Philip Werner

Naked Nature

Naked Nature – Can getting naked save the planet?

Hey everyone, I made a video!

Does being naked connect us more with nature?
Is sexual repression connected to ecological destruction?

I asked these questions of several people and produced a video of the results. This was part of an assessment for Environmental Education as part of a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne.

After presenting this video to the class I took off my clothes to highlight our discomfort with this aspect of nature, our own bodies, and read out the “25 Ways of to make Love to the Earth” (from the Journal of Ecosex Research, Stephens & Sprinkle 2014).

I ask:

– If we are uncomfortable with the nature of our own bodies, how can we fully connect with our ‘self’?

– Without a good connection to self, how can we connect fully with ‘other’, or nature?

– And without this connection to nature will our culture ever have sufficient empathy to protect it?

I also wrote a paper about this for Sustainability, Governance and Leadership, and might see if I can follow up with a research project,

Feedback welcome :)

Contact Improv Camp

Some photos from the Contact Improvisation camp at Wollemi Commons, Colo, NSW.

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Mary clay portraits

Mary by Philip Werner

Clay on skin.

Melbourne. November 2013.

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Lauren Portraits

Lauren Homes by Philip Werner

Melbourne, November 2013.

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Peace March one year on

It’s almost a year since Jill Meagher’s murder. Many people have been asking for another peace march to be organised and it seems appropriate and perhaps needed.

Sunday 29 September 2013 at noon
Starting at the corner of Sydney Road and Moreland Road, marching down Sydney Road to Brunswick Road.

Here was my post from last year about why I organised it:
http://philipwernerfoto.com/2012/10/01/peace-march-for-jill-megher-goes-30000-strong/

The following quote expresses my sentiment for the peace march perfectly:

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. … The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

One idea I would like to put out there is the following, regarding our prison systems:

If you simply throw your dirty laundry in a basket without ever washing it, how can you expect it to be clean when you take it out? Healing is possible for the wounded souls who commit these crimes. Several countries have had extraordinary results with Vipassana mediation in prisons. We stand do gain so much, yet look at what we loose if we don’t even try.

Download the pdf of the poster here: Peace March 2013

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Great Ocean Road

After 5 years in Melbourne I finally made it down the Great Ocean Road!

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Sorrento Sky

From a trip down the Mornington peninsula, Victoria.

Images taken at the Sorrento Ocean Beach.

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101 Vagina(s) flying off the press !

This morning I was finally called in to witness the beginning of the offset print run for the 101 Vagina book, after lots of time spent poring over proofs and making adjustments to images etc. Not to mention over two years of working on the project.

Even though there have been so many things I have experienced in the duration of this project that I could not have foreseen, when I printed the first-draft copy on my own printer I realised that my vision was being birthed exactly the way I had initially envisioned it :)

So, it was with great pleasure that I was able to visit the printer and see the first pages come whizzing off the press. And whiz they do! It easily pumps out 200 pages per minute of A1 size pages. These pages are then folded and cut, but that’s the next chapter.

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The Heidelberg press (made in Germany :) with the control panel at the left and output area on the right.

 

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The screen has all the aluminium plate files and information at fingertip reach.

 

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The pages come whizzing off the press at a rapid rate.

 

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The press operator checks the pages that come off the press against the proofs for colour density.

 

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Like a big audio mixing desk, he adjusts the ink levels to keep the tonal depth accurate.

 

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Ink levels can be minutely adjusted in many sections, represented by each of the vertical lines on the display.

 

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And the pages of the first section start to pile up.

 

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After the first plate is run it’s time to change the plates. One for the top of the page and one for the bottom. The press prints to top and bottom in a single pass.

 

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A factory worker checks out the work on his way past, the book has created a bit of a buzz in the building. I feel heartened that he doesn’t just oogle at the photos but spends his time carefully reading one of the messages.

 

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And the second section piles up!

 

And here is a little video of the final book binding process.

101 Vagina Transparency

Working on this series of transparencies for the upcoming 101 Vagina Book Launch and Exhibition.

See http://101vagina.com

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Ondsùs Clay Nudes

Ondsùs. Nudes and clay nudes.

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