Frankie Magazine

The latest edition of frankie magazine has been out for a few weeks now, but I thought that i should share that I have a few images inside to illustrate products, 2 articles and the 2016 calendar and diary... Thanks for having me frankie.

Flux Melbourne

Recently a new shop opened in Collingwood and I am super happy to be selling a few of my photographic prints there. Flux is a Melbourne based menswear label, making denim and tees and their new shop is on Smith Street. I have 4 prints for sale, all are limited edition Giclee prints on archival paper. 3 prints have not been exhibited or made it out of the digital realm before, so it's always great to print images up and see them framed and on walls. 

Shelley - The Poster Gal

Recently I photographed for Apartment Therapy the gorgeous home of Shelley Collins - owner of The Galerie. I met Shelley many years ago and have always loved her use of colour and decor / design style…. Really what more do you need on a wall than a gorgeous big French vintage poster and an industrial sideboard or a leather couch ? The Galerie has recently rebranded (from Galerie Montmatre) and moved within Fitzroy from a warehouse space to a gorgeous light filled shop space above Brunswick Street. (They're above Hunter Gatherer - for those in Melbourne)…. I know I am biased towards vintage items and artwork, but they really do have the best ORIGINAL poster artwork in town. Also take a look at Shelley's online adventure titled The Poster Gal

Mon & Stu

A few years ago when we ran our shop, we met some rather ace people who would shop / pop in… Sharing a love of vintage ( surprise surprise ) stuff is a fine way to start a friendship I say… Mon & Stu are one such couple and I recently photographed their awesome home for Apartment Therapy...

Also my website is currently undergoing a refurbishment and it's taking a little longer than I hoped - so my galleries are currently a little sparse, please come back soon as I hope to spend Friday adding to them ;-)

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Let's celebrate

With buying and lead up times to Christmas and the New Year looming I thought I better add some NYE party style photos to my Stocksy port… So I grabbed some things lying around and created a few images this morning… soon available to license over here...

1000 images

I have finally made it to 1000 images on my Stocksy port... now to push on to 1500 by the end of the year... Also I am in the process of changing my website (again), so for the next week, it will be a little empty of images as I re-size and add categories and photographs...

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When life gives you oranges

At the weekend a friend gave us a bag of oranges from her backyard tree… She doesn't like oranges and given they were quite small, but they were organic and homegrown so we juiced those wee babies and I also created some images for licensing over at Stocksy

Stocksy and Frankie

The latest issue of Frankie Magazine has arrived and not only am I happy to have contributed / taken a few images found inside the magazine, there is also a rather ace double page spread featuring some super images by a few of my fellow Stocksy folk…. I know I am biased, but there really are some inspiring images and people there….

Keep me posted

I just got my hands on a copy of the latest Jetstar Magazine thanks to friends who escaped Melbourne's winter and I can happily show some photos I created to illustrate an article on writing postcards… Well lucky for me I travelled a lot in my 20's - pre internet / email we are talking, and I always wrote postcards home to family and friends… I also bought extra postcards to keep in a travel book (aka box of stuff) and after my Grandparents passed away I found many of my postcards I had written to them in a drawer. So my box of stuff related to travel with postcards, tickets, stubs etc is quite a collection and I was super excited to rummage and create images for Jetstar Magazine. Also thanks to Lisanne for lending me a few snow globes and pens from her collection. More images can be found here.

Apartment Therapy

Hello to new folk who have found me via Apartment Therapy… and for other people hello too and guess what, I am a new home tour contributor to Apartment Therapy… First up is the rather ace home of Madeleine and Karl Stamer. Head here to see the full tour. Madeleine is a super talented artist / illustrator - see her work here and Karl runs Lantern Printing. Their home is super colourful, creative and filled with amazing art...

Website re-design

I am in the process of changing over my website design / layout / template. If you are visiting for the first time over the next few days please come back again soon - Hopefully at the weekend it will be ready-ish.... More and more images will be disappearing from this site and are migrating to the new one, so please bare with me… One of the bonuses of my new and improved website is more sub categories, which means I am making my way through images that previously have been hidden from view aka the dark depths of external hard drives and random USB sticks… Such as this one below, combining a few of my favourite things - Vintage Neon signs (in the shape of a teepee - added bonus), turquoise and Indian jewellery. Give me that any day over diamonds or Tiffanys… Sadly the shop was closed during our visit there… Which means I'll just have to visit Williams, Arizona another time…. UPDATE - NEW DESIGN IS LIVE… It is still a work in progress and will have new images added over the coming days / weeks etc...

 

No Parking

So yes I am crap at regularly maintaining a blog… I should have known that I would be, well yes I probably did but hoped differently…. So random photo Thursday… No Parking - don't think that person saw the sign… Or maybe he/she thought it meant no parking either side of the arrows but the middle was OK….

Wednesday Wander - Horse

Imaginative title - yes I know… well it's the country and it's a horse and it's early morning (well not that early as daylight savings hadn't happened yet)… But I thought I would share a photo or 2 of Blue - that's the horse - because I am actually afraid of horses (and birds but that's another story)… I have had 3 encounters earlier in my life that kinda scared me… In primary school my sister and I would walk ourselves to school and back. In those days (the late 70's) - not every suburban block was built to the hilt with McMansions, there were paddocks / empty blocks of land… Imagine… And sometimes there were horses… So I used to save my apple from school (tsk tsk) and on the way home I would feed it to the local horse. Well one day it decided to try and eat my hand too… There was no blood, but lots of tears followed by an explanation to my Mum and a lecture about me not eating apples… Horse Story 2 was on a Brownies camp - at a horse riding stable where we slept in wagons (that bit was good) and a horse that didn't want me on it's back - well you can guess the rest, needless to say it gave me an early experience in rodeo horse riding that I didn't appreciate… Finally Horse Story 3 was when I was about 20, a few friends decided to go on a horse riding day, my horse again didn't like me on it's back, when all the other horses were led to a small dam / lake to drink, mine decided to roll over and go for a swim with me still on it…. So for me to get up close to horses and photograph them is a big thing… 

Random Photo Fridays - Blimpo the Talking Clown

In 2012 we visited the Pinball Museum in Las Vegas and I highly recommend a visit there if you are ever in Vegas - well that and the Neon Museum - way better than 99 cent margaritas and loose slots ( I have photos of those signs somewhere)... Blimpo the Talking Clown was manufactured in 1988 and is a talking vending machine. The Saturn 2000 gum ball machine was manufactured by NorthWestern Corp starting from 1961 and this version looks from the 80's too (but I could be wrong)... During the week I'll try and locate more photos from the Pinball Museum as it's filled with so much great stuff, with most of the machines still operational and playable...

Random Photo Fridays - Phil

I love a good urban wander with my camera and finding random art / graffiti / whatever you want to call it... This photo was taken in Greenpoint, NY in 2012. Phil Collins is one of those performers that I can appreciate his musical talent but never would listen to - no offence Phil... Whenever I look at this image I always think of a quote from way back in 1993 (yes I am a child of the 70's meaning my musical era of choice is always the 90's) from Evan Dando of the Lemonheads... (Taken from Sky Magazine - I used to love that Magazine).... "His one about flying goes a bit like this: If you find yourself sitting two rows in front of a really talented megastar on an aeroplane then there's absolutely no way you're going to crash because, according to Dando, that person just isn't ready to leav this earth yet (er, right). "The other day I found myself sitting right by Phil Collins," he says, trying his best to enlighten us, "and to be honest I wasn't sure what our chances were of survival. I told him who was because I figured we're on the same label and stuff but he wasn't at all friendly, which was kind of good 'cause if he'd been nice and we'd talked the whole journey or something then next time I'd heard Susudio on the radio I'd have had sort of a moral dilemma and would have had to listen to it. He's really OK though," Dando grins, stopping briefly to draw breath, "and that's kind of my theory about music - there's nothing really you can say about any musician just so long as he or she enjoys what they're doing and other people enjoy it. I mean there's a lot of bands I don't like but I still respect them a lot."

Vintage Mondays - Children's Lamps

It turns out I have collected quite a few ( ok 12 or so ) vintage children's lamps... The ones pictured are from the USA and date from the 1950's / 60's... The idea was that Nick being a former electrician would re-wire them, but it turns out it was never that simple - in Australia the light globe mounts / fittings are different and they would also need replacing... And of course I think that would then spoil the look of them, having to add modern plastic mounts. This type of lamp can be found quite easily online via eBay or Etsy... Unfortunately ours have sat unused on shelves, but they still make a lovely display and are a great addition to a child's bedroom... Although I do lust after some custom built shelving for our living room and would love my lamps lined up and curated with all of our other random collections... We also have quite a few Australian-made children's night lights from the 1960's / 70's. Though they are a completely different style and made from plastic... I might photograph them next.... 

Random Photo Fridays - Route 66 GAS

It was another, slow down / pull over kind of moments while driving through the small town of Truxton on Route 66. Opposite the historic Frontier Motel (yes I took photos of that too) was the Barker Apartments, Bar and Gas Station... The Frontier Motel and Cafe was bought by Ray and Mildred Barker in 1957. Ray died in 1990 and Mildred continued to run the cafe until shortly before her death in 2012. Since our visit in 2012 the motel, bar and gas station have been bought by a tour operator from New Zealand and the motel is to be refurbished and due to open this year...