Sunday, February 23, 2014

BL: Burning Man

Burning Man
Photo by Jim Urquhart via UrbanFragment

I have been obsessing over Burning Man lately. I just finished watching Spark: A Burning Man Story. Every thing I watch or look at makes me a billion times more keen to go.

They are running a regional event in WA this April, about a 5hr drive out of Perth, and I am quite tempted to go. It is the first one, though, so I'm a little uncertain.

One thing I am certain about: I will be going to the actual Burning Man in Nevada... eventually.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BL: Go to a Festival

Bucket list: Go to a festival

It honestly surprises me every time I hear of someone who has never been to a festival. I've been to 30-something (working at most of them), so I guess I find it a little odd that something such a normal part of my summer experience doesn't even cross into other people's universes.

Honestly, Australia is CRAZY-SPOILT when it comes to festivals - as well as however-many festivals that are one-offs, most of our major music festivals TOUR! Not like some of the European and American festivals that play two or three cities, but EVERY MAJOR CITY in Australia. It makes sense that Europe's all one-off festivals, because Europe's not that big (excluding Russia, the entirety of Europe is a moderate amount smaller than Australia) and airfares around Europe are much cheaper than around Australia, so going to festivals all around the place isn't a massive deal.

But all the major festivals (which are declining in number each year, but stand at around a half-dozen this year, I think) play a decent selection of Australian cities - usually Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane/Gold Coast, and Adelaide. A few even hop across for a date or two in NZ. So we're pretty spoilt for choice, really.

Obviously big music-concert-festivals aren't the only relevant events - 'festival' covers a lot of events, big and small, and based around a lot of things other than music. Just looking at my own bucket list: Oktoberfest, Weekend at the Asylum, Burning Man, Holi, Rio Carnivale, come off the top of my head, but there's countless more.

So go on - go to a festival!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

OTD 2011: The Getaway Plan

The Getaway Plan

February 9, 2012

The Getaway Plan played at Capitol, in Perth, supported by Tonight Alive.

I actually got kicked out for shooting this gig! The bands' promoters contacted the publication I shoot for to ASK them to send a photographer, my name was on the door (and thus I was allowed in with my professional camera).. but one of the bouncers decided I wasn't supposed to be there. Since the site I shoot for doesn't provide us with printed press credentials of any description, and the venue didn't issue press/photo passes at the door (because you don't NEED them there.. if you're allowed to shoot there, they allow you entry with your camera).. a pointless argument ensued, and I was asked to leave. I'd already gotten all the shots I needed, and arguing with stubborn security staff is far too much effort, so I just put away my camera and disappeared into the crowd.

Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive

The Getaway Plan

Thursday, February 6, 2014

BL: Take a Pole Class

Bucket list: Take a pole-dancing class

If you've never tried pole-dancing, I highly recommend giving it a go. Even just one class. Yes, that includes the guys!

It's everywhere now, and while it's not the cheapest or most-accessible of sports, there's not a whole lot that's such an amazing work out and SO MUCH FUN! There's so many different styles, there's something for everyone. Most places will offer trial, or drop-in classes, so you have no excuse! Not quite as many places offer classes for men, but they are out there!

If you think pole-dancing is neither a sport, nor a 'real' kind of dance, nor an art form, check out this video of Felix Cane.

If you think that only women pole-dance, here's a video from a recent mens' competition.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BL: Go to a Concert

Bucket list: Go to a concert

If you've never been to a concert, for heaven's sake get yourself to one. You don't have to spend a lot of money, go check out a local band, it might cost you $5-10. If that's still too much, I'm sure you can find quite a few free things on over the course of a year, however small/crappy a town you live in.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bucket List

I have decided to make a bucket list. I can't remember where the idea came from earlier this evening, but I started thinking about things I wanted to do, and some of the amazing things I've already done, and decided I should make a list. If nothing else, it will give me something to post!

Stay tuned ;)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chalkboard Artistry

Back when I worked at The Leederville Hotel, one of my favourite parts of my job was doing the chalkboards.

Chalkboard art: Red, white & blue party

Chalkboard art: Toga party

Chalkboard art: Leederville Lounge Room

Chalkboard art: NYE/NYD Beach Party

Chalkboard art

Chalkboard art

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