This year we decided to visit Norway. On our flight to Oslo we saw what was going to follow us around for the next 2 weeks – clouds, lots of clouds. From the 25th floor you have a good view of the city.
The Oslo Opera, completed in 2007, is home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The roof of the building angles to the ground level, creating a large plaza that invites people to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo. While much of the building is covered in white granite and La Facciata, a white Italian carrara marble, the stage tower is clad in white aluminum, in a design that evokes old weaving patterns.
A must is the visit to the Viking Ship Museum, displaying 3 wooden, 9th-century Viking ships, plus artifacts recovered from burial chambers as well as the Fram Museum, telling the story of Norwegian polar explorations. Both are located on the peninsula of Bygdøy, a short boat trip from Oslo’s city centre.
We also visited the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park, Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park, which was developed between 1939 and 1949.
We enjoyed visits to the Advard Munch Museum and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, located in Aker Brygge right on the harbour.
Three days was too short to see all of what Oslo has to offer. We will have to come back.
I spent some beautiful hours in the city today.
Last weekend the east coast of Australia experienced heavy rain and wild storms which eroded beaches by up to 50 meters. Today, Wednesday I visited Collaroy and Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches. While the sun has returned the sand has not.
This weekend we spent a bit of time at a folk festival. Great music, great weather, all together a very pleasant day. This is how I remember it.
It was a last minute, well last week, decision. Today, 5th April, I am hanging my images for a solo exhibition at the GkJE Gallery 2 at the cafe Not Just Coffee in Paddington, Sydney. You can view the images while you are enjoying your coffee from 6th – 30th April (Mon – Fri, 7:30am – 4pm, Sat & Sun, 8:30am – 3:30pm). I will have an official opening on Sat, 9th April, 2:30 – 3:30pm.
From 10 May to 4 June 2016 I will be joining 3 photo artists of the Nebuli Arts group (Jan Glover, Maureen Rogers, Des Crawley) in an exhibition at the Lane Cove Gallery as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2016.
OPERTUS – concealed, obscure, hidden
In this exhibition the photographers discover and share the richness of shadows in the real world and also those of the imagined world.
Essentially, this is an exhibition celebrating the unique quality of the art of photography with its emphasis on the interplay between darkness and light. As the works will reveal, this light play can be: the raking shadows of landscape revealing form and patterns; the city world of shadows and pools of light highlighting the graphic patterns of life; the secret world of the shadows of the mind where imagination examines the concealed, the intuitive and sentimental dimensions of human behaviour with its follies, foibles and fancies – a world of dark secrets and profound joy that is to be found in the emotional landscapes we all possess.
Below some of the images I intend to include in the exhibition.