Sunday, December 29, 2013

Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

A couple of weeks ago, my camera and I went along to local hard dance night Electrified.

Little rave girl

Thursday, October 3, 2013

OTD 2012: Lomographic Cheltenham

October 3, 2012

I took my shiny new (ish) Diana Mini out to explore my new town of Cheltenham, which I'd moved to less than two weeks prior.

Landscape photography: Cheltenham

Landscape photography: Cheltenham

Landscape photography: Cheltenham

Landscape photography: Cheltenham

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

OTD 2011: Abandoned Warehouse

October 2, 2011

An abandoned warehouse around the corner from where I used to live was pretty trashed, so I went down to scope it out as a potential location for a photo shoot for uni. As much as I'm not a fan of vandalism and useless tagging, I do appreciate the skill and artistry that goes into decent graffiti and street art.. which this mostly isn't, but there's some cute artwork and some bright colours!

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti 
Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Landscape photography: Perth graffiti

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OTD 2011: I Know This Now

October 1, 2011

Timothy Nelson & The Infidels launched their debut album I Know This Now. Those kids always put on a great show; plus it was my little sister's first 18+ gig!

Music photography: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels 
Music photography: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels

Music photography: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels

Music photography: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels

Music photography: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels


Portraits, 2007.

As part of my art folio in high school, I did a series of portraits of some friends.

Portrait illustration


Portrait illustration

Portrait illustration

Monday, September 16, 2013

OTD 2011: The Living End

September 16, 2011

The Living End played at Capitol, supported by The Hunting Grounds. Both put on an epic show. The Living End persistently provide a high-energy, engaging performance - which probably has a lot to do with how dedicated their fanbase is. If you've never seen them live before, and you get the chance - take it!

Music Photography: Hunting Grounds 

Music Photography: Hunting Grounds

Music Photography: The Living End

Music Photography: The Living End


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friends & Workmates.

So tonight at work, we had a band play. That's not terribly exciting, as we've had a few in the last couple months. Superfly, a funk/soul cover band, are definitely the best we've had to play so far. To be fair, in order to beat the last people to play, all you'd need is to know the words to the songs. However, the exciting part is that Superfly.. brought their own lighting! I was ridiculously excited, as everyone who's played thusfar has been badly lit (to varying extents).

Bright, colourful lights make for fun photos. Even if it's not the greatest setup - it's bright enough to get photos, and the colour gives variety and interest. So I took half-a-song's worth of photos, went back to the bar, and then the band finished up and people started to leave. The bar was quiet, the lights were still on, and my camera was right there. Obviously, I couldn't resist taking some photos of my attractive workmates.

Impromptu portrait photography 


Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

Impromptu portrait photography

They actually are quite attractive kids, really.

Impromptu portrait photography

Today's take-away: sometimes, technically-imperfect photos tell perfect stories :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Poké-Tea

So recently, I have re-started watching Pokémon. I grew up in a small town with limited TV channels, so I missed out on the craze as a kid. Well, it infiltrated enough for us to know it was awesome. When we went to Perth for holidays to visit family, my sister and I would get up at 7am to watch Pokémon. We also raided our local video library on Thursdays, and rented all of the VCRs they had of it, which was probably about five.

Pokémon: Rapidash


A few years ago, my sister rediscovered the world of Pokémon. She downloaded an emulator and the original game, and spent most of her final year of high school on her computer playing Pokémon. Because study/homework is overrated.

Around this time, she also started to develop an obsession with tea. She particularly liked homemade and loose-leaf teas, so for her birthday, she requested I get her a teapot with an infuser.

After much searching, I discovered that there really weren't any teapots available that were awesome enough for my little sister, so I decided to do something about it. I found a cheap teapot (that met her specifications), inquired as to her two favourite pokémon, and bought some paint. My sister became the proud owner of an awesome teapot.

Pokémon teapot: Ninetails

Pokémon teapot: Pokéball

Pokémon teapot: Rapidash

Essentially, the point of my story is that I am extremely envious of my sister's teapot. I have only become a fan of tea in the last three months, but now I want a Pokémon teapot gorrammit! Alas, I know that, if I made one, I would only have to get rid of it when I get kicked out of the UK in a year's time. Teapots are bulky, and not essential enough to qualify for precious suitcase-space. But still, I can admire these photos and know that somewhere (in my sister's house, in Western Australia) this teapot does exist.

And that makes me happy.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

OTD 2010: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels

September 4, 2010

Tim Nelson, Boom! Bap! Pow!, and Split Seconds. Back when Split Seconds were still based in Perth, and BBP were full of bubble and bounce. Good times.

Music photography: Boom! Bap! Pow! 

Music photography: Timothy Nelson

See the full album over at Space Ship News.

Monday, September 2, 2013

OTD 2011: You Cannot Do This Assignment Last-Minute!

Lecturer: You cannot do this assignment at the last minute. Don't try. It's impossible.

Every student ever: Challenge accepted.

Playboy lingerie

I work best under pressure. Even still, it was my crazy-busy semester. I was busy working four jobs, studying five units (full-time load is four), and planning Perth's first-ever Can't Stop The Serenity (and the first event I'd ever run, and all the gazillion jobs that go along with it)...

Needless to say, by the time I got around to thinking about this assignment, all studio spaces were booked (yay end-of-semester assignment-rush!), and I couldn't get any last-minute models (because all my friends were also busy with their end-of-semester assignment-rush). So, with an advertising series of three images due in two days, and the only printer space before class as the next day.. I shot a series of images in my apartment. I did not have the equipment to take decent self-portraits. I had a speedlight (that I could only use on-camera), and a tripod, and that was it. No mirror, no remote, no lighting setup.

I did my assignment last-minute. While it might not be my greatest body of work, I do believe I got a Credit. Not bad for an impossible task.

Playboy lingerie

Playboy lingerie

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Four Out Of Six Ain't Bad.

So, the thought recently occurred to me..

Since the beginning of this year, I have visited FOUR continents.

Swanbourne Beach, Perth (Australia)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Egypt, part 1.

By the time we got in to Cairo, the sky was getting dark. We piled into a bus, checked in to the hotel, and departed for our dinner river cruise on the Nile. Just prior to heading off for dinner, we were joined by Khaled - he was to be our tour guide for the next five days. He has a masters degree in archaeology and Egyptology, so the man knows his stuff.

We arrived a little early for boarding the boat, so Khaled organised some shisha to keep us entertained while we wait. Modern Egyptian culture is still fairly influenced by the Ottomans. They were one of the big conquering nations after the Romans, and have left their mark in a collection of countries in and around the Middle East. One of the pastimes they brought with them, was shisha. Watching the smoking pipe make the rounds most definitely kept us entertained. There were the smokers, and a few people who have tried shisha before, who made the whole experience look easy. And then there was the rest of the group, most of whom had rarely or never smoked shisha or anything else before. Needless to say, there was a lot of smoke, and a lot of coughing. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Greece

Far too early, we were up again. A decent amount of time before even the sun had decided it was worth rising. We had arrived at mainland Greece. This didn't mean a whole lot, as our next location was Corfu.. which is on an island. So our ferry finally let us off (about two hours late - they run on Greek 'ish' time), and we drove 1.5 hours to our next ferry. We arrived at our accommodation early afternoon.

And then the fun part (but not actually). Our rooms were at the top of a massive massive hill. Climbing that hill comes pretty close to the Eiffel Tower (and its 669 steps) in terms of effort. It was actually ridiculous. We refreshed, and trekked back down the hill to an optional activity that Contiki staff had been pretty excited about: George's Boat.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Leaving Italia

From Rome to Greece, we encountered our longest period of travel yet: an overnight ferry. And a whole driving day before that.

Fortunately, we did have a brief early-afternoon stop to distract us: some ruins, of a little city called Pompeii. A powerhouse meeting point of Greek and Roman culture, positioned unfortunately close to an active volcano. Volcanology being a science still two thousand years away, the massive eruption that buried the city  was quite unexpected, and also happened to preserve it quite well. Of all the ancient ruins I've seen thusfar (a rapidly expanding list), this city is the least ruinous by miles. It was really amazing to walk around, I'd thoroughly recommend it. And our guide was great (obviously).

Roman amphitheatre, Pompeii

Monday, May 13, 2013

Roma


On our way into Rome, we stopped for a guided tour at the Vatican Museum. The level of ornate decoration of the building is similar again to the Louvre, and the Chateau de Versailles; basically, it's amazing.

The collection of artifacts and artwork is literally amazing. We only had time to see a portion, but you could easily spend days there.

River statue, Vatican City Museum 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Firenze

Pisa, Italy

 After Venezia, we headed to Firenze. On the way, we had a brief stopover in Pisa, so that people could photograph themselves holding up, or pushing over, some tower there that stands on an angle. Also, so that everyone going to Egypt could purchase American dollars to pay for our optional activities.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Venezia

Venezia

 April 7th (Day 11), we caught a ferry over to Venezia for the day. We started with a walking tour, and then spent the afternoon wandering through the streets generally getting lost.

Monday, April 29, 2013

French Riviera (and Monaco)

After Barcelona, we headed back to France, which is the last time I would have any vague ability to communicate in the local language.

We made a brief stop-over in Arles (the home of Vincent van Gogh in the latter part of his life), which houses the fairly well-preserved remains of a massive Roman amphitheater (a World Heritage site), and then continued on to the Antibes.

Arles, France 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Barcelona

When we first got to Barcelona (the evening of April second), we did a quick bus tour of the city, including a stop-off at Sagrada Familia. This ridiculous structure was designed by Gaudi, although he died before being able to completely finish the design, which was done by his apprentices. Construction began in 1882 and it is expected to be completed sometime between 2026 and 2040.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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