February 15, 2007

At last the Elephant!

Filed under: Shout out — Tony Bridge @ 6:20 pm


Kia ora tatou:

In what could be my last post for some time, I would like to tell you that my new website is finally live.

There are a number of new features I need to tell you about:

  1. All my blogs have migrated inside my website. From now on I will be editing them direct form within the website. Importing from the old blogs has NOT gone perfectly. As a consequence you may find a few glitches. Some are remediable; others are not. You can locate the blog ( oops, Ezine)by going to my website and clicking on Ezine in the title bar. I promise not to move again! ( well, for a long time, anyway!)
  2. There is a new newsletter form/signup. I would really appreciate it if you could visit and fill it out, then click “submit”. I am trying to build a database of friends and clients so I can contact you more readily. A number of people have signed up for my newsletter without leaving an email address….You know who you are..maybe…
  3. There is a lot more stuff to look at. OK, it isn’t perfect, but I will adjust/change as and when.
  4. I will soon have an Ecommerce facility built-in to allow online purchasing, should you so wish.
  5. Most galleries have a built-in slideshow function. Just look at the bottom of the page.
  6. I would really appreciate feedback. BB and the PRFH have been helping out in this regard and have done a sterling( if critical) job. Many thanks in deed! I foyu do find glitches, please tell me which operating system, browser (e.g. Firefox) and the version number.



February 2, 2007

Letter from Jeanette Fitzsimons

Filed under: The environment, Uncategorized — Tony Bridge @ 3:50 pm


Kia ora tatou:

Some time ago I wrote to Jeanette Fitzsimons, leader of the New Zealand Green Party on the subject of the windfarm on the Lammermoors. Today I received a reply.  Here it is in full. I have to say that my position since then has changed, that I am seeing the whole issue in a new light( no pun intended) and that I think there are bigger issues at stake… More on that later.

Dear Tony

Thank you for the link. Your photographs of the Lammermoors are really stunning.
As proponents of empowering people the Green Party are pushing for micro-generation options and the solar hot water programme is a part of this approach. (more…)

February 1, 2007

Four Winds-an Invitation

Filed under: Exhibitions — Tony Bridge @ 12:50 pm


Kia ora tatou:

It has been three months in the making, but I am nearly there.The exhibition to mark the end(completion) of my residencywill open officially on February 16 at 6:30pm, just on four months since I moved here. I am showing it in the Rail Shed behind the Information Centre in Ranfurly, and it will run for 2 months until April 16. If any of you are abl to make it down for the opening, I would love to see you there. Come and have a glass of wine, some nibbles, and enjoy the images.

For those of you wondering about the title, it really describes how the landscape has affected my picture-making . Over the time I have been here, I have come to realise that the winds come from every direction, and that Ranfurly sits in the middle of it all. There is no question that my fascination with the skies has grown, and more significantly, with thehe patterns of the weather, and their interaction.

It is impossible however to live in a small rural service town without being fascinated by the way in which the element(al)s affect the cycle of life here, and I have tried to draw reference to that as well.

If any of you are passing by, it would be wonderful to see you.

After the opening, I will be around for a few days, then I am off to the Wairarapa for a fortnight to teach with Freeman Patterson. I will be back in Ranfurly in early March to tidy things up and start packing, for my next move to……

Ka kite ano

January 24, 2007


Filed under: Workshops and Seminars — Tony Bridge @ 2:37 pm


Kia ora tatou:

Just advance warning for any of you thinking of a holiday abroad combined with photography. I will be doing at least one workshop for the University of South-East Alaska in Sitka in June/July, the Northern Summer. I will be teaching Creativity,previsualisation and digital skills.

Come with me to Alaska, make wonderful photographs, meet fabulous people and improve your mastery of photography. More details in the coming weeks.

Ka kite ano




January 23, 2007

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul

Filed under: Thinking about Photography and Art — Tony Bridge @ 6:38 pm


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.
Henry David Thoreau-Walden

It had been the best of days, it had been the worst of days, but it was coming to an end. (more…)

January 18, 2007

Back side, front side: letter to Marthinus

Filed under: Thinking about Photography and Art — Tony Bridge @ 3:21 pm


Kia ora tatou:

Some months ago, I received an email from Marthinus Retief, a photographer in South Africa, asking me some pointed questions about what I felt when I photographed, a pointed question if ever there was one.

Since then we have had an ongoing conversation which i felt( and Marthinus agreed) we should share.

Think of it as a work in progress. You can read it in the pages at right….



January 10, 2007

And soon I heard a roaring wind

Filed under: Story Posts, Thinking about Photography and Art — Tony Bridge @ 1:04 pm


And soon I heard a roaring wind:

It did not come anear;

But with its sound it shook the sails,

That were so thin and sere.

The upper air burst into life!

And a hundred fire-flags sheen,

To and fro they were hurried about!

And to and fro, and in and out,

The wan stars danced between.

The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to…”;

– Frodo to Sam

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, to follow the wind. Sometimes a chain of events flows from a single decision, from a single choice, and sometimes that choice isn’t really one at all. (more…)

January 5, 2007


Filed under: Technical posts — Tony Bridge @ 7:47 am

Kia ora tatou:

A trip-and stumble moment.

After years of teaching IT and related skills, I tripped up over a myth, namely that Macs don’t get viruses/worms/nasties.

They do. Oh, boy, they do.

About 2 days ago, I started getting return/undeliverable messages from places I had never even heard of and websites I didn’t know existed. By yesterday the trickle had become a flood, and I was starting to get suspicious ( I am a slow learner!) Now, working on the myth that Macs don’t get this sort of stuff, I hadn’t to date installed any antivirus software ( there isn’t much for the Mac anyway). But it was fairly obvious what was happening, so I went on the Net and did some research.

In the end I found a product called ClamXav, which I duly installed . I then ran a full scan and discovered to my horror….Mytob_IV and the Sober worms….. They have since been dealt with!

I guess the point of all this is the need to be ever-vigilant, no matter what your platform. This means :

  1. Using good-quality antivirus software ( especially necessary for Windows users). I am told AVG and Avast are both good (and free) and don’t clog up your system; Panda and Norton, in my experience are guaranteed to put the brakes on your system. I am currently using NOD32-fast and efficient (but you have to pay for it).
  2. Updating the definitions at least once a week, preferably daily.
  3. Running a full scan of your system at least once a month.

So there you have it(or rather, there I had it). Can’t wait to get back to my Windows machine. At least it is protected (I think).

Stop sniggering, Volker.

Ka kite ano


I got back to Ranfurly yesterday and, following my experience witht the Mac, ran a full scan with NOD32 through my PC. I didn’t expect to find anything, since I have been using Panda antivirus for some 18 months now, and I scan weekly and update daily. Imagine my horror when it found 2 infected files that have been in my system for some 6 months! If you really want to know, it was the Win32/Randon.AY worm – now deleted.

Again the message- be careful and use good-quality antivirus software.


January 3, 2007

It’s all a reality

Filed under: The environment — Tony Bridge @ 8:58 pm

Kia ora tatou:

If you thought global warming was a myth, have another look. I received this email from Virginia. Enough said!

Dear Tony,
Part of my heaven has disappeared! Ivory Glacier has gone. It lay couched in its little cirque in a hanging valley, 600 ft above the Stag River inland from Hokitika. Beautiful striped brown, white and grey ice carved schist lies on the glacier’s terminal moraine where wonderful ranuculus flower profusely. All this is still there, of course, but the little cirque where the snow precipitated, froze, compacted and flowed into the lake, is bare, reminding me of Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard! I was deeply saddened to hear this devastating news from the man who had take me there early in 1995.
The global warming became a reality for me.

Do yourself a favour. Go and see An Inconvenient Truth.

Ka kite ano



December 31, 2006

Workshop Updates

Filed under: Workshops and Seminars — Tony Bridge @ 12:25 pm


Kia ora tatou:

Just a reminder of the one-day seminars in January. There are still a few places left, so if you want a break from festive season excess and to give your eye, camera and brain a workout, sign up.

The 3 courses dovetail, building upon each other.

Workshop One is devoted to the basics of photography, and looks at getting such things as exposure and development correct. More importantly, it looks at how we can make creative choices in this area. We may discuss basics, but it will be anything but basic. Note that we will look at the difference between RAW and jpeg when working in the field. And it is way easier to get a grip on it when faced with a real situation. Notes will be provided

Workshop 2 looks at dark/lightroom issues, at how to get the most out of that side of the process. I will be using Lightroom, but the skills are ones that are readily transferable to whatever package you use( Rawshooter, CS2, Capture One, etc.) this is a one-day in-house lecture type seminar. for those of you new to digital there will be lots of useful basic stuff ( like why you should ALWAYS use a card reader)Notes will be provided.

Workshop 3 puts it all together. We will spend time using these things in the field. In this instance I want to spend time on previsualisation, and show you how to analyse a scene, beginning from the statement you want to make (the [metaphorical] 2-cigarette method), considering the design issues based on that, then how to think through the technical decisions required to feel confident of the best possible subject. I also want to demonstrate a technique called Shooting Around the Subject. Notes provided.

A number of you have asked about the Maniototo workshops. We are working on details of those at the moment, and the final bumf should be out later this week. There will be one in late April in Naseby, 15-20, and another in July. The workshops will focus heavily on Creativity and Seeing as well as technical stuff. Lots of fieldtrips, and a slot set aside each day so that each participant has the opportunity for one-on-one mentoring. Oh yes, we will never be too far away from good coffee! If you are interested, drop me a line.

Ka kite ano


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