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. 

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!


Visit to Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour in SydneyNew South Wales,Australia. Located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, Cockatoo Island was from 1839 an imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and gaol. It was also the site of one of Australia’s biggest shipyards during the twentieth century. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts and was completed in 1857. The island’s maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992. Cockatoo Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2010.