More comps and I’m off to Japan

rough of old man on bicycle by matt ditton (AKA polymonkey), on Flickr

The one above is the rough but the finished piece will be on display at the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery as part of their award for art on paper. It’ll be up between the 9th of July and 21th of August. Pop along if you happen to be in Gymea. (it’s just south of Sydney). As I’ve got to hit Beta in 2 weeks and Gold in 6. I won’t be able to attend.

In other news I’m definitely heading to Japan in September. I’ll be checking out the Tokyo game show and spending the rest of the time shooting the shit out the trip. It’s time to get a new show together and what better subject matter than Japan. The list of things to do include

  • Catch up with one of my oldest friends
  • See a giant castle
  • See the temple of the thousand armed Buddha
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Love Hotels (purely scientific reasons)
  • Visit an 8 story stationary store
  • Buy some plastic food
  • and generally take a crap load of photos

So I guess the next question is anybody want their photo taken? If you read this and you live in Tokyo or Kyoto and you’ll be in town in the middle of september, I’d love to take your photo. Drop me a line on the email page and maybe we can tee something up.

But before then I have a game to finish. And probably another one to start.

Matt the monkey

not a bad week

It’s Friday afternoon. I’m going to see Batman tonight. (skipping training) I sold the Tamsin work at the Prometheus and got the cheque. Then I got paid from a commison that I finished last week and then I got a letter stating that I’m a finalist in the Haselhurst Award. And I’ve made the commitment to go to Japan in September. All in all not a bad week. We hit alpha last week and I’m working on Sunday but still. Not a bad week.

Matt the monkey

It’s doubleplusungood

My mind is full of doublethink, I felt the need to post this

The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it. ……. In Oldspeak it is called, quite frankly, ‘reality control’. In Newspeak it is called doublethink, though doublethink comprises much else as well.
George Orwell
1984 (chapter 9)

Here’s hoping I don’t get a cage of rat’s put on my face.

Winston the monkey

At least I’m doing something not 3d

This is Tamsen. This image was part or the TimeLight exhibition last year. Well next month it’ll be on display at the Prometheus Award. Rock up and say hello. I’ll be in the corner drinking and muttering how photos never win these things…

*update, written much later*
No I didn’t win but a photo did. How awesome is that. And I did sell the piece.

Sorry *hangs head*

Yes it’s been a while. Yes there are no new photos. Yes it has been quiet. But life has been a little crazy. I’m hoping that it will get better. That is what I have been doing instead of updating this site. Trying to make things better. So for now relax. Stop ranting and go and look at the rest of the internet. I’ll be back to bussiness as usual soon enough..

Matt the monkey

In loving memory of SX-70

It didn’t surprise me when Kodak killed their black and white line of papers earlier in the year. It’s Kodak. They are quiet happy to kill the past to make some more money. I always thought that Polaroid would be different. But I just read this. And I am quite saddened.

To be honest I knew it would be coming. It was only a matter of time really. The last ten years in photography haven’t done Polaroid any favours. But I just bought a 5×4, sure I got it because I could shoot with my canon DSLR. But I really wanted to shoot some 5×4 Polaroid.

I still have my SX-70. I haven’t shot it for about 3 years. It’s the one that uses sonar to autofocus. Always wanted to use it on a dolphin.

There is something special about a camera that makes everything look like the 1970′s. Sure it’s still made. But that isn’t the real stuff that you’ll be putting in the camera. It’s the “good enough” version. The “shrinking bottom line” version. I knew the SX-70 before the lobotomy. I’ll miss him.


Exist stage left

Well John has left the building. You can read the official release here. It’s a sad time. But if you want to talk to John about it, why not drop him a line at his site.

Well I’m on holiday. My mum is graduating her docterate and I’m heading down to see it. Yep it’s a week long road trip. and you know what that means. It’s photo time. Stay tuned…

It’s o so quiet

There is a lot to talk about. But it’s time to sit and be quiet. ssshhhhhh…

2004 – the year in review

This was a long year that went really fast. Highlights include

Polymonkey v2.0.
thanks to the insane amount of work by freakdesign and a minimal amount of input from me, The Polymonkey site was given a new lease on life in May. She’s beautiful and no longer a horrible bitch to update.

Matt the monkey gets a show.
In June I had my first solo show at Gallery 482 in Brisbane. Everybody loved it. Except me. I guess no matter how much you try you still see the mistakes. And photography just doesn’t sell in this town. But if you paint, you’ve got a licence to print money.

TY2 is in shops.
The main reason why I can’t remember middle half of the year. TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2 is now in stores and out of my life. The big thing that I did was the overworld. I model worlds for a living and this was one hell of a mesh. 350,000 polys, 280 textures and 2.5 by 1.5 kilometers in size. It was huge and it hurt for the last half of the year. It was all hand modeled after I muttered the phrase.

“terrain generation always looks like arse”

Now I’m playing World of Warcraft and I am eating those words for about 4 hours a day.

Games made me travel.
Went to E3AGDC and AEAF this year. Without a doubt the highlight was E3 and the Japan stopover. The entire thing was updated live on polymonkey. You can still see the fallout in the photo section.

So you may ask, what now?

TY3 is full steam ahead.
This time I’m not building much. (I just couldn’t handle another overworld) I’m just trying to make people not break. Which is a little harder than it sounds.

Japan is calling me.
We’ve already started to save. So if the bank balance goes well. I should be there for the Tokyo Game Show. and then a week of looking around and trying to photograph the place till it can take no more.

More photos.
Well it’s photo competition city coming up. There’s four due at the end of February. So that means more polish and finially finishing of some of those lingering projects. I’m still waiting to hear back about this commission that I might be getting. And I’m putting together some stuff for a grant. And I want to get another show together. This time one that is a little more themed, rather than be a collection.

And more Polymonkey.
I got the question this year of what is this site for. Funny cause I’ve never really thought of that before. I couldn’t answer and I still can’t. Except that it’s mine. And I need to get some things out there. For the moment that’s enough….

Matt the monkey

AEAF- This place is not for you.

I’m in Sydney for the Aeaf and I have the distinct feeling that Computer Games are not their primary focus. In fact I feel quite out of place. Warren Ellis said it best

“Speaking at a convention where you don’t know anyone sucks arse”
(Well he said something like that)

Went to the award dinner last night and polar express won best-animated film. I overheard the guy next to me say.

“What do you know, the train of the dammed picked something up. They spoke here this morning right?”

And then I went back to bed.