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2016 in Reflection?

It would appear I have not kept such good records this year of my Proffesional Development? I have been using my VIT page more I feel. Anyways, I have done a couple of PD online sessions as well as attending a VDC training day.One online training session for DEAT, OH&S, [2 hours]Two days of a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in house at NCAT [12 hours]One day of trainging on mental health awareness, Science of Mental Health, by Dr. Maria Roberto, looking at how menalt health develops and developing strategies for helping young people cope. [6 hours]As for creative work I have had work in 2 group shows, both in South Australia. These kept me quite busy this year. [120 hours]

Also the annual 1/2 day VTAC training and I guess that covers me for 2016. [4 hours]Not sure of actual hours though?
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Bookmaking 2015

Earlier this year I undertook a Masterclass in bookmaking with Marshall Weber and Stephen Dupont. It was enjoyable, inspiring and challenging. I now have two books sitting in the wings waiting to be made. I printed first drafts over the weekend.
I leaned several things; my #emptyshops book needs to be much, much smaller, probably only 26 images after all. Which makes sense, seeing as it's an homage to Ed Ruscha's 26 gasoline stations. My next instalment of my phone camera photography could work as an A4 sized book. Sadly I ran out of ink for my iPhone book, which is tenthly entitled no photos has me quite excited.Below a couple of screengrabs of each book.
Total time 12 hours, editing and printing.

Industry Liaison 2015-12-09

We visited the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and Magnet Gallery. The first two galleries were displaying contemporary art ain innovative and novel ways. This will be used to teach students to think about how they too can apply this knowledge to their own output. Magnet gallery is an output and input lab, it scans negs and makes prints, and has volunteering options for our students to engage and network with the industry.
[4.5 hours]

More Pinhole Tests

I made a print from the first paper negative. Although this is a poor digital reproduction of it.















I also tried two other negatives at different developer times, one 4 minute exposure developed for 6 mins in Rodinal 1+100, the other an 8 min exposure for 2 mins in Rodinal 1+100

Pinhole Camera Experiments

I have the good fortune to be able to access several pinhole cameras. 1 5x4 inch one and an 8 x 10 inch one. Last night I brought home, the 8 x 10 inch one.

I then loaded it with paper and went outside. I have no idea what the aperture of the camera is so my idea was 2 fold.
Try to determine the aperture
Work out a way to make teaching the use of the camera; easy and approachable.

I teach a subject called Experimental Processes and Theory I am adding this to the list of experimental ideas students can approach.

My first exposures were 16 seconds and 30 seconds, I then developed the paper negative in Dektol for 3 minutes. The neg had tons of density in the sky, but shadow detail was lacking somewhat in both negatives, so I decided to increase exposure, next going for 1 minute and 2 minutes, again developing in Dektol. Again plenty of highlight density and some gain in the shadow but not enough for a reasonable print. It seemed that the highlights were blocking up too quickly. This go…

Catching Up?

As I prepare yet more paperwork for auditing purposes, I realised that my entries here have lapsed somewhat.
I visited several key exhibitions here in Australia and several exciting and contemporary ones in Japan.
Firstly there was the Trent Parke Exhibition in Adelaide, a whole days worth of work, a very prolific artist is Trent Parke.
Then there was the exhibition in Sydney, Australia 7 Photography, curated by, Judy Annear and hosted at the AGNSW. This one left me a bit disappointed as it seems more about Judy's cleaver curation than any ideas about Australia and Australian photography. [6 hours]. I also looked at a great body of work by Damien Drew, called Everywhere was wherever, some great travel/road/urban landscape photography. [1 hour]
In japan I spen a whole day trawling galleries in Shinjuku, and I lost count of the shows and the photographers, but I was impressed particularly by the analogue culture in Tokyo and possibly Japan.
[6 hours]

Robots or tutors?

Long interesting read, and here's the final quote:-
Many of us in education technology talk about this being a moment of great abundance – information abundance – thanks to digital technologies. But I think we are actually / also at a moment of great austerity. And when we talk about the future of education, we should question if we are serving a world of abundance or if we are serving a world of austerity. I believe that automation and algorithms, these utterly fundamental features of much of ed-tech, do serve austerity. And it isn’t simply that “robot tutors” (or robot keynote speakers) are coming to take our jobs; it’s that they could limit the possibilities for, the necessities of care and curiosity.
That’s not a future I want for anyone.
http://hackeducation.com