Monday, June 27, 2011

Show me the light.

I love early morning and late afternoon sun. I love as it slowly becomes softer and more defused rather than the harsh sun that we get here during the day. This afternoon I sat out in our courtyard while doing some things because the sun was getting lower and giving off that really nice glow. I didn't bother taking any photo's today but below is some of my own digital photography where I've shot in the natural light. 

(All Above images are my personal photographs)

The camera flare is deliberate; some people hate it and go to huge extents to avoid it in their pictures but I think it can be amazing if you capture it the right way. 

Take me to Wonderland.

(Above images all by Tim Walker)

Tim Walker has been a long time favourite fashion photographer of mine as well as just a generally inspiring person to me. He not only captures amazing photographs in technical terms, but he's ability to completely captivate and draw the viewer into the picture itself through creating an almost separate dimension or world will always hold me in absolute awe. 

Another photographer, Rus Anson, that I stumbled across more recently has managed to grab my attention in the same kind of way. Whilst the aesthetic qualities of the photographers works have many differences, they both bring a quirky magic into their photographs and manage to tell a story within just one image. Both also tend to use objects that whilst found very much in our everyday lives, are used so out of context and has you questioning "why not?" and in a way almost question our very reality and thus what can then become reality. I love that both photographers not only can get the viewer to question this about the out of place objects but to even make them so fashionable.

(Above group of Images all by Rus Anson)

A whole lot more of Rus Anson that I couldn't show here due to Copyright protection over at:

and for more Tim Walker and his Bio: 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Round two has begun!


Round two has begun! For this I was asked to submit a 250 word article on why I should be the next style correspondent. This is what I had to say:

We’re so often fed through pop-culture this image that working in the fashion industry is so amazingly glamorous, you just have to fit the look through following trends; that makes you a ‘fashion person’. The truth is that ‘fashion people’ are hard working, focused, passionate and tough-skinned, generally starting at the very bottom and giving decades of hard work to make a name for themselves within this industry.

 I’m not scared of hard work; I was raised taught that regardless of what you do, you always give it your all and work hard to create it for yourself. Yet in saying this, I’ve also learnt that if an amazing opportunity comes along you don’t let it pass by easily; you fight for what you want.

I believe that only being eighteen, I bring a fresh approach yet still have enough life experience behind me. Growing up in Perth and having always been interested in fashion, I’m used to watching the wider ‘fashion world’ and isolating aspects of overall trends to interpret for the opposite season here and for my own style.

Having a photographic eye I see the world in a certain way; I’m always thinking about whether something photographs well and from this I have a great attention to detail, helping my ability to descriptively recount and write about what I see.

Additionally, I possess the confidence and personally to work in the more social side of the Fashion industry, constantly meeting, interviewing and liaising with people.

Street Art, literally.

I thought this was a little bit different and a really cool way to in a way track the pulse of a city

       "500 liters of waterbased environmentally-friendly paint on asphalt 
spread by 2000 cars.2010 Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin" 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

La Sardina!

I love film photography. I remember messing around with the family camera when I was little, then everything would of course be on auto and I would just point and shoot but I still remember how excited I used to get when we'd take the film into the one hour developers and how the hour wait seemed like such an amazingly long time to finally get my film back. I just loved to see all those little moments in time that you normally would never think twice about, or if you did, who knows if that's exactly how that moment was or if over time your mind changes small details. I loved photographs for being able to capture those little moments so perfectly and save them forever. 

While the digital photography 'revolution' has been great to make capturing these moments in time more affordable and thus more accessible, there will always be such magic about film photography that digital photography will never truly recreate. 

Very high quality film photography will always be a higher quality than digital can recreate due to the way that the image is captured, yet to me that is not at all why I will always prefer analogue. To me it just means so much more and the whole process to how the image is created through light and chemical reactions is like magic.

Although I had to learn the actual process and theory behind how and why the image is produced, I think even without knowing that I always just appreciated it. The first time I ever developed my own images in a darkroom I remember watching the image slowly appearing on the page right before my eyes as I put it though the developing Chemicals and being truly mesmerized. 

These days, even though I no longer have access to a darkroom and have to pay to buy every roll of film and then get every roll developed (and I wonder where my money goes),  it's not cheap, especially for black and white which I love so much more again, I will always pay the money anyway because the excitement and the wait that makes you appreciate the images and the creativity behind them will always be worth it. 

While in some cases I want to have complete control over my photos and knowing mostly how they're going to turn out and that they definitely will turn out, there is something I love about just point and shoot and having that uncertainty about how and if it will turn out. This is what originally attracted me to Lomography in the first place. 

I got myself a Diana Mini with flash last December as a kind of Christmas present to myself and I now take it almost everywhere with me and due to it's mini size it makes it possible to take film photography anywhere. It's been a long time since I've been caught out on a weekend night or at a festival without my mini Diana and I think it has completely been worth it, I've captured so many memories in a really unique way and I cherish them. 

Some of my personal photographs captured on my Diana Mini using different films and sometimes my colour gel flash filters...

(Above photographs are my own images taken on my Mini Diana)

Lomography has just come out with a new edition of cameras called 'La Sardina', there are four in the collection  that "Inspired by a simple can of Sardines, design and style of maritime dreams while taking beautiful wide angle pictures on 35mm film. Meet El Capitan and Fischer’s Fritze, equipped with Fritz the Blitz flashes, featuring yellow, red and blue filters, it will drench even your darkest pirate adventure in colourful light. Its small size makes La Sardina fit in every pocket to accompany you on all your Lomographic journeys. Also meet Sea Pride and Marathon! Pride is more into icy water, all dressed up in blue and silver and Marathon will take you on a sunny cruise around California. As different as these 2 clones may be, they have one thing in common – a crazy wide-angle plastic lens. Their small size makes La Sardina fit in every pocket to accompany you on all your Lomographic journeys."

I'm currently saving to get El Capitan (I think ... I'm torn between that and the Fischers Fritze) and I'm getting quite excited to get a second lomography camera!

El Capitan:

Fischers Fritze:

More about these camera's and everything to do with Lomography at