Tag Archives: Art & Photography

Change of Mood – Photography


In a few hours, the mood changed. The storm changed the mood of the people on this beach very quickly.  First it was sunny, and then this dark haze and dense clouds moved in rapidly. Everyone started packing and leaving the waterfront.


Most times, the beach in Kingscliff, New South Wales Australia is a glorious place to be. It is a stunning coastline with sugar-soft baby sand dunes. It does not get too crowded and it has gentle waterways the whole family can enjoy. I took these pictures when we were packing up to leave our spot on the beach, three weeks ago.

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Where the Seagulls Hunt – Poem and Photography

I took a trip with my friend Erue Bucher and her daughter, the gorgeous Livuana to Kingscliff towards New South Wales in the last few days. Sea, salt and wide open spaces always affects my perception. It also takes me back to my roots.


Where the Seagulls Hunt    JK.Leahy©

Where the sand meets salt,

I will meet my child

Warm rivers reach for the cold

depths of unknown ocean floor;

I touch what is on hold

Down by the seashore,

scattered seagulls roam and hunt

Threading wet and dry powdery sand,

leaving behind a footprint lace,

meandering across wide open space;

mind races across history made

A slender pair of orange legs

tucked under a mop so neat,

plumed white and grey feathers

how much a heart holds so close

Beady eyes remain untethered,

scouting along the ocean shores,

where hungry beachgoers

share the harvest of the summer

Thoughts weaving beyond the shores

and everything flows where tide goes


The Jacobean Lily – Photography and Gardening


I found another exotic mysterious plant in my pond – yes, in the pond and we have been here four years. I realised that since the water has almost dried out this spring, it has given the Jacobean or Aztec lily a chance to grow and flower.

Searching on the internet and asking friends about the beautiful red flower, I found this website with the information – mystery solved. Below is what they said:

As there is no need to say much about this beautiful lily apart from the fact that we have found them extremely easy to grow. Jacobean lilies grow very well in full sun.
In Queensland, they tend to flower at all times of the year (in fact, there is very rarely a month without some flowering somewhere in the garden).
Jacobean lilies do less well under trees but do survive and multiply and lastly they prefer to be in soil that drains freely.
The Aztec lily is an absolute joy to have in the garden or in pots and are very companionable with other plants.

After the flowering, I have transferred the Jacobean lily to a nice dry sunny spot, hoping for more gorgeous flowers in the future.

The Beauty of the Living and the Dead – Photography

Ants are out in large numbers and many types.

I enjoy this time of the year in Queensland because the bush is full of interesting creatures, both live dead and ones. The garden transforms into a photography playground for me. Not everyone likes insects, I know. Here are some interesting shapes, colours and types of things I found through the lens. My son Chris took the grasshopper shot.

A fly caught in a spider web. See a similar fly, alive, on the golden orchid picture below.


I love these mustard mushrooms – they are creeping out of the dead gum leaves.


Fly wings on my gallery wall.




A small grasshopper photo by Chris Harris.


A large huntsman skeleton swinging off a bromeliad leaf.


Queensland orchid – notice the small insect on top left.




Photographer captures frozen soapy water bubbles


Copyright: Angela Kelly

A mother takes her son outside to blow bubbles in the snow and gets inspired to produce one of the most amazing photographic series of frozen bubbles. Found on DNA Art is our cool stuff – a collection of bubble photographs by Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly. The bubbles were created using a simple solution of dish soap, karo syrup, and water blown into a minus 9 degree temperature.

“We blew the bubbles across the top of our frozen patio table and also upon the hood of my car and then we watched in awe as each individual bubble froze with their own unique patterns”. Kelly said.

Copyright: Angela Kelly


Re-Visiting The Journey of An Artist

Inspired by a true-life adventure, Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera is a documentary film, a book and exhibition about Caroline Mytinger and the power of her art to build connections across oceans and decades.

Images of research materials from the Monterey Museum of Art or Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology Contact Information: Michele Westmorland 14128 - 11th Drive SE Mill Creek, WA  98012 (425) 401-2949 michele@westmorlandphoto.com
Caroline Mytinger: by Michele Westmorland (Images of research materials from the Monterey Museum of Art or Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology)

The inspiration for Headhunt Revisited took shape in the 1920’s, when an intrepid American portrait artist, Caroline Mytinger, and her friend, Margaret Warner, traveled to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on a hunt to capture portraits of the indigenous peoples. Their four-year expedition resulted in 25 stunning paintings that depicted and preserved the culture of Melanesia in a way recorded by no other.

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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

An exhibition of images taken of the ordinary day-to-day things we use and see. It is best to watch this show on a full screen with the sound.

Tomorrow: Short-story, final part of Swamp.

Museum of Digital Fine Arts



I recently met (virtually) Solomon Walker, Canadian Artist and owner of the Museum of Digital Fine Arts(MoDFA). A virtual museum was something I had been thinking about and was excited to find MoDFA and how well Solomon has set it up.  An Australian curator friend, Jenny Fraser has had several; digital curatorial projects for Pacific Arts and I thought it would be a great idea for some of the projects I was involved in. A digital museum provides an opportunity for those of us that are limited by location, time and money to go and see some wonderful art. For  curators, a digital space requires less funding and all the  hassles that come with running a real exhibition. One can argue that nothing beats the real thing, but if you cannot travel to Paris or New York to see something beautiful and amazing work, digital space is the place to go in this day and age.

“I was really looking for a place to show my own artwork, and that’s how I thought of establishing the virtual museum”, Walker said.

Established in 2008, Walker through the museum, quickly filled a void in establishing a collective space for online art world, showcasing some of the very best work rendered in the new Digital Medium. The MoDFA provides essential exhibition opportunities for both emerging and established artists and photographers on an international scale. Artists who create stunning works of art primarily with modern electronic tools that includes computers, tablets, scanners and digital cameras can show their work in this space. Though existing virtually online, the MoDFA provides a unique public exhibition space and forum for introducing and displaying brilliant contemporary Art and Photographic images from some of today’s most creative individuals across the globe.The MoDFA is dedicated to Digital medium creativity. To show or to curate or volunteer for the museum, visit link below and speak with Solomon Walker.