Ballarat East Sacred Heart Convent circa 1884-86

Ballarat Sacred Heart Convent circa 1884-1886

My current Photo-Installation In the Process of Healing is at the former Sacred Heart Convent in Ballarat East, now a Ballarat Welcome Centre managed by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. Below is an old circa 1884-1886 photo of the convent building and link to more information on the congregation. On January 10, 1881, five Sisters of Mercy came…

Aldona Kmiec Fear of flying airbnb host story Ballarat

Featured on Airbnb: Fear of Flying story

Airbnb Based On A True Review For all who love sharing your homes to strangers…Wow, it is worth facing your fears! Few months ago I took part in an international writing contest by an online hospitality service Airbnb and wrote a short story about my first ever hosting experience on Airbnb. My very first guest was…

Ballarat artist Photographer Aldona Kmiec's exhibition reflects on trauma and healing

Healing with photos

Ballarat artist Aldona Kmiec’s exhibition reflects on trauma and healing (click to read) Photographer Aldona Kmiec’s exhibition reflects on trauma and healing Michelle Smith 9 Aug 2017, 5:30 p.m. Healing after trauma and distress is a long and often arduous path but life can begin anew and photographer Aldona Kmiec has created a striking exhibition…

Aldona Kmiec prints on fabric In the process of healing Aldona Kmiec Foto Biennale Ballarat Convent

In the Process of Healing exhibition

In The Process of Healing is a site-specific immersive installation of photography, sound and space which attempts to remove the stigma around trauma and normalise conversations that are difficult. ‘In the Process of Healing’ tells a story of hope and survival. Responding to the stories of institutional abuse and high rates of suicide, I have…

Fujifim XT1 Frytka OFF Festival Czestochowa Lisiniec Polska Kultura Alternatywna

Fujifim XT1

Frytka Off Festival Fujifilm XT1 is a pretty awesome and portable camera for low light event photos. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is simply amazing and easily focuses in almost complete darkness. Here I used the 23mm f1.4 to take some atmospheric photos when Kult and Kazik Staszewski were live on stage in Czestochowa, Poland. http://frytkaoff.czestochowa.pl. Low…

Great Australian Backyard Hills Hoist by Lance Hill in his Adelaide backyard in mid-1940s

The Great Australian backyard

Australian backyard, an iconic feature of the Australian suburb is changing fast. A large backyard is no more, it has largely disappeared from new Australian suburbs substituted by much smaller outdoor spaces. Whatever the size of lot, the dwelling now covers most of its area. The current urban planning does little to prevent it. Land developers…

Soldiers Hill Art Walk Aldona Kmiec Soldiers Hill Artist

Soldiers Hill Art Walk Ballarat

Love Ballarat Autumn? Join Ballarat artists from SHAC – Soldiers Hill Artist Collective at their art studios open to public on all May weekends. Soldiers Hill Art Walk around Ballarat’s oldest suburb Soldiers Hill. Soldiers Hill Artist Collective presents a self guided tour through the historic streets of Soldiers Hill. Over 20 Artists exhibit in venues…

Cafe in Soler Photo Wall Mural Ballarat Victorian House Aldona Kmiec Artist

Wall Mural

As seen on The Design Files and Better Homes & Gardens Imagine. You take a holiday photo on your first ever camera you could afford that ends up on your wall ten years later! That’s the story behind my ‘Cafe in Soler’ wall mural. The photo was taken during holidays in Majorca in 2005. Walking past this unassuming cafe…

Steamers Beach Jervis Bay Australia Roadtrip

Australia Roadtrip

Head goes spinning when you think about photo opportunities – there’s so much to photograph on any Australian road trip! Our three weeks adventure started at Cooloola National Park near Fraser Coast Region, Queensland driving down A1 Pacific Highway towards Central Coast, trying YouCamp Adventures on private land, bypassing Sydney as fast as we could and stopping…