Archive for March, 2010

30.03.10

The Animals Voice Magazine – Online

United States based The Animals Voice Magazine has one purpose – to effect the liberation of animals. Through its hard-hitting editorial and intense photography, this award-winning magazine has proven its potential among activists and adversaries and is recognised as being a powerful force in the changes necessary for the betterment of living conditions, and dying conditions, for animals around the world. It provides education and enlightenment to everyone who reads it, documenting the plight of animals and the part we can all play in animal liberation.

Originally (and still) a printed publication, The Animals Voice Magazine is available online too.

I bought my first copy of The Animals Voice Magazine when I was 15 years old (so a “little” while back), and it opened my eyes to the way people treated animals on a global scale. I still have my treasured first copy – It has a cover image depicting a mass dolphin slaughter in Japan.

Was that image hard hitting? Yes.

Upsetting? Yes. 

Thought provoking? Yes.

I am thankful for publications like The Animals Voice Magazine, where staff and contributors are prepared to put themselves out there amongst the worst of it, purely so that they can report it back to  the public and hopefully enact change. They are brave and they fight the good fight for all of us.

 Click here to check out their re-designed website.

 

27.03.10

Glossy Brochures Galore

Our new double-sided brochures arrived late last week and they look fabulous. They feature Hamish and Angus, the rag doll brothers, on one side, and Olivia the boston terrier with her blue toy, on the other.

Soon they will be heading to the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital! 

 

27.03.10

Judging and Winning

I’ve just returned home after over-nighting in York, a small historic country town just over an hour east of Perth. I travelled to York on Friday 26th March to co-judge the 2010 York Photographic Awards with Chris Hassell, an esteemed state photography judge and photographer. The awards are held annually and are the largest photography hanging awards (i.e. framed or able to be taken straight from the awards and hung on a purchaser’s wall – so not mounted on cardboard) held in Western Australia. Chris and I arrived at noon and after a lovely lunch with Ken and Liz, President and Secretary respectively for the York Society Photographic Awards Sub-committee, we spent the afternoon viewing, reviewing, discussing, debating, negating, negotiating, adjudicating, and revisiting each and every entry. The high standard of many images made it difficult to split some as winners or highly commended awards,  but we eventually we reached a unanimous decision and awarded four first prize category placing’s and ten highly commended awards.

The presentation ceremony was held today (27th March) at the Sandalford Gallery, Avon Terrace, York and approximately 60 people attended. Chris and I appreciated the approaches made to us by entrants who were keen to discuss their images and who asked us for feedback and advice. We think every entrant deserves a special mention for being brave enough to show their work in a public forum of peers, and to put it forth for judging. And it was great for us to receive comments like “It’s nice to come to a photography award’s and agree with the judges”, so I’m thinking that means we chose well.

Big congratulations to all of the winners and highly commended award recipients – especially the Open Colour award winner, being the category with the most entries, won by 15 year old Sean Standen with his image “Sunset at Green Hill”. Sean also received a highly commended award for the same image in the York Subject category. He might only be 15 but he is a serious photographer, and a good one at that! Definitely someone to watch out for!

Here’s a copy of Sean’s winning image “Sunset at Green Hill” (c) Sean Standen.

Another stunning winning image was Derek Kimberley’s panoramic high dynamic range (HDR) photograph titled “York Streetscape”. Derek won the York Subject category, also received a Highly Commended award for another HDR image,  “Shed” in the Monochromatic Category. (Image below – Alex Cearns, Chris Hassell and Derek Kimberley with “York Streetscape”. Photo courtesy of Lindsay McNeill, York & Districts Community Matters.)

Here’s the full list of winners and highly commended awards for 2010:

OPEN COLOUR – Winner

Sean Standen “Sunset at Green Hill”

Judges comments:

  • “Beautiful sunset panorama with a strongly silhouetted tee as the focal point, set off by the leading lines of the train tracks. Well thought out composition with all the elements coming together. “
  • “A high impact photography with striking colours, yet a simple composition with the glowing railway lines leading into the sunset. The tree on the right just adds balance and interest, but is necessary to create a powerful image.”

OPEN COLOUR – Highly Commended

Merv French “Greens Pool”

David Horsfield “Mends St Jetty”

Kathy Oliver “Goose Muster”

Colin Thomas “Off the Wall”

 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY – Winner

Jan Robinson “Beyond the window”

Judges Comments:

  • “Well handled, multi-layered image with strong presentation and appropriate and professional framing. A unique concept of looking through the window and effectively using this as a frame within a frame. The layering of sea water on the edges of the image adds to the beach theme and feel.”
  • “A very well executed creative image. The strength of the well-lit lighthouse, complemented by the lines of the window frame is beautifully set off by the well-conceived ‘frame’ of the sea. The viewer’s eye is drawn into the frame, up the steps to the lighthouse, and then the inclusion of the seagull adds to the general ocean scene. Predominant tones of blue and white add to the simplicity of the image.”

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY – Highly Commended

Shayne Emmitt “Light of Perth”

MONOCHROMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY – Winner

Kirsten Sivyer “Fire/Smoke, Cuballing”

Judges Comments:

  • “Relevant and current image depicting a burn off. The windmills stand out in silhouette and the wisps of smoke hold their own against the dark background, Strong variance in the dark tones and overall a stunning and emotive image.”
  • “This is a relatively simple image, beautifully handled in terms of lighting and composition. The oblique lines of the landscape add gentleness to the scene with a backlit effect created by the fires giving certain prominence of the trees which are in silhouette. The placement of the windmills slightly off centre adds strength to a very striking photograph.”

MONOCHROMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY – Highly Commended

Derek Kimberley “Shed”

Shayne Emmitt “Old Man”

YORK SUBJECT – Winner     

Derek Kimberley “York Streetscape”

Judges comments:

  • “Panoramic High dynamic range image depicting York’s main street with vibrant and dense colours to catch the eye. The panoramic composition shows the town centre in a way not previously seen in a photograph and gives an interesting take on a character town.”
  • “The unusual treatment of this York scene has great strength and impact and stood out from the other images for this reason. The photographer has skilfully manipulated the scene in such a way as to provide the viewer with a readily recognisable image but shown in a very novel way. The choice of high dynamic range gives a certain antique look to the old buildings which is very appropriate and has been very well executed without being overdone. The interesting sky is a welcome addition.”

YORK SUBJECT – Highly Commended

Sally Monteiro  “Untitled”

Sean Standen “Sunset at Green Hill”

Marie Kingsley “The York Flour Mill”

The photography exhibition is open daily from 10am-4pm until 5th April, so do call in and take a look if you are out and about in York. Most of the images are available for purchase too!

Thanks to the York Society for their hospitality. The accommodation they provided at The Bayleaf was colourful (literally!!) and comfortable, and the evening meal at The Mill Cafe was made all the better in the company of the York Society Photographic Awards sub-committee volunteers. Thanks also to Chris for being a fabulous co-judge – I think our similar judging styles and belief in fairness and encouragement made us a good team. Thanks finally to John and Debora for the laughs and the company.

25.03.10

Dingo Photo Day – Behind the Scenes

The WA Dingo Association has kindly written an article about our dingo photo day held last month for their March newsletter. They also sent through some behind the scenes images showing myself, my animal wranglers Clare and Di, and a team of assistants, dingo owners, and dingoes all doing our bit to create fabulous dingo photographs. A lot of time and effort goes into our studio shoots, and in this case natural light shoots too, and we really appreciate the assistance and efforts of everyone involved on the day!

Special thanks again to Barb for all her work in organising the shoot, both before and after, and to Daz and Leigh for letting us use their house as our photo set, and for their hospitality in providing food and drinks to my photo team. You all do a fab job of caring for your dingoes, fully understanding their special needs and attributes, and in educating as many people as you can on this often maligned and misunderstood native Australian. The love and respect you have for them was is touching and I learnt so much from you all. Plus, another thanks to Clare and Di who worked long and hard!

 Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse (with thanks to Leigh who took the shots), followed by the March WADA newlsetter article:

  • Studio Style – Image one shows animal wrangler/handler Clare coxing Loxie to smile for the camera, in the mobile studio set up in Daz and Leigh’s living room
  • The Outdoor Set – Image two shows the photography crew and dingo owners on the bush block 
  • Dingo Daz – Image three shows Daz working his magic with a dingo 

25.03.10

Possum Magic

Recently we had some tiny visitors to the studio – six little possums being cared for by Johanna, a volunteer from the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The first two images show Zarae, who was found in Gooseberry Hill sitting on a verandah. At the time she weighed only 172 grams. Now she is a healthy 300 grams and growing by the day! 

Photo two is titled “An animal photographer’s occupational hazard”. Zarae (who might have been my favourite if I was allowed favourites!) took great delight in chewing on my thumb. Luckily it didn’t hurt much – it was more like teething bites. She even sat in my lap chewing on my thumb while I photographed the other baby possums. She seemed comforted by it. On the other hand, I was occassionally pained by it but didn’t want to upset her.

Also featuring in the pictures below is Millie, who was found in a backyard in Walliston, and Bessie, the largest of the six possums’ who was rescued by tree lopper after her mother was killed when he cut down the tree they lived in.

One of the additional highlights for me was bottle feeding the smallest possum, Banjo, weighing just 108 grams. Banjo was found abandoned in the grounds of Perth Zoo. Such a privilege to feed such a tiny creature!

 Many thanks to Suzie for her amazing animal wrangling and to Johanna for entrusting us with her babies.  The images will be used by the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to create possum awareness and to promote their wildlife rehabilitation work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.03.10

My Dog Daisy

This is Daisy, my 11 year old cocker spaniel (with a recent haircut!). Last week some new equipment was installed in the studio and Daisy volunteered to stand in for some shots when I tested it all! She is ALWAYS happy…and ALWAYS looks has this expression on her face!

25.03.10

Our Recent Studio Visitors

This is old soul Jake, best friend to Deb. He is almost 14 years young and is such a gentle and kind dog.  I really see his poise and elegance shine through in these two photographs.

 

Two adorable dogs – Gilly the papillion cavalier and Jasper the maltese shitzu. Little Jas looks like a puppy but in actual fact she’s 12! She has the most fabulous haircut and gorgeous big black eyes which you could just fall into. And Gilly loves his hugs and cuddles and rolling around on his back. 

 

This is Nasa, who is possibly the best behaved one year old dog I’ve ever come across. Being totally black, she looks stunning on my black background, and I’m so glad her owners Dave and Ceri love this shot as much as I do!

 

 

Want to hear one of the best dog names ever? This is Magnet Roy and he travelled all the way from Port Hedland to have photos taken in the studio! A miniature black schnauzer, he was a delight to photograph! Thanks to Sara and Ron for bringing him to Perth for his shoot!

 

 

24.03.10

Exciting New Partnership with Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital

We’ve kept some marvellous news under wraps until it was finalised, but now we can let you all know! We are thrilled to announce a new photography partnership with Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital! The Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital is the teaching hospital of Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and it’s where WA’s internationally respected veterinarians are crafted. The hospital aims to provide professional specialist level treatment and comprehensive care to their animal patients, through cutting edge technology and groundbreaking research.    

Over the next few weeks we will be providing a series of aluminium mounted studio photographs to be displayed in the clinic, as well as copies of our new 7in x 7in coffee table book. Also keep your eye out for our images appearing on promotional material for the hospital in the near future.   

Earlier this week we fulfilled part of our new agreement by attending on site at the Murdoch Equine Centre and captured some studio and natural light images of Wienna, a 14 year old, Hanoverian Warmbood Mare, imported from Holland.  Jet black, and 17 hands high, Wienna  is one of the most stunning horses i’ve ever laid eyes on and the intention is that she will become a pivotal part of the centre’s breeding program. Taking photographs of a horse 17 hands high in a studio set-up is no mean feat – it’s ambitious and difficult – but with the help of Dr  Brogan and two fabulous staff members, the team effort ensured we got the ‘shot”.  

This is an exciting new partnership for Houndstooth Studio and we thank Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital for the opportunity to work together to promote both Houndstooth Studio and the Veterinary Hospital through quality images.

18.03.10

Animal Aid Abroad Luncheon 2010 Needs You!

Animal Aid Abroad (AAA) is a Perth based volunteer run charity working to improve the treatment of, (and conditions for) companion, working and farm animals in developing countries. They returns all profits from merchandise sales and donations to directly aid animals in Egypt, India and Nepal. Just $4 buys a fly veil for a working horse or donkey.

On Sunday 4th July 2010 Animal Aid Abroad are holding their benefit luncheon at the Pagoda Bar & Restaurant, South Perth.  Lorenzo Montesini will feature as a special guest flying in direct from Sydney and Egypt, and there will be great entertainment, a live and silent auction, prizes, raffles and prizes galore, a delicious meal, and a full bar available.

Houndstooth Studio is donating a 40in x 30in framed Blue Clams Print valued at  $995, two 12in x 18in wildlife canvas prints valued at $450 and kindly printed our good friends Geoff and Tanya of Coastline Canvas, and a Studio Pet Photo Session to the value of $595. Plus we are also releasing our limited edition photo book “Beauty and the beast” with all profits going to AAA – some of which have already been pre-ordered!

Tables are in lots of ten and tickets are only $60 to support this worthy charity group. Or if you purchase tickets before the 20th of May you will receive a special early bird price of $550 per table of ten, so only $55 each!

Please contact Linda on 94048665 or liemcl@hotmail.com to purchase tickets.

Here’s a copy of the flier for the luncheon.

17.03.10

Calculate your Dog’s Human Age

Ever wanted to calculate your dog’s age in human years? Most people think you just multiply your dog’s age by seven, but it seems there’s a bit more to it than that!

Just click here to try the Dogster Calculator!