Photography is a universal language.Words might confound, but images speak their mind.I was reminded of this recently when Italy's fabulous Elle magazine requested images for a feature they were preparing on Melbourne's Cranbourne Gardens. I was delighted that they were aware of the gardens and genuinely enthusiastic about a project that remains strangely unheralded within Australia.
I was especially pleased to assist because one of the images they wanted from our online photographic art gallery also happens to be a personal favourite. It's a late afternoon view that incorporates the stunning red earth of the stage one gardens and includes sculptor Edwina Kearney and Mark Stoner's beautiful ceramic artwork titled 'Ephemeral Lake'.
An ephemeral lake is one without any natural run-off and remains until it simply evaporates. Kearney and Stoner's collaboration produces one of the garden's highlights. Contrasting the rich ochres evocative of Australia's Red Heart, where the duo's sculpture coalesces into an exquisitely orchestrated form both organic and disciplined.
Australia typically under-recognises its own and often requires a giant set of battery leads from Europe or the USA to kick-start credit where it is due. Kearney and Stoner deserve great credit for their art. It's a good feeling to put electronic images of their work in the internet bottle and see them found and celebrated a world away.
The internet revolution is the biggest revolution in human history. As photographers (and writers) like almost everyone else on the planet, we're enjoying the ride immensely. Has the planet ever been more accessible? It's a revolution that allows our work to travel vast distances and to be viewed by those who would otherwise never have the chance.
Likewise most of us are that much better informed thanks to the gargantuan library that's as big as our computers. Despite the temptation to believe we can all remain tethered to our computers on some virtual life support system, the reality is that we all need to get out there and connect with the real world.
Our work demands regular travel and, armed with I-Phones and computers, we get to experience the best of both worlds. In the process of making a living with our fine art photographic images we produce corporate communications including Vision a magazine for Viridian that we helped to launch almost a decade ago.
Now the magazine has gone digital and is all the better for it. We sought out Nexus Designs, one of Australia's exciting and holistic design practices to join us on the journey of reaching out to a global audience. We're pleased we did because the Nexus imprint takes the magazine to another level.
You can check out the first electronic issue of Vision on: http://joom.ag/awNX
You can subscribe to Vision by visiting Viridian at: viridianglass.com
Likewise you can discover Nexus at: http://nexusdesigns.com.au
Viva la revolution!