Memory

Hermannsburg Cemetery 2009

In June 2009 visiting Jan’s friend Jane, who was working in Alice Springs, we drove out to Hermannsburg Mission, known as the home of, and the landscapes of painter Albert Namatjira.

Hillend Wedding 1974

There were lots of filmmaker friends and even cameras we passed around, so the results are of variable quality. I’m grateful to have all this. In spite of omens there’s happiness here (and a lot of hair!)

RMIT SRC 50 Years Reunion

A Catalyst photographer returns

In 2016, a group of the original 1966 RMIT SRC were invited back for a 50 years Anniversary. I said yes, and I’ll take some video. People change in fifty years, some more than others.

On creating an Archive

and letting things go <delete> ...no wait!

“Today everything is archive and everyone an archivist. People everywhere constantly create, collect, document, make lists, inventories, classify, store, retrieve, and reuse all kinds of information.” Here’s a look at forgetting things.

J-L.Godard

Everything is cinema

“Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’ was only the setup. ‘Breathless’ was the knockout blow. If ‘The 400 Blows’ was the February revolution, ‘Breathless’ was October.” Richard Brody.

Sony Mavica CD-1000, June 2000

the alt.manual for a Multimedia innovator

What’s hard to remember is that we had little option for portable digital image storage other than floppy disk, or limited built-in RAM. This was my first digital camera, recording stills, movies and sound on a mini CD.

Osage oranges

and a few hawthorn berries

This is from 2002, and my Bungendore Country Diary about some ‘Osage Events’ that synchronised. You can either read the story then watch the pictures or just wing it and hit play. Think of this as a slide show. With music. And words.

The legacy of Margaret Fulton

...and your mother's cookbook

At the National Museum of Australia, the C.W.A had gathered their favourite Anzac biscuits and Margaret and a staff chef picked out an audience member to make a batch. ( Do you like yours chewy or crunchy?)

A Bungendore country camera

Low resolution and a high resolve

Before I started my web Another Country Diary I made these few pages to show to friends when they asked what my life was like in a country town, while I worked in Canberra and Sydney.

Uncle Tungsten

A chemical childhood

I finished reading Oliver Sack’s story of his ‘chemical’ boyhood some time before I wrote this. My response to the book (as it was for my English mate Norman) was ‘Yes! I felt just like that as a boy’.

Vietnam Moratoriums - Melbourne

The movies 1970, 1971

Two films, one Super 8 from 1971, and one Standard 8 consisting of two earlier anti-Vietnam war marches. Both of these will be transferred in higher quality and have music added but they need to be here before I get time and money to do that.

Terra Madre 2006

The Australians 'do' Torino

I was ‘sponsored’ by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia to attend Slow Food 2006 Terra Madre, I just had to pay to get there. That’s where I learnt that eating is an agricultural act, producing it a gastronomical act (it has to taste good) and purchasing it (our choices) a political act.

The zen of the long drive.

From Another Country Diary 3 Feb. 2002

It’s like the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’ where he writes about driving through County Clare  – “when the wind and the light are working off each other … Useless to think you’ll park and capture it, More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there.”

The Interactive Movie is Dead

(George Lucas said so)

Adrian Carr, Australian film editor and director talked to me about interactive components for The Pandora Directive game from 1997, and Power Rangers TV shoots. Updated from Cinema Papers #115

Adobe Design Conference 1996

SYTE article - The Australian

“The road connects things, the road has the potential of the continually changing viewpoint, a different driveway every night. The only thing about the road that is frustrating, is that it would be terrific if you could turn a corner and really be in a different place. On the Internet you can do that with a simple link. Click on a URL and you are in some fantastic place you never imagined.” Dana Atchley

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