Stock Photography Lightboxes by Howard Birnstihl
The world seen in close-up, items seen in isolation or from an unexpected angle. Colour, pattern, form & texture all create an emotional response within the viewer. Symbolic emphasis is most often conveyed through the abstract. Power, friendship, danger, sophistication, beauty, age, faith, time, life, adventure, compassion, freedom, rebirth, work, responsability and more. Man and nature and the effect of one upon the other.
Australian natives and exotics. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians. Koalas in trees, kangaroos and wallabies lazing and fighting, cats resting and snarling over their prey, dogs seeking our love, quolls searching for food, possums peering down, frogs displaying their colour and swimming underwater, lizards and geckoes in delightful close-up, giant pigs, horses in the landscape, snakes sliding and curling, crocodiles in craggy detail, sheep herding down the country road, emperor caterpillars in all t
Architecture is a concrete, tangible history of modern man. It reflects the style of the times. Of course in personality of the designer is manifest but you can learn volumes from the juxtaposition of high-rise flats and the slums of Fitzroy, or the decorative facade of a boom house up on the hill. Minimalism reflects an extreme from which we constantly rebound, either into fanciful and ingenious combinations of past styles or energetic and innovative interpretations of new materials. From t
Blue wrens twitter from bush to bush; statuesque night herons defy you to see them move; crimson rosellas and king parrots keep a watchful eye on you as they nuzzle open the seed they hold in a sculptural vice-like claw. Roosters crow and flash spiky combs; pelicans soar, as do eagles. Hawks hover. Gulls aggressively flock, ducks and geese promenade and take their families for walks. Penguins burrow and galahs roost. Owls watch and wait. All have feathers, and lay eggs. Some are pets.
You and I are personalities whereas the rest of society are characters...and what fascinating characters they are too. Spruikers cajoling, musos amusing, old fellas feeding gulls in the park, mechanics fiddling, clowns making up, mums mothering, models posing, toffee-nosed toffs toffing, fortune tellers telling and oldies doing all those things that oldies do. And more.
Just lying in the grass, thinking by the pond, clowning around in costume, searching under rocks and climbing trees, chores and drinking fountains, blowing bubbles and hanging around with the gang, tackling spaghetti, trying a trail bike, crashing the snow sled or just reading quietly under the table with puss. That's childhood.
More than a post card.....this selection of images depends on unusual angles, light, locations, combinations of old and new to present a point of view or bias. Each image begins to tell a story.....
The whole world is experiencing rapid climate change. Since the 1950s the average Australian temperatures risen by about 1°C This has resulted in more frequent heatwaves and a decrease in the numbers of frosts and cold days. Ver the last 50 years rainfall in the northwest of the continent has increased while much of eastern Australia and the far southwest have experienced a decline. Storms, dust clouds,floods, droughts are becoming commonplace.
A longer summer, a hotter heatwave, a wilder bushfire, a scarey storm, freaky weather, crop failure, fewer lambs, lower income? No, not just a bad year any more, this is Drought. Climate change, or global warming, is a fact and every farmer knows its consequences. Longterm & sometimes overwhelming problems of soil degradation, salinity & erosion, death of livestock, huge debt & bank foreclosure sometimes leading to personal tragedy, have changed our landscape and farming practices for ever.
We're all part of many groups during our lives but of course the most enduring and the most... well take your pick of demanding, frustrating, protective, motivational, personality-shaping, embarrassing, comfortable, enjoyable, fun, horror, convenient...you get the picture. And for these and many more pictures please ask to see more.
What better eye candy than a beautiful flower? Natives and exotics, perenials and one day wonders. Blossoms, wattles, cacti, fuscias, roses, banksias, daisies, proteas, grevilleas, warratahs, lillies, daffodils and more. Delicious close-ups.
FOOD : PREPARING, EATING, DRINKING
Food being prepared for sale, preservation and consumption. Food being consumed for necessity, growth, comfort, celebration, fun. Meat and Vegetables, fast & slow, bush tucker & exotic cakes. Banquets, restaurants, parties, picnics, camping, campfires,'sausage sizzles'. Breakfast, morning tea,lunch, dinner,snack time. Food groups.
FOOD: FRESH, GROWING, GATHERING, SELLING, BUYING,
Growing,buying,selling.....time is the essence. Just how long does it take for an apple to travel from the tree to the lunch box. Does it matter? Does it worry a vegetarian or is it only a problem for the meat eaters? What are the dangers of eating stale food? The colours & textures of food always influence our choices. Farms, back yards, markets, super markets, bush tucker, food groups. Colours, shapes, textures & patterns.
A set of monochrome and colour images depicting the enormous range of relationships that we loosely call friendship. "Us girls", "me mates", "the gang", "the boys" imply friendships that go beyond the bonds of common age or interestS. Shared values, trust, dependence, partnership & commitment, elevate friendship to the genuine comfort zone of enduring mateship.
Insects & spiders
Insects and spiders in extreme close-up showing shape, colour, texture, habitat and behaviour. Spiders using camouflage; preying mantids as irridescent green nymphs, as fierce garden predators with interesting mating habits; caterpillars all shapes & sizes; ladybirds & their life cycle as bright yellow eggs, spiky black nymphs & black & yellow adults; caterpillars in an incredible range of shapes & colours; butterflies; bees; mosquito lavae; damsel flies and more.
Melbourne & Surrounds
Every person is unique and that fact is clearly demonstrated in this group. Oldies, kids, couples, life histories, people at work painting, dancing, sifting for food in the river, relating to each other, mixing the generations
PRAYING MANTID: praying and preying, stalking, mating, eating, egg laying, feeding, hatching, moulting, dying. The life & death of the praying mantid as it interacts with the common garden dwellers like blowflies and gekkoes.
Australian landscape from the bush to the beach, deserts to mountains. Rolling hills, bush tracks, wide open spaces, patterns in the sand, the dappled light of the forest. Couples strolling open beaches and sunny leafy glades. Snowy highlands, rolling hills, moonlit bays, bush shacks, meandering highways and byways.
What is a landscape without a sky? Blue skies, thunderous gloom, bushfire haze, signs of rain, cloud carpet from above, brilliant rainbows and sunsets, fireworks and dust. Cumulus, stratus, cirrus and all the combinations. Amazing colours, patterns & textures.
Extensive range of environments including natural and man-made. Beaches, forests, country towns, urban and suburban, crowds, solitude, the wild and the sublime. Affluent and poor, old and new,with an emphasis on the symbolic. Skies, roads, footprints, tracks, the bush, the land all showing the effects of time and the weather.
The life of the teenager is one of extremes. One minute we're on a high, the next it's a bummer. It's great to be with the gang but so is being on your own to soak in the week's experiences. Fun, frolics, fashions, food, friends, family, future...and did I mention fones...sorry, phones! Drugs, sex and rock'n'roll are there to tempt us too, but they don't match up to a agme of cricket on the beach.
A selection of images of things & times of old...
From the tall straight giants in misty forests to the gnarled, writhing battle-scarred eucalypts of the dry grasslands; sculptural clumps by the billabong; teatree along the beach track; brilliant details of sunlit sap oozing from wounds; regeneration after fire; wrecking the suburban footpath; tree houses; farm shade; blossoms, leaves, bark & branches.
A folio showcasing a variety of subjects, from images of children and families through to natural history and urban/rural locations. Most images are candid real life situations while others are metaphors. We are happy to email a small selection of similar images, at no cost, to suit your current needs. Don't forget to talk to us about: DISCOUNTS FOR BULK PURCHASES : PHOTOGRAPHY COMMISSIONS : GRAPHIC DESIGN : PHOTOSHOP EXPERTISE
Early childhood is a time of learning about our world and our place in it, that is, we learn who we are. Our environment and all the experiences we share help define our future. It is a time of anxiety, joy, secrecy, searching, finding, tasting and testing, sensing andfeeling. Friends, family, fun and frolics. Life is one big adventure. Clowns, play, icecream, baby animals, things under rocks.