Tuesday, October 13, 2020

5km radius

Stage four Covid-19 restrictions with a 5km travel zone have been in effect in Melbourne since
2 August 2020.

I am delighted to take part in an online gallery exhibition documenting the 2020 Melbourne Lockdown. 

The virtual exhibition will be open from 15 October to 15 November 2020 at www.magnet.org.au/gallery-five

Please come online and enjoy.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Love in a time of corona virus

As a supporter and photography contributor of my local Ferntree Gully News for more than ten years I  would like to share this.

From the editor
Love in a time of corona virus

One aim of Ferntree Gully News is to celebrate the good news of people and groups in Ferntree Gully – from the Mountain Gate up into the Dandenong Ranges.

We thought this issue was to be a celebration of community events over the summer and a packed list of What’s On this autumn.

How wrong we were.

Not wrong to celebrate the summer festivals, though now they seem like a precious dream. And beautiful spaces sit empty under the autumn sun.

Ferntree Gully News was launched in September 2009 soon after the Black Saturday bush fires. In the editorial of issue No.1 we said
‘Those who deal with international disasters report that places with strong community links survive better in an emergency than those without such links. An important element in strengthening a community is a volunteer newspaper where people can share the good news stories and initiatives that make Ferntree Gully a safe and beautiful place be.‘

Now, as pandemic looms, no longer so safe. Instead this is the time to draw on our deepest community resources, our connections and concerns for each other. Although the doors to community premises are closed and public gatherings to be avoided, we can still think about those around us and use imagination to offer support and encouragement.

So far at least we still have the chance to walk, to hear birdsong and to see the clash of myriad colours as the singers dart amongst the trees.

Community contacts are listed on page 23. Websites and facebook pages of groups and businesses will keep us updated. Where possible we ask you to support our advertisers through this difficult time. 

To access this issue as well as the archive please go to: ferntreegullynews.com

Friday, January 31, 2020

10th Annual Women Photographers' Exhibition

I am delighted to again take part in the annual Women Photographers' Exhibition for International Women's Day in Melbourne.

The 10th exhibition, a retrospective titled Memento, is held at Magnet Galleries The District Docklands from 13 February to 8 March 2020.

As always I am happy to be involved in a fundraising photography show. In view of the bushfire situation across Australia this year's show is a fundraiser for Bushfire Relief.

I have picked a favourite work of the 2018 Concepta women photographers' exhibition. In addition I show a new photograph printed by Photonet Fine Art Printing on exquisite paper from recycled Indian silk.

Please see the flyer below for details of the 10th annual Women Photographer's Exhibtion.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

I celebrated NAIDOC Week 2019 with a variety of events offered by my local Council.

NAIDOC Week is held annually in Australia in July. It is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

This year's theme
acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia's democracy.

During NAIDOC Week I attended several events held at Knox Community Arts Centre including a musical theatre performance of THE SAPPHIRES and a film screening of WARRIGAL CREEK MASSACRE followed by a panel discussion.

On a cold and wet Friday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Knox Community Arts Centre listening to MISSION SONGS performed as a quartet by Jessie Lloyd on guitar, Kristel Kickett, Candice Lorrae and Rob Mahoney on double bass.

© Barbara Oehring 2019

(L-R) Kristel, Jessie and Candice
© Barbara Oehring 2019

The MISSION SONGS PROJECT is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999. Jessie Lloyd, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician, has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs. Prof Marcia Langton AM and Archie Roach AM are the project Patrons and Advisors.

Following last Friday's wonderful performance we had a chance to meet the singers in the foyer.

Jessie Lloyd
© Barbara Oehring 2019

CDs and song books were available to purchase. The album The Songs back home - Mission Songs Project include a booklet with chords and lyrics as well as a foreword by Marcia Langton and Uncle Archie.

© Barbara Oehring 2019

 For further information on the MISSION SONGS PROJECT visit      http://missionsongsproject.com/

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


I am delighted to announce WRITING OUR PLACE, a workshop at the Ferntree Gully Library on Thursday 4 April 2019 at 2.30PM.

It is presented by Ferntree Gully News team members Anne Boyd, Teresa Cannon and I.
As Ferntree Gully News photographer my topic will be Taking and Submitting Photos.

WRITING OUR PLACE is a free Eastern Regional Libraries event.
Bookings are essential.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


It's been a while since my last post.

For some time now I have used Instagram to show a wide variety of my images. I would like to introduce you to a selection of favourites here.

Tree fern fronds

Coming together


On the way to Powell Street Festival

Storey Hall, RMIT


Lily of the Nile

Grass, tree and sky


Meeting the sea

To explore some of my other work please visit:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ferntree Gully News repackaged: from newsprint to beautiful book.

I am delighted to announce the publication of Ferntree Gully News, Scenes and Stories, 2009-17.

This book is a selection of stories and photographs sourced from the first 50 issues of the newspaper. It is a uniquely drafted portrait of people, individuals and groups, in a special place and time.

My photographs have appeared in every issue of the paper since its inception in 2009. The high standard of the production enhances the many quality photographs that originally were published on newsprint.

Ferntree Gully News, Scenes and Stories, 2009-17 is published by Mountain District Learning Centre.

This beautiful book, priced at $15, is available from MDLC Office, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully. Telephone: 03 9758 7859.