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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,…

Portrait Collaboration Simon M-Rock Perisphone Kerr (detail) 2016 pencil and Posca pen on cotton watercolour paper

Portrait Collaboration with Simon M-Rock

In December 2015 Ballarat-based illustrator Simon Mroczkowski, also known as M-Rock has approached me and a fellow Ballarat artist Sylvia Hollis to collaborate on a book project. He was after low key studio photographs that would create a background for some of his illustrations. A year later and Simon kept his deadline and now his…

BAF Ballarat Eureka Art Award winner Aldona Kmiec with winning work featuring Polish friend Magda Kazmierczak

BAF Eureka Art Award & Exhibition

Ballarat Arts Foundation Eureka Art Award 2016 Wed 23 Nov – Sat 24 Dec 2016 Please join me for the announcement of the $2,500 Eureka Art Award and exhibition opening on Thu 24 Nov 2016 @5.30, for 6pm. Winner announced by Anthony Camm, Director, Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Guest speaker, Dr Lisa Anderson, Adjunct Professor, Arts…

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Christmas Gift Vouchers

Photography Gift Voucher I walked in to one of those two big stores yesterday, and… I walked out. It’s plastic Christmas decorations time again! Life is moments.. Learn to capture them well. It’s sometimes as simple as to sit down with someone who can teach you. Ask one of my students, Kerry from Sebastopol. She learnt…

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Picture This! Exhibition

Picture This! is an exciting Art Exhibition by SHAC – Soldiers Hill Arts Collective opening on November 12th 6pm at Fairbanks Gallery in Ballarat. My photographic landscape print on canvas titled ‘Fields’ taken at a location just outside of Clunes during Jessica Andersen’s photoshoot is probably one of the biggest artworks in the show measuring 130cm lengthwise.…

Fields Clunes Aldona Kmiec Photography Australian Landscape Prints

Polish Art Foundation, Victorian Artists Society

Polish Arts Foundation (PAF) members are presenting another exhibition called Impressions. Victorian Artists Society Gallery 430 Albert St, East Melbourne Gallery Hours 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday 1pm – 4pm Saturday – Sunday Exhibition Dates 10 November – 15 November 2016 15 November 10am – 2pm only www.polishartfoundation.org.au

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Useful Photography Books

Here’s a list of useful Art of Photography Books you may find helpful in your art practice. The list was collated by my former photography tutor from London Metropolitan University, Merlin Hendy back in 2005 www.merlinhendy.com Historical & Contextual Useful Photography Books Art Photography Books Author Published Title Publisher Adams, Robert 1996 Why People Photograph Aperture Adams,…

Women portraits on location Elizabeth Lewis-Gray GEKKO BALLARat Lifestyle Magazine Editorial Photographer Aldona Kmiec

Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine

Editorial photography for Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine Spring edition of the BLM mag is out! Check out the Ballarat local success story of Gekko Systems, which features my portrait of a Co-Founder Elizabeth Lewis-Gray as well as an environmental portrait of one of the most prolific romance authors Marion Lennox. www.ballaratlifestylemagazine.com.au

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Street Photography Workshop

Huge thanks to everyone who came to my Street Photography talk at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, saw a fabulous collection of vintage cameras by collector Roger Burrows and just launched the Max Harris Photographic Collection. Liberty or Liability? These are not easy times for street photographers, for whom acting suspiciously is an occupational hazard and loitering with intent a modus…

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Ballarat Murals

Back in 2013 artist Aldona Kmiec, Polish-born Ballarat Photographer and resident facilitated City of Ballarat We R You Ballarat Murals project – massive digital photo portraits of everyday Ballarat residents being pasted up in the graffiti hotspots across Ballarat. The City of Ballarat’s Arts and Culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on…

Aldona Kmiec Ballarat Foto Biennale Feeling Blue Self-portrait London

Lost Ones Gallery exhibition

THIS IS ME: Examination of the art of self-image Lost Ones Gallery exhibition 24 Aug – 11 Sept 2016 GROUP SHOW THIS IS ME: Examination of the art of self-image We’re taking a look at the self portrait and asking if the selfie is the natural evolution of self portraiture. Exhibiting artists; Aldona Kmiec, Ali Afzali, Fabrizio Biviano,…

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…

Ballarat Photography Tours with Photographer Aldona Kmiec Ballarat Think big you have nothing to loose Dr Blake Mysteries Bar Lydiard Street Aldona Kmiec Photography

Ballarat Photography Tours

Ballarat is a vibrant city best known for its architecture, the Eureka Stockade, Sovereign Hill but also a thriving arts community. Aldona Kmiec, a Professional Photographer and a Ballarat local invites you to join her for a photo walking tour around the city while learning invaluable DOs and DONTs of photography! Get active, see the city from a different…

Dreamscapes portraits Aldona Kmiec Artist Unicorns are real Photographic limited edition print

Dreamscapes

Dreamscapes are Aldona Kmiec’s new photographic series. Aldona’s use of photography brings the viewer a unique perspective of the Australian landscape and explores her interest in the feminine psyche. Limited edition photographs of staged performances with romantic scenes of local art heroes emerging from an ever-changing landscape are part of the Dreamscapes series. Elusive unicorn in a…

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Dreamscapes Book

Dreamscapes are Aldona Kmiec’s new photographic series. This body of work explores her love of the Australian outdoors and conceptual portraiture created by photographing her artistic friends in regional Victorian landscapes. Our experiences are heightened when we travel outside of our comfort zone. Although my photographs are staged, all were photographed in quickly changing weather conditions in winter 2015, therefore the process of…

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP BMI Ballarat Mechanics Institute Aldona Kmiec Photography

Street Photography Workshop

Life has so many moments that you want to capture. You have the camera but are you getting what you want? Sign Up to Street Photography Workshop with Ballarat Photographer Aldona Kmiec. Street photography is one of the most interesting yet overlooked genres. Capturing architecture, people in passing, odd details, and intriguing signage, street photography…

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Artist Documentary: Sonia Macak

Meet Sonia Macak, Czech born photographer living just outside of Ballarat. In 2013 we spent a day together in her darkroom. Sadly, in 2016 Sonia’s property was much affected by fire but luckily no buildings were burnt down. In my film, Sonia reenacts the fascination with wet plate collodion photography, something quite magical in the era of post-photography, iPhones…

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