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Monk Art Photography Gallery & Photo Tours

Large format fine art images of Australia  to hang on your wall of your home or office, Photographic tours and workshops that inspire and educate or just a series of beautiful images of the world we live in to make you feel good.

Be Inspired with a Photography Tour or Workshop

All levels of photographer will benefit from one of my photographic tours or Photography Workshops,   see and photograph Bhutan, Cambodia, Greenland and Iceland.  For the latest Photography Workshops click here.

The Fremantle Gallery

If you are in Fremantle Western Australia you can come on down to the gallery to see big beautiful images on the walls, or you can browse the online gallery right here.

A new Look for your Office

Talk to us about your office decor requirements, we have a series of innovative solutions to help you with choice and visualisation, we handle the whole thing from choosing the images to delivery, hanging and cleanup.  Click here for details.

Latest News

A Gas Refinery Here??

September 10th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but i’m having a hard time conceiving James Price Point as an insignificant place, i’m beginning to wonder if Colin Barnett has actually been there at all, or perhaps he just views the world in a different way to me.  I mean, do you really think there should be a gas plant here??

Ideal site for a gas refinery?

Perfect Printing Photography Workshop

September 8th, 2010

I spent the day playing with my Epson 9900 large format printer… no, honestly, I was working… What an awesome piece of technology it is.  I was thinking of all those years ago when I used to work in the dark room printing black and white images for hours and hours on end.  Enlargers, negative holders, paper processors, drying cabinets and chemicals, chemicals, chemicals.  I’m pretty sure I used to stink of fixer all the time, no wonder nobody wanted to sit next to me!

I used to love printing black and white images like that.  I would make my own concocted negative developers that would mature like a fine wine over many months, producing beautiful smooth tonal results, playing around with water baths and dilutions at different temperatures to slow down or speed up development to modify the resulting negative still further.

Often I would be running two enlargers at once, concurrently printing two different images, exposing one, dodging and burning with my  hands or small pieces of cardboard to get the exposure just right, then dropping it in the dilute developer tray to soak while moving onto the second negative and repeating the process…  Everything was an experiment, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, i’ve still got boxes and boxes of those meticulously printed images at home, great experience and great memories.  Do I miss it?  No.

I still do exactly the same thing now, just with a Mac Pro computer (with lots and lots of RAM!) and the Epson 9900 large format printer.  Oh, and without the chemical stink, which is a bonus for the environment and my friends.

So, if any of this sounds good to you, you should come along to the latest photography workshop I’m doing with Greg Hocking, Perfect Printing, this October.  There will be no chemicals and no stink, but there will be loads of invaluable information and tips learned from a combined knowledge gained in over 35 years of photographic printing on how to make your prints perfect, every time.  To read more click this link… about the upcoming Perfect Printing Photography Workshop, there are still a few places left.

The War for the Kimberley

September 4th, 2010

Its official, James Price Point is now the subject of a compulsory acquisition  court action.  Just when I thought politicians couldn’t sink any lower, Colin Barnett take a bow, you have outdone yourself.  For those of you who came in late, this is James Price Point as it is today…

James Price Point at Sunset, Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley Region of Western Australia

If Colin Barnett and Co win the day this will be the site of a massive gas processing plant, stretching over 20 square km, complete with deep water harbour (blasted through the reef), sewage treatment plants & power generation facility, with all the extra bits and pieces that go with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Manly Pool in Sydney – Without a permit!

September 1st, 2010

Sydney is such a beautiful place it’s hard not to take photos, and the clouds this afternoon were spectacular… Now where is that permit…

Tomorrow it is back to normality.

This image is Manly Pool in Sydney,  shot on the Canon 5D Mk II with the 16-35mm f2.8L lens at 16mm.

Manly Pool with looming sky

Arts Freedom Australia Sydney Rally

August 31st, 2010

I am sitting in a cafe in Sydney writing this, The Rocks in Sydney to be precise.  I have just had a Falafel roll and a coffee and i am marvelling at the wonders of technology that allows me to do this (write this entry, not eat the falafel)…  Actually i am getting side tracked.

What i really want to write about is the Arts Freedom Australia Rally that took place here at Campbells Cove, just next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge this Sunday past.  The rally was organised by Arts Freedom Australia and Ken Duncan, both of whom have been very vocal in recent years about the erosion of our rights to photograph the natural environment and the icons of the built environment like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Bondi Beach (check it out here  http://www.artsfreedomaustralia.com/blog/ )

Many places such as these, as well as a growing list of National Parks now require expensive permits to photograph for any commercial purpose.  This includes entering your snapshot into a photo competition, or selling something you took earlier without the intention to sell it.  The bureaucrats who write this legislation have forgotten that it was the photographic images of these places proliferating around the world that helped make these places famous in the first place.

So the rally last Sunday was to draw a little attention to this situation, and i think in this it succeeded very well, there were several estimates of 700-1500 people who showed up on the day (i’m not much good at counting, thats why i’m a photographer), including many of us from other states.  It was a very peaceful demonstration, photographers are not known to be violent or unpredictable, but there was plenty of passion and plenty of solidarity, as well as a bit of humour.  Lets hope our voice is heard.

Peter Walton making a point

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