Italia by iphone…

I travelled to Italy in December/January 2015/16 with 2 of my sisters, no kids or husbands allowed! We hired ourselves an Alpha Romeo and took off down the Amalfi coast and slowly made our way all the way up to Venice. It was an amazing trip with lots of laughter, food, wine and yes, even a bit of sunshine! I very quickly got sick of lugging my heavy camera around with me so ended up shooting most of my images on my iphone. The additional help of a couple of apps (Pro Camera 8, photoshop) and the results aren’t too bad. Of course it will never replace my camera but I am happy with some of the results.

Our cousin Pete joined us for a few days in Roma and we decided to recreate an old photo of the 3 of us in our Grandfathers garden in the UK from around 1972 (Ang, the third sister, wasn’t born at this point so she took the photo). Below – Peter, Maxine, Arrayah




Nillumbik, thought to be an Aboriginal word meaning no good, red or bad earth.

Despite my continual attempts to defy that definition with my gardening efforts (I fail miserably!!) I still love the little town where I live…Hurstbridge.

Here are a few images taken on a warm late summers day…


nillumbik bush 4

nillumbik bush 6

nillumbik bush 2

nillumbik bush 5

nillumbik bush 9

Baldessin Press Student Workshop

Each year Silvi Glattauer, of Baldessin Press, invites students from Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT for a day of photogravure magic. This year we had nearly 40 of my students over 2 days inking up plates and printing beautifully detailed images onto fine art papers.

Silvi created the printing plates from the students black and white digital files. The images are printed directly onto light sensitive photo-polymer printing plates ready to be inked and put through the traditional print press. You can see the fine tonal detail that this produces in the images below.

Thanks to Baldessin Press, Silvi Glattauer and all of the students for a fabulous day of creativity, good food and joyous company!

Until next year!!

(The photos were taken with my iphone so the quality is not great)

Melbourne Polytechnic Grad Show 2015…

Even though I haven’t done much personal work lately, I have had a very busy and rewarding year teaching across two photo-imaging schools. It feels wonderful to see all of the students reaching their potential, producing amazing images and putting together their graduate exhibition…the culmination of all their hard work!

I hope some of you will be able to make it along to the opening, but, for those that can’t, I will endeavour to post some of their images in the weeks after.

Here is the invite with Lisa Minogue’s image to the left…

Photo Imaging Exhibition_Gradshow 2015 Invite

Mobile phone photo-walk in Melbourne…

Street photography is not one of my creative strong points. And I barely know how to use my iphone!

So what do I do? I go to Urban Artistry, in Collingwood, Melbourne, for an artists talk and photo-walk sponsored by EyeEm.

Thomas Lim is an incredible mobile phone photographer with many accolades and awards under his belt. Maurizio Salvati is an experienced street photographer with an eye for the unusual and more front than Myer! And photographer Richard is a beautiful soul with a big heart and generous spirit.

We were treated to a show and tell at the studio (thanks Richard!) followed by an urban expedition out into the streets of Collingwood, armed with nothing but our iphones, procamera 8 and EyeEm apps.

For those that know me well know that I am so singularly focused in everything I do (no multi-tasking for me!). So I got stuck on one reflection in one window and really didn’t get much further down the street than that.

I only got a few images shot before the vietnamese restaurant beckoned me with promise of sugar cane prawns…yum!

Make sure you check out Thomas, Maurizio and Richards work in the links below





Photogravure is a non-toxic photo/printmaking process where a metal plate is coated with a light sensitive emulsion and exposed to a film positive. Through exposure, the plate is etched and produces a very detailed image ready for the traditional print press. It is all printmaking from here on in, which is something that I have never done before, but the results produce exquisite tones and detail that would be very difficult to create with traditional etching. Of course there are many imperfections in the print but that only adds to the beauty of the final image and it’s handmade quality.

I was fortunate to be able to attend a photogravure workshop on the weekend, held by my lovely friend and mentor, Silvi Glattauer, at The Baldessin Press. The studio is an artwork in itself, nestled in the Australian bush just over an hour out of Melbourne.

I am really happy with the end results and can’t wait to get back out to the studio to learn more!

An Article in The Age newspaper…

Very excited to have a feature article in this weeks Sunday Age! They heard about the book and contacted us earlier this week to organise an interview and photoshoot at the market. We managed to round up several of the stall holders and their products and you can see all of the images on The Age website below.


(The Age article by Carolyn Webb and images by Chris Hopkins)

The book “Meet me at Market…

And here is the book….finished, printed and selling fast!

We have done a limited edition print run so once they are all sold that will be it! Take a look at our Facebook page for more info.

You can purchase a copy of the book via the link below or, if you are local, head out to our stall at St Andrews Market and come and say hello!

working on layout from the book

working on layout from the book

working on a layout from the book

working on a layout from the book

Final proofing before print

Final proofing before print

The book cover

The book cover

Purchase the book here –

‘smile’…vistors to St Andrews Market

Some of the many happy visitors to St Andrews Market…

The Meat Mask…

Here is the final image from the Laudanum Project shoot. You can book in for their new Fringe Festival show below.