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SCULPTURE FOR ALL FOR FREE

Louis Pratt - King coal

Louis Pratt – King coal


We’ve never found a better public art event anywhere in the world than Sydney’s wonderful Sculpture by the Sea.

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LOVE YOUR WORK, TOM – though shooting that dog was wrong

Tom Otterness's sculptures take pride of place by the esplanade in Scheveningen, near The Hague in the Netherlands.

Tom Otterness’s sculptures take pride of place on the esplanade in Scheveningen, near The Hague in the Netherlands.

We’re very sorry to be missing the always wonderful Sculpture by the Sea event in Sydney this year, but the Dutch have sculpture by the North Sea too.

Googling the American sculptor Tom Otterness, after seeing his work by the beach in Scheveningen, I read that he once filmed himself shooting a dog, for an art film. It cost him some lucrative commissions. He apologised. Not good enough, say some of his critics. He killed the dog in 1977, when he was 25. Is all forgiven? Is it okay to enjoy his work now? Continue reading

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SHOOTING SCULPTURE – finding an angle aint easy

A slippery slope…Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney 2012.

Photographing sculpture ought to be a pushover. Someone else has already done the hard work and, if they’ve done it well, we amateurs just need to point and shoot to get a satisfying result.

Anybody can do that, and millions of us do. The hard thing is to find an original angle. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – Silhouette

By the Amstel River, Netherlands. Early morning. Early spring.



This is a very manageable photo challenge for a P-plate snapper like me.

I have trouble controlling depth of field and getting the right balance of light and dark – all that tricky technical stuff.

I do however know a good shape when I see one. Anything outlined against a glorious sunrise is worth pulling out the camera for. After that it’s just point and shoot. Continue reading

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SCULPTURE BY THE SEA 2012 – best at dawn

The early birds are the fittest-looking birds at Bondi. R.M. Gomboc’s Repose.



Sydney’s greatest arts event, Sculpture by the Sea, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. So if you want to beat the crowds, it’s best to go at dawn, when only the joggers are awake.

I was there with the camera at 6am, to catch the sun rising over the art. Continue reading

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WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – a splash of colour

Bondi artist Tomas Misura’s SPLASH was the NAB Kids Choice winner at the 2010 Sculpture by the Sea.

One of the highlights of our Sydney year opens this week. The annual Sculpture by the Sea attracts hundreds of thousands of people to walk the spectacular clifftops between Bondi Beach and Tamarama. Along the way they stroke their chins, point, smile and pass expert and non-expert judgement on more than 100 works of art.

Anything would look good perched up here with the crashing surf as a backdrop, though competition to enter the event is extremely hot and the works chosen from around the world are of the highest quality. Continue reading

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