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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…

Iconic Australian backyards prints Hills Hoist print Great Australian Backyard Hills Hoist

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 snap photo on your first camera you could ever afford that ends up on your wall ten years later! That’s more or less the story behind my ‘Cafe in Soler‘ (more info here) image, now a wall mural. The photo was…

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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

Flying Object

Flying object Every Wednesday I’m at the Lakes Entrance beach. I never know what I will find. Analytical brain questions everything: why, what does it mean, what is the message/concept behind it, what do I do with it now, why did it land that way, it looks like a face etc etc… It is a…

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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Be Brave

Worthy Tip. Try an Exposure app on Chrome to see photography every time you open a new browser tab.

White Night Ballarat neon installation lights

White Night Ballarat

Night of illumination and art, the inaugural White Night Ballarat went down as quite a historic event! Nobody has seen such massive public participation, with exception perhaps of the great street parades at the beginning of the 20th century! The great advantage of hosting the night in Ballarat was the leisurely and short distance between all attractions. With…

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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…

We R You paste up project Ballarat street art

Ballarat faces

Time to post all Ballarat faces from WeRYou mural project again. Ballarat has been changing fast, is more progressive and open, to everyone. It has attracted a whole bunch of vibrancy. What’s so special? People. And the history. Pre, during and after Gold rush. It has been inclusive. The word ‘Ballarat’ is derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal…

Clunes Art canvas print Photography Mindfulness Aldona Kmiec Fields Clunes Archival Digital C-Type (chromogenic) matt print by Polish-Australian artist Aldona Kmiec

The Art of Mindful Photography

Taking photos improves your mental health Everyone deals with mental or emotional struggles at one time or another in our lives. The world isn’t what it used to be. Stress from work, anxiety or a mental illness are common so it helps to take time to refocus and gain perspective. One tool I use to…

Tasmania Wall Clock Interior Design_Aldona Kmiec Artist Ballarat

Everyday Art

If you just like me surround yourself with unique finds, here’s an online art store full of cool art products you might want to consider for your home interior. MILKA, a photo wall clock and TASMANIA Shower Curtain from last year’s road trip around TAS. Plenty more Everyday Art to make you smile in my online…

Street Photography Workshop – your images

Street Photography Workshop – your images Few months ago I ran Street Photography Workshops in Ballarat. Workshop participants were asked to go out and photograph as many people as they could in their given time. Some returned with several portraits and some have really struggled to approach a complete stranger on a street let alone…

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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…

Slow living Czerwony Akordeon Red piano accordion East Gippsland landscape Aldona Kmiec Polish Artist Photographer

Never stop learning but learn to stop

Time to relax… phones and cameras away. Never stop learning but learn to stop. Thank you. Have a great Christmas, a happy New Year, I look forward to catching up again in 2017. I’ll be open again sometime soon – see you then… Aldi x

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…

Ballarat artist Moroccan Man desert landscape


‘We wander for distraction,  but we travel for fulfilment’ Hilaire Belloc New day new word. Welcome to the life of a migrant 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 Google check on the new word.…