Walking into Russell Petherbridge and Joan Mackenzie’s rambling mud brick home is like stepping into a living fairytale. A giant steel bat is suspended from the ceiling, while handmade light fittings, bobbing wire heads, sculpted babies and a mummified magpie animate every nook and cranny…….
Surrounded by farmland in Coomoora, a self-confessed salmon swims against the tide of industrial progress. Don O’Connor is a timber bender, a popular trade in the 19th century but little known nowadays.
Before steel shaped the body of cars, bent timber was in steaming demand. Early automobile production used curved timber for hood bows and running boards. Horse drawn carriages preceding auto manufacture were largely made from wood; steam bent wheels, jinker shafts and numerous other components, kept the timber benders bending……
Photographer Hilary Finch spent a day photographing Under An Autumn Sky, the new outdoor sculpture festival in the Daylesford region. Set among the lavender fields, farmyards and olive groves at Lavandula Swiss Italian farm, more than 40 works by local artists are dotted whimsically throughout the property. The sculpture festival will run from Sunday, May 5 until Sunday, June 1.
Not a single e-reader, kindle or iPad made an appearance at the Clunes Booktown Festival.
If ever one needed reassurance that books were still a sought-after commodity, then the thousands who descended on Clunes to read, smell and touch their new book treasures should put the techno-cautious mind to rest.
Clunes Booktown Festival is in its seventh year and its popularity is steadily growing. In 2007 the festival exceeded the town’s expectations by attracting about 6000 people, now an estimated 20,000 are anticipated to attend the two-day event.
Anthony Scibelli is a photographer who has tasted life’s banquet and delighted in the flavours. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the creative dye was cast at an early age. Anthony’s father, an avid amateur photographer gave his son a camera with an in-built license for investigation. In 1968, the fee of $5 per photo with a New York newspaper seemed like a lucrative business, so Anthony started producing 10-20 topical photographs a week……
JON Rowdon and Gayle Chappell are used to having their evenings interrupted at all hours by frantic calls for help. The wildlife rescuers have been dealing with injured creatures – and distressed motorists – around Daylesford for eight years. They founded the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter in 2005 after a wombat named Thump landed in their care at a St Kilda shelter…..
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Age photographer Simon O’Dwyer and Hilary Finch travelled with singer-songwriter Shane Howard from Uluru to the Aboriginal community of Ernabella for his performance at Mobfest.