Forgotten Songs at Angel Place

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I took this photograph of empty cages hanging in the Angel Place almost two weeks ago. This art installation is part of the Laneway Art Program 2010.

Forgotten Song is a creation by artist Michael Thomas Hill, who enlisted help from Dr. Richard Major (Senior Research Scientist), Richard Wong (Environment Design) and Dave Towey (Programmer). The hanging cages are accompanied by sounds of 129 species of birds native to New South Wales and which are formally listed as extinct or threatened with extinction. These are the sounds of birds before Sydney area became a city – an irreplaceable habitat loss leading all these species to extinction.

Impressionist Sky

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Recently, I was watching a documentary – Oliver Peyton’s Eating Art on subject of food in arts. At one point of the program Oliver visits Giverny in France – Claude Monet’s village. Beautiful, almost idyllic gardens set a scene for a alfresco lunch. For a brief moment the camera captures the garden ponds and the program switches quickly to one of Monet’s paintings.

The moment of the transition between crystal clear water set in picturesque surroundings to Monet’s impressionist, almost careless and yet deliberate style of paint brush came to me in an instance when I was leaning over a small water pond in Somersby Falls trying to photograph the moss covered, green rocks. I came as close to the water as I could to get better framing. At that moment I looked down and noticed this sky and the tree scene below me. Crystal clear, beautiful and yet imprecise like these Monet’s paintings.

You can see me in the bottom left corner capturing this moment.