The first Friends of Photography Group trip for 2020 was to Point Nepean National Park on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula around 90 kilometres south of Melbourne. Here is a selection of images made on the day. Photograph above: Bert Hoveling, Christine Scott-Young and Marc Morel at Fort Nepean.
Image above by Shane Booth
"Window Lights” is an image made in the suitcase fumigation building. It's quite a simple image, but I like the strong graphic light and shadow made by the sunlight through the large windows. The ultra wide angle lens emphasizes the lines of the window, table and paint trim leading into the open door with another sunlit highlight just beyond.
Image above by Andrew Bradsworth
Pt Nepean Quarantine Station. I was attracted to the delicate soft shadows from a surrounding gum tree, being cast onto the outside wall of one of the buildings. There is an interplay between the past and present. To me the shadows represent the ‘here and now’, whilst the building structure represents the historic past. Medium format, uncropped 8”x8” print.
Image above by Marc Morel
This is a negative scan of an 8x10" sheet, made with the Intrepid camera. The exposure length allowed for a fellow to walk through the frame to appropriately ghostly effect. One practical issue in the field making this picture that I hadn't encountered previously, was the difficulty of removing/replacing the dark slide (in portrait orientation) with the roof of the tunnel so low!
Image above by Ian Raabe
A speckled wall of slowly peeling paint producing intriguing patterns. Man made but not graffiti, evidence of human activity for over a century. With just enough light entering this space, a barely defined shadow is cast in a niche, identified by the number 45.
Image above by Lloyd Shield
"Stairway to ???." Scanned 5x7 inch negative, cropped.
The stairway invites exploration but immediately the warning signs of entropy loom. The out of control vegetation and the bars at the top of the steps provide the not so subtle message that you should not go there. So you remain unfulfilled. What used to go on behind there?
Image above by Tony Shearer
This was my first outing with the Friends of Photography Group and also my first visit to Point Nepean. Of course I was aware that the National Park contained a number of historically significant buildings but little else about the place. I decided to start by making my way down the path to the old engine house where I found this doorway with arched windows that provided a lovely view into Port Philip Bay. While I was setting up to make the photo, a group from Michael's camera school arrived to shoot the same scene. I ended up rushing to take the shot while the photography students waited patiently out of the frame. I walked away thinking that particular composition must be way too obvious.