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Ballarat Art Space

My 1st year in Ballarat… WTF London grey, I love it, feel at home My 2nd year in Ballarat… WTF- where are the art spaces in this city? My 3rd year in Ballarat … WTF ok be patient now My 4th year in Ballarat… WTF ok we have paste-ups and we have small shop on Sturt…

Flying Object Lakes Entrance beach

Found Objects

Found objects… a kinetic way to photograph Every Wednesday I’m at Lakes Entrance beach. Photographing, reading, planning.. but most of all, being in tune with nature. Finding new objects and turning them into photographic subjects is.. well I find it liberating and confronting. My analytical mind questions as soon as something unusual happens: why, what…

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Migration Art

Migration has many faces. Chosen by you or inflicted upon you by a set of circumstances. What drives your desire to migrate permanently or temporarily, how do you let go of negative feelings and how do you adapt to your new environment without loosing your identity in the process? These questions have been on my mind for…

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Snow under my feet

last couple of days soo much admin my eyes dancing to achieve is so mundane right now still much work to do in this world I have barely scratched its surface   last night walking the dog as usual who has more fun: me or her shoes left at home, you must try it walk…

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Memories of tomorrow

my home isn’t fancy. I don’t own a fancy car and my phone screen has finally cracked – been in too many road trips in my bag. I’m quite amazed that I even bought a car, my first car at 39. I de-cluttered most of loose things in my life, major clean up with a focus on…

Dog experiment Creativity and Art is as fragile as a feather Aldona Kmiec Photography

Dog experiment

Dog experiment story from the book I’m currently reading.. There’s an important study that gives insight into women’s loss of self-protective instinct. In the early 1960s, experimental psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and others conducted animal experiments to determine something about the “flight instinct” in humans. In one experiment they wired half of the bottom of a…

Moroccan Man walking through a desert fine art print Marrakech Africa

Peripatetic

‘We wander for distraction,  but we travel for fulfilment’ Hilaire Belloc I have recently been described as peripatetic. I thought this was a more complex description of a ‘pathetic’, which is fine with me but I quickly ran to Google to check the new word out. It turns out that it does not mean pathetic, but…

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Red shoes

‘Red shoes’ by Anne Sexton I stand in the ring in the dead city and tie on the red shoes… They are not mine. They are my mother’s. Her mother’s before. Handed down like an heirloom but hidden like shameful letters. The house and the street where they belong are hidden and all the women,…

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A desk is a dangerous place

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world Coming back from Melbourne after a great weekend of eating and making pierogi with friends, I’m writing this while I sit on a VLine bus, less glam than the train, but train’s will be back operating from tomorrow. Catching up with friends.. lots of interesting conversations,…

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Australian War Memorial Canberra

Why are we still at war Last year I had the opportunity to visit the Parliament behind closed doors (part of the visiting Leadership group) as well as the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Seeing the story of The Great War WWI from an Australian perspective was a special thing. Our guide John Peterson (in picture)…

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Who Made Ballarat

Polish Migrants Exhibition 10-11th May, 2014 The Mining Exchange In the recent days, I have been scanning some amazing images from Roman & Teresa Skrypko family archive. It’s mind blowing how many beautiful images there are. Some prints are really small, so it is very challenging to get the detail our of them, bust some fortunately…

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Nostalgic Poland

Nostalgic Poland Some time ago I have set up a Facebook page dedicated to a City of Ballarat Multicultural Ambassador Program. It has already attracted a great number of people interested in it and it’s mission is to promote world’s cultures and the Multicultural Program that City of Ballarat has been successfully running for over…

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There’s nowhere to go but to yourself

Dear Friends 24th December is a day of reflections. On that day in Poland, we fast and we reflect on the past, we’re focused on contemplating on what’s happened in our lives during that year. Later we celebrate the first star in the sky and share a (non-meat) supper together. Marina Abramovic ‘…there’s nowhere to…

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