10 on 10 Project – November 2016

10 on 10 photography circle Bondi

Well, what do you know, it’s the 10th of the month already! Of course, that means I’m joining in with this month’s Clever Cookie Photography Circle, which is more like a triangle because there’s only three of us! Don’t forget, when you’ve finished poring over my pics, be sure to bob on over and say hello to my mate Jen  in the deep south and then why not bob over and say bonjour to Cathy in France, how’s that for a bit of armchair travelling? We may be only three people but between us, we cover three continents.

This has been a month of firsts. The first time I used a setting other than auto on my camera. The first time I ever read my camera manual. The first time I put up my camera tripod. And all because of my first beginners camera class.

It was also the first time (for years) that I made it to Bondi for Sculptures by the Sea. Not only did I get to stack up some steps, I also got to hang out with Jess, enjoy a natural vitamin D injection and experience awe, wonder with a generous side of bewilderment because as much as I enjoy modern art, I don’t always get it, do you know what I mean?

It’s also the first time, I played with the candy filter on my photos and as you’ll see, once I started I just couldn’t stop!

Sculpture by the Sea celebrated it’s 20th birthday this year and there was so much to see, we just saw the tip of the artistic iceberg. Sadly, the exhibition wrapped up on the 6th of the month but you can still join me and my candy tinted glasses on a virtual whistle stop tour of Sculptures by the Sea. Let’s get this candy party started!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you Measuring the Sky by Mimi Dennett. Forget 50 shades of grey, this is 43 shades of blue. If you don’t believe me, start at white and go clockwise…

Sculptures by the Sea Measuring the Sky

I’m a sucker for colour so I loved Ken Unsworth’s New Opportunity. It looks to me like a rainbow coloured sky ladder or a milk crate stairway to heaven.

Ken Unsworth, New Opportunity, Sculpture by the Sea

You can just see the New Opportunity making a guest appearance in Silvia Tuccimei’s Flower Power. The sculpture is made up of three modules about 3m wide. It took more than 20 people to create the 3m mirrored stainless steel “flowers” which weigh in at a hefty 800kg!

Flower power

Love the light on the silvery steel of Inge King’s Celestial Rings. You have to love an artist whose work rhymes with their name.

Inge King, Celestial Rings i 2014, Sculpture by the Sea

Marion Gaemers’ Weave the Reef, Love the Reef was one of our favourites, made from net, wire, beach and urban rubbish, there’s a lot to love here, not least, finding Nemo. Or should I say Nemos.

Made by the artist, Fibres and Fabrics and the Townsville community, it’s an artwork with a conscience highlighting the threats to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Now we’ve found Nemo, we should really think about saving him… And the planet.

Marion Gaemers, Weave the Reef Love the Reef

I really went to Candy Town on Cave Urban’s The Golden Hour. It took six people more than eight days to install the bamboo and steel orb.

Cave Urban, The Golden Hour

Merran Esson’s Catchment explores the way vessels can be a “divining colander.” It just made me think pink!

Merran Esson, Catchment

And the pink theme continues with Sean Cordeiro’s and Claire Healy’s After Party.  This  earth mover comes complete with party beads, disco balls and a smoke machine. It also comes with this artist statement: “Everyone wants to go to the party. Nobody wants to stay and clean-up.” Ain’t that the truth?

After Party

Oliver Stretto-Pow named this masterpiece Infrastructure 5 but I’d like to rename it 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Oliver Stretto-Pow, Infrastructure 5

When I was single, my friend Sheila used to tell me, “everybody needs a good Dave. ” FYI, her hubby was a Dave, not that she was biased or anything. I have an Uncle called David  and a husband called David which is twice as nice. I think the organisers at sculptures must have also got the memo, because there was a sculpture called Dave too!

However, it should be noted that the only things Cathyann Coady’s Dave and my Daves have in common is their name. Jess snapped this shot and tastefully preserved Dave’s modesty because this is PG blog post after all. I then applied the candy filter… Because there’s no such thing as too much candy, am I right or am I right?!

Dave, Sculpture by the Sea

It was nice seeing you, Dave. I’m afraid, Dave brings us to the end of our virtual tour. Thanks for tagging along!

So tell me, which sculpture spoke to you? Did you have a favourite? Do you have any Daves in your life? 

Now remember friends, the fun of the photography circle doesn’t stop here. Do bob on over and  say howdee to Jen and Cathy.  Be sure to check out their splendid snaps, and enjoy the photo fun!

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  • Yay!!! How exciting to be pushing yourself with your photography! I’m so excited for you! I love those beautiful sculptures. People who are talented like that amaze & inspire me, & I needed that today. Thank you for reminding me about the beauty in this world my friend!

    • There is always beauty in the world, Jen, I know you know that. It’s just that some days we have to look a little harder to find it. I loved your pics and your post today – such an eye opener. And for the record, you amaze and inspire me!

  • Wow!!! I would have loved to be see those! I m a big fan of art in the nature or the city. You know my passion for street art…
    Very proud of you for your first use of manual mode on your camera! xx cathy

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  • merilyn

    good work thanks sammie!
    ofcourse I love art in almost any form!
    especially sculpture or installations in the environment!
    these are all interesting!
    have a good day lovely one!
    much love m:)X

    • I think you’d love this exhibition, M! And this is just a taster. There were so many more I neither saw nor photographed! I’ll have to be on form next year…

  • The camera comes with a manual??
    Good on you Sammie for getting off auto. These pics are stunning. I didn’t make it this year so its great to have your tour! Xx

    • You have to download the manual from the internet and it’s like an encyclopedia! The camera does things I never knew existed! These are just the tip of the sculpture iceberg – so many to see this year!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Lovely pics of sculptures by the sea! I love this exhibition, it really exemplifies what is great living in Sydney 🙂

  • Chelsey

    Oo..great shots! I didn’t get to make it to Sculptures By the Sea this year unfortunately. I do love walking the Bondi to Coogee walk though. I would love to do a photography class too. Have you tried the VSCO app for editing photos? It’s my fave.

  • I didn’t get to see Sculptures by the Sea this year but it’s one of my favourite things to do as the walk is so lovely and the sculptures are always so interesting! Infastructure 5 looks so detailed – and so clever!

    • I missed out on Sculptures last year, so I was so pleased to catch it this time around. The detail on Infrastructure 5 was just mind blowingly good!

  • Yay for the photography class! I’ve never been to Sculptures ever, maybe next year though I said that last year.