Monthly Archives: August 2012

Dear friend

Dear friend

Compiling this project with my good mate Geordie Malone wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I think it would be even harder to sit down and verbalise my words written below. Its hard to conceive that offering up gratitude for a friend, offering up those feeling you know well isn’t as simple as an instant translation between heart/body/brain/mind etc.

Geordie Malone is a great bloke. An incredible musician, his band Kira Piru and The Bruise are playing gigs regularly throughout all major cities in Australia as well as summer festivals. Geordie is also a brilliant craftsmen. In coming weeks I will be spending more time with Geordie documenting him in his work inside his shed where he lives and works. Interesting visuals soon.

Geordie Malone’s brilliant blog can be found here where he shares music and other things made in his shed.

Dear friend. Photos- Conor Ashleigh & Maryam Alavi © 2012. All rights reserved.

Geordie in the flesh. Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012. All rights reserved.

 

Sweating it out in the shed. Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012. All rights reserved.

Fading ages

Returning to Timor-Leste earlier in the year provoked many a thought about how to quantify progress in the majority world. Leaving my digital cameras, assignments and emails I started to shoot on my medium format film camera thinking less critically at what was around me but more my role as a visual communicator. With a different medium in hand and a much slower pace of movement I started to explore Timor-Leste looking for the remnants of pre-Portugese time,  Portugese colonisation, Indonesian occupation, the 1999 crisis and now today.

Here are a few photos from that trip to Timor-Leste earlier this year, more to come.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012. All rights reserved.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012. All rights reserved.

Photo- Conor Ashleigh © 2012. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Lifestyle feature

This week the new edition of Hunter Lifestyle magazine is out and featuring some of my work for the Engage Newcastle site which is now live here.

Last Wednesday Engage Newcastle finally went live with a brilliant event at The Lock-Up where my work is currently being exhibited in the John Paynter gallery. This weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition before it moves on to another home.

For those in Newcastle or with access to the internet this afternoon from 5-6pm I am going to be a guest on 1233 ABC radio Drive program hosted by Paul Bevan. You can listen online here if your not local.

 

Hunter Lifestyle feature

Hunter Lifestyle feature

Hunter Lifestyle feature

Engaging Newcastle opening

Engaging Newcastle opening

Despite the bad weather on Friday night the launch of Engaging Newcastle at The Lock-Up Gallery was a great success with a full house. The gallery was packed with people from all walks of Newcastle’s broader community. Mazie Turner  a local artist opened the exhibition while myself and Sharon Douglas Manager, Community Partnerships at Newcastle University also spoke.

The following morning there was a feature article in the Newcastle Herald on the broader project of Engage Newcastle in which I was commissioned to document Newcastle communities. See the article below.

Article and my photos in weekend edition of Newcastle Herald

 

On Saturday morning I gave a floor talk inside The Lock-Up Gallery  this additional time to answer questions and share some of the memorable stories associated with living in the community for two weeks was great.

Photo- Oliver Nicholson © 2012. All rights reserved.

On Wednesday 22nd August the project and website will be launched here  so stay tuned for further updates. For those based in Newcastle next week you will be able to pick up Hunter Lifestyle Magazine which is running a five page feature of my photographs from this project so stay tuned!

Engaging Newcastle exhibition opening

I am please to announce that my most recent commissioned project ‘Engaging Newcastle’ will be opening Friday 10th August at The Lock-Up Gallery in Newcastle, Au.

Engaging Newcastle was commissioned by Newcastle University. Being a Newcastle boy I had the freedom to use my personal network as well as the networks of those around me to seek out as many interesting communities, cultures and sub-cultures as I could during the two week project.  A selection of the work will be on show at the exhibition which opens next Friday night, all details on the flyer below.

 

Flyer for Engaging Newcastle exhibition opening