Sunday, May 6, 2018

Head On Photo Festival AddOn 2018

The 9th annual Head On Photo Festival was launched in Paddington NSW on Friday 4 May, and features exhibitions, workshops, and talks across Sydney.

I am thrilled once more to have been invited to participate in the AddOn photographic show which this year is being held at 541 Art Space in the heart of Sydney's CBD until May 15.



AddOn runs until 15 May 2018 at
541 Art Space
541 Kent Street, Sydney.
https://www.headon.com.au/exhibitions/addon-2018


Head On Photo Festival runs until 28 May 2018.
For details please go to https://www.headon.com.au/


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Women Photographers' Exhibition CONCEPTA

I am delighted to again take part in the annual women photographers' exhibition in Melbourne to celebrate International Women's Day and raise funds for UN Women.

Now, in its 8th year, this year's exhibition is titled CONCEPTA.

"Abstract photography focuses on the simplest elements of artistic expression: form, light, colour. The viewer may not see the whole subject within the photograph. In an abstract, the subject is often only a small part of the idea of the image."

CONCEPTA was formally opened by Laura Napolitano, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne on 4 March 2018.


Laura Napolitano (centre) with 16 of the 21 women photographers represented in the exhibition.

Photo credit: Magnet Facebook



CONCEPTA  is showing  at MAGNET GALLERIES MELBOURNE 2/640 Bourke Street, until 7 April 2018.

Meet the photographer Barbara Oehring:
I will be in attendance on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 2 to 4pm.

Gallery Hours:
Tue- Fri 10am-5pm
Sat/Sun 11am-4pm

P: (03) 8589 0371
susanne@magnet.org.au
http://magnet.org.au/

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Belgrave Survival Day 2018





The annual Belgrave Survival Day is held on Australia Day 26 January. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mark this day as Survival Day.

In the town of Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia, the event, now in its 11th year, promotes Indigenous culture and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world.

It is a wonderful family day and greatly supported by volunteers and the community.

I always make sure I do not miss this celebration. Here is a selection of my photos taken at Belgrave Survival Day 2018.


Cultural information, products and food stalls line Borthwick Park.

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Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson performed Welcome to Country again this year. He spoke of the responsibility that comes with being welcomed to country and reminded all of the importance of caring for the land.

Aurelio Denasha, Ojibwe Native American, was a speaker and performer of song and dance on the day.


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As in previous years the Djirri Djirri Dance Group led by Mandy Nicholson performed traditional songs and dances with Damien Nicholson on didgeridoo.
 
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This time the youngest members joined in with the singing.

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Mandy Nicholson and little Jirra.

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Fire for the smoking ceremony was made in the traditional way. 

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Gawurra Gaykamangu, Yolngu artist from North East Arnhem Land was the major performer this year.

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For my photos of last year's Belgrave Survival Day please go to: Belgrave Survival Day 2017 - The Photos






Saturday, November 25, 2017

Celebrating 50 editions of Ferntree Gully News


With the December 2017 issue my local community paper Ferntree Gully News celebrates the 50th edition.


© Barbara Oehring 2017


I am proud to have been involved as photographer since its inception 8 years ago.


The story of the newspaper cannot be better told than by editor Anne Boyd on page 5 of the celebratory edition:

Carpe diem

The story of a newspaper Community Bank People often ask me ‘how do you make things happen?’ There are a lot of answers to that but one of them is ‘get the timing right’.

With hindsight that seems very true about the start up, in 2009, of Ferntree Gully News.
 In April 2009, just months after Black Saturday, the Ferntree Gully Community (Bendigo) Bank hosted a meeting to set up a new incorporated Village Traders Association and a tabloid newspaper. Membership of the association would be open to businesses and to the community groups that cluster around this historical centre. The association and the paper could be a voice to Knox Council in the forthcoming consultations on renewing the village streetscape.

I was at the meeting to represent Neighbourhood Watch. In the aftermath of the bushfires I was concerned that neither a small Neighbourhood Watch newsletter nor a village newsletter were enough to promote community safety in such a high fire risk area as the Gully. The prospect of a full-scale tabloid newspaper set me thinking.

The meeting ended with a steering group for a new Village Traders Association. Bank Board member (and newsagent) Des Higginbotham would preside; bank manager Tina Leslie would be treasurer. I put my hand up to edit the newspaper and initially to be secretary of the group (a role that was later taken over by Mountain District Learning Centre). The rest, as they say, is history.

The first issue of Ferntree Gully News appeared in Sept 2009, a full colour tabloid with 12 pages and 3000 copies. Formal auspicing of the paper was offered by Mountain District Learning Centre who have maintained this oversight and support ever since. The community owes them a debt of thanks for the stability of governance that has allowed the newspaper to grow to its present stature.
Now, eight years on, we are celebrating the 50th edition of Ferntree Gully News: a 28-page bi-monthly community paper produced and delivered by more than 50 volunteers to 10,000 households and business in the postcode 3156.

From the start Gully News has been financed mainly by local business. The Ferntree Gully Community Bank is the major advertiser/sponsor. Eight small village businesses have advertised from the start. Others have joined in and stayed. They have found that ‘people read this paper’ and support the businesses that advertise. Ray Abley’s Professionals Estate Agency in Mountain Gate is also a major advertiser and Ray has encouraged other businesses in Mountain Gate to support the paper. Support has also come from Knox Council and from local politicians especially State MP for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling, and Federal MP for Aston, Alan Tudge who both sponsor pages. Their early advice, especially, to think beyond the village to the whole of Ferntree Gully, was invaluable.

In 2010 we joined Community Newspapers Association of Victoria (CNAV), the umbrella body for not-for-profit community newspapers. We have attended their conference every year since and have learned a lot from fellow papers in Knox and beyond. We are proud to have featured over the years in all nine categories of award including twice finalist in Best Newspaper. Our formatter, Jens-Kristian Toft Hansen is this year President of CNAV.

I want to thank especially the Ferntree Gully community for being such a special place and for providing such a talented band of writers and photographers. And above all thank you to the wonderful band of volunteers who get the paper out and deliver over 10,000 copies from Scoresby Road to the foothills of the Dandenongs. Many of them have been with us from the first.

People sometimes say that newspapers are dying. It is true that our business model needs volunteer workers but the fact that walkers keep offering to deliver and business to advertise is an indication that we are filling a need. We learnt at the conference this year that the only papers still with rising advertising are the very local community papers. We hope it stays that way.

Anne Boyd


To view the 50th edition of the Ferntree Gully News as well as previous issues please go to

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mabo Day Celebration in Melbourne



The Koorie Heritage Trust and Federation Square, Melbourne, commemorated the Landmark High Court of Australia's Mabo Decision with a Community Picnic and Celebration on 3 June 2017.

Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander who fought to change Australian laws on land ownership. The decision made 25 years ago on 3 June 1992 recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights as the traditional owners of their land.

I spent a beautiful winter's afternoon at Birrarung, River Terrace listening to great music performances by the Maza Sisters (Lisa and Rachael Maza), The Jess's (Jessie Lloyd and Jessica Hitchcock), Zenedth Kes Les (John Wayne Parsons, Luke Captain & Fred Gesha) and the Liz Cavanagh Ensemble.


Rachael Maza.

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Lisa Maza.
Lisa also acted as the MC.





Handing out  information on Mabo Day by Torres Strait Islander Elder Ellen Jose.

©  Barbara Oehring 2017


John Wayne Parsons with Jessica Hitchcock and Jessie Lloyd before their gigs.

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Artist Clinton Nain led children's activities.

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Local Meriam chef Nornie Bero gave a cooking demonstration making traditional Torres Strait Islander sweets.

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The Jess's.

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Zenedth Kes Les: Fred Gesha, Luke Captain and John Wayne Parsons.

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Mabo Day painting - a collaborative effort by the children.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peter Singer


I am pleased that the philosopher Peter Singer has chosen my photographic portrait of him for the cover of the Polish edition of 'Pushing time away. My grandfather and the tragedy of Jewish Vienna.' 

My copy of the just released book arrived in the mail from Poland last week.



©  Barbara Oehring 2017






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