Photogravure…

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. http://www.silvi.com.au/ http://baldessinpress.com.au/

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

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THE GRAND GUIGNOL AUTOMATON…

The laudanum Project

(…and here is my full group photo of the Laudanums)

THE LAUDANUM PROJECT presents
THE GRAND GUIGNOL AUTOMATON

The Laudanum Project would like to introduce you to Sandrine Moreaux. Sandrine is not like other girls. She is complicated. Very complicated. In the year of 1920 Sandrine arrived on the streets of Paris searching for the divine temple of her obsessions – the infamous Théâtre Du Grand Guignol. What she found therein was a terrifying reflection of her own yearnings and dreams that rendered her transformed, reborn but above all beautiful, so very beautiful.

The Grand Guignol Automaton is coming to the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival this September.

 

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Time to introduce the whole family

Straight from the infamous Museum Of Mankind, it’s the traveller, the collector, the bon vivant. It’s Alphonse Cheese-Probert!

Alphonse Cheese-Probert

Ladies and Gentlemen, We are very, VERY proud to present to you an all new member of the Laudanum Project family. Please put your hands together for the prettiest of them all, Shiny Helen!

Shiny Helen

Without going into too much detail, there were accusations, games of hide and seek and several dead husbands who were all discovered with traces of succinylcholine in their systems. Please welcome back the innocent and the utterly not guilty, Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny

Lady Saphronia Lick-Penny

With a winning smile and a collection of dead things that would make Mummy proud, it’s our very own boy in the attic, Barnabas Oral!

Barnabas Oral

Boom Boom…

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian rock band that have been creating music since the ’80’s. This is their latest press photo that I shot a few months ago in a friends tiny lounge room (Thanks Christian & Ellen!).

It was a tight squeeze with 5 band members, the 2 residents of the house, 2 assistants and myself, not to mention all of the photographic equipment, in a space approx. 3x4m. Oh, and that fabulous couch!

I remember going to see them perform in the 80’s and 90’s (letting my age slip here!) so many times, so I was pretty excited to be given the opportunity to photograph them to promote their upcoming gigs.