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Saturday, December 13, 2008


Just outside Warwick is a fascinating building which has seen the ups and downs of pastoral life. Glengallan is a mixture of unfinished wings, a polished front face, collapse and decay, careful restoration, lost land, and restored rose gardens.
Here are a few images taken in and around the homestead.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Light Trails

They say necessity is the mother of invention and these two experimental images came about due to not having a tripod while walking through the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland in Queens Park. I had hoped to do the slow shutter manual zoom combination next time I took lights like these, but running through the display 10 minutes before closing time with just my camera in hand, that was simply not possible and after a few muffed shots, I thought of turning the inevitable shake to my advantage... Clown Dynamo and Balloons of Fire

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shots from Sydney

This week I spent three days in Sydney for a conference. In between learning about software and information architecture, I ducked out into the coldest few Spring days for several years to catch some of the surrounding views.

Sandringham Gardens Gate
Inside Hyde Park is a small but impeccably kept garden as a memorial to George V and George VI. Looking at the detail of the gates, I thought I could spot the initials GR incorporated in the patterns.

War Memorial Frieze
It was far too wet and windy to get a shot of the Pool of Reflection, so I went for one of my typical close up shots of the frieze on the east-facing wall of the memorial.

War Memorial Deco
There was such a wealth of Art Deco in Sydney. Due to the bad weather I couldn't line up any shots except this one, but the pictures in my mind I shan't forget.

St Mary's Detail
Over a side door of the magnificent St Mary's Cathedral

Town Hall
I could see the Town Hall from my hotel window and just about managed to get out at a time with enough light to bring out the ornate tower.

Down The Rabbit Hole
This quirky door and stairwell was in the Queen Victoria Building and looks for all the world like something out of Alice in Wonderland. While I don't normally put effects on my photos, this one seemed to warrant a soft focus look to suit the surreal dreamlike appearance.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Band of brothers...

Taken at the Grand Champion garden in Toowoomba.
I originally thought it was the deep magenta that caught my eye, but on looking at the image later I realised it was the multitude of little bullseyes, so this got the B&W treatment.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


These beautiful blooms were taken at the Grand Champion and Runner Up prize gardens of this year's Carnival of Flowers.

Very popular with the Toowoomba gardeners, these cultivars have come a long way from the humble buttercup.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

By the Lake

This week, I was reading 'Streams in the Desert' by L B Cowman. The entry for Sept 18 caught my eye - you will see why:

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18
Waiting on God is vital in order to see Him and receive a vision from Him. And the amount of time spent before Him is critical , for our hearts are like a photographer's film - the longer exposed, the deeper the impression. For God's vision to be impressed on our hearts, we must sit in stillness at His feet for quite a long time. Remember, the troubled surface of a lake will not reflect an image.

How true! Today on my morning walk, I decided that instead of hurtling around the lake, I would stop and think, and look out for reflections. So here is a part of the lake, amidst the rest of the surface disturbed by the wind and birds of the air, much more still, almost perfectly mirroring that which is above it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gorgeous Gazanias

Taken on a recent weekend trip to Toowoomba on a cloudy day and in high wind! The weather forced me to use a very wide aperture but the end result was nice and dreamy. Gazanias can be solid coloured or can have a variety of striking markings which serve as landing lights for bees and other pollinators.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The lure of ink...

I have always enjoyed writing with a fountain pen. There is something very personal about touching a fine nib to paper and leaving a trail of ink that expresses one's thoughts. My modern Pelikan M400 has been my mainstay through countless meetings and document reviews, even annotating code printouts while joggeting in to work on the bus.
Over the past couple of months the feeling that one fountain pen is not enough has been insidiously creeping up on me along with the charm of vintage fountain pens. So I now find myself with two more Pelikans from the 1950s. They make quite a nice family portrait!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Brisbane Art Deco

With my dear photographer friends over at Monochrome Brisbane, I have been revelling in one of my favourite eras of design and capturing examples of Art Deco in Brisbane.
You can see the fruits of our labours [here].

Some of the images I took during the assignment were shot for their colour as much as for the elements of Deco.

The Manor Apartments have to be one of the most elaborate Deco buildings in the CBD. My black and white images are [here] but the honey and gold tones of the stained glass begged to be caught in colour.

The slightly weathered Spanish dancer is all that is left of the facade of the El Dorado cinema at Indooropilly. This great example of Deco relief found herself displaced from her proud spot above the entry. Indeed she would feel rather out place among the new techno cladding. She now hides around the corner of the building on a side wall.

One of the most iconic Brisbane buildings, featured on many a XXXX beer bottle, and a solid chunk of Deco industrial architecture, the Castlemain Brewery in Milton boasts rich brickwork and plaster chevrons. Regular Milton Road commuters may find this image evoking the pungent tang of malt in the air.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The very first post!

Well here it is, after much tweaking and several very late nights (read early mornings...) the blog for Created Visible is up!

While I am a photographer, and Created Visible is mainly about presenting my photographic artwork, I do have a few other interests that I pursue with just as much enthusiasm and the entries here will probably reflect this.

Please enjoy reading the ensuing pot-pourri of posts!