Reconnected now on at the MAC

The Reconnected exhibition at the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie opened to the public earlier this week. My collage, Life During the Virus, is part of the exhibit.

This is me and the collage on opening day! It was great being there and talking with some of the other artists. There are some really amazing works on display.

If you’d like to see the exhibit it’s on until October 11 at the MAC gallery in Booragul.

Life During the Virus

This is a photo collage I put together recently of some of my favourite photos from the last few months. It’s going to be part of an exhibition next month.

The photos document some of the restrictions and changes that the first months of the pandemic brought to our lives as well as the beauty of Lake Macquarie throughout that time.

During the worst parts of those first months I thought it was important to remind myself that, despite everything, there was still beauty in the world so I focused on going for a walk every day with my camera and photographing the setting sun. We had some truly stunning sunsets and I think those pictures make for an interesting contrast, showing hope and beauty amidst the isolation.

I hope you like the photos. I’ll post a link when the exhibit opens in case anyone would like to go along. It features some really fantastic and inspiring works.

The individual photos are in a gallery below.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2020

2020 Calendar Available Now!

I’m pleased to announce that my 2020 calendar is now available for purchase!

The calendar features 12 landscape images from around beautiful Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and The Hunter. All of the photos were taken this year and the calendar includes several photos I haven’t shared before.

I’m very proud of all the photos – they’re some of my very favourites and I think they show different sides of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie which is what I wanted to achieve.

The calendar is A4 size and costs $25, including free postage worldwide. The first 20 calendars will also be signed and include a personal message as a thank you.

You can buy the calendar through my Etsy store or below via PayPal.

Makes a great Christmas gift if I do say so myself! 😉


CJ Levinson Photography 2020 Calendar

2020 calendar featuring 12 images from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and The Hunter.

A$15.00

The Pole, Newcastle

Went to see Newcastle’s newest tourist attraction yesterday – the Pole!

It all started when Newcastle City Council widened the curb before energy provider Ausgrid moved the power pole. While they’ve been trading blame back and forth, the power pole has been left in the middle of the road and, naturally, it’s gone viral and become a bit of a tourist attraction. It’s even in Google Maps!

I’m sure eventually it’ll be fixed but it was fun seeing it first. A different kind of street photography for me! 🙂

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Belmont Sunset

Beautiful sunset over the lake at Belmont yesterday evening. There were some very interesting cloud formations and at one stage a plane went across as well, leaving a trail in its wake. It was a lovely sunset.

I decided to shoot a couple of panoramas to capture a bit of a different, wider perspective. Panoramas can be quite tricky to stitch with water but these ones came out well and they work well with the other shots.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Honeysuckle Drive Photowalk

The photography group I run went for a photowalk along Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle last weekend. It’s one of my very favourite parts of Newcastle, with so much character and fantastic views, and the walk was a lot of fun.

I did the walk as a photo challenge as well. My challenge was to use a 50mm lens which isn’t my favourite focal length for this kind of a shoot – I love a 50mm for portraits but I prefer something a bit wider like a 35mm for street and environmental photography. So it was definitely a challenge but I like how the photos came out overall.

I did both colour and black & white edits as I enjoyed the contrast between them and I wanted to do something a bit different with editing as well. I hope you like them.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Harlequin Bug

I found a little beetle; so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.

~ Forgiven by A A Milne

A harlequin bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus) on the outside of our house. I grabbed my camera and macro lens when I saw it and took a few quick shots, this one came out well. Nice and sharp.

It’s very pretty, gorgeous colours. Looking at it reminded me of the poem Forgiven by AA Milne which I used to love as a child.

Photo © CJ Levinson 2019