Monochrome diaries

an urban narrative

An exhibition of photography by
John Bardell – Susan Buchanan – Christoph Mueller – Carolyn Pettigrew

 An interpretation of city scapes recorded by four experienced art photographers.
This exhibition invites the viewer to stop and respond to the details of the city that are lost in the everyday rush.



I am showing these and more images

October 18 – 29, 2017
at the Art Space on The Concourse
Chatswood, NSW, Australia.

It is a group exhibition by photographers from the Nebuli Arts group. 

The Rocks at Night

The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney’s city centre. It is immediately adjacent to Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788.  On this side of Sydney Cove you find the Sydney Harbour Bridge while the Opera House is on the opposite side of the cove.


On Reflection – Distorted Cities

I have long been fascinated by reflections; reflections of the urban landscape. Every day we walk past the reflections on buildings, on cars, on the water.  But do we taking notice?  Do we listen?  What are they telling us?  I find that reflections have a strong influence on my emotional response to the object.  How about you?

The reflection is one of the many faces cities present to us.  At times it provides a view of a city scape never to be repeated.  It provides a different, often distorted view.

An afternoon in the City of Sydney

I had 4 hours between events in the city; no point taking the train back home.  So I took my camera along and wandered aimlessly through the city.  Leaving the busy city centre I came to the botanical gardens.  I could not help merging the city ladies with the aerial root system of one of the larger specimens in the gardens. I also found this rather different view of the Sydney Opera House.

I walked between skyscrapers and looked at reflections.

One of Sydney’s regular visitors, the Carnival Spirit was anchored at Circular Quay between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

By now it was time to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the exhibition by Anish Kapoor;  Sky Mirror, Untitled, C-Curve.  For more information about Anish Karpoor visit Artsy’s Anish Kapoor page.

A panel discussion completed the day.  Sorry, I recorded only the feet of the musician.  On the way to the train station I took some parting shots of the city.

Good Night!


German Impressions – Weimar

Weimar’s records go back to the year 899.  1552 Weimar became the capital of the Duchy of ‘Sachsen-Weimar’. During the late 18th and early 19th century Weimar was an important cultural centre.  It was the home for Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Hummel, Liszt and Bach.  Richard Strauss work for 5 years as second conductor in the ‘Staatskapelle’ Weimar .


The town hall is located on one of the many squares of Weimar.  It was rebuilt in 1981 after it was burned down twice.

The ‘Stadthaus’ was rebuilt 1968-71 restoring the historic front in the style of the early renaissance.  In the back you can see the steeple which is part of the City Palace developed over more than 500 years construction work.


This steeple which is part of the city palace can be seen from almost everywhere.

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I just had to take pictures of the variety of facades.

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Not every building has been restored

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In the courtyard of the university you find this rather oversized chair next to the library.

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It was Weimar’s first monument for a poet and was unveiled on Herder’s 16th birthday at the former pottery market in front of the City Church St. Peter and Paul (where Herder had worked). Johann Gottfried Herder, philosopher and theologian (1744-1803), was appointed to the position of General Superintendent of the churches in the Duchy of Saxony-Weimar upon Goethe’s recommendation in 1776


Goethe’s Garden House – Bought for Goethe by the Duke, the poet lived here until moving to the house on Frauenplan …

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… under the watchful eyes of this crumbling wall.