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Crucifixes – Rapid Bay, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
INTRODUCTION – JULY 2020
July is mid-Winter in Australia; it also the 7th month that we all having been dealing with the various challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, many of the following photographs are reflections of these times. This July retrospect is divided into number of seperate categories; these include – ‘Abstracts’, ‘Black & White’, ‘Landscapes’, ‘Night’, ‘Seascapes’, and ‘Sunsets’. It also includes selected photographs from on-going series – ‘Pareidolia’ and ‘In the Time of Self-Isolation’. As always, behind each photography is my desire ‘to make the ordinary “Extraordinary”!’
Walpurgisnacht – Windy Peak, Adelaide Hills, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This was taken one wild, windy, and rainy night at Windy Peak in the Adelaide Hills. The photograph is associated with my ‘Pareidolia’ series in that the wooden posts and the trees seemed to become in this cold weather strange spectral creatures, coming together as if to celebrate ‘Walpurgisnacht’.
Reflections – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This was taken in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and is of the reflection of a canopy of leaves from willow trees overhanging one of the ponds in the garden. There is a deliberate ‘impressionism’ influence, particularly Monet, but also a ‘post-impressionism’ feel as one finds in some of the works by Klimt.
Sheet-Metal Wall in a Sunset Light – Penny’s Hill Vineyard, McLaren Vale, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This striking ‘detail’ of a section of the sheet-metal wall of the Penny’s Hill Vineyard Cellar-door took on a golden radiance and sheen under a setting winter sun.
Behind the Lines – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Following a theme and subject matter of ‘lines’, this is a detail of a section of glass fountain in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The reflection in the glass is from the water in front of this sheet of corrugated glass, which in turn reflects the cloud in the sky above. These multiple reflections give and added depth to the image; in the centre there is a kind of ‘pareidolia’ with a figure that seems to be peeping through the curtain of glass.
Through a Window: The Child – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This photograph was taken at the same glass fountain in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It is also part of the on-going series – ‘Through a Window’. These ‘windows’ are portals; when one gazes through these ‘windows’ one can see and imagine a number of imaginative possibilities.
The Rainbow – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
The rainbow is a symbol of Hope, which is what is vitally needed in these challenging times.
Poles Apart – Rapid Bay, South Australia (Sony LICE-7)
These two poles are part of the old ruined jetty at Rapid Bay. Whilst beautiful in themselves there is a relatively tragic dimension. It is as if these two poles are lovers who yearn to be together but will be forever apart, able to see each other but never to touch.
Modern Times: Sniffing out Leads – Windy Peak, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This ‘abstract’ is a satiric metaphor of modern business. With virtually everything moving to be on-line the relative ‘positivism’ and optimism of modern business from a certain perspective seems to have become rather desperate in sniffing out potential leads and ways to make money, at a time when most people don’t have much money to spare.
BLACK & WHITE
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: The Dancer – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
On one of my walks around Port Willunga, from the cliffs above I glanced down to the beach below and saw this young woman. She was dancing in the surf with the setting sun – an expression of freedom in this time of ‘self-isolation’.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: On the Phone – Port Willunga (Sony ILCE-7)
How many times during these challenging days have we seen this? A person sitting alone on their mobile phone. I saw this young man on his mobile phone and also noticed how his surrounding, particularly the iron fence seemed to box him in, adding to the sense of ‘isolation’.
The Old School House – Littlehampton, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
On a day trip to the small South Australian rural town of Littlehampton we stopped to visit the old sandstone Schoolhouse, which had been built in the 1860s. At one time this country school had over 60 students all crammed into this tiny school house. It has been beautifully preserved and restored by the local community.
The Winter Tree – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This marvellous old tree sits on a little island in the middle of one of the ponds in the garden. It has a ‘pareidolia’ aspect that is perhaps more noticeable in Winter when all its leaves are gone – a fantastical tree creature.
Murdoch Avenue – Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
‘Murdoch Avenue’ is one of the most magical parts of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. I have deliberately put a sepia filter over this photograph to complement the charming nature of this location.
Penny’s Hill Vineyard – McLaren Vale, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
‘Penny’s Hill Vineyard’ in the McLaren Vale is about 1hrs drive south of Adelaide. It is one of the oldest vineyards in the region and is very ‘English’. This is exemplified by the old sandstone Georgian main-house, as well as these ‘black-faced’ Suffolk sheep.
Adelaide @ Night – Adelaide Hills, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This was taken one cold July at Mt. Observation in the Adelaide Hills, which gives one a wonderful view of the Adelaide Plain and the Adelaide CBD. It is a very ‘romantic’ view of Adelaide, yet also one that has resonance with photos of Los Angeles.
‘Pareidolia’ is that unique aspect of the human imagination in which one sees faces in natural and man-made objects. The following photographs are part of an on-going series devoted to the human phenomena of ‘pareidolia’, which is something we all share in common – a thing that unites us as human beings rather than divides us.
The peeping truck – Port Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
It is as if this truck is peeping at you as it passes over a concrete bridge in Port Adelaide. This photograph has been deliberately manipulated to give it a kind of ‘pop art’ feeling and tone.
Crocodile Logs – Old Noarlunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
These two logs sit in the Onkaparinga River near Old Noarlunga, a small rural town about 40 minutes south of Adelaide. Crossing the pedestrian suspension bridge over the Onkaparinga River I noticed these two logs. They looked like two crocodiles lying in the shallow water, which reflected the hills towering above the river.
The grumpy rock – Christies Beach, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This is part of a spectacular cliff face at Christies Beach on the Gulf St. Vincent, South Australia. It struck me that this particular section looked like a grumpy old man – hence the title – ‘the grumpy rock’.
Elephant Rock – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This rock face at the base of a cliff at the northern end of Port Willunga beach struck as looking a bit like and old elephant.
PEOPLE: In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’
The following photographs are part of an on-going series entitled In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’. This is an attempt to chronicle as well as express the sense of bafflement and isolation that is very much a part of the challenges of these days when confronted with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: Meme – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
This a photograph of my friend Meme with whom I often go for morning walks along Port Willunga beach and other locations in the region.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: The Walker – Christies Beach, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
At times the effect of living with the Covid-19 pandemic seems rather surreal. Despite the very real threat and with certain restrictions, nonetheless, here in South Australia we are relatively safe and free to move around – and in such a beautiful place even in mid-Winter.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: Searching the Sands – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
I saw this young girl searching the sands on the Port Willunga beach one sunset. I don’t know what she was searching for but she was quite focused if rather frantic. It struck me as rather metaphoric and symbolic of how we are all trying to find answers but finding it all rather baffling – searching for answers in the sand.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: Red Hoody and Stormy Seas – Rapid Bay, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
On a rather wild and stormy day I went to Rapid Bay, which is about a 90 minutes drive south of Adelaide. At the end of the pier there was this young boy looking out on the rather turbulent sea. This also struck me a rather metaphorical and emblematic of these times. Gazing out to sea may bring some solace sometimes, but it can also express our bafflement and anxiety in these stormy days.
The following photographs are part of an on-going series of ‘Seascapes’, primarily from the Onkaparinga region. This includes Aldinga Beach, Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Port Noarlunga, and Christies Beach – and more.
The Morning Walk – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
On a Winter’s Day #1 – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
On a Winter’s Day #2 – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Fishing – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Cormorant and Ruins – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
A Foggy Day – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Rapid Bay – Fleurieu Peninsular, Gulf St. Vincent, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
It somehow seems appropriate with the ending of mid-Winter and also the seeming end of so much that we may have taken for granted due to the Covid-19 pandemic that this July 2020 retrospective fishes with ‘Sunsets’. These are from a number of locations, including Mt Observation, Port Willunga, and Penny’s Hill Vineyard.
The Barrel – Penny’s Hill Vineyard, McLaren Vale (Sony ILCE-7)
Sunset (after Rothko #1) – Port Willunga, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Sunset – Port Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Sunset (after Rothko #2) – Adelaide, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
If you have come this far – THANK YOU.
Just one more, which is a bit of a self-portrait. I saw this piece of ‘Street Art’ at Christies Beach where I was picking up some medication for the local chemist for my tinnitus. I wasn’t feeling the best, not just because of the tinnitus, which is just annoying, but for the fact that after applying for numerous jobs I didn’t get any – only one interview and that wasn’t very pleasant. I connected with this torn and damaged piece of ‘street art’. I took a photo of a section and then later played around with it – this is the result.
In the Time of ‘Self-Isolation’: Torn & Twisted Self-Reflection – Christies Beach, South Australia (Sony ILCE-7)
Tony Knight – July 2020 (c.)