Sunday, 15 March 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday # 43

Question: What do you do when you know Shadow Shot Sunday is here again and the weather has been cloudy all week?

Answer: Of course, you hop on a plane and fly down to Sydney for your daughter's wedding. Mind you, it was cloudy down there as well, but on the wedding day the sun shone through and the reception at Bondi Beach was held in clear, sparkling, summery weather.

As we were leaving the reception in the late afternoon, this young man and his adoring dogs presented me with the perfect shadow shot.

And now if you go to Hey Harriet's blog, you will see some truly beautiful shadow shots.

On the Sunday after the wedding, we met up with the honeymooners at the Art Gallery of NSW to take a look at the Archibald Prize, which had been announced a couple of days beforehand. The winning painting, a striking portrait by Guy Maestri of young blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, would make an excellent Shadow Shot Sunday entry.

Among my favourite entries were these two quite different images:

This is a portrait by Hong Fu of Dame Elizabeth Murcoch (yes, Rupert's mother) who is now over 100 years old and is something of an icon in Australia. This small image doesn't show the incredible detail which makes this portrait a stand-out in the crowd.

And now for something completely different. This double portrait of rock legend Jimmie Barnes was painted by Ben Quilty. The artist used loads of paints on one of the images and applied a blank canvas on top to produce the mirror image. How brave was that?

And finally, another natural entry for Shadow Shot Sunday. Artist Vincent Fantauzzo painted this photo realistic portrait of Brandon Walters, the remarkable young star of the movie Australia.

As well as the Archibald Prize, the gallery simultaneously holds the Wynne and Sulman Prizes. The winning entry in the Wynne Prize was brilliant.

Created by Lionel Bawden, The amorphous ones (the vast colony of our being), consists of countless white colouring-in pencils, glued together, then carved into this remarkable sculpture. Simply stunning

So if you will be in Sydney over the coming weeks, do take a look at Archibald Prize, as well as the Wynne and Sulman Prizes - you won't be disappointed.


The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a warm & sunny shadow shot! Your daughter's wedding looked like it was a beautiful day!
The artwork - wow....wonderful! We so enjoyed taking a little tour of it with you - talent abounds!!
Enjoy your week!

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful shadow shot! Love the fun on the beach! Thanks for sharing!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Am enjoying all the shadows not only in this post, even your wedding posts.


Alissa Nicolau said...

Your shadow shot is great! I love the crispness of it and can almost hear the dogs barking with excitement!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Congratulations to your daughter on her wedding!

Fun shadow shot. The dogs are sure having fun.

The art work is beautiful and the winner's painting is striking.

Trish Goodfield said...

I believe you Robyn, truly I do. The photo IS of the dogs not the young man.

Hot Fudge said...

Young man? What young man?

Hey Harriet said...

Oh why didn't I think of jumping on a plane to shoot shadows interstate when the Brissy weather is miserable? Silly me! I'll know for next time ;) I LOVE the happy dog shadows on the beach! How lucky you are to have seen the Archibald Prize exhibit. For some reason I thought it was the Jimmy Barnes painting that won. I'm glad it was the piece by Guy Maestri because I like that one a lot better! That sculpture sure is something! An interesting choice to use only white pencils. I remember seeing some lovely pencil sculptures on Etsy a while back. People are so imaginative to think of such things. Very impressive!

Oh yeah & I believe you also Robyn about the focus being on the dogs. Of course it was ;)

Carin said...

Wow really like the Shadow Shot of that man with his dogs!

Chris said...

That first shadow shot almost makes me forget it is cold and raining here!

I also loved the shot of Yunupingu.

But that pencil sculpture work? Amazing.

Ali said...

Lovely Shadow shot Robyn - great composition and cute subject matter! ;) .. I mean the puppy dogs, of course.
And thanks for your run-down of the Sydney Art - I'd love to see that sculpture for real - looks incredible!

ahab said...

Fun shadow shot. Great energy.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Firstly, congratulations on your daughter's wedding. Do we get to see some photos?

And then, I just love your write up on the gallery visit. I really like the double-image of Jimmy Barnes. I find all the portraits and the sculpture very interesting and I'm now going back to revisit.

And I like your dog shadows, too!

edward and lilly said...

I wish I could go to the Archibald, the winning portrait looks amazing and I just know seeing it on screen would not do it justice.

Lovely to catch up with you yesterday, what a great day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shot of guy and dogs and the rest of your post.

Catherine said...

What a dream of a looks like an iconic film still..