Andy is one of the most intense drummers I know. Ice baths are one way of looking after his arms. He’s dedicated, that’s for sure.
— Olympus Stylus. Kodak Gold 200 —
Oliver Brooks of Leisure Suit in the studio.
—Tri-X 400 pushed 3 Stops. Pentax 67II. 105mm f/2.4—
Aaaaah, it all went by so fast. Just as quickly as I came to Australia, I left. I know 18 days can feel like a long time, but I was busy the whole time. Very very very busy. I shot a wedding and second-shot 3 others. I shot a model, an engagement shoot as well as another couple who housed me in Sydney. If I wasn’t shooting I was out with my friends who I was staying with, or meeting up with some photographers who run in the same circles. I spent one day lazing by a pool not doing much. It was definitely a very social and very work orientated trip. Not too much time to just wander and do the “touristy” things.
Australia was a truly fantastic experience. I could not believe the level of hospitality people had in general. The few people who hosted me went well beyond anything I expected to make my stay that much more incredible.
I probably enjoyed Melbourne the most. It is very similar in look to Vancouver, but had a much more “European” vibe to it. I fell in love with it from the moment I stepped out of the airport. No joke. Certainly one of the more fashionable cities I’ve been to, it was also host to numerous different cultures and good food. Melbourne buzzed. I wish I could have stayed longer and explored it more. I guess I’ll just have to come back one day and spend a lot more time there.
Sydney was a very close runner up. I guess it was the only main city to compare Melbourne to. While it truly is a remarkable place, I felt it was missing something. I’m not sure what it was, but Melbourne had it. That being said I would not complain one bit if I was stuck there for the rest of my life. These two cities really struck a chord with me and have set the bar so damn high for other cities to compete with. In the next few weeks I’ll travel through 14 or so major cities. We’ll see how they fair. Besides SF, Van and Chicago (when I was 7), I’ve never been to any major cities. I think my next adventure is going to be a major shock to my system.
Right now I’m in Toronto (let’s add that to the list right now). It’s HUGE. Sprawling concrete as far as the eye can see. Definitely not Sydney or Melbourne, but it has it’s own unique flavour. Coming from a warm Australian climate to a winter that is worse than Victoria ever gets (and it’s really not even that bad) has been a shock on it’s own, but I’m adapting. I’m super happy to be staying with my good friend Grady. I’ve also ran into another good friend, Kylie, and made a new friend, Tyler. This trip is really making me understand how damn freaking small the world really is.
Anyhow. I thought I would update this to let people know where in the world I’m at this very moment. Notable experiences in Australia were:
- getting cornered and almost eaten up by Kangaroos (srsly, they’re scary as hell)
-exploring an abandoned mental asylum in Melbourne on my first night there with a bunch of amazing people I met that day through a South African friend I hadn’t seen in 5 years.
-the Taste Festival in Sydney which had the most delicious food i think I’ve ever had,
-meeting the man who trained the man who trained me for my first job IN SOUTH AFRICA… yes…I know…what’s up with that?
-Hanging out with another South African friend I hadn’t seen in 4 years either,
- Meeting up with amazing photographers James Bennett, Nick Pitt, James Day, James Frost, Oli Sansom, Daniel Bilsborough, Heath and Jacquie Bennett and all of their friends,
- shooting my first professional model in a fashion type shoot (which I will absolutely do more of when I return to Victoria),
-engagement session at the Opera House,
-assisting on a commercial shoot for Mastercard,
-salted coconut and mango salsa sorbet at Messina,
-discovering Karl Stefanovic,
-getting my 8x10 polaroid portrait taken,
and so much more I can’t think of right now. I’ll have to run over my images when I get time and do a better post. Here are a few from the trip. I have a LOT more, but no time to edit it just yet. Next up is an adventure to Detroit to take some pictures and eventually head to Ithaca to see my uncle.
Testing light on Oli before I took the film shot. I quite like this one though, even though it’s not the “final.” The film is getting processed and scanned as we speak by RDF in Sydney.