Jezzine Barracks

After more than a decade of talk the northern end of Townsville's Strand is finally complete. Linking Anzac Park in the south to Rowes Bay in the north - Jezzine Barracks is the new goto place for joggers, dog walkers and visitors with an interest in local military and indigenous history. Commissioned artworks, extensive landscaping and views across Cleveland Bay complete what began over 10 years ago and in combination with The Strand could arguably be one of the best and most utilised public spaces in regional Australia.

 

For me what is interesting (frustrating) is not what is there but what is missing...

Being a southerner I've spent many a summer and chilly winter out beyond the breakers on my surfboard. Strolling along the new boardwalk I've realized that Townsville has (potentially) a world class surf break. As good as Ragland, Jeffery's Bay or Noosa Heads on its day. I can picture massive swells breaking at kissing point and spiting out machine like barrels that roll all the way to Rowes Bay. No need to paddle back out - just walk along the boardwalk and launch into it again off the rocks at Kissing Point. While taking these photos I spent hours watching 2 inch swells line up perfectly and roll into the bay thinking that one day it will happen. Of course there is the small problem of the Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island blocking the swells and Cleveland Bay is too shallow and would squeeze all the energy out of the deep ocean swells. I think it will soon be time for me to move back south but for now there is nothing wrong with a bit of harmless day dreaming.

Now here is a thought - what about a wave machine? Are you listening Townsville City Council - QLD Government.

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Artworks...

Signage...

Project Design Manager - THINC Projects

Lead Consultants - Cox Rayner & Tippett Schrock

Landscape Architect - Place design Group

Interpretive Elements - The Jumbana Group

Wayfinding and Signage - Dotdash

Project delivery management - Townsville City Council

Townsville Triathlon Festival

The hugely popular Townsville Triathlon Festival was held this weekend along The Strand. Due to other commitments I could only compete in the team event on the Sunday so "Team Awesome" had its third crack at the event in as many years. Amelia swam, Stephen on bike and I brought us home in the run leg. We came 15th in the mix non-corporate group. Next year I'd like to have another go at the individual event - all I need to do is to learn to love swimming or at the very least tolerate it. I love the atmosphere of events like this and seeing so many people having a go and enjoying the beautiful environment that we are blessed with here in Townsville.

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Strand Ephemera

The Bi-annual Strand Ephemera is almost over for its 2013 outing. Some amazing and quirky sculptures have been on display for the public to view along The Strand beachfront in Townsville. The conditions have been a major challenge to Gallery Services and the exhibiting artists as almost gale force winds have persisted for most of the week.These images were taken on iPhone and my DSLR with some "free lens" experiments. This is an amazing trick that one of my Norwegian students taught me. You disconnect the camera lens, hold it in front of the camera body and angle it to skew the focal plane. It works just like a tilt shift lens and gives you another optical look without the expense of a new lens. My contribution to the event is to hold an iPhone workshop to encourage people to shoot some mobile phone images and upload them to instagram with the tag #strandephemera as part of a photographic competition.

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Polaroids on a Sunday

This seems to be getting into a bit of a habit of mine. Sunday afternoon strolls with my trusty polaroid camera and a couple of boxes of Fuji. As it turned out I only had one and a half boxes as my shoot pulled up short when the last box jammed - such are the frustrations of analogue polaroid photography. Shame because the light was just getting into the zone for the 3000 iso black and white film. No client, no deadline so no big deal. Kind of street photography but I prefer the term "Psychogeography" - sounds a lot more important and arty. Polaroid street photographyPolaroid street photographyPolaroid street photography