Saturday, May 26, 2018

Casual Comfort and Style

I spotted this lady walking along Old South Head Road while Viv and I were on the way to Art Atrium for an exhibition opening. I was going to grab a sneaky sneaker shot but when she stopped for the lights I simple asked for a Street Fashion Sydney shot and she agreed. Then we all introduced ourselves - but my memory is like a sieve! So here's to Adidas and Pearls, Style and Comfort. Thank you for the picture, it's much appreciated. Kent.  A senior citizen wearin a red winter coat over a black top with pearl necklace, tweedy pants and black Adidas sneakers. Seen on Old South Head Road Bondi Junction. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Last Weekend of Head On Round-Up and Art Around Town

Yes it's the last weekend of the 2018 edition of the Head On Photography Festival and the Festival Hub up at Sydney's Paddington Town Hall. Which also means its the last chance to see the exhibitions there and the Semi Finalists on the big screen - including me - or my portrait of Vivienne to be more precise. So you will want to check those shows out ASAP. www.headon.com.au/
Vivienne in Lyon, Semi Finalist Head On Portrait Prize 2018 by Kent Johnson
Vivienne in Lyon, Semi Finalist Head On Portrait Prize 2018
Also closing this weekend is Set Fire To the Sea Sinead Kennedy's The Pool Grant 2018 Exhibition at special group gallery 270 Devonshire street, Surry Hills. Very interesting show I was hoping to review but have not been back since the opening - fingers crossed to make it back tomorrow!
Photographer Sinead at her art opening, Set Fire to the Sea. Kennedy Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Street Fashion Sydney had a great time at William Yangs's exhibition launch at Maunsell Wickes but that show is now down; perhaps there is some work in the stock room; great show, there is always something to learn from viewing William Yang's work. Congratulations William.
William Yangs at his exhibition launch at Maunsell Wickes. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

There is still time to check out the fine art nudes show Tela Umana work by Lori Cicchini and Edmond Thommen at M2 Gallery near Central.

Model at Tela Umana with Lori Cicchini and Edmond Thommen. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

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You can also check out Nudes On Tap this Saturday as they hand out the prizes - from 5PM apparently!



Samantha Everton, Indochine at Art House Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Ok seems I'm a day late with this one too, the most astonishingly beautiful show of all.. Samantha Everton, Indochine at Art House Gallery, if you are quick they may still have something in the stock room..
www.arthousegallery.com.au/exhibitions/everton_samantha/indochine/

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Portrait of artist Thomas John Whelan at Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Fresh figurative paintings by fresh young painters The Radical Familiar until the 26th so you need to hustle along to Piermarq Gallery

Artist Oliver Wagner at Sarah Cottier Gallery for CHROMA. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Sarah Cottier Gallery opened CHROMA last night with Maria Cruz, Matthys Gerber, Brendan Van Hek,  Jonny Niesche, John Nixon, Andreas Reiter Raabe and Franz West, Oliver Wagner (Photographed) and Jonathan Zawada. Lovely show, check it out! http://www.sarahcottiergallery.com/

Bob Marchant show and 80th Birthdays at Australian Galleries. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Tuesday night I thought I was simply attending the Bob Marchant show at Australian Galleries but it seems we were all crashing his 80th birthday too - congratulations and Happy Birthday Bob! A very joyful and colourful exhibition, part survey show downstairs with new works in the upper gallery. On Now!
'Passaggio' Catherine Cloran at Barometer Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Last but not least, blink and you will have missed it - 'Passaggio' Catherine Cloran which was on at Barometer Gallery in Paddington, semi abstract colour works from nature created in the Italian countryside. you can still view the show here on Catherine's website
www.catherinecloran.com/Exhibitions/Passaggio/

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Impromptu Men's Shoot in the Mensroom

You always need to be ready, you never know when opportunity will present itself. Seems to be a bit of a dark knight thing going on. Black denim - in the air tonight - model unknown..

Black denim, hell themed photoshoot in a graffiti covered men's bathroom, Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Travel Photography - Is Staten Island the Best Ferry Ride in the World?

Best FREE Ferry ride.. Well I don't actually know if there are many free ferry rides so that narrows down the list quite a lot. Google tells me there is also one in British Colombia, the Kootenay Lake ferry. But that's like in the bush someplace.. in Canada. And I'm thinking a bit more metropolitan/urban transport really (like Sydney's terrific harbour crossing Manly Ferry - but it's not free) so that leaves the Staten Island Ferry. It's certainly a ferry ride I have wondered about making, and now having made it I can honestly say, this is a bucket list New York thing to do. At least if you have more than a couple of days in the city. Vivienne and I (thank you White Caviar Life) made the short 30 min each way journey at around midday, so we managed to avoid commuter crush. That said, in big cities you still have reasonable crowds, and hey it's free and it's New York! Did I mention it's free? Once onboard, if you plan to take pictures you will want to grab your spot on some open railing or you will be shooting over peoples heads while trying to make your own masterpiece of Lady Liberty; or a selfie.. details continue below.

View of One World Trade Center from the Staten Island Ferry, NYNY.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
When leaving from Manhattan that means going over to the right, or starboard side of the boat. As you pull out of the ferry terminal and begin your journey toward Staten Island the Hudson river and the vast expanse of water that is Manhattan Harbor slowly comes into full view with the east river too, suddenly making it quite clear that Manhattan really is an island. Albeit one with a lot of spiky towers sticking up all over it. Curiously this is a view and a landscape you know from years of TV and movies and, well just being inundated by the lore of New York. Though as we made way the experience for me took on on a kind of hyper reality; the motion of the craft on the water, the sounds, the salt in the air and all the other tourists like me, jostling for a place on the rails so they too can capture the view with their cameras. The round trip to Staten Island and back to lower Manhattan, catching the next ferry back; took only 90 minutes. We then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the immediate area including the financial district; but I will save those stories and pictures for another time. And next time; I want to try taking the ferry at twilight, I think that would be brilliant too! - Want to see the pictures bigger, simply click on them. 
Vivienne riding in a nearly empty the NY subway car, number one line down to South Ferry, Manhattan.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 The docks of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Lower Manhattan seen from Manhattan Harbor.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Manhattan Harbor panorama with New Jersey and Manhattan skylines. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
The famous Statue of Liberty as seen from the passing Staten Island Ferry.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A hazy view of the Manhattan skyline and shipping buoys photographed from the Staten Island Ferry on Manhattan Harbor.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Seating on an open deck section of a Staten Island Ferry, reflections and silhouettes of commuters. No Smoking Sign.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Disembarking the Andrew J. Barberi ferry at Staten Island NY.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
An urban landscape photo of the Staten island bus ferry interchange.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Vivienne at the Staten island bus and ferry interchange.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Dockside works at Staten Island ferry terminal with a distant view of the Manhattan skyline.  Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Tourists line the railings of a Staten Island Ferry and take selfies as it passes the Statue of Liberty. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A Staten Island Ferry sails past the Statue of Liberty. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
A tug boat Helen Parker, crosses Manhattan Harbor with the Manhattan city skyline and various barges in the distance. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 Travellers and commuters line the railings of the Staten Island Ferry for a view of the city skyline on the return trip to Manhattan. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
 The ferry returns to the Lower Manhattan terminal providing a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the east river from the port side of the boat. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Ferry commuters dissembark at the lower Manhattan ferry terminal with a glimps of the Statue of Liberty and shipping gantries in the distance. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
Back on dry land in lower Manhattan, a low-rise 19th century brick building on Coenties Alley with Art Deco skyscrapers, including 20 Exchange Place, of the financial district rising in the background. Travel photography by Kent Johnson.
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Is the Staten Island Ferry the best free ferry ride in the world? Photo by Kent Johnson.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

From Suburbia to China Heights and a New Standard..

I keep hearing about how galleries are closing; but new galleries are opening too and some rippers like China Heights just keep doing what they do and keep doing it well. So lets kick off with my first visit to Cement Fondu (CF) (website coming soon)  CF opened on the 10th of  this month with a beautifully curated group show SUBURBIA. This is a colourful show of installations, photography, ceramics, drawings and mixed media work on, you guessed it suburbia. Only the selection of artists and their own visions of suburbia while remaining somewhat familiar, will certainly shift your perception of what is suburbia, and how it is for some who are for whatever reason on the periphery. Pictured directly below is my portrait of Caroline Garcia - post Live Performance & floor talk at CF with House #7 by Garry Trinh as a background.
Portrait of Caroline Garcia - post Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Background image House #7 by Garry Trinh. Photography by Kent Johnson.
The post performance floor talk was actually really illuminating as to immigration and integration into Australian suburban society. It was during this talk that I realised that Garry Trinh's "Houses" represented a shuttering of suburban society to those new people moving in around them. I mean maybe it should have been obvious (but then I'm a white anglo Aussie) and the context of the show made this very clear! That said, the installation has a lot of whimsy bright colour and is an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience and I can't wait to see more shows from Cement Fondu!
Caroline Garcia - Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Caroline Garcia - Live Performance & floor talk at Cement Fondu Gallery Paddington, Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
SUBURBIA installation at Cement Fondu. Photography by Kent Johnson.
I've know of Disorder Gallery for a while now but have only just made it to two my first shows there. On NOW, the beautiful new show from Catherine Hourihan - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely matte prints - you need to seem them on the walls, not on some glossy glowing screen!
Portrait of Catherine Hourihan at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Attendees at Catherine Hourihan at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Catherine Hourihan and friend at Disorder Gallery - dance inspired images with a contrast of youth and age, beautiful images and really lovely prints. Photography by Kent Johnson.
China Heights - Even after all these years attending an opening at CH still feels like like being part of some underground yet very cool art society. I'm not sure if that's because it seems way off peoples radar or they just can't handle the coolness factor! That said I think (not unlike the recently closed Black Eye) many of their artists seem to come from commercial design and advertising backgrounds - like Andy Warhol & Willem de Kooning did - but in Sydney that still seems to be a bit of a no-no to the art establishment. I enjoyed seeing "they used to call me" Rad Dan by Daniel R. Watkins on Friday night, the work reminding me a little of 1960's British Pop artist Richard Hamilton. CH have the slightly unusual practice of Friday openings followed by Sat/Sun only viewings so check the website first if you want to see the work.
"they used to call me" Rad Dan - Portrait of Daniel R. Watkins - China Heights Gallery. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Opening night, "they used to call me" Rad Dan - Daniel R. Watkins - China Heights Gallery.  Photography by Kent Johnson.
Phillippa Griffin and Sam Ramsden's The New Standard Gallery has been up and running for a little over a year now (I think). The Current show Brad Teodoruk, PROOF IS AN IDOL is a show that feels very much, one from a stable of artists coming from Sydney's strong art school traditions and I perhaps felt more my age at this opening than I do at CH! Lovely skilled painting, don't be fooled by the painting out and naive approach to form - it's anything but that..
Portrait of Brad Teodoruk, PROOF IS AN IDOL at The New Standard Gallery, Surry Hills Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Arbiters - Photography Exhibition at KUDOS Gallery

Sydney is finally getting into the swing of  2018 with a pretty cool photography exhibition at KUDOS Gallery which opened last night to a happy crowd. Arbiters is a group show with Orson Heidrich, Vasili Papathanasopoulos, Manon Mikolaitis, Daniel Mitchell, Bryce Noakes, Cat Wratten, Tayla Jay - curated by Vasili Papathanasopoulos & Orson Heidrich. I like the nods to analogue photography - more than a nod in some cases - and the rather well executed presentation of each artists piece. Hopefully these shots from the opening will encourage you to pop along and have a look or yourself. I managed to photograph four of the artist too, great show guys, love your work! KUDOS Gallery 31 January - 17 February 2018.
Artist portrait of Vasili Papathanasopoulos with work - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Vasili Papathanasopoulos
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Mould manipulated photographs by Daniel Mitchell - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Wall Text - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Blue Dress - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist Daniel Mitchell Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Daniel Mitchell
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Stripes and straight cut hair. Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The artist being photographed. Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Outside Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Cat Wratten Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Cat Wratten
Cords  Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Installation room shot - Arbiters at KUDOS Gallery photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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