Friday, September 10, 2021


During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown in Melbourne in 2020 I was delighted to take part in an online exhibition titled 5km Radius at Magnet Galleries. This exhibition can still be enjoyed in virtual gallery five at Magnet

Due to the global pandemic Melbourne is again experiencing restrictions.

Photographs of life in lockdown are a great cultural record of the pandemic.

I responded to a callout by Monash Gallery of Art for a photo of personal experience of lockdown and I am delighted that my submission was successful.

Pan King
© Barbara Oehring 2020
During Lockdown in 2020 I spent much time in my garden watching wildlife. I observed birds, studied their behaviour and took photographs. Processing my images was another endeavour that gave me pleasure while staying home.

All photographs of STAGES: Life in lockdown are now online

When restrictions are lifted and gallery doors open again visitors will be able to view the printed photographs on Monash Gallery of Art's Atrium gallery walls. Until then enjoy the images online.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

International Women's Day Exhibition in Melbourne

I am delighted to show some new works in the 11th annual women photographers' exhibition at Magnet Galleries.

The theme UNA (United Nations of Australia) promises a diversity of cultures. I had the pleasure of photographing Sri Lankan born writer Prasadini Nanayakkara who has made her home in Melbourne.

The exhibition will be open from 25 February to 27 March.

Please check out the flyer below for details.

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

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:

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

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.