Sunday, October 28, 2012


ANDREW CHAPMAN'S Around the Sheds, a photographic record of life in and around the woolsheds, was launched today by Alan Attwood. Alan has also written the foreword 'A labour of love - and light'.

Around the Sheds is a follow-up to Andrew's best-selling Woolsheds.

Alan Attwood and Andrew Chapman
© Barbara Oehring 2012

It was the last day of the photographer's long running exhibition Nearly a Retrospective at Burrinja.

A large crowd of around 200 people gathered for the book launch in the gallery.

The Five Mile Press, publishers of AROUND THE SHEDS and WOOLSHEDS were represented at the launch by Juliet, Janet and Julia.

Andrew with The Team
Juliet Willcocks (Publishing & Marketing Coordinator), Janet Stearns (Marketing Assistant) and Julia Taylor (Commissioning Editor)
© Barbara Oehring 2012

Bruce Ilsley, the young man who on Anzac Day 1977 shook Malcolm Fraser's hand in Andrew Chapman's photograph at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, attended today's book launch with his wife Glenda. Through a string of coincidences Bruce found out about the photo of him in Andrew's exhibition. He brought along the same jumper he was wearing in the photograph a long time ago.

In my image below Bruce in his jumper and Andrew are recreating the "handshake".

Andrew Chapman and Bruce Ilsley with Andrew's 1977 photograph of Malcolm Fraser and Bruce shaking hands
© Barbara Oehring 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cottage No. 8

The Cottage at No. 8 The Avenue
© Barbara Oehring

The Cottage at No. 8 The Avenue, home of the community paper Ferntree Gully News, has also become a gallery. I am delighted that my 'Year in Ferntree Gully' photographs have found a permanent home in the Cottage.

The October Newsletter of the Mountain District Learning Centre (publisher of the Ferntree Gully News) reports:

"Recently we hung high on the walls most of the photographs of Barbara Oehring's beautiful 'Year in FTG' exhibition. As we did so the rooms took on a new dimension. The power of the photos began to make themselves felt. Now our gallery rooms can be a place for delight, reflection, history, all taking inspiration from the pictures on the walls."

Gully News office/gallery: 8 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully
Open Tuesdays 10.00am to 3.00pm or by appointment
Telephone  9758 3056 or contact MDLC 9758 7859

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wandin - Silvan Field Days Photo Competition

I am pleased to announce that I have won 1st prize in the Open Category of the Wandin - Silvan Field Days 2012 Photographic Competition.

Competition theme: "Farm Machinery & Equipment"

Ashley with Strider, Tammy & Felicity
© Barbara Oehring

My winning image ASHLEY WITH STRIDER, TAMMY & FELICITY was displayed at Wandin East Hall during the Wandin - Silvan Field Days on 12 and 13 October 2012.

From 16 to 31 October 2012 it will be on view at the Wandin Seville Community Bank.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Napoleon in Melbourne

NAPOLEON: Revolution to Empire, a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition was held at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 2 June to 7 October 2012.

© Barbara Oehring 2012
A detail of the 1803 painting by Jacques Louis David 'Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Alps at St Bernard Pass, 20 May, 1800' graced a wall of the National Gallery of Victoria.

In one of the many exhibition rooms of Napoleon: Revolution to Empire this impressive painting could be enjoyed in full.

A striking display featuring the Bee - traditionally associated with the sovereigns of France - and which Napoleon chose as the symbol of his empire.


© Barbara Oehring 2012

© Barbara Oehring 2012

© Barbara Oehring 2012

An erhu player entertaining the passers-by.

© Barbara Oehring 2012