I've been checking out 1860s men's fashions and imagining these gentlemen are on their way to the orchestra at the exhibition building where a fellow patron will sketch their profile in a moment of idleness/boredom/romantic yearning.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I was looking through programmes for work yesterday and came across this page of sketches on the back of a Melbourne Philharmonic Society programme from 1860. The drawings are very fine, mostly in faint pencil on delicate, thin paper. I wonder who drew them and if they are sketches of other members of the audience. Finding a page like this is why I like working in museums.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The inspiration for one of my favourite John Northe drawings. I loved this book when I was a kid and the cover was a similar still from the movie. I always found these images very spooky as a child. I was easily spooked.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
One of my favourite places to go in Sydney is the Police and Justice Museum down at Circular Quay and this plaster cast of the 'pyjama girl' is one of my favourite items in the collection. There is so much fear and resigned sadness in that face. The policeman who modelled it, Cecil Jardine, has given her a grace that she wasn't given in death. It has haunted me since I first saw it many years ago.
Sydney's criminal history is fascinating and the museum has some incredible collection items. One small room is filled with confiscated weapons, some dating back to the first Police Museum of 1910. They were originally collected at the scene of crimes and only viewed by trainee police. Looking at all the home made knives and knuckledusters and the brief details of their origin gives an insight into the tough world it was down at the Quay before it was gentrified.
In 2007 I was lucky to catch the exhibition 'City of Shadows' which you can read about here:
I used to live in Darlington so many of the photographs were of familiar streets, although they are now mostly home to cashed up inner city dwellers rather than the down-at-luck types seen in the mug shots. The book is a real gem...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Portrait of John's mother Edna.
The day the earth stood still
Images care of Arts Project Australia. All works pictured are in the Permanent Collection.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Pretty much every photo I've taken in a museum is slightly blurred. I'm either sneaking them when the guard isn't looking, if the museums doesn't allow photos, or trying to find an angle with the least reflection and then holding my breath for the long exposure.