Sunday, 27 September 2009

"Hot Water Service from the Sun!"

Yes, even in 1957, we were thinking of ways to utilise the sun's energy for our everyday household heating and electrical needs. This small article, scanned from the "Home Beautiful" Magazine March 1957 edition shows that even then, sourcing alternative power was a serious consideration. Such a shame that I don't have the April edition showing the survey results they refer to in the article. And here we are in 2009 and we are still striving for "free power for all". How disappointed would the editors from that time be to know that although solar hot water is readily available, not many households have taken it up... If you happen to have the April 1957 copy showing the survey results and related articles, then please add your link in the comment box.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Dust Storm hits Australia's eastern states

If you live in the eastern states of Australia, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd woken up on an alien planet, perhaps Mars, this morning. While the wind howled all night, we were greeted this morning with a most bizarre sunrise - a heavy, thick red/orange "fog" blanketed not just Sydney, but the state. According to the weather bureau, the last time visibility in Sydney was this poor (less than 1 km) was back in 1944. Normal life was disrupted as we marveled at our new look city. Images from today's dust storm are being posted to websites including Red Bubble - surreal images of the state being bathed in a heavy orange glow, in what I hope is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Make with the clicky-clicky (thanks Rhana) and view some amazing dust storm photography.

Friday, 18 September 2009

2010 Red Bubble Calendars are Here

Here we are at the end of September 2009 and already promoting art calendars for 2010. Yes, I realise that retail outlets ordered their 2010 calendars months ago, but we Red Bubble artists are a little different. We spend the year creating the images that will be used for the 2010 calendars, so how can we possibly market fresh images for 2010 when in early 2009 they're still in our head? Well, that's how I'm explaining the reason why Red Bubble calendars are available so late in the year...

The calendar I'm excited about this year is the compilation of images taken at this year's Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House at Wahroonga. Using a 50mm f1.8 lens, a great portrait lens, I captured candid portrait of guys and gals in their best 50's gear. Culling the several hundred images down to about 60+ was hard enough - and these can be seen on my flickr account - culling them down to 12 for the calendar was sooo difficult. So, without further ado, here is the 2010 Fifties Fair Calendar available for sale on Red Bubble:

If you would like your Fifties Fair calendar for 2010 to be customised with images from my flickr gallery, then drop me a line and let me know. And yes - Red Bubble deliver world wide and the calendar quality is excellent.

While I don't want the rest of this year to fly by, I can't wait for 2010 so I can hang my Red Bubble calendar in my kitchen for all to see!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Create Polaroids from your photos at

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It's images like this that make me wish I had a polaroid camera and film. I used the rollip website to create this, and while I'm pleased with it, it's not quite the same as the real thing.

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