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I Lament the Loss of the Old Photobooth

19 Nov

I do miss the old photobooths.

These are some photos of my Mum, my sister and I from circa 1976.

I love the way Mum has posed, not gazing but a reasonably intent stare off to the side. Why Mum? She quite often did this in photobooths but not normal happy snaps. Note to self, ask Mum why.

I’m the one with the bad bowl cut (looks like I’ve hacked at my fringe) loving my Indian lollipop and my sister is pleased as punch about something, which is surprising given I’m the one with the lollipop.

I also love that Mum kept the one with only half of my head. This had been in the family photo album forever. Most people would have edited that as a dud and chucked it but not my Mum. No, that’s a keeper!

I love that people pose and do much more stupid things in a photobooth. It also reminds me of the movie Amelie. And when the now defunct Remo store on Oxford St, Darlinghurst had one on the ground level, next to the cafe. There is something quite special about that little space you cram into with friends, not really knowing if you all fit in the shot or not.

These pics are precious to me. They are yellowing, delicate and torn. They remind me of a time when perhaps my sister and I did get along (we didn’t speak to each other for almost 9 years). A time when Mum seemed glad to have kids.

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The Creative Itch

10 Nov

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

A Million Little Pictures: Photomobile
Most people have some sort of creative itch.  Mine is pretty much anything visual.  I basically love to just make.

Even though I have a background in the arts, I still find myself paralysed.  Perhaps it was over-training??  But then again, I think that most people with a creative streak experience this crushing feeling inside.  One day, looking at a blog I found a link to The Sketchbook Project, run by the Brooklyn Library.  So I signed up and excitedly waited 10 days for my moleskin diary to arrive, pleased with my selected theme of ‘adhere to me’.  I’d been thinking and planning what I’d do, I was ready to start.  I ripped open that beautiful, little brown package…. only to discover my theme was ‘make mine a double’?????  What happened???  I’m POSITIVE I didn’t pick that.  Hmm, I can be quite apathetic at times and I just decided it was too much hassle to try to change it. 

Well, I’ve had that little diary for about a month and a half now… been trying to think what to do, don’t want to do the obvious, which has been frequently suggested, to just do doubles of everything.  Now I have an idea and formulated a plan.  But what was meant to be a bit of fun, play, has gripped me with the fear.  I keep coming up with reasons of why I can’t start just yet.  For example, I have to get some pictures printed.  I have to go to the art shop.  I don’t have time at the moment……  And then, I discovered their photography project!!!

AMLP is the same concept, but photography.  Sign up, pick a theme and they send you a disposable camera to go nuts with.  YEAH!!!!!!  I love photography!!  I should have listened to my lecturer when I was at art school and change photography to my major but nooooo, I stuck to sculpture.  Why?  Financial and procrastination reasons mostly.  I knew that the photog majors had an assignment due every week.  Yes, every week.  To a natural procrastinator like me, that’s just majoring in hell.  Also, an assignment every week meant loads of $$$$ spent on photography paper and film.  Shheeeeetttt.  But my love of photography has never left, as you can tell if you’ve looked at any of my other posts.

So now I am anixously awaiting my package so I can get snapping.  My theme this time is ’27 days of’.  You will have to wait and see what the 27 days are going to be of.

I’m also hoping that getting the photography bit going will kick my butt into gear to get the sketchbook happening.

Maybe you should sign up too?

A little bit of architecture, my obsession with the ANZAC Bridge and random loosely related pix…

9 Nov
I love buildings, any type of building or bridge….
This is a selection of photos taken from my mobile over the past couple of years, so excuse the poor quality!

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An overnight trip to Melbourne

4 Nov

Recently I had a super quick overnight trip to Melbourne for work. 

Forgot my camera but was able to get a few pix from the good ol iphone.

My fav eatery

 

My walk!

No soup for you!

 

Heaven is having two seats to yourself