Category Archives: Australia

Australia: Places to go & Background information

Photo Gallery: Sydney Street Art, Serious and Playful

Street Art can be found on walls all around the inner west of Sydney and I like to take photos of it when I walk by. Sometimes it has a message to send about the local area, society or politics and at other times it can be just fun and playful.

What Is Street Art?

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in an ephemeral and viral form of art that is marking urban settings around the world, and has developed a flourishing sub-culture all its own. Now though, street art is going mainstream. Auctioneers, collectors and museum directors are scrabbling to learn urban art vocabulary and develop positions on the big street art issues.

There is as yet no simple definition of street art. It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy.

Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns. Its definition and uses are changing: originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth today it is even seen in some cases like the famous street artist Banksy as a means of urban beautification and regeneration.
– excerpt from Art Radar Journal

Here are some of the examples of Sydney Street Art I have photographed during the last few years. To preempt the obvious question, Yes I do like street art of birds and butterflies and cats 🙂

Streetart: 2011 is Amnesty International's 50th anniversary

Knowledge Breaks Down Walls - Location: 73 Pine Street, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Balmain Street art: Personified Post box

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Photos: Ubirr Aboriginal Art – Kakadu, Northern Territory

When I first travelled to the Australia’s Northern Territory a few years ago I did a roadtrip from Alice Springs to Darwin including a visit to Kakadu National Park. One of the highlights of Kakadu is the Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site, located in the East Alligator river part of the National Park.

During the walk around Ubirr you will see one of the finest collections of rock art in the world, and if it’s just after the rainy season you can get a great view from a high lookout of the Kakadu landscape.

Nabab Wetlands Lookout - Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

During your walk you can learn something about the art and it’s meaning to Aboriginal people.

Tradtional paintings and the stories they illustrate are part of the unwritten library of knowledge and spiritual beliefs of Aboriginal people.

Senior clan members own certain parts of this library and pass it on to younger people via story telling, songs, dance, music, ceremonies and food gathering expeditions. These lessons have continued for thousands of generations.

Some paintings are especially important as they are believed to be painted by the First People of the creation era, sometimes called the Dreamtime, who formed the land and all it contains.

These are some of the photo highlights of the walk but you have to see them in person to truly do them justice. As they said in those old Tourism NT ads “You’ll never ever know, if you never ever go”:

Rainbow Bee Eaters - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr Aboriginal Art Site - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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Photo Gallery: Charlotte Pass Village, Snowy Mountains, Australia

Although Australia has a reputation for being sunny there are several places where it snows in winter.

My favourite place is Charlotte Pass Village, located in the Snowy Mountains. At 1760 metres above sea level it is Australia’s highest altitude ski village.

The Snowy Mountains, known informally as “The Snowies”, are the highest Australian mountain range and contain the Australian mainland’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, which reaches 2,228 metres AHD, approximately 7310 feet.

The range contains the five highest peaks on the Australian mainland, all above 2100 metres (6890 feet). They are located in southern New South Walesand are part of the larger Australian Alps and the Great Dividing Range.

This is mainland Australia’s only true Alpine region with large natural snowfalls every winter. Snow normally falls the most during June, July and early August. Most of the snow has melted by late spring. The Tasmanian highlands are the other Alpine region in Australia.

Photo Highlights: 2012 Snow Season

Click on any of the photos below to see them at a larger size

Viewed from Mountain Ridge (Mostly big panoramas, Click to view large size)

Charlotte Pass Village panorama #1 - viewed from top of Guthries

Snowy Mountains

Charlotte Pass Village panorama #2 - viewed from top of Guthries

Snowy Mountains Panorama - Carruthers Peak etc viewed from top of Guthries ski run, Charlotte Pass Village

Climbing up to the Snowy Mountains Ridgeline

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