The view from the East Ballarat Photography Migration and Art Faces of migration Aldona Kmiec Ballarat London traveller pan exposure

The view from the East

East and West, or in between, these words succinctly describe me in one sentence. I was born in the communism era of late seventies Poland. It was tough. Growing up, I noticed that people around me have always desired change, yet often did not act on their instinct. Many simply didn’t have the means to…

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…

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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 to photograph Every Wednesday I’m at the Lakes Entrance beach. What I will find each time, I never know. Analytical brain questions everything: why, what does it mean, what is the concept behind it, what does it tell me, is the light good, does the photograph have this unusual gut feeling I so like,…

The view from the East Ballarat Photography Migration and Art Faces of migration Aldona Kmiec Ballarat London traveller pan exposure

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…

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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…

Bridge in Hampstead Heath London Red shoes cinderella fairytale bridge Hamstead Heath London Artist Aldona Kmiec Polish

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,…

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world photo John Le Carre

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,…

Australian Surfer Print Aldona Kmiec artist

Fear and a phobia

When you’re afraid, you’re unlikely to take risks Fear, a powerful and primitive emotion that alerts us to the presence of danger. The adrenaline rush, fight or flight response. Anyone who’s been through the experience, they’ll never forget it. Even if they do, the body remembers. Few years ago I found myself in a situation…