The found photograph presents a mystery that invites the viewer to find a solution, or to give it new meaning.
A friend, photographer Jim McFarlane alerted me to Untitled.Showa which invites you to…
…interact with a collection of old photographs from Japan, found in Australia, to solve a historic puzzle with the view to collectively finding ways to (re)unite the original prints to the people in the photographs, their family, the copyright holder/s or to an appropriate archive, and in real time, participate in the unfolding of a contemporary story.
It’s an engaging game, because all 308 photographs appear to have been taken in Japan between 1930s-60s, but were found in Geelong, Australia, in 2015. None were taken here, and yet a seller had acquired them from a deceased estate. But who was the deceased? The stall-holder at the flea market in Geelong could provide no answers, so it is…
Earlier this year I began experimenting with drying native flower buds in silica gel (crystals). It can be bought on line under the name of Flower Drying Crystals and is both reasonably priced and reusable.
I began in July/August with my work but have not revisited it since then due to the unwelcome diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma in late September.
Today was the day to revisit this work and I am delighted with how the flowers have remained in shape and colour.
I hope to use these little buds in my miniature art later on.