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IPF 2014 Gallery—part 2
Written by Max Olijnyk — 26th November 2014

In the second instalment of our exhaustive (and exhausting) Independent Photography Festival  gallery, we peek behind and in front of the scenes of, predictably, the second half of the program. As one of the event producers (along with Hard Workers Club and Smalltime Projects), we were at every one of the 13 exhibitions, workshops, slideshows, zine fairs and BBQs that made up the crazy week that was, and we have the photos to prove it. Many thanks to Ben Clement, Tom Ross, Brodie Lancaster, Michael Pham, Heather Lighton and Hillvale for the following images.

We left the IPF gang at Doomsday, remember? From there, Penny and her cronies packed up the empties and hit the road, headed for who knows where. Home via the recycling place, probably.

We left the IPF gang at Doomsday, remember? From there, Penny and her cronies packed up the empties and hit the road, headed for who knows where. Home via the recycling place, probably.

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Thursday’s launch was a doozy: Nicole Reed’s ‘No Dunk Shots’ up in the Paterson Building, a lovely spot that is soon to become an apartment building. How good are apartments!

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In stark contrast to the directive of the show’s title, Seb and the lads were having a gay old time dunking and spinning away on the onsite hoop.

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As well as cool portraits of interesting ballers, Nicole had thoughtfully set up some corners for people to examine.

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“Just the one is it? Coming right up!”

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Nicole was loving it out on the rooftop. And why wouldn’t you be? Even that dude in the Iverson jersey fitted right in, despite all the sharp focus fanatics in attendance.

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It’s time to play ‘Where’s Wally?’ AKA ‘who’s looking at the camera and adding in a cheers for good measure’?

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I guess the toilets were busy. Real classy, guys.

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I just love the way the light tickles its way through Joe’s flat top.

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TGIF is an acronym we love to throw around here, rivalled only by IPF, and possibly RVCA, although RVCA’s not really an acronym, is it? It’s the Greek word for clothes or something. What I’m trying to say is there was a corker of a group show on Friday at the RVCA gallery, entitled ‘Deeds Not Words 2’.

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This looks a bit like the back of my distinguished noggin, but I assure you it ain’t. I was back home bopping around with little Freddie to Leonard Cohen—he loves that Canadian fool!

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Elise and Nat were back on the bar, well equipped with these ergonomic bottle openers that made their job an absolute breeze.

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Photography enthusiast Jason ‘cold one’ James lends Penny ‘The Ed’ Modra a hand with collecting the empties. Cheers Jase!

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This guy had the nerve to walk around backwards, wearing sunglasses made of hair, all night.

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Saturday brought a more laid-back vibe, which was strange because there were about a million things to do. First on the list was a BBQ over at Hillvale HQ in Brunswick, where they were developing quite the good time.

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Okay, okay, it’s not strictly BBQ, but no one was complaining about these All Day Donuts.

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The ever-cheerful Andy placates an IPF-weary Jason, with the promise of all the vegie BBQ treats he can stomach. “I’m not hungry,” mumbles Jason.

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How many photographers does it take to set fire to a camera on the road? Interesting piece of trivia: I copped a parking ticket in exactly this spot. Sidenote: I haven’t paid it yet.

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The IPF Zine Truck didn’t cop a parking ticket. Plenty of punters were copping zines, though.

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Meanwhile, across town at The Good Copy HQ, top gun artist Minna Gilligan was hosting a collage workshop!

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Is that a monkey taking a photo on the cover of that National Geographic? It sure is, man.

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I may be reading between the lines here, but this looks like a damn good workshop.

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Like everyone else, Minna was stunned that Stuart Geddes donated all these amazing back issues of Nat Geo, Life and Time magazines so people at the workshop could cut ’em up and make art out of them. That Stuart is irrepressible!

Later on Saturday, there was the IPF Slideshow, but we didn't get any photos of that for some reason.

Later on Saturday, there was the IPF Slideshow, but we didn’t get any photos of that for some reason. Along with in-the-flesh chats with photographers Alessandro Simonetti, Ben Clement and Mia Mala McDonald, there were some interviews we prepared earlier, including this one I did with French photographer Benjamin Deberdt through the miracle of Skype. Look how tired I am!

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After that was the screening of Lotfy Nathan’s documentary ’12 O’Clock Boys’, presented by Deja-View Cinema. Note the all-important popcorn machine popping away in the foreground.

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Packed house, and hey, where’s Wally? Nowhere to be seen. All eyes were glued to the screen.

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On Sunday, still at our HQ, there was one hell of an IPF 2014 Photo Book & Zine Fair in full swing.

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People were too busy adding hashtags to their grams and spruiking their wares to smile for the camera but, rest assured, it was a good time. I’ll have to rest assured too, actually. I think I was out getting some pea straw for the garden at this point.

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After the book and zine fair, it was time to wind up IPF for another year with a good old fashioned Closing Party. Poor Nick had fallen asleep, but stuck around like the trooper he is.

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Closing party joy! With Meredith and Dan.

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A now-awake Nicholas Hawker took out second prize in the IPF 2014 Photo Prize, and Sarah Pannell took out the Local People’s People’s Choice Award for the second year running. No wonder they look so smug.

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They didn’t win any prizes, but if it wasn’t for these three (Sez, Joe and Brodie) and a host of other volunteers, IPF 2014 wouldn’t have happened at all. No wonder they look so smug.

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How many photographers does it take to take an IPF 2014 group portrait?

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About this many! Congrats everyone, that’s a wrap!

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But spare a thought for the team who cleaned up the bottles. Good on them. See you next year!

Thanks again to Ben Clement, Tom Ross, Brodie Lancaster, Michael Pham, Heather Lighton and Hillvale for the sparkling photos, and to Sapporo for the sparkling beer. Thanks also go to all the festival sponsors and supporters: SapporoOakley, Strange Neighbour, Thirds, CrumplerHillvale, Doomsday, Anthony Kolber, HolidayMild Manners, Deja-ViewEveryday Coffee, Witu and Wilma Art Framing Concept.