MY DOGS TERRITORY

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Usually I only post photos that I have taken on this blog, but today I am making an exception.

The two (not so) tough pooches standing guard in this picture are Yoshi and Kaze, they were photographed by My Dogs Territory. To raise funds for the Animal Welfare League, My Dog’s Territory have been out and about photographing dogs of the inner west for a series of coffee table books. With Drummoyne, Annandale and Glebe completed, photographer Pierre Mardaga is now searching for dogs in the Marrickville municipality. Canines in Camperdown, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham and St Peters are next on the list. We decided to register our two pooches because we loved the idea of having a lasting memento of the inner west, it was also an opportunity to get some great photos of our four-legged best friends whilst supporting an organisation that cares for animals less fortunate than our pampered pets. We love how Pierre captured our pugaliers in their territory. If you live in the Marrickville area and would like to register your dog, you can do so here. To see more pooch pics or find out more about My Dog’s Territory you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

SO LONG SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

ZHANG HUAN: SYDNEY BUDDHA

Hey Sydneysiders! This is your last chance to see the wonderfully serene, Sydney Buddha. Zhang Huan’s 5 metre tall, 20 tonne installation is at Carriageworks for a few more days, the exhibition closes this Sunday, March 22nd. Installed in January as part of the Sydney Festival, I had hoped to return and photograph the giant incense sculpture and it’s aluminium cast in the evening, when the shadows would be less harsh and also to see how the delicate ash figure had degraded over time but once again the days have gotten away from me.

“The piece conveys the collective memory, soul, thoughts and prayers, and collapse of mankind. It implies a collective ineffectiveness, arising from taking action when none should be taken, upsetting the natural order of things. As time passes, and humidity in the air changes, the ash crumbles to the ground naturally, I believe that in the moment that the Buddha collapses, innumerable groups of souls will be flying back to the east.” Zhang Huan

If you haven’t seen the Sydney Buddha yet it really is worth a look and better yet, entry is free!

PATTERN PLAY – FOLIAGE

Pattern Play Foliage - by Mahani Del Borrello for Picturette

Did you know that the temporary images Google sometimes places on it’s home page are called Google Doodles? I didn’t until now. And the only reason I found out is because one of these google doodles caught my eye and inspired this pattern. Anna Atkins was a British botanist and photographer. Using the sun, Atkins created beautiful cyanotypes of algae and ferns, they are thought to be the first photographic images printed in a book! Google celebreated her 216th birthday with this image.

PATTERN PLAY – FLORAL

Pattern Play Mark Making - by Mahani Del Borrello for Picturette

My last couple of patterns have been quite abstract and graphic, so, inspired by the wonderful work of William Morris, I thought it was time for something a bit more decorative and feminine. Lately I have been busy working on logos and websites for other people and spending a lot of time in front of my computer screen, so it has been nice to pull out my pens and pencils and draw something just for me. I must make time to do it more often. What would you do if you had more hours in the day?