Archive for 2009


No Smiling….and plans for 2010

No Smiling

With it being Christmas ‘n’ all I though this adapated ‘No Stopping’ sign seemed very appropriate, good on those that take the infrastructure of our regulated world and shove two fingers up at them.

On another note, coming in 2010 is my attempt at the daily photo concept; 365:2010. I will be posting a photo to my Flickr account every day, the rule is that the image must have been taken by me on that particular day. Being one of the iPhone owning masses I’ll be taking advantage of the Flickr app.

Then once a month I’ll be posting my favourite images to this blog. I think it’ll be a challenge to find something interesting every day, but then again does it have to be ‘interesting’, can it just be every day, can it just illustrate a part of my daily life…guess I’ll find out soon enough.


Leave your man bag at home

Leave your man bag at home

I stumbled across this poster one morning which had been left on the door of Eleven nightclub on Oxford St in Sydney, and found the long list of entry rules quite amusing. The club was formerly known as Boutique and before that Goodbar, both had a pretty bad reputation with Goodbar getting headlines after a shooting rampage.

Obviously they’re trying to clean up the image and I found the list of entry rules pretty amusing. For those that don’t know a ‘Rats Tail’ is a hairstyle where the majority of the persons hair is short or shaved but there is a long ‘tail’ of hair at the back, an example of which can be seen on Wikipedia. Also love the fact that you won’t get in with a man bag, probably to prevent drugs and weapons getting in the club. Considering the type of people that frequent these sort of clubs on Oxford St I’d be amazed if anyone got in!


Sydney Dust Storm….life on Mars?

Sydney September Dust Storm - Life on Mars?

So this story will have made it’s way round the web pretty quickly as Sydney woke up to what looked like life on Mars on Weds 23rd Sep. It was actually the wind that woke me at 6am but as I glanced out of the window I saw this bizarre orange glow. At first glance I thought it was fog, but with the wind there was no way it could be, so after switching on the radio I discovered I was experiencing one of Sydney’s worst dust storms in 70 years.

It looked like the end of the world, a nuclear winter, the orange glow being caused by the low angle of the sun at that time of the morning. As the sun rose the sky took on a less dramatic light beige hue. Stories about the storm are on news sites the world over and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were flooded with images from camera phones. This multimedia gallery from the Sydney Morning Herald pretty much sums up the day.


Shooting a friend

Marc 3

I got the chance to take some photos of a friend of mine the other weekend. Marc has a great body and is confident enough to get naked in front of the camera. The photos were taken with natural light, a spot lamp and another, secret weapon which produced some great colour images.

It’s the first time I’ve done a photoshoot like this in years and hope to do more in the future, check out the full set at Flickr. If you’re in the Sydney area and are interested in me taking images of you just contact me.


Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands

Whitehaven RockAirlie Beach and Whitsunday Islands Trip, August 2009

A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Airlie Beach with my friend Zdenek as a little post birthday treat. Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of islands just off the coast of Queensland which feature spectacular scenery, clear blue sea and white sandy beaches.

We stayed at the Summit Apartments in a fantastic 2 bed place overlooking Airlie, however the view meant it was on a hill which was a bitch to walk up, even going down wasn’t that easy, still worth it though. The weather for the week was fantastic, blue skies and sunny every day. We did a bit of cycling, hiked up small moutain, went out on a boat trip round the islands with a bit of snorkelling and lunch on Whitehaven Beach, and went Sea Kayaking.

The area is such a great place for photography and I made the most of the new Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Angle lens I bought for my birthday. The last time I visited it was a little cloudy and dull so this time is was great to see the islands, beaches and water bathed in sunshine, a very nice, relaxing 5 day break.


Birthday at the Beach

She'll soon find out how cold it is

Now the middle of August isn’t normally the time of year to be heading to the beach in Sydney. But it was an unseasonably 26°C on my birthday so my mate Marc and I headed to Tamarama for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Despite being here almost 5 years it was the first time I’d ever been there, though I’d heard lots of good things about it.

Tamarama is a small bay beach between two of the larger and more well known beaches in the Sydney’s Eastern Beaches; Bondi and Bronte. It has often been known by the nickname ‘Glamarama’ as it attracts the beautiful people and the gays, so why I hadn’t been there before I’m not quite sure.

It was a great way to spend a couple of hours of the birthday and a nice way to relax before the evening’s drinks and dinner. Not quite warm enough to be getting in the water but as you can see from above some were braver. Check the set for the rest of the photos.


Sunny Sunday afternoon stroll in Bondi


Last Sunday was another sunny winter’s day and I hadn’t been down to Bondi for a while so jumped on the scooter and went down for a stroll. It’s still not quite warm enough for many to venture into the sea other than the surfers, but in the sun it was t-shirt weather. I wandered around part of the Bondi to Bronte walk taking photos back toward Bondi on the way.

I also took the opportunity to try out my new Sigma 10-20mm Ultra Wide Zoom lens, it’s great for landscapes and with the polariser filter the colours just look fantastic (if I say so myself!). Here’s to heading back to the beach in summer…..go take a look at the full set of photos.


Nights get Vivid in Sydney

Projection Trail 2

Between the end of May and early June, Sydney held it’s first Vivid Light Festival. A number of light installations were featured in and around Circular Quay and The Rocks areas of the city near the harbour. The Opera House was a focal point with ever-changing images projected on to both sides of the sails. On the final night of the festival I wandered round with hundreds of others to view the installations before they remove. I’ve added a selection of images showing the hjighlights of the festival which includes a number of projections on to the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art:

Museum of Contemporary Art 1

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