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River Phoenix inspired shoot

A little while ago I started a series inspired by young, dead celebrities ‘Gone too soon’. So far in this series I have done Marylin Monroe and James Dean.For this is a shoot we went downtown Halifax with River Phoenix as inspiration. Christian was every bit the professional and brought along the perfect wardrobe for our early 90’s look. Next week I’ll be posting Whitney Houston with our 80’s inspired shoot!

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Magnolias+Model

Sheena is a young model building her portfolio and after our conversations about what would be good for her portfolio- some natural light portraits taken outside, we settled on the location of the Kings/ Dalhousie architecture. I was excited to shoot in that location as I never had before and I was very pleasantly surprised when I found one of my favourite trees, with big beautiful Magnolias growing. 

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Mothers day matching Polaroids

I started this series back in September 2009 and it still continues, this is what I’m saving my very last rolls of real Polaroid film for. Standing in each of my parents footsteps when they were my age in various places in Europe and the UK


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Reflections on last year, now.

I know I’ve kind of missed the boat on posts wrapping up the year that has past in photos or memories but I still wanted to have the opportunity to go through and pick some of my faves that you may or may not have seen over the past year from my Lomography film cameras.

January
Trying out my newly won Diana, I experimented with some light painting around my newly purchased Fisheye 2. These were the cold January days in Canada where I had to find things to take photos of inside so as not to freeze my trigger finger off mid click. Okay so maybe it wasn’t that bad but at the time it felt like it..
February
Adventuring across the city to pick up my (again newly won) Diana Mini I took this photo on the way back of some items out the front of a shop that can only be described as selling Bric-a-brac. I like the ‘Bambi’s’ and my reflection in the pot, with my camera to my face, not an inch of skin to be seen.
March
An early warm streak had me jumping for joy in March but even though it was only short lived I loved getting out and seeing random sights like this when the snow melted away, the dressings of a snowman built months before.
April
Through Couchsurfing I met a now great friend and we went on a road trip to Chicago together. Coming from Australia the chance to be able to drive to such places still seems weird to me but it was a fun time. I challenged myself by only taking film cameras on the trip and was shattered when I received back all the black and white rolls from my Holga, which in one view had been ruined by the lab. I now think that the dust spots, scratches and chemical marks all add to the photos making them look even more vintage.
May
We went back to Halifax for a much needed couple of weeks off seeing family and friends and this photos just really captures that time for me.
June
Getting back to London it was like someone had flipped a switch to summer and had made the grass grow, the flowers bloom and the Sears workers scream about lawn mowers instead of snow blowers. We took to playing tennis to soak up some sun and get exercise.
July
On Canada Day I painted the town red with my Fisheye and colorsplash flash. I had really hoped that this photo came out better than it did, with the couple in front of us kissing under the fireworks, but alas that is one of the chances you take when you shoot with film.
August
This was an incredibly busy month filled with lots of work, many photoshoots, packing for moving, goodbyes, travelling halfway across the country and somehow we managed to fit a day trip to Niagara falls in there.
September
After enjoying a few weeks in Halifax with road trips to Hunts Point and the Valley, The 26th was always going to be the day that I had to be out of the country by, we left a couple of days earlier and made the hell of a trip from Halifax, Canada to Tumbi Umbi, Australia.
October
After a lot of settling in and catching up with people we headed way up north to the Barrier Reef stopping at a fair few fun places in between. This double exposure was taken on Fraser Island. It’s a long story of what happened but if you ever find yourself going there. Take it from an Aussie and 2 Canadians, drive, don’t walk.
November
Work started, fixing up the house took up the free time and other than seeing the friends on the odd occasion not as much happened. Except for getting the camera of all Lomography cameras, the LCA
December
The coldest beginning to a December on record and overall 5 degrees less than average sent me and my bragging about how warm this summer will be back into my ugg boots. The Koala and the Moose did however happen to pick a lovely day to explore in Sydney.

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Tina and Alberts Engagement

One rainy day at the beginning of March I set off with the incredibly fun and down to earth couple into downtown London for their engagement session. Even though the weather never really eased off and they never complained as we walked around downtown looking for different locations to shoot. We really hit the jackpot when we went into Museum London and took some great silhouette photos near the huge windows they have showing off the city and through those we saw what looked like an Iceberg which we had to go check out. We headed into the Covent Garden market to have a ride on the horse, to go along with their country theme wedding, and right at the end I made them jump in puddles getting all wet. It was a lot of fun and it was an honor to photograph these two getting married last Saturday! Next week I’ll have part one of that!








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Josh and Nicole’s Maternity session

Here’s my faves from Josh and Nicole’s Maternity session, I’ll introduce their little bundle of joy next week! Enjoy!









And here just a could of extras of their gorgeous pets!

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Making up for memory mondays..

So I guess I must have been too busy squirrel chasing yesterday to remember to do the Memory Monday post on time. So heres one to make up, and from only a week or so ago!

Very early on a Wednesday morning got together with my new Couchsurfing friend Tyler and road tripped it from here in London Ontario to Chicago Illinois. We saw all the major tourist attractions there, went to a jazz bar and ate some chicago deep slice pizza. The main purpose of the trip was to see Vivian Maier’s exhibition and because of that I decided I would ‘Leave the Digital grind behind‘ and take only film cameras. I’m still waiting on all the 120 film rolls to come back but these were from the Diana Mini color roll.











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Ballin’ Berlin

Ballin’ I know, I hate that word too but there is a serious lack of words in the English language at least which describe how awesome Berlin is. The city where anybody who’s anybody in the creative world wants to live at some stage this city and the stories and history that it has just needs to be seen. I was there for only 2 short days but man did I walk my butt off to get to see everything I could while I was there.

I have a lot of photos in this post so I wont talk for too long but I did a Sandemans free walking tour here also and we got to see a load of different historical sites and he pointed us in the way of many of the museums and galleries that were there. What amazed me was knowing how much of the city was completely bombed in the war and has been rebuilt basically from the ground up. We saw everything from the book burning site to where Hitlers bunker was- nothing more than a car park with a bit of a green patch – see the photo of the Aussie flag shoes, that is someone from my tour standing on it. The second day I did a street art tour with the same company which was pretty awesome seeing all the ‘underground’ places I know I wouldn’t see otherwise. I stayed at The Grand Hostel Berlin and it was the best hostel I stayed in for my whole trip.




















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Memory Mondays Week 9

At the end of October last year I happened to see a link on Facebook that Hanson were doing a North America tour. When I realized where I was and that Detroit was 2 hours one way, Toronto was 2 hours another way or, if needed, New York was 8 hours another way I knew that the time had come and I had to see my 3 favorite singing brothers again.

The last time I saw them was in 2005 in Sydney for their Underneath tour and it was like a dream come true so I booked my Toronto ticket and got on a Greyhound at the end of November to go see them. I had a nice day walking around the city reminiscing about the last time I was there about 2 and a half years before with my best friend, I even went to the same sushi place for lunch. I checked out the new Lomography store there and one of my other favorites, Urban Outfitters.
At around 4pm Hanson made their way out of the buses and they held a ‘walk’ and I walked barefoot around the Toronto streets. A little later- after a very cold wait- we went inside and my camera wasn’t allowed in because it was professional, so it was lomography to save the day and I took some film photos but also went on this crazy little thing called the internet after the show and watched any number of videos or saw photos that I wasn’t able to take.
Hanson fans really are some of the most friendly people and it was fun talking to people around me, but like at most concerts at one point I had to go and sit down coz I felt faint but other than that it was an amazing show and I urge you to check out their new video ‘Give a little’ It really is one of the most upbeat songs i’ve heard in awhile and the video is awesome, check out their kids dancing! I’ve also written an article on the Lomography site about the new video!

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To post or not to post..

So I’m sitting here wanting to post some more of my photos that I took in Europe and also something to do with love coz, well, we’ve all heard those two words of what is happening on Monday enough by now so I wont say it again but I’d already posted all of my Europe street love photography a while back but I also had another folder which has a different kind of love, but still a very important one, of a parent and a child.

I’ve mentioned it before but when starting out my trip in the summer I went to an exhibition at the Tate modern about Voyeurism. I don’t know if it was because I had seen that exhibition or just because I always try and see whatever beauty is going on around me that I began to notice a lot of photos cropping up of children by themselves or with their parents. So here was my dilemma was if I should post these photos online or not. I have printed them in my book but that isn’t as seen as something like a blog post.

As you can obviously tell I decided that I feel like it is okay for me to post these photos. Street photographers have always taken photos of children and families without consent and even though times have changed with the invention of the internet from the days when street photography was born the ideal is still the same, to create that iconic image that will get you known, for good or for bad. I’m hoping that you will see the beauty in these photos as I do.








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