Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Late Autumn, Early Winter in Melbourne 2016

Here are a few photographs I have taken whilst walking about over the past 3-4 weeks. Just as Autumn turned to Winter.

I love reflections:

The sun is so low around this time of year. Here is a shot taken around midday, where the shadows were long:

Something bright and colourful:

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The city after the rain.

After a recent couple of days of rain and constant drizzle, AK and I went into the city and took our cameras. I am often captivated by reflections and/or shadows.
Here are a few images I took of wet Melbourne, its reflections and shadows.

AK is so cheeky getting in my shots! I think he secretly loves having his photo taken!

These next few images are about the play between shadow and light, negative space, lines and texture.

Wet city spaces:

All images copyright matthew schiavello 2016.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Secret communication: Hand gestures

A few months back, I decided to explore the way that hand gestures can have different meanings. These meanings can be both widely and/or secretly known. The meaning can be shared, for example with the wider community, within cultural or religious groups, or it can be held within a small group of people such as in baseball sporting teams or in street gangs. The  meaning can shift over time and the same hand gesture can hold various meanings depending on which group views or uses them. I decided to pose using hand gestures I had seen being used. Here are some images from that series.

All photographers copyright matthew schiavello 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New images May 2016.

Some new images I have taken this month whilst in the city:

These next few are of shadows and/or reflections:

 Pink and white abstract:

all photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Music April 2016

It seems like a while since I posted some new music.

Here is what I have been listening to lately.

The new Parquet Courts  LP "Human Performance' is a bit loose, DIY (in a produced way) and has some great little moments like this one-

Parquet Courts - 'Berlin got blurry'

The Pet Shop Boys have a new Lp out called 'Super'. It is produced by Stuart Price, who did the last LP and this is apparently the second of a trilogy. I really like the pet Shop Boys, but can't help but think that anyone could be singing over these sounds, which sound a bit samey and lack the tonal and musical variety of albums like 'Fundamental'. I do like 'Pop Kids' though.

Pet Shop Boys- 'Pop Kids'

Aussie group 'The Drones' have released a new LP titled 'Feelin Kind of Free'. If you like loose, raw (and with a bit of sonic noise) and interesting Aussie music, then this is well worth a listen. This slower track is a favourite-

The Drones - 'To think that I once loved you'

Lastly, Prince has passed away. Many people will have a favourite Prince track or Lp. I have several and grew up with many of his LP's. Here is a track that never seems to sound old to me.

Prince- 'When Doves Cry'

All music copyright the respective artists.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New ventures in art

I have been taking some art classes for a little while now, as I have no formal training in art. We have been recently looking at colour theory and how to use the three primary colours (red, yellow and Blue) to mix other colours. My teacher works mainly in watercolour, but  recently had me try acrylic paint and I really love it! Here are some things I tried out on my own after my first acrylic class.
These are my own designs and I also mixed my own colours..

This last one, also has ink used in it.

I am excited to see what else my teacher has me do next!

all work, copyright matthew schiavello. 2016.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I recently undertook a little series of defocused  images.
The aim was to shift attention away from defined form and what the form means to us and instead to focus on colour. More precisely to bring our attention to the Hue/s (the colour/s), Saturation (how strong or saturated the colour is) and value (how light or dark the colour is) in the image.

Here are a few images from that small series.

                                                           Defocused #239

                                                            Defocused #413

                                                          Defocused #440

                                                          Defocused #451

all images copyright Matthew Schiavello 2016.