The Parlour Arts Lab is an ofce and studio complex based inPreston, Melbourne which hosts a collection of artists and creativeprofessionals. Our dedicated event space, The Chapel, is utilised foreverything from theatre shows & lm shoots to conferences &masterclasses. After a three month establishing period, The Parlourofcially launched in June 2011.The Parlour curates a modest public program aimed at encouraginglocal relationships & developing an audience. This includes nightmarkets, a street press, various art workshops, lm screenings andinternational residencies.This issue of The Parlour Street Press was created for DarebinCouncil during the Darebin Community & Kite Festival, 2012.Thanks to The Parlour’s contributing journalists Brian Cohen,Emma Macey, Nusra Qureshi and Carli Hyland.
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DAREBIN COMMUNITY & KITE FESTIVAL - ALL NATIONS PARK, FEB 19, 2012.
The Preston Photographic Clubhas been going for 64 years. It's agroup of 35-40 amateurs who lovephotography. They get togethertwice a month and host a monthlycompetition. Russell, thePresident of the PCC says, “Wego on photo walks and exhibitwork at the Preston Library. Ourrst exhibition was last year atNorthern Exposure where wesold a few photos.”Club members Robin, John,Gavin and Santo are all digitalnow, there isn’t anyone leftshooting lm anymore. All theconcepts are the same, they stillrely on aperture and lighting toget a great photo. An overcast daylike today is actually ideal photoconditions. They are wanderingthe Kite Festival looking forsplashes of colour, and relation-ships between families. Capturingmovement is the real challenge.On a still morning, they wonder if the wind is going to come from onthe hill, or from the kids runningand pufng along.
The Preston Photographic Club on-site
In Princess’ 30 years she’s neverown a kite, today is her rst day.“I always wanted to learn, but theopportunity didn’t come up. Igrew up in Manilla, in the city andthere was no space to send a kiteinto the sky.” With not much of abreeze in the early part of the dayshe’s struggling to see the point.Her husband, Rodolf, and son,Hanz run back and forth trying tolift a bright orange bat themedkite. Their family moved from thePhilippines three years ago, theysettled at rst in Adelaide andthree months ago came toMelbourne. Like the kite, theyare trying to get things off theground. They are excited for theopportunities for their son.Princess has times of missingfamily and culture, but loves howMelbourne is relaxed and theircareers are lifting off.
FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS
Getting off the ground
Richard made his own kiteswhen he was a kid in Fiji. mostlysleek diamond shaped ones orrounder ones with long tails. Heand his 5 brothers would go up onthe hills of their countrysidehome and have kite ghtingcompetitions. “We would make aglue paste with mashed upbroken glass. Then we’d rub it onthe kite string, when it goes up inthe air it dries. Then we wouldmanouver the kites to cut eachothers strings. The trick is to pulldown on your string when youcross another.” If a kite was cutfrom the sky Richard had to chaseit for ages until it nally landed toearth and bring it back to hisbrothers. He was the youngest. Itwas three years ago Richard cameto the Darebin Kite Festival andbought his rst kite sincechildhood, a large bamboo-framedeagle kite.Richard lived in San Franciscofor a long time, his daughter is inMexico and his wife just returnedfrom a 6-week round the worldtrip… but he opted to stay home.“I'm not a traveler. My familywants to drag me around, but myholiday is at home in my garden.I'm a grounded person.”
The Grounded Flyer
A massive yellow kite withpiercing black eyes soars abovethe rest. It's piloted by Rick whowears a kite harness. His co-pilotTrent stands by and gives me thelow down on altitude.“It's important to start early. Onthe ground we're surrounded bytrees & buildings. The winddoesn't come directly, it's swirlingaround in what we call the toiletbowl, which is why you see a lot of kites going side to side. But assoon as you get your kite to a niceheight you reach direct wind,which starts to lift it up. We havehad this kite up all morning, wework it with the wind.One of the problems is thatthere are a lot of people & they'redoing their own thing so we haveto watch out. There's lots of lineout and we have to make sure wedon't tangle up with them. Yourrst reaction in a tangle scenario isto pull your line down. You panicand could cut the strings. We stayfar away from shing line kiteswhich can really lose kites. Nowwe haven't had any tangles thismorning but we have experienceda few cross-overs. We don't panic.One time we lost a bigger kitethan this. A $5 kite crossed over &cut our line, we never saw it again.If a kite doesn’t y when you'restanding there then all therunning you do won’t get it up.You’re actually pulling your kiteout of the sky by running. Youdon’t need to run with a kite,we’re not running we're standingstill.”As our talk concluded the windmust've really dropped, becausetheir kite was at our feet.
SERIOUS TIPS FROM THE PROS
Kites for Kids, Inc.
photographer: Gavin Warner from The Preston Photographic Club