Richard McKenszie

Is photography “flat, soulless and stupid”?

Guardian Arts journalist Jonathan Jones became the target of the global photographic community’s rage when he published a piece in The Guardian expressing his view that photography displayed in galleries is “flat, soulless and stupid“.

Jones could have surely come up with a less trolling headline and although he gives photography some praise, many have read his intent as being broadly anti-photography, hoping to restrict photographs to an efficient method of conveying information rather than acknowledging that photographs can be art.

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Fringe Benefits – Melbourne’s Urban Sprawl

During the 1970s, I was young. Unsatisfied with youth alone, I was also smaller than my present dimensions suggest. When one is small, regardless of age, distances seem more vast and common things seem more big. Everyday things: wardrobes, most objects manufactured by Fisher & Paykel, the packaging they are shipped in…just massive.

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Emporium Melbourne: the price of progress

Melbourne’s latest shopping centre, the reinvented “Emporium Melbourne” opened its doors recently. Everybody’s talking about it, from breathless promoters of consumerism right through to  heritage and architecture commentators.

Here’s my bit, no cash prizes for guessing which side of the opening day shopper queue I fall on.

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urbanlight zine #1: Mr Hoddle’s Opus

The first urbanlight zine “Mr Hoddle’s Opus” is out.

The zine is my photographic nod to all the people involved in the establishment of Melbourne’s grid of streets and lanes and is specifically dedicated to the work of Robert Hoddle.

The Hoddle Grid is a silent but significant contributor to any artistic representations of Melbourne. The Grid defines the character of the light we all make use of when creating a photograph. We all owe Robert Hoddle and all those who have maintained the spirit of his original plan for Melbourne a great deal.

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Night Pinhole Shoot

The Melbourne Silver Mine has been commissioned by the folks at White Night Melbourne to help document this year’s event via a series of long exposure photographs.

The idea behind the MSM’s Exposure project is to use long exposure and pinhole photography to produce a unique photographic record of the event.

I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this project. in a rare moment of artistic pre-planning and forethought Lea and I took our light meters, stop watches and handy dandy notebooks into the city on Saturday night to test gear and assess practicalities.

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Flinders Street Station from St Paul’s – 120 Second exposure

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Melbourne Silver Mine Inc: UNSENSORED13

Since 2007 I have been participating in the Melbourne Silver Mine Inc’s annual exhibition of analogue photography UNSENSORED.

The Melbourne Silver Mine is a non-profit collective of photographers who choose to shoot with film or use other traditional photographic techniques.

UNSENSORED13, the 7th Instalment opens at Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith Street Collingwood at 6pm, Friday 1st November 2013. (facebook opening night event)

I am very proud to have been involved in the formation of the Melbourne Silver Mine and to have had the opportunity to share my participation in this great event with a fantastic bunch of inspiring photographers.

This year I am exhibiting four photographs, all captured with the Holga 120N medium format camera.

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Whole Roll Project: Matthew Joseph – Bessa L + 15mm + finger

Matthew Joseph has developed quite a reputation for wide angle photographic landscapery. He wasn’t always a slick ‘every shot’s a winner’ exponent of this photographic genre however. In this edition of the Whole Roll Project he shares his first ever Super Wide Angle roll, shot with a 15mm lens strapped to a Voigtlander Bessa L.

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