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poems ~ photographs ~ videos ~ music ~ essais  – through a green lens

I am a poet and photographer passionate about art and the natural world, ecological understanding and nearly everything else, since everything, absolutely everything, connects.


Coming soon to Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Two free illustrated talks: the Curious History of the Still Life genre

Talk 1 ~ Peeling the Lemon: Tues 12 December: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Details here

‘The peeled lemon becomes in fact a kind of compulsory figure among still life painters for grace and precision.’ John Walsh, J. Paul Getty Museum

From Pompeii to Manet, Picasso to Warhol, Frida Kahlo to Damien Hirst.

Jan Davidsz de Heem, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, 1640. (The Metropolitan Museum, New York has recently changed the title to Still Life with a Glass and Oysters, ignoring that helix of lemon peel).


Talk 2  ~ Glass – Art & Reflection: Thu. 14 December: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm        Details here

Starring Caravaggio, Chardin, Morandi, Duchamp and many more . . .

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Glass of Water and Coffee Pot, 1760.  ‘We make use of colour, but what we paint with is feeling.’ Chardin

Caravaggio, ‘is said to have remarked that painting still life requires as much artistry as painting figures. That was really revolutionary.’ Letizia Treves, the curator of Beyond Caravaggio, National Gallery, London, 2016.

Manet, glass detail, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882

Bronwyn has a show in Glebe, Sydney in January with her eco inks, sustainable inks from the garden with janet Reinhardt’s printmaking inks made of honey with thread and collage.  Details

Wyn working in Oyster Creek

Eos – Three short poems

The beauty of stingers

Electric blue Glaucus atlanticus

Refugee disgrace

Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all, Richard Flanagan (Nov 22). The news today (Nov 1) from Mannus is appalling.  For the latest reports see the Guardian. Back in August, Paul Bongiorno gave an impassioned account of the government’s duplicity – especially in the light of the leaked telephone conversation between our Prime Minister and the US President. Hear Paul here.
The Local Refugee Group Facebook page is here.

My exhibition of poetry, photography and video: First Light – From Eos to Helios, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery finished Aug 12th.Eos show CHRG3

The idea of this exhibition was not primarily a display of poetry and photography, but to give visitors a sense of Eos and encourage them to get out and experience Eos for themselves. To quote Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon and the Shurangama Sutra: ‘It is like a finger, pointing a way to the moon . . . Don’t concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all that heavenly glory!’

More on the exhibition here.

I live on the Mid North Coast of NSW beside a forest by the sea, after 30 years in the heart of Sydney.

a small Jagun poem
a haiku might grasp momentarily
for ever
the essence of incoming spring
but I’ve just made a photograph
of winter light
graphic on burnt Blackbutt
and stuffed my pockets
with Senna seeds

Banner image, the Never Never River, The Promised Land, Bellingen