Thursday, May 21, 2015

New images on film

I Shoot film. Sometimes for fun and now, more so for experimental reasons. I like to destroy the film and then scan in the results. Sometimes I use a damaged camera (I generally forget it is damaged and how I have been meaning to bin the camera or donate it). These images are from a damaged Olympus trip 35 camera. Some of the images have marks from where the camera has damaged the film as it was wound. Some images are the positive version. Some of them have turned out blue...for some bizarre reason.  I haven't done anything fun or weird to the images. These were taken early 2015.

A.K. & D.G.

City lane.


all images copyright matthew schiavello 2015.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

new music- May 2015

Some new and not so new, things I am listening to.

Laura Marling:
I love this woman's work. This track, is off her her fifth LP titled 'Short Movie'. I have all of them and just added this to my vinyl collection. I also downloaded this track off i-tunes and it is played on repeat as I walk the streets!

Laura Marling-False Hope:

Sylvan Esso.
This group kind of slipped by me. Their self titled Lp was released mid 2014. This track came up on my radar recently and I had this nagging feeling I had heard this song before. I am really enjoying this track and especially the sounds used in it.

Sylvan Esso- Coffee.

TV On The Radio.
I haven't loved much by TV On The Radio over the past few years, but stumbled across this great live version of their track - 'Careful', originally off their latest LP 'Seeds', this recording is from the brilliant program 'Morning becomes Eclectic'.

TV On The Radio' 'careful (live):

The Twerps.
Melbourne group, doing well overseas in Indie circles. I like this track, but whenever I hear the opening to it, I can't help but think that it reminds me of another song, but I can't figure out which one! This track was released late last year.

The Twerps- 'Back to you'

Shelby Lynne
A friend put me onto 'live from Daryl's' house' a while back.. but I kind of forgot about it till now. Daryl is he of Hall and Oates fame. The premise is simple and well executed, he invites musos into his space and jams with them. This is Shelby Lynne and her beautiful song Leaving (off her 2000 LP 'I am Shelby Lynne)', which has not aged one bit!

Shelby Lynne- Leavin' (live from Daryl's house)

Alabama Shakes.
Their first Lp 'Boys & Girls', was brilliant and their follow up 'Sound & Color' show they are definitely not one trick ponies, but are a musical force to be reckoned with. I was listening to the Lp recently and kept getting distracted by bits and thinking 'this is brilliant!'

Alabama Shakes- 'Don't wanna fight' (Live on Letterman).

all tracks copyright of the respective artists.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"The birds will sing for us." for A. K.

"The birds will sing for us."  for A. K.

The birds will sing for us.

They will say what you cannot.

What gets stuck in your throat,

will easily flow through theirs

and their song,

will be as beautiful,

as your intent.

                                             For my love, who loves birds.
                                                     Fitzroy (18/02/15)

Photograph from my instagram site- matthew_schiavello and taken by me.
Words and photographs copyright matthew schiavello
The title 'the birds will sing from us', inspired and taken from the Ed Harcourt track of the same title.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exhibiting south of the Yarra!

Some exciting exhibition news. I have one on, right now!

An opportunity came up to exhibit 6 large, never before exhibited pieces at domain brasserie in South Yarra.  So, as of right now, it is on!

Make sure you get down soon, grab a bite to eat, a drink, and eye off the work.
No opening events for this one.. End date to be confirmed, but I suspect it may be for the month of April.

Prices are $390 for a framed 20X30 inch print.

If you have been thinking of buying a piece, then get in quick because as of August, at the upcoming group gallery exhibition, the prices of my work will be increasing in value, again!

The address for Domain Brasserie is: 181 Domain Road, South Yarra. Open 7 days from 6am til late! If you would like to make a time to meet up, P.M. me and lets brunch!


Two of the pieces:

images copyright matthew schiavello 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The News

The news   (29/06/14)

It was a Sunday
I remember it was raining as you got into my car.
You plonked yourself into the passenger seat and stared straight ahead.
Your eyes fixed themselves on the grey wetness that sat on the other side of the windscreen.
From out of nowhere
 you tensely stated
 “I don’t know how to say this, so I’ll just blurt it out…”

Everything seemed to stop as my mind raced.
I thought of everything you were possibly going to say…
Well, ‘everything’ which was centred around your rejection of me.
It seems I thought of everything except 

It took me a while to realise that your lips had stopped moving.

In all honesty, I wasn’t completely surprised by the news,
I was confused
by what was happening here, here right now.

Your eyes darted towards mine and then as quickly, darted back towards the rain hitting the windscreen,
Except… you were looking past it.
Your body tensed, as if readying itself to open the car door and flee at any moment.
We were still parked out the front of your apartment.

The lines above your tense eyes read, ‘In a few steps I could escape to the safety of  home’.

Upon reflection,
 I guess you were worried that I would reject you, maybe you even feared it.

I turned to you and smiled.
I loved you just the same.
We hugged and I wanted to kiss you,
Back then, it would have been our first.

Even now, the only thing I still don’t understand,
Is why it was you and not me.
It should have been me,
For all the many reasons you will never need to know.

copyright matthew schiavello 2014

Thursday, March 5, 2015

more experiments on/with film

A while back I posted about some experiments with/on film I had done. I have been working on some more things and working a little bit differently.

The premise is that I start with failed 35 mm scanned film negative. In other words I am recycling the crap photos that didn't work out. I am also using some film negative before it has had a chance to be used in the camera.

 In these experiments I manipulated the film negative with what ever found objects were at hand, then further effected them with the application of  acetone or/and watercolour. These were then scanned and some photoshop manipulation was done (of exposure, brightness, contrast etc).
Here some of them are for you to peruse:

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aussie Slang


 Recently a couple of things were said that made me smile.  A work mate used the word 'grouse' to describe how much fun she had at a night out ('Matty, I had such a grouse time') and someone else said they were so annoyed with something they wanted to "wring it's neck". Geez Louise, I can't remember the last time I heard these words/phrases used!

The great thing about slang and colloquial words and phrases, is that we are still able to get our point across to those who are part of our 'social collective'. Language is ever evolving and depending on where you come from, live and who you socialise with, you may well use language that others will not understand. New words/phrases are constantly being created and old words and phrase may fall by the wayside and be forgotten. I have seen (and loved it) the look on the face's of those who didn't understand what was seeing said when they heard such things as:

'She'll be apples'
'That's my blue'
'Ahh ya Bludger
"Pop on ya togs/budgie smugglers"
  'Let it rip'
'Built like a brick shithouse'
'That party was shithouse'
'Ya a bloody Bogan, that's what you are'
'Watch out for Bunyips!'
 'Go on, chuck a sickie!'
'You're as mean as cat's piss'
'Ahh, I feel like a Coldie'
'Pass the dead horse'
'He's a dag!'
'Fair Dinkum'
'and we grabbed the doovalacky...' also used are 'Thingo', 'Wadjamacallit', 'Thingummy' & 'whatsit'.
'Fair suck of the sav!'
'Ya Galah!'
'Give it a burl'

'He's a mongerel!'
"Have a go ya mug!'
'We're off to the never never'
 'In the nud/nuddy'
'you want to see my old fella?'
'It's a piece of piss, mate'.
'Pigs arse!'
Bring a plate!' (and they do, except the plate is empty!)
'That'd be right'
She'll be right'
'It's ridgy didge!'
It was a real rip snorter!'
"I'll have a roadie/traveller'
'The fridge is rooted!'
'I'm a two pot screamer!'
'That stands out like a shag on a rock!'
'Hows that new sheila?'
'I'll have some spag bol'
'You know that new bloke's a sheepshagger'

'Mate I'm stonkered'.
'He's gone troppo'

'I'm true blue mate'
'Your as useful as tits on a bull'.
'Don't chuck a wobbly'
'It's gone walkabout'
'You wacker!'
'Hes from woop woop'.
'Chuck a yewy'
'Ya bloody yob/yobbo'.

If you need some help with any of the above, check out Koala net's slang dictionary!

I'm gonna piss off now, but if your noggin starts working and you've got anything of worth to share,
don't be a wuss, give us a hoy! Hooroo!