An exhibition by photographer and multi-disciplinary artist Shan Turner-Carroll was launched at the Grace Cossington-Smith Gallery located in the Abbotsleigh private girls school grounds on Saturday, 11th November 2017.
We attended the launch event and made the photographs in this gallery.
The cluster of Sydney North Shore suburbs where we live in Ku-ring-gai and nearby was once known for the visual artists who lived and worked here – Grace Cossington-Smith, Jimmy Bancks, Lionel Lindsay, Russell Drysdale, Sidney Nolan – and the architects, actors, filmmakers, musicians and writers who lived, grew up, went to school, built, worked or rehearsed here – Adam Garcia, Carmel D. Morris, Cate Shortland, Dorothea Mackellar, Eleanor Cullis-Hill, Errol Flynn, Glenn Murcutt, Harry Seidler, Howard Joseland, Hugh Jackman, Kamahl, Mel Gibson, Midnight Oil, Mi-Sex, Penelope Seidler, Peter Garrett, Richard Clapton, William Hardy Wilson – but one would be hard-pressed to name creative people of that stature who live here now, other than an ever-enduring Kamahl.
We enjoyed meeting and conversing with other creative people at the launch and look forward to attending and documenting many more.
I chose the GX8 specially for its unique tilting electronic viewfinder (EVF) that allows me to shoot looking downwards like waist level viewfinders on some of my favourite analog cameras, or at a range of other angles.
Using a GX8 in this way permits placing the camera lower than eye level and makes it easier for subjects to ignore me.
The 25mm f/1.7 came with the GX8 as part of a promotion and it is a very sharp and well optically-corrected lens that focusses by wire as opposed to the Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 25mm f/1.2 lens that offers repeatable manual focus via its manual clutch focussing mechanism.
Another Panasonic lens to consider for this approach is the Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 prime that also focusses by wire.
I processed the raw files in Alien Skin Exposure X3 using the Kodak Panasonic-X and Platinum split-toning presets, with minimal further image adjustments.
I chose to emulate the look of platinum printing as I was reminded, on entering the gallery, of the many exhibitions I have seen overseas where the photographs were printed in the platinum printing process.
- Outdoor Photographer – Platinum Prints From Digital Files
- The Luminous Landscape – The Platinum Print – how-to article by Tom Gary and the late Michael Reichmann
- Wikipedia – Platinum print
Header image concept and hack by Carmel D. Morris.
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- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro Lens – B&H
- Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 Aspheric Lens – B&H
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera – B&H
- Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Aspheric Lens – B&H
- Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 Aspheric Lens – B&H
- Photographers’ Formulary Sensitizer A and B for Platinum and Palladium Printing – B&H