Hand Letter Your Way To My Heart.


Sometime within the last few weeks I have discovered that I am not too shabby at this hand lettering business. I have also discovered how easy it is to make things like this look really pretty in photoshop. These are 6 of my most recent projects. Cant go past Savage Garden, David Crowder, One Direction and general happy celebrations. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Work hard, stay humble,

DIVEST: Gallery on the Lane.

Today I had the opportunity to attend the DIVEST exhibition showing at Gallery On The Lane, located in Southport on the Golden Coast of Australia. It is a "collaboration between two of Australia's most promising young photographers on an ocular stroll through social surroundings and isolated rural wonderlands". These two photographers are Max Duff and Mitch Carlin or 'Finland' as he is referred to within the exhibition.

Mitch's work captures something that intrigues me like no other: social commentary. His images, all presented in stunning black and white and mounted on old medical/informational journals were accompanied with the caption "we are all watching and idly yawning". This may or may not be a direct reference to the Mason Cooley quote "the gods are watching, but idly, yawning". I'm not sure, but in my mind, I'd like to think so. We so often watch situations pass us buy and we do nothing, even if it is within our power to do so. These photographs invoked emotion, as black and white often does, and I repeatedly found myself becoming invested in the stories of those he found through his lens. I did not know these people, but after a while I felt I did and wondered where they were headed on the day those photos were taken. I will never know, but I hope it was somewhere beautiful.

Max Duff, the second part of this stunning exhibition both displayed both rural photography and illustrated typography. Typography is one of my favourite things in this world, so I was finding myself wishing I could purchase every single one of his pieces. From favourite songs to beautiful phrases this collection of illustrated type was something I would definitely love to aspire to. Duff's photography also gave way to an interesting thought process. Each of his images contained a vast rural setting and the same female model dressed only in denim jeans or shorts. It wasn't until I realised the meaning of the exhibitions title that I started to think. The word divest means to 'deprive someone of power, rights or possessions'. It can also be used to describe something that is deprived of a particular quality. To me, this series of photos brought about the comparison of the city to the country and maybe the freedom I feel within a city, to be whoever I want to be, isn't very free after all. Maybe the freedom we all seek involves the physical space to be so? I equate country living with needing or having less than those within the urban jungle, but maybe it is the opposite. Maybe they have everything, and more.

This exhibition was a lovely way to spend my tuesday morning. From invoking photography to bold typography, it was an exhibition that challenged and inspired. The gallery is a beautiful little niche within the Southport CBD and I encourage anyone who is within the area to check it out. Also, a huge thanks to Nicola Parsons at Gallery on the Lane and Troy Sizer, from CATC Design School for pulling this little adventure together.

We are all watching, and idly yawning,

Far Above Rubies Or Pearls.

She is beautiful but the world sometimes tells her different. She is strong even with the world against her. She will overcome, even when everyone around her tells her no. I spent my Saturday night with some of the girls of our youth ministry, being girly, taking photos and eating something disgusting every time I forget to preface one of the girls name with the word princess. This happened a lot, in fact way too many times for my liking. These nights happen (almost) yearly, with each year being as special and as impacting as the last. As a teenager, I grew up in this church, and these sleepovers are some of my best memories. I remembering hearing the stories of those whom I now call friends, and thinking how amazing they were and how incredibly lucky I was to do life with them. Fast forward to now and I have somehow become apart of the amazing team who bring events like this together, and above anything in my life, it is this that is my greatest honour. To try and give a group of amazing young people what was so freely given to me will be a feat that sometimes seems too big, but when it is achieved, it is an indescribable joy. To my youth girls: you are all one in a million, and doing life with you all is so much fun. keep being who you are cause that will always be the best version of you! Your "value is far above rubies or pearls".
princess, daughter, warrior

Happy 50th Issue Frankie!

Yesterday, Frankie magazine published it's 50th issue and my attempt at photographing it does not do it justice. When this baby landed in my hot little hands, I was literally speechless for the next 15 minutes. I didn't think this magazine could be anymore perfect, and then they gave us this. The cover alone is amazing. It was a collab between Lara Burke and Sara Hingle (Frankie's Creative Director and Illustrator, respectively) and then HAND EMBROIDED by Lara's mum. I spent a good 5 minutes just touching the embossing on that thing. This is Frankie like you have never seen it before, and it is absolutely perfect for it's 50th issue. Beautiful imagery, extremely relevant articles and I almost want to purchase every single product they have featured, ah, Frankie, once again, you can do no wrong. Congratulations, here's to 50 more.

Shutter Eyes.

These are some of my favourite photos that I have taken. I have never studied photography but since I am starting a photography subject at college, I thought it would be nice to have a blog post of what I think is my best now, and see if it changes in four months time.
Stay focused,

Tuesday Favourites: Albums

I never used to be able to name entire albums that I adored. Maybe it's a sign of changing musical tastes, or because I am getting older, but I have recently been able to find not only amazing songs, but whole albums. Below are 6 current favourites:

1. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette.
I don't know what it is about this album. I first got my hands on it when I was 14 and a die hard Dawson's fan and they used 'You Learn' on one episode. My mum had this on tape deck from 1995 but at fourteen I was enamoured by the raw honesty and completely 'out there' lyrics. This album was my 'shh don't tell my parents, I am so rebellious' album. It gave me so much as a teenager and will always have a place in my top 10.

2. Our Version Of Events - Emeli Sande.
I first heard Emeli on someones automatic music player on their tumblr. The song was Heaven and I loved it. Since then I always thought about getting her album but never got around to it. Well recently I was able to add it to my collection and I am in love. It is a stunning album and I adore every single song, both musically and lyrically. Stand out songs, if I had to pick, would have to be Clown, Read All About It and River.

3. Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm - Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
Never before has an album so quickly become a favourite. and by quickly I mean iTunes finished downloading about an hour and a half ago. I stumbled upon this last night when Finn Harries tweeted about the song Atlas Hands and I was in love half way through the first play. This album is one of those soundtrack albums. I had it playing before, and I was painting my nails and drinking tea and there was candles and I was in bliss. This album is like that anyway, but add it to the perfect setting and you have struck gold. Favourite songs would have to be Atlas Hands, Don't Go Slow, Butterfly Culture and Stole Your Away.

4. Up All Night - One Direction.
I know , I know, it's One Direction but I can't help it. I've never been able say no to a good boy band. They're British, incredibly beautiful, lovely voices and oh so catchy songs. Whats not to love? My favourite song is definitely Taken. It is kinda, sorta, maybe 47 play counts above all the others.

5. Born To Die - Lana Del Rey.
I didn't get the whole Lane Del Rey fascination until someone gave me her entire album to listen to. Listening to her album is completely different then randomly hearing one song over and over on the radio. To put it simply, I cannot get enough of this girl. If you want to make your Lana Del Rey love even bigger, look up the set from Splendour in the Grass. You can thank me later. Fave songs: Video Games, Carmen and Summertime Sadness.

6. A Pretty Decent Cape In My Closet - Shane Koyzcan and The Short Story Long.
This album is totally different to the other five seeing as it's spoken word infused with music and vocals. I cant put this into words, this album constantly brings me to tears. Everyone needs to listen to it once, just to see if it's their thing. Fave tracks: Atlantis, The Crickets Have Arthritis, Stop Signs, Apology, Let Me Go.

What's some of your favourite albums, either of late or or all time?
stay inspired,
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