Croft Institute

It is Saturday night in Melbourne. The bars in Melbourne are often found at the end of a dark and obscure alleyway. The Croft Institute in China Town is no exception.



And the bathroom.




Phil always asked me if I could photograph him. I never did until the last rehearsal. He smiled when I gave him this.



Australia’s best

I went to the galley opening to the portrait show Head On at the Australian Centre for Photography in Paddington. I think the show has outgrown its venue; everybody was there, well except the winners. The standard of work was sensational and well worth a look.

Another inspiring photography exhibition is the Moran Prizes at State Library.

But the show I enjoyed the most was Narelle Autio’s The Summer of Us at Stills Gallery. I have admired her underwater work for a long time and the new show is full of humour and life. Narelle exhibited for the first time at Stills Gallery in 2001 together with her husband, Trent Parke (Australia’s only Magnum photographer) in the show The Seventh Wave. I love the existentialistic feel of the photos, classic really. I was fortunate to meet both of them, so talented and friendly people.