It all started one morning over a post-cycle coffee at a Bunbury café. Wanda Ariano and husband Mark happened to be sitting near photographer Steve Lloyd-Smith. Initial chatter was about the recently completed ride, but then drifted on to photography. Wanda was describing the challenges of photographing artwork which eventually led to talk about Art Partners. Steve recalled meeting the partnership of Sam Everitt and mentor Verity Lee at a Photography Group of Bunbury meeting. Steve generously agreed to explore how he might be able to support Art Partners to get snapping.
Thus, it was arranged for Sam, Wanda and Artistic Advisor Helen Seiver (Verity was otherwise engaged) to have a coaching session with Steph and Steve Lloyd-Smith. Sam was asked to bring along a few of his beautiful flower photographs taken at the Chelsea Flower Show. Wanda and Helen were self-assigned the task of snapping their own flowers, developing them, and bringing them along. The Art Partners team thought that some interesting conversation would come from Steph and Steve contrasting Sam’s rather accomplished photographs with Wanda and Helen’s quick pics.
Tips for Photographing Flowers
The Art Partners trio was graciously received at Steph and Steve’s studio. The photographers loved Sam’s prints from the Chelsea Flower Show, and had lots of helpful tips about photographing flowers including ensuring the sun is behind the subject, avoiding the breeze, experimenting with a spray bottle to simulate the morning dew, and photographing at certain times of the day. It was agreed that the trio would have another flower snapping session, and send a few of the results electronically to Steph and Steve for feedback.
MOSAIC: 24 hours of life in Western Australia
Since the Bunbury sun – which is really helpful for photographing flowers – has been conspicuous in its absence for quite some time, it was decided that MOSAIC would be an engaging activity while the team waits out the weather. According to the invitation from Propel Youth Arts, “Anyone and everyone in Western Australia is invited to set aside a couple of minutes on Saturday, September 28th to capture a moment from their day on camera for MOSAIC, a unique photography project which captures 24 hours of life in Western Australia. All submitted photos will then be used to create an exhibition in Brookfield place this November.”
Destination: Marlston Hill Lookout Tower
Thus, Sam, Wanda and Verity (Helen was otherwise engaged and probably decked out in purple given that it was AFL Grand Final day) met for a coffee in the CBD on the morning of the 28th. The trio then took a leisurely stroll down Victoria Street towards Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. The Tower and the park at its base seemed like an ideal destination given that Sam is intrigued by flowers and clouds. This unassuming but beautiful park would provide easy access to flowers, and scaling the Tower would ensure unobstructed views of the clouds.
Along the way, Wanda snapped a few architectural highlights, Sam focused on flowers and the Victoria Street banners, and Verity experimented with a variety of subjects using her camera’s manual setting
The park didn’t disappoint as it provided Sam and Verity with a variety of flowers to choose from. Despite the grayness of the day, there were great views from the Tower.
When it came down to making a choice for MOSAIC, Wanda offered up an angled shot of the Bunbury ‘milk-carton’ Tower, Sam chose a cluster of flowers he shot in the park at the Lookout Tower’s base, and Verity, well, she’s keeping a low profile.
When the sun does come out, the group is planning a flower shoot and hopes to report back to the Lloyd-Smith photographic duo.
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