After undertaking an ‘Issues in Art Conservation’ subject for my Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne I have become more aware of the fragility of my black and white fibre-based prints and negatives. I have therefore decided to scan negatives made during the years 1991 – 1997 to preserve them in the form of an online archive as a process of active memory, so that the images are not lost forever. The medium format negatives were taken by my trusty Mamiya RZ67. I started taking these photographs in the first year of my Bachelor of Arts at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and continued through my Master of Arts until I took up colour and digital photography in 1998. Previsualisation was strong – the negatives and subsequent prints are usually full frame. I used Kodak T-Max 400 film, developing my own negatives with T-Max developer using a unique processing technique (timing and agitation). I printed all my own photographs on fibre-based silver gelatin paper, usually the beautiful warm-toned Agfa Portriga or the cool-toned Kodak Polymax using a variety of paper developers such as Amidol and ANSCO 120. Early influences were master photographers such as Eugene Atget, Minor White and Alfred Stieglitz. Of great help was the mentorship of my friend, the Australian photographer Ian Lobb. These photographs were images of my life and imagination at the time of their making, the ideas I was thinking about and the people that surrounded me. As such they form part of life – of Melbourne, of Australia and of humanity in general. The preservation of such moments in time are vital to the continuing enrichment of culture.

Dr Marcus Bunyan 2013.

All images © Marcus Bunyan but can be used freely anywhere with proper acknowledgement.

 

1994

The Songs of Eternity

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Marcus Bunyan. 'The Songs of Eternity' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'The Songs of Eternity' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'The Songs of Eternity' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'The Songs of Eternity' 1994
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1994

Immersion

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Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Inversion' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Growth 2' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Starry Night (Burke and Wills memorial)' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994
Marcus Bunyan. 'Four ears' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Such is death' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'The wash house' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'The place where many men have stood' 1994
Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (bandsaw)' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Singer' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ecce Homo' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Cluster' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Theoria' 1994
Marcus Bunyan. 'Parsnips and potatoes' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Burke and water' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Growth 1' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Untitled (comet)' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'A(r)mour' 1994

 

1994

Ignudi

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Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Ignudi' 1994
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1994

South Yarra and surrounds

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Marcus Bunyan. 'Stained glass, cracked' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'White door 1' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Damien, 1994' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Night repair' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Jerry holding a brush, South Yarra' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Jerry behind safety screen, Punt Road, South Yarra' 1994
Marcus Bunyan. 'Presence' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Nautilus shell in cup' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Jerry with shaved head' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Undergrowth' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'White door 2' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Damien sitting outside his flat, South Yarra, 1994' 1994
Marcus Bunyan. 'Trees, capstone, shadows' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Damien with snake' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Glass bird, Punt Road, South Yarra' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Easter Sunday' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Capstone, night, Windsor train station' 1994 Marcus Bunyan. 'Paul, cock on anvil' 1994

 

1992-94

Circumnagivation

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1992-94

Within

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1991-92

Objects, cars and places

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Marcus Bunyan. 'Fred and Andrew smoking a joint in Paris' 1992 Marcus Bunyan. 'Unknown landscape' 1991-2

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  Marcus Bunyan. 'Fred and Andrew, Sherbrooke Forest' 1992
 Marcus Bunyan. 'Jeff standing on his Valiant' 1992

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1991-92

Self-portraits and nudes

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1991-92

Portraits, South Yarra, Melbourne

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1991

At Newport series

This series of photographs was taken in Melbourne at the old Victorian Railway’s Newport Workshops and formed the second part of my first solo exhibition, Of Myth, Magic and Music held in 1991. Please click on the photographs to go to the posting for this series.
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1991

The Regent Theatre series

The photographs of the dilapidated Regent Theatre in Collins Street, Melbourne were taken with the permission of the National Trust after the theatre had been closed for 21 years on an open day when the theatre was open to the public. The series formed part of my first solo exhibition Of Myth, Magic and Music held in 1991. Please click on the photographs to go to the posting for this series.
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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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