Train through Morant’s Curve, Banff National Park.

Train Through the Mountains. Finalist, Travel. Photographers will wait for hours for a train to go through the popular Morant’s Curve, Banff National Park in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. My friend and I were lucky enough to catch a train within about 20 minutes. Once the train had gone by, we did some long exposures to […]

Hans Roling.

There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Hans Roling wasn’t having a good time at the O’Donnell table at the Reunion. Just look at him here he’s laughing kitbags! I think…

“The Resurrection” by Piero della Francesca, 15th Century.

The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca, a fresco judged by Aldous Huxley to be “the best picture in the world,” is receiving a much-needed restoration. A team from Florence’s conservation institute the Opificio delle Pietre Dure will spend a projected 18 months in the Upper Tiber Valley town of Sansepolcro, Tuscany, restoring the 15th century […]

Allan Dell.

I have known Allan Dell since July, 1973 when on my first day at work Bob Downs ‘anKissMyArse’ warned me that a gentleman Allan (2L’s) Dell battered metal type with gay abandon. “He wears hobnailed boots and then struts his stuff over the type formes,” Bob whispered’. I was horrified. Now I believed that Bob […]

Lone Cheetah versus Wild Dogs: Photo by Peter Haygarth.

A lone male cheetah is set upon by a pack of African wild dogs. Peter Haygarth had been following the dogs as they hunted in Zimanga Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. On first encountering the cheetah, the dogs were wary, but as the rest of the pack arrived, their confidence grew and they […]

‘Haunting Portraits’ by Leslie Ann O’Dell.

The ethereal beauties of Leslie Ann O’Dell’s artwork have a quality about them that is both soft yet somehow dark. The colours fade onto the page, all except for the bold splashes of red that appear a bit disconcertingly like blood. The artist explores concepts like isolation and the ego, offering surprisingly telling portraits that […]

Ernst Haeckel’s Study and Illustrations of Jellyfish.

The German biologist Ernst Haeckel was fascinated by medusae, the umbrella-shaped animals commonly called jellyfish. For Haeckel, whose imagination was shaped in the Romantic era, medusae expressed the exuberant yet fragile beauty of Nature. And in their ethereal forms he glimpsed a reflection of his great love Anna Sethe, who died tragically at the age […]

Loss and the Transient Beauty of Rone.

The opening of Melbourne street artist Rone’s exhibition, Empty, in Fitzroy. (Supplied: Sophie Argiriou) by Julia Baird For the artistically stunted among us, the idea of labouring intensely on murals while perched on ladders, cranes and cherry pickers for days or weeks, only to have our beautiful images tagged with graffiti or smashed to rubble, […]

Island in the Sky, British Columbia.

Image Credit: Photograph by Shane Kalyn “There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. The scene was amazing […]

Wonderful Art by Pranckevicius.

Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius posesses an imagination to covet. While most of his digital painting is centered around character design, his larger landscapes seen here are rich in detail, creating impossible but ingenious juxtapositions of water, land, and haphazard architecture. You can see more of his work over on Facebook, and all of […]