The dogs came with me on that occasion. I had to help them climb up the slippery waterfall section  of the cliff face.