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Punks, junkies, bikies and an iconic poster – From Uluru to Wollongong and back

Bob Gosford November 1, 2017 1 Comment

Wollongong, and in no small way the junkies, punks, bikies—and barmaids—of that town, had made an unsung contribution to the success of the Uluru handback. They had proved to one Anangu man that Australians of good will can be found in the most unexpected places.

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Bob Gosford October 3, 2017

The Oils were in classic rock mode. No new songs, rarely testing the boundaries of tried and true winners, the audience wasn’t really challenged. Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey enjoyed the brilliant clarity of the sound and delivered most of the thrills.

LOVE – new portraits by Therese Ritchie

LOVE – new portraits by Therese Ritchie

Bob Gosford September 24, 2017

Portraits by Therese Ritchie, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Vimy Lane, Parap 28th September through 7 October 2017. Presented by the Darwin Pride Festival.

Love – portraits by Therese Ritchie. A Darwin Pride Festival 2017 presentation.

Love – portraits by Therese Ritchie. A Darwin Pride Festival 2017 presentation.

Bob Gosford September 24, 2017 1 Comment

How the portraits came about is simple, but its alchemy is difficult to explain. Overall it involves listening to each subject as they talk about aspects of their sexuality. Usually by the end of the conversation, we will have collated a list of relevant words and phrases. It is not a chronological list but definitely an elegant description of a life. There is always one word or phrase that resonates very deeply with the subject and that is what they take to the next level through merging the words with the physical form—in this case their bodies.

Beating the Dreaded Lurgi – one bowl of Sopa de Ajo at a time.

Beating the Dreaded Lurgi – one bowl of Sopa de Ajo at a time.

Bob Gosford September 14, 2017

Sopa de Ajo - a soup that can "cure any form of the Dreaded Lurgi (cough, cold or ‘flu), probably cancer and definitely climate change."

Saving Darwin – from itself

Saving Darwin – from itself

Bob Gosford September 5, 2017

Darwin's suburbs are wild, wonderful spaces that people retreat to with great delight. Look at what the suburbs do well. How do you translate these ideas into an urban setting without resorting to 'tropical character' architectural cliches?

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Texas Flood”

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Texas Flood”

Bob Gosford August 29, 2017

Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down And I've been tryin' to call my baby Lord and I can't get a single sound "Texas Flood", from the Stevie Ray Vaughan album of the same name.

I am, you are, we are Australian?

I am, you are, we are Australian?

Bob Gosford August 27, 2017

Nyinawanga needed a passport. And for this Australian born artist, that was a problem. We got the passport photos done, and filled out and witnessed all the forms, but there being no records of birth was the killer. The guy at Immigration was pretty firm about it. “What about mission records?” he asked. There was no mission, the reply. “What about the stud book?” He isn’t in there, the response, along with “Just look at the photo, he’s obviously Australian!”

Yes, I can cook! Koulla Roussos on unrequited sex, art, food, jail and a pair of steel-capped boots

Yes, I can cook! Koulla Roussos on unrequited sex, art, food, jail and a pair of steel-capped boots

Bob Gosford August 14, 2017 1 Comment

He winked and said, "no more chances". I slipped back into my steel cap boots, and marched confidently with a swagger towards the interview room. So yeah, I can fucking cook.

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Bob Gosford August 9, 2017

For mine it is but a few short steps from the Buzzfeed treatment of this year's Garma Festival to a neo-romantic and naive view of contemporary Aboriginal society as "noble savages". But Buzzfeed can easily do better than 16 Photos, as we can see in this piece by Simon Crera, 16 Powerful Photos Of The Oldest Living Culture On Earth, which looked at the 2014 Garma Festival.