Having the nick name swiss cheese plant could be another reason it has my attention! Continue reading
2018. Wow, it goes by in a flash, squeezes you of all your energy and then leaves you spat out to recover on your holidays! At least that’s how it felt this year, perhaps due to not being at my … Continue reading
In two days, I start putting up my photographic work for an exhibition, a joint venture with Susan Nethercote, called ‘Nature’s Abstract‘. I have admired Susan’s work with paint for some time and it dawned on us that we really … Continue reading
It really is about seeing what is right before you sometimes. These shots are an example of that for me. I came home after Christmas to be reminded that all I had to do was stop for a moment and … Continue reading
At a time when there is always something to do, to help with and to watch out for….
The prawns need marinating, there’s a few salads to put together, and LOOK OUT, that puppy’s nose is getting a little too close to that tray of sweets! Is she eating another Christmas card?…
I stole a moment to take some photos in the garden. I promise it wasn’t while the dishes were being done.
Here is my refuge. Even from myself. I found a few gem items. They might not be all the ones the gardener themselves would have chosen, but it always works that way with me and my camera. It feels a little like “I see dead people”, but much less creeepy.
Between Old Man’s Beard, Spider Orchids, Cactus and Agave, there were some very sweet moments of solitude in the morning light.
May we all seek to create rather than destroy – around us and inside ourselves!
Things They Said – multicultural youth dance performance in Ballarat.
Choreographer Shermaine Heng and dancers. Continue reading
I’m on a pathway of learning to love what I am, what I have and who I am.
It’s not that I won’t be trying to improve, but I’ve come to realise that I waste a great deal of energy lamenting what is NOT present in my life, my body and my immediate world.
Of course this is destructive, wasteful and poor management of energy, among other things!
So it is a year of moving forward, perhaps not without fear, but THROUGH fear. Yes, I do that every year. I guess I want to leap a little further, a little higher, be airborne a little longer.
Perhaps I have already learnt to trust myself more and that it’s ok to spread my wings further without knowing what will happen.
What will happen is life – as always – abundant with the full spectrum of emotions and experiences.
I’m a private person and sometimes that prevents me from exposing myself as utterly as art does. It also leaves me feeling as though I have nothing to “say”.
So rather than concerning myself too much with that, I will just BE.
So here is me, trying something new, learning to look up at the abundant sky – simultaneously reminding me how minuscule and integral I am.
I hope you enjoy…
You may remember a dancer I photographed in an earlier blog, Rain Francis.
She has her own dance company Rain and Lucky Dance Theatre. They recently performed at the Short and Sweet Festival in Melbourne.
I was delighted to be asked to take some photos at one of their rehearsals and see the work come together in it’s final stages.
Rain’s dancers, Erynne, Jessica and Hanna worked hard – and some of these stills capture the incredible work that happens in SECONDS, in a dance piece.
All the talent and hard yakka that went into this piece, is evident in it’s powerful result. It was inspiring to be present for this convergence of experience with expression.
And the audience must have agreed, as Rain and Lucky Dance Theatre won the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations!!
Here’s a glimpse into a choreographer’s work of art, with the help of 3 dancers.
And if you missed it, you still have a chance to see it at the Variety Gala on Dec 9th! Book now!
After more than a year in my new home, my garden is still giving me great surprises with what comes up in each new season.
It’s hard not to get out the macro lens and show my appreciation, so I have done it again, focussing this time on a gorgeous purple bulb that seemed to shoot up out of nowhere!
It reminds me to keep on keeping on, as you never know what is around the corner. So here is a little visual thank you to the universe that is my garden, doing it’s own amazing thing.
And may we all continue to do our own amazing thing, even if it takes getting through those winters to rise up and greet the sunshine with everything we have to offer.
And we all DO have something to offer!
A little less on the leaping side of life….. this series is an ode to the less joyous mysteries of life.
For when your body feels alien to you, when pain sends you into another reality and even your own skin feels stained and repulsive.
For when you feel old, dry and lifeless.
May you find hydration.