OFF THE WALL – celebrating slightly off the wall photography

The sort of photographs I make don’t have a lot to do with photography. They are the by-products of living an interesting life. I have given up on the decisive moment and am collecting lots of indecisive moments – the bits in between.

I have a photo in OFF THE WALL, an upcoming group exhibition at Lux Gallery at JCU in Cairns, a celebration of off the wall photography – and photographers.

Exhibition curator Glen O’Malley says of the show, “What I feel the photographers have in common is a passionate, almost obsessive, wonder about the photographic image, and a continuing enjoyment of producing work that is slightly off the wall.”

OFF THE WALL has a great line up with Jenn Brazier, Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart, Peter Kelly, Robert Mercer, Glen O’Malley, Ian Poole and Kellie White all having pics in the show.

The exhibition runs 5 April to 5 May 2012. You can find it at MacGregor Road, Smithfield, Cairns. 07 4042 1853. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm.


John Elliott's pic in OFF THE WALL
My pic in OFF THE WALL


Tamworth Festival 2012 news

Tamworth Festival 2012 news from John Elliott’s

I arrived in Tamworth a couple of days ago morning – apparently the weather had been surprisingly mild but right on cue it’s heated up. I drove past the Town Hall and it was looking pretty as a picture. This is where the very first Golden Guitars were presented 40 years ago.


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Gifted Country – John Elliott’s portraits of people who make Australian music

The Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture. Queensland. May – June 2012.

This collection of portraits is of singer songwriters who inspire me with their songs.

These people make music that celebrates a sense of place and the Australian landscape.

The songs help define who we are and where we fit in the world.

The exhibition, in the very new Caboolture Regional Gallery will feature large-scale prints, memorabilia, moving images, data projection, virtual reality, performance and workshops.

Many images in the exhibition have never been shown before and some come from my archives throughout the years. Other images have been shot over the last couple of months especially for the exhibition.

John Elliott

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Gifted Country flyer, Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins
Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins

John Elliott’s new country music radio segment with John Scott

I will be doing a country music segment every Sunday night at about 8.30pm est on Radio Station 4BC in Brisbane with host John Scott. 4BC is at 1116 on the AM dial or online at:

On tonight’s show we discuss JOY MCKEANS new book I”VE BEEN THERE and BACK AGAIN. I was picture editor on this book and it was a thrill to work with Joy.

We chat about the 40th Anniual Tamworth Festival – only 46 days to go – check out the festival website for everything you need to know:

Singer songwriter Alan Mackey is recording a new album at the moent – here is a preview of one of the songs on Alan’s albums which will be out in the new year.