Nick Allbrook of Pond, formerly of Tame Impala. Taken at Fat as Butter 2012.

Christmas Lights

I was driving through Eleebana on Friday evening and lo-and-behold, what did I see?

This house!



But don’t worry, all those carbon emissions are going to a good cause. This house is an entrant in the 2012 Santa’s Warehouse Christmas Lights Competition, and proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Fat as Buttering Again

Fat as Butter was on again this year on the foreshore, and I was able to get some shots once more. You can read about the gig elsewhere, so I’ll just leave a few of the more interesting shots….


1929 Indian


Chicks Who Love Guns


Marianas Trench



Hey Geronimo










Good Charlotte

Winterheat in Civic Park

The third part of Winterheat 2012 was held in Civic Park tonight. What better opportunity to get some interesting shots?

The Cultural Centre-Captain Cook Fountain-City Hall axis works well at night, especially with the extra pyrotechnics. (and no Laman St. fig trees).


I tried for about an hour (without much luck) to get some decent candid people shots. It was pretty busy and hard to be inconspicuous, so most of my intended ‘candid’ shots failed, with the subject instead staring at me with a ‘why-is-he-pointing-that-camera-at-me’ face. I was going round in circles chasing shots, and eventually got fed up and instead stood in one spot and let the shots come to me.

An event like this is probably most fun for the kids.


It was cold for Newcastle, but warm enough for people to have fun with a snow machine.


As always, young kids make great subjects, especially with lighting such as this.

Steam, Steel & Grease

This weekend marked the 27th Hunter Valley Steamfest, and of course it’s a prime opportunity for photography as well, even if you’re not a trainspotter.

Given the subject matter, I have explored the use of some desaturation and high-contrast in these images. A high-pass filter magnifies the effect further.


The following 3 images were taken at Newcastle Station. This old man was the driver for excursion train to Newcastle on Saturday.


The train about to depart for Maitland.


Lots of brass and gauges in the cab.


This is the valve-gear of the excursion train to Dungog, taken at Maitland on Sunday.

This is the back face of the firebox of a traction engine, taken at Maitland on Sunday.


Just some old tools on display, taken at Maitland on Sunday.

The Photography Exhibition

Today I was sitting at the desk on behalf of Newcastle Photographic Society, at the photography exhibition at Newcastle Show.

It was pretty chilled-out, just people-watching and answering questions, but I did manage to sneak this shot in while I was doing it.


NESCA House is located on the corner of King Street and Auckland Street, right next door to City Hall and across the road from Civic Park. It is a classic Art Deco style building designed by Emil Sodersten, and built for the Newcastle Energy Supply Council Authority (NESCA). The front portion of the building (facing King St) was finished in 1937, while a rear extension was added in the 1950’s. On the Auckland St side you can see the ‘joint’ where the stone cladding on the front portion has a radiused corner, against the flat cladding of the extension. In the photo below, you can see the slightly lighter coloured stone cladding of the 5 storey rear extension.

This is perhaps the finest Art Deco style building in Newcastle, and would have to be one of the best in Australia. If you think the front entrance looks like something out of Gotham City, you’d almost be right. The entrance was in fact used as a set in Superman Returns (2006) – as a bank.

Today NESCA House is called University House, as it is part of the University of Newcastle. I prefer NESCA House, mainly because hardly anybody knows what NESCA actually means.


New Year’s Eve 2011

Just a few shots from New Year’s Eve….


I caught the ferry over to Stockton where things are a bit more family friendly….

The (New) Newcastle Museum has Finally Opened!!

Well, some 4 years after the old Newcastle Regional Museum closed, the new Newcastle Museum has finally opened at the Honeysuckle Railway Workshop site. It officially opened on Thursday. I decided to get a sneak peek before the crowds descend on the weekend.

The main entrance is marked by a giant bright-red ladle hook.


The architecture is stunning. The architects have been careful to keep the new structure distinctly separate from the heritage workshop buildings. The main intervention consists of a new entrance gallery, topped by a waveform roof. The glass & steel of the new work contrasts with the masonry of the old buildings.


On entry, the first thing you will see is the remains of a ‘fishing tree’. The tree was located at Corlette, where it was used by the Worimi Aboriginal people as a vantage point to spot schooling fish. Sadly, it was burnt down by vandals in 2001, and the remains were taken off-site for preservation.


Because it was opening day, there was a big banner taking signatures.


In the Link Gallery, you can see how the new architecture fits within, but separate to, the old structure.


Some general views of the displays.



This is a Wallsend Tram.


A mock-up of the BHP laboratory.


The ‘Supernova Display’ is targeted at children (and older people as well).


Some of the old-fashioned safety gear on display.


One of the highlights is the recreation of BHP Steelworks – pouring the molten steel.


And what better place for a cup of coffee after checking it all out?