Random Photo Fridays - Hit song formula

So far I only have Mondays covered with a little vintage photo love... So today in an aim to regularly post images to my website etc I thought would start with a little Random Photo Friday find from my archive (e.g. a hard drive full of images that have never seen the light of day)... Titled 'Hit Song Formula' - for obvious reasons.... *parental warning contains swear words.... This image was taken last year at a rehearsal studio in North Melbourne....

Vintage Mondays - Pete the Pepper

We visited the Fryerstown Antique Fair on Saturday (if you're quick you can still head there today) and for collectors like us, we managed to buy only a couple of things. It's taken us a few years to become more selective about what enters our home. Sometimes there is a fine line between collecting and an episode out of Hoarders. So when my son and I spied Mr Pepper we knew he would not only be a great addition to our other vintage Mr Potato Heads and friends but also added to my vintage toys print series

I also love vintage toy illustrations found on packaging / boxes etc and Pete the Pepper is special as it was licensed by Toltoys Australia. I think they make great artwork themselves. I photographed box art and then printed the image at home. 

Lastly I bought a Buffalo Bill children's annual to add to my collection. More about those another day....

Vintage Mondays - Fryerstown Antique Fair

This coming Australia Day weekend is the 40th annual Fryerstown Antique Fair at Burke and Wills Hall, Fryerstown. It is one of the best flea markets / antique fairs for those of us in Australia who don't get to go the Rose Bowl or Alameda Flea in California every month or Paris Flea markets every week or many other amazing vintage fairs around the world.... The photo below contains some of my loot (vintage bottles, children's annuals, salt and pepper shakers, barrel of monkeys and the pink clown roly toy) previously found at Fryerstown. Though a word of warning, check the weather, it can be super dry and super hot. One year I ate 4 frosty fruits wandering around, so pack water and a big bag for your bounty...

playing with toys

Right now I am making plans for creating and sharing more of my work and ideas... Also mapping out some collaborations and photo shoots... I will be blogging 3 days a week - Yes you heard me correct.... But not starting for another week or 2... in the meantime earlier today I had a play with some toys and this series of images will soon be available to license at Stocksy...

collecting and making photos

I love taking / making photos, travel and wandering is my favourite kind but since becoming a parent almost 10 years ago - my travel wanderings are limited, so instead I like to spend time making photos from stuff... We have a lot of stuff, sometimes it (the stuff) drives me a bit crazy... I have a tendency to hold onto things that others would have let go of - I therefore don't recommend going into the second hand business if you love vintage and stuff.... but even though we closed our shop some time ago we still have a lot of vintage stuff left over and now it comes in handy as I can make images and then license them over at Stocksy... Today I played with some old fussball figures and a gumball machine...

star motel

It's hard to believe that it's almost 2015... the last few months have passed in a blur, so I have stopped and taken a look through photos from this year and think about what I have seen and where I have been, move forward looking to new adventures ahead... oh and dream of wandering with my camera in hand...closer to home... and wish Australia had such awesome neon signage preserved in it's urban landscape as the US does...

squirt guns

Yesterday I created some new images in my studio... They were made in part for licensing at Stocksy but also for a project I am working on - about STUFF - You'll find out more about that in the new year... but it combines my love of vintage, nostalgia, history, collecting and memories... It is also available as a print in the webshop.

Skips

So I am spending some time today processing and uploading some recent film photographs taken on my Hasselblad.... who needs VSCO filters when you have film I say... So this image is my new favourite.... The desert areas around Palm Springs absolutely fascinates me.... Such a vast, desolate and not to mention hot area.... This photograph was taken not far from the Salton Sea, next door to Skips was the International banana museum... How I now wish I went inside... It was 38 C outside, my son was well over me stopping the car to get out and take photos... He wanted the pool back in Palm Springs... Why there is an international banana museum in the middle of nowhere, I do not know, as I say if i went in I would have asked...

pez, pez and more pez...

If you follow me on instagram you may know that our 9 year old seems to have inherited our collecting gene (so much for a minimalist accountant later in life)... so on our recent trip to the US we made the deal that he could collect Pez - it gave him something to look for whilst we visited antique shops, flea markets etc.... and they don't cost too much.... And as I have many ideas for decorating kids rooms - photographing vintage toys being one of them, today I grabbed a few of his favourites (ok my favourites) and photographed. Take a look here... They are available over in the webshop. FYI I only quickly printed 2 off at home and Peppermint Patty didn't print very well... The prints for sale are a larger size and printed with archival inks on Ilford gold fibre silk paper from my lab... 

more Christmas wrapping ideas

So after my concrete wrapping paper idea earlier in the week (see previous post), I decided to try out a more traditional Christmas theme... After a rummage in our decoration box I photographed our vintage tinsel tree branches and Christmas lights.... I also printed up a previous image licensed at Stocksy. And voila, DIY Christmas wrapping paper. I printed this at home on plain A4 paper, but you could head to the copy centre and colour photocopy to larger sizes. Take a look at all the images available for licensing here.

a day in the studio

This morning I decided to utilise some free time and create some Christmas images for licensing at Stocksy... After an online discussion with fellow stocksy photographers about the lack of inspiring gift wrap, photography trends etc I was inspired to create my own concrete gift wrap. Additional images / ideas are available at Stocksy

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Make and Mend at Lunch Lady Mag

I am regularly putting together a vintage / decor style article over at lunchladymag. The first one went up yesterday and it's about collecting a theme and decorating with it. You can find it here... Nick and I have collected way too much stuff over the years and we are contemplating opening a stall somewhere, but for the time being we are selling a few of our things on the webshop.

USA on film

I have just picked up my film / negatives from our recent trip to the Californian desert captured on my trusty old Hasselblad... I will be adding photos over the next few days to my travel portfolio.... 

Dusting off the Hasselblad

Earlier this week I went for a drive in Melbourne looking for quirky places to capture on my old film Hasselblad.... I love this camera and will aim to take it out every week or two. There is nothing like the anticipation of heading to the lab and picking up film... and nothing like really thinking and choosing what to frame and expose...

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