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?


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.
a spread from my #emptyshops book

A spread from my next iPhone 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 got me thinking can I shorten the developer time or soften the developer?

I tried shorter times first, and exposing now for 2 and 4 minutes respectively. with only one minute in the developer. Straight away I saw some improvement.

There are numerous ways to extend development time to lower contrast in photographed scenes. I decide to use a highly diluted film developer called Rodinal. This meant I could keep my Dektol at 1 + 1 for future use. I diluted it to, 1+100, and started with a 5 minute development time. Bingo, now tones were looking much more manageable, even with 4 minute exposure times in late afternoon, late autumn light.

Here are final the results, one scan is unaltered, the other simply inverted using Potatoeshop.

Eventually I plan one making a direct contact print from the original negative. Come back in a day or two, to see if I succeed?

[Total time 4 hours]


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.

New Job!

This year I applied and was successful in gaining a new job as a sessional lecturer with Deakin University. The first trimester [11 weeks] was a simple into to photography subject, and dealt with a whole raft of issues I had not dealt with in nearly 15 years since photography had gone digital. The students were taught to use 35mm analogue cameras and shoot slide film. The results were then assessed using a slide projector. Lot's of memories came flooding back as I looked at slides that were either over or under exposed, poorly focus while also dealing with a jamming slide projector. This was a basic class and as such there was minimal preparation, but assessing was tricky as I was only one of several people working with the students and then only for a few hours.
Needless to say learnt a lot in the first trimester.

The second half of the year saw me teaching and lecturing in a new subject for both Deakin and myself. It was very challenging, as it was a theory only subject. The subject is called ACI 103, Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context. I gave a series of lectures running over the 11 week trimester, a first for me, and the technology alone was very nerve racking. Fortunately I settled in very quickly and really enjoy the whole series. I also ran a 1 hour seminar afterwards, this proved to be immense fun also as, I was pretty much given a very loose program to run and was able to ad lib extensively. To begin the seminar series however I used some of the PD tool offered by Deakin, to great success. The most rewarding seminar for me was, one that involved the students and their own phones. I asked them to pair  up and show each other the last picture on each others phones. They then had to guess why the picture had been taken. The results were then shared back to the class.

So all up this year has been very busy, preparing the lecture series required an almost tenfold amount of preparation for each lecture, and the seminars required a lot of work too. Initially I was worried about my ability to deliver but in the end it was immensely satisfying, I hope to get the opportunity to teach to again.

Extra Curricular Teaching

Earlier this year,  I ran two classes on social media for the 'Create course' at NCAT. I spent several days preparing and writing the lecture notes then delivered it to the two groups. It was fun and rewarding and several other staff came along and enjoyed the class also.
2 Hours teaching
16 hours prep


Term 1 Holidays PD sessions

This term holidays just gone I undertook 2 PD activities over 5 days.
The first 4 days were spent shooting processing and proofing some film.
The second block of PD involved a 2 day visit to galleries in Adelade.
Then there was a 'bootcamp' run by Adobe, for their AEL and ACL members.

I spent 4 days shooting 10 rolls of 120 medium format black and white fils, which I then processed and made proof sheets of. [4 days]

The 2 day visit to Adelaide revolved around the Trent Parke exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The exhibition was many in years in the making and several years in the planning and was largely a reflection on his own life expressed using high contrast and grainy imagery made over the last 20 or so of years of his life. I found the layout and organisation of the exhibition inspiring. However the heavy handedness of the work became somewhat oppressive and hard work. The lack of nuance was like being hit over the head with a hammer repeatedly; and left me with a bad feeling. [2 days]

The 'Bootcamp' run by Adobe was held at St. Joseph's College in Toorak. It was a whole day of exploring several software products and how they can be used in the classroom; as well as hearing a couple of short presentations about how other staff use Adobe in the class room. Tim Kitchen was the main facilitator with a strong background in IT and eduction. The other people present were either AEL's or ACLs. [An AEL is an Adobe Education Leader, and ACL is an Adobe Campus leader. One can apply for Campus leadership but can only be promoted or invited to Education leadership. I am not sure I want the responsibility of and AEL nomination as there is some work involved external to the classroom.] I also need to log my PD activities using their forms and systems and record what I use and teach. I am adding some pictures from the day taken by Tim Kitchen. I found out about this 'bootcamp' vis the Adobe Edex website. I took away an idea for helping students to learn how to use photoshop in a fun way, and was happy to spend some time using software I wouldn't normally use. [1 day]

Some photos from the day are below.


2014 PD

In 2104 I undertook numerous PD sessions, many online, some provided by the DEAT. I did about 5 hours of online learning with the DEAT on OH&S. [5 hours]

I attended a hands on workshop on digital fine printing. [6 hours]

There were numerous in house PD sessions at our new college NCAT 62 Murray Road Preston. [5 hours]

I also undertook a course with RMIT online that helped me revise many of the topics I teach, it was a about 25 hours worth of study reading and reflecting. [25 hours]

Currently in 2015 I am participating in an Adobe Online course called Adobe Generation Professional: Digital Creativity https://edex.adobe.com/ Already I have leanred a new skill that the students may be able to use in class, using an app called Voice, also made by Adobe. [6 hours]


Online Webinar Certificate

Here's a picture of the certificate I received for undertaking a webinar recently.


Webinars and Online PD

I recently attended the Webinar run by Museum Victoria entitled "No need for clean hands: Accessing and working with digitised items". It was a great learning experience and a good opportunity to network with other likeminded individuals. Currently I am still awaiting the arrival of my 'certificate' to say I have participated. [1 hour]

Today I also undertook the online session on OH&S, which is part of the DEAT training for OH&S portal. It took two hours and I received a mark of 10 out of 10. [2 hours]



This year, I have been more engaged in things like callouts for exhibitions. I submitted to two Phone camera competitions, sadly as of this writing I was not successful in either. I am also participating in the CCP summer Salon this year. I spent several days choosing and printing a 5x4 negative to do this. The idea is not to actually win these competitions but rather to keep my skills up to date in many areas of my craft from editing/selecting & organising to printing and finishing prints.
[5 days]