Friday, January 10, 2020

Sydney Climate Rally - Signs and Wonderful People

Scomo must go - Students for Climate Justice - Fund the Firies, Rally and March from Sydney Town Hall.  So many people, a great turn out. So many I missed seeing most of my friends that also attended; but I'm seeing their pictures too on Facebook which is great. It's been terrible here in Australia for months now. I can't complain too much as I am relatively safe in the city, if you don't worry about the toxic air quality. There was such a wide variety of people, of all ages at this rally; it really gives one hope. The police seemed quite decent, though seeing the oft now mentioned black suited police presence, the Public Order & Riot Squad.. I mean Australians don't really riot so you have to wonder how far the political establishment intended to push us if they need to beef up so the policing so much! Anyway here are some of my shots from the rally and march, hope to see you at the next big one, there will unfortunately need to be more protest to bring about the change this planet needs - right now.  Click Images to View large
Sydney Climate Rally - 'Time Up' sign. Town Hall
Sydney Climate Rally 'Engadine' Poop sign
Sydney Climate Rally - 'NOPE' Placard, George Street
Sydney Climate Rally - 'This Home Say No Scomo'
Sydney Climate Rally - George St Crowd.
Sydney Climate Rally - 'Out 4 Six' Sign with cricket refrance.
Sydney Climate Rally - Sign with reference to Australian government campaign from 70s 80s
Sydney Climate Rally - it is all about saving the planet for future generations - Girl on parents shoulder holding save the planet sign.
Sydney Climate Rally - 'I Don't Want To Move To Mars'
Sydney Climate Rally - 'RIP Blinky Bill' the famous story book Koala
Sydney Climate Rally - three teens, Steve Irwin Would Be Disapointed'
Sydney Climate Rally -'Scomo Captain Cooked'
Sydney Climate Rally - Sign pointing to all other signs - 'What They Said'
Sydney Climate Rally - 'Living On Borrowed Time'
Sydney Climate Rally - Red costumed Extinction Rebellion performance during speech.
Sydney Climate Rally - 'How Dare You'
Sydney Climate Rally - A crowd of placards Town Hall Square
Sydney Climate Rally - 'Koala Killers'
Sydney Climate Rally - Hey Scomo Fk You We Deserve a Future'
Sydney Climate Rally -'My World Is On Fire What About Yours'
Sydney Climate Rally - NSW Mounted Police, George Street Town Hall
Sydney Climate Rally - 'Dump Coal'
Sydney Climate Rally - Street march ' THere's Blood On Your Hands'
Sydney Climate Rally - Mr S. Morie? Have not seen him for years! Did not get to speak.
Sydney Climate Rally - Vegans bringing up the rear of the march.
Sydney Climate Rally - Vegans bringing up the rear of the march.
Sydney Climate Rally - Koala sign, 'RIP 1-2 Billion Animals'

The march went up Park St along Elizabeth St to Bent Street , along O'connell, up Hunter to Macquarie where we all marched past NSW Parliament House with the march ending at the Hyde Park fountain. #ClimateEmergency  #Sydney #ClimateAction #ClimateChange #AustralianBushfireDisaster

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

SIGMA FP Launch & Blade Runner Style - OPT Circular Quay

On monday night I attended the Sigma FP camera launch at a beautiful-view-bar down at Circular Quay. From our third floor position, well it's a tough situation any time, will the view overpower your presentation? So hats off (well so windy earlier I didn't even wear one) to CR Kennedy and Digi Direct for a great Sigma event. Someone had been doing some thinking; we had a burlesque performer of great beauty and.. later in the evening she transformed into a snake charmer too. Or perhaps that's a charmer with a snake, too.. What with all the smoke from the bush fires and such a great city location, I felt transported to some sort of steam punk Blade Runner vision. Very enjoyable, I hope this picture translates the scene for you. And the very cinema oriented modular Sigma FP camera? Looks bloody marvelous. Head down to Digi Direct to check it out - there's a card and battery bonus on now.

A Burlesque performer and snake charmer, Sigma FP camera launch, photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Australian Maritime muSEAum 2020 Program Launch

A little over a week ago, Wednesday the 20th of November to be precise; I was a guest of the Australian Maritime Museum at the launch, the grand unveiling of their 2020 exhibition program - and it's a cracker! But first, on arrival guests joined small groups to take a short guided tour and learn a little of the history of the permanent collection -  like 'Krait, a former Japanese fishing boat, took three teams of Commandos and their folding canoes to Singapore Harbour..' to devastating effect.
Street Fashion Sydney - Vivienne nautically prepared for the launch of the 2020 program.
Vivienne nautically prepared for the launch of the 2020 program.
We were then treated to drinks and some very fresh seafood which I believe was from sponsors like the Sydney Fish Markets which included oysters and that fab retro classic the prawn cocktail and as a nod looking forward to the Venice show.. perfect risotto balls. All really lovely so I thought I would share a few shots.
Risotto balls at the 2020 program launch Maritime Museum Sydney

Seafood at the 2020 program launch Australian Maritime Museum Sydney

Prawn cocktails at the 2020 program launch Australian Maritime Museum Sydney

It was nice getting to talk with other guests, people from education, tourism, and even retail in the local darling harbour area. A pleasant group of people including museum staff who were more than happy to mingle too.
Guests mingle at the 2020 program launch Australian Maritime Museum Sydney
It was then of course time for the speeches, time to discover what the Australian Maritime muSEAum has in store for the coming year so we all headed inside; and there is quite a bit going on.
Speeches at the 2020 program launch Australian Maritime Museum Sydney
We learned that 2019 has been the best year for the museum on record with total visitation of 2.1 million across the museum and web platform. 32,007 students attended excursions on site, and the museum provided programs to 195,809 virtually.

But the museum does want you to visit in person and has already kicked off 'Sea Monsters, Prehistoric Ocean Predators'. From March to October the Museum will be hosting the very popular 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' upping the show with the inclusion of large backlit display panels as used in the London exhibition. There will be the The biennial Classic and Wooden Boat Festival  - and more for photography fans, 'Capturing the Home Front' featuring photographs by Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake and Australian wartime photographers.  There will also be activities such as the Murder Mysteries!!!  And a series of Ocean Talks.

After the speeches guests were invited to view the 'Sea Monsters' exhibition which is blue lit in an under the water manner - nice! Vivienne from White Caviar Life grabbed a shot of me passing through the rib cage of a giant sea creature and I managed a shot of her on a massive shell seat, or was it a giant squid like thing - in very blue light, so I made it into a black and white so Vivienne did not look too much like a monster from the deep!
Viv in the sea monsters gallery, Australian Maritime Museum 2020 launch.

At the end of a great night, Australian Maritime Museum 2020 launch. Photo by Vivienne Shui.
All of which reminds me that I wore my official Gondolier's jumper, the only nautical dress item I own; to help celebrate the final show of 2020; Venice, the 'summer blockbuster spectacular will see the majestic and romantic, yet incredibly vulnerable city of Venice come to life. Visitors will be invited to come explore the famous city’s inhabitants as they live, love, Carnevale, and deal with climate change – right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea.' I am really looking forward to that!

I do recommend having a look around the website and subscribing to the updates on shows as there is much more on than these key events I've briefly mentioned. And I will sign off with a last shot from the night and a shot of mine, a sailing boat on the Grand Canal of Venice. Thanks for dropping by, hope to see you all at the muSEAum in 2020.
A sailing boat and gondolas on the Grand Canal, Venice Italy - Photograph  by Kent Johnson.

Thank you to the Australian Maritime Museum for having me as a guest at the 2020 program launch  https://www.sea.museum/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, July 1, 2019

Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige at 541 Art Space

The titles are as lyrical at the paintings and the opening as bold as the colours. He Zige and his undeniably beautiful exhibition of paintings curated by Vivien Jiang has landed and launched at 541 Art Space Sydney in a Gala style opening. One could see the paintings as abstract expressionist vision however it would seem they are an East-West expression of poetic form. If you love John Olsen or Luke Sciberras work you will probably enjoy this show of painterly cross currents. It's on right now at 541artspace until the 9th of July, so be quick

Vivien Jiang opens Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Opening speeches at Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Art lovers listening to the opening night speeches - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Videoing the opening night - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Art crowd - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist He Zige and curator Vivien Jiang - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist He Zige and curator Vivien Jiang
“What is light? When light shines into reality, there comes colour, when it shines into the heart, therecomes hope. Light is like a belief that can sanctify life. Beyond the Light refers to an existing supreme and abstract state that transcends sanctification and solemnisation” He Zige
Conversations - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
VIPS at Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A beautiful hat and a silver bag - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A Chinese pattern jumpsuit - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Discussing the art, Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Making a point, Chinese Artist He Zige discusses his work one on one - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Time for some group photos - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Vivienne Shui and Dion Woo at Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A brown Channel clutch bag, long black boots - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Black blouse and skirt, pink jacket -  Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Gallery friends - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
VIP group photos at Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Dion enjoying a joke. Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
An impromptu speech - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A select group, Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Room view - Beyond the Light - Chinese Artist He Zige - Photos By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

“I wish to travel through the painting with audience together” He Zige
https://www.541artspace.com.au/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863