Sydney Vegan Market, Moore Park, Sydney, Sunday 17th February 2019

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Veganism is a revolution whose time has finally come, though you would not know it from the shops and restaurants where I live in Sydney’s Upper North Shore, and the most prominent manifestation of the vegan food revolution’s creativity, innovation and success is the once-a-month Sydney Vegan Market located in the Sydney inner southern suburb of Moore Park, also host to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Fox Studios and the oddly named Entertainment Quarter (quarter of what, exactly?).

Fujifilm People with Cameras Sydney Event, Chippendale Green, October 29 2017

I attended my second Sydney Fujifilm People with Cameras event in Chippendale on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Here is a selection of photographs, shot on a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 using the full ERF image within the OVF in manual mode with back-button focussing for the technically inquisitive, then quickly processed to proof quality in Capture One Pro. 

Tech Notes

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Work in Progress: Modernism, McMansions, Cape Cods, Georgian Piles, Home Counties Castles and More

The cluster of suburbs where we live in Sydney’s Upper North Shore has been home to a number of creative people over the years, working in the fields of acting, architecture, fine art, moviemaking and music. Cate ShortlandGrace Cossington-Smith, Harry SeidlerHugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, Prue Acton, Sidney Nolan, the members of Midnight Oil and Mi-Sex grew up here, went to school here, created here, had businesses here or at least lived here for a while. 

Like most Sydney suburban areas, this one contains a range of Australian residential styles and, although it has become a very different place to what it was when those creatives were here, creativity and innovation continues in the form of the houses by which we are surrounded.

This project is an ongoing one, to be continually updated with new images and others from my archives, where I will explore some of the varieties of domestic residences in the area. More photographs are on their way so please come back soon.

My aim is not to make marketing photographs for real estate agencies nor architectural photographs for their designers or builders, but, rather, to lyrically express how these buildings look and feel at a given time and day, in context, with the hardware and software I have in hand at the time.

McMansion
P&O
Blockhouse

Cape Cod

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Mercury Rises at the Fisk (Wireless) Memorial in Wahroonga

On 22 Seprember 1918, Ernest Fisk, head of AWA (Amalgamated Wireless Australasia) and Raymond E. McIntosh (and a host of other engineers) received a direct transmission from Marconi at his Caernarfon station in Wales. This was cited as the first (major) direct radio communication from Great Britain to Australia, the message received at Fisk’s home, ‘Lucania’ at Wahroonga on Sydney’s north shore. 

Text: Carmel Morris VK2CAR

Each year, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society (KHS) members celebrate this event at Wahroonga outside the home where a memorial was erected in Fisk’s honour. The weather was not kind today hence the limited photos available. But why mention a moment in history that many have forgotten? Simply put, our screen-tapping user-centric world of digital technology – much of which is taken for granted – has all evolved from the communication efforts of Marconi, Fisk and the many experimenters at AWA. The event is seen as a milestone in Australia’s long history of science, engineering and discovery, of which many home-grown inventions are used worldwide to this day, such as underwater torpedoes, black box flight recorders, electric drills, pacemakers, cochlear implants, Wi-Fi and more.

KHS is also custodian of the bronze statue of Mercury (Roman god of all things business) who leaps proud from atop the monument ‘radio mast’. Mercury has had an interesting past, having been stolen from the monument years ago, and I am told found later in a trash yard. From the photos he appears to be trying to get away from being bagged again, but now he is safe from thieves and flying poopers by the good work of the KHS.

There are plans for a special 100th anniversay in two years’ time. Let’s see if we have the skills to propogate a return signal to Wales using modest radio components. The local Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club (HADARC), along with the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, will have a field day, so to speak, with a good display of old and new technology.

A true example of innovation and success that changed a nation, let’s not forget too that amateur radio still has relevance, as it’s a fundamental hands-on activity that explains the workings of radios, digital electronics/packet transmission, computers and cell phones ‘under the hood’ – all these things we enjoy today, thanks to our radio pioneers.

Having made my own 7MHz contact from our home in Wahroonga to Porthmadog, North Wales, it certainly is an exciting experience, using nothing but a low power transceiver, a dipole antenna and the ionosphere.

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