I can’t believe it is October already. What has happened to this year? It seems the last three months have flown by. On the 30th of May, Christina and I jumped on a plane and jumped the ditch. Landing in the beautiful Gold Coast where we spent a few months living like nomads, but in a confusing limbo. That was somewhere in between a summers holiday and the neverending search for employment and a place to set roots. During this time we enjoyed the beauty of Byron Bay for its extensive coastline, surf, wildlife, coffee, food and friendly locals. It was hard to leave this place.
Later in July, we both moved to the large gritty city of Melbourne for work. Since then, we have become “weekenders” flocking to the coast to explore the natural beauty outside of Melbourne. Weekends are spent driving up and down the Great Ocean Road being blown away by the beautiful red cliffs that wrap the coastline. Below are some images from the last few months.
I am not a man of many words, but my images can speak for themselves.
My girlfriend has three monkeys behind the wheel so she gets pretty distracted during spelling and grammar check for my blog post, adding more words in for me. Haha, yay can’t wait for more of these. Point Addis again this weekend please, I know its just Monday but I can’t wait. woohoo!
This was a job for a classmate from architecture school who has recently began a practice called Constructive Architecture. This project Tim designed and built his own home in Hataitai for his family. The building responds well to the steep topography, stepping down the hillside with multiple levels. One thing that took me away was the high level of craftsmanship throughout the build, the finishes in the kitchen and bathroom are beautiful and the window joinery is minimal and elegant. Tim has effectively used light and materials in a creative way, as I walked down through the spaces I was captivated by all the different light shafts. I recommend following Tims work as he is very skilled at his craft and has some exciting projects.
Lyall Bay is my local surf beach and pretty much everyone else’s who lives in Wellington City. It is about 15 minutes to the city which is pretty rare for surfing in New Zealand and because of this we get crowds. However the crowd is made of a diversity of different walks of life which makes it pretty interesting from a cultural point of view. Below are some images from a photo shoot of some small waves on the 23rd of February.
At Lyall Bay there are businessmen/woman, tech entrepreneurs, gurfers, architects, tourists, creatives, artists, mums and dads, grandparents, etc… and each of them all have a unique stories to tell. Last year I created a facebook page called People of Lyall with the idea of doing a “on the fly” studio portraits of these different people and their stories, however im am having trouble with the studio portrait part and am working on how I can begin this project. So for now I will be sharing more of the natural light portraits of people from the surf.
On sunday evening I went out and scouted a few locations for an evening seascape along the South Coast of Wellington. I am currently fortunate enough to live by the sea and I have been thinking that I should make the most of it while I can. So in the future I will be working a series of seascapes capturing the dawns and dusks along the coast.
It was blowing a gale (as it does in Wellington) so I tied my tripod down to the rocks below. Luckily they had some cracks in them which made this super easy. This keeps my gear safe and makes for steady image. To make the image below I walked out in the water and splashed the rock with some water, I like how water is good at reflecting the different coloured light in the sky. So as the sun set behind me casting the foreground in shadow the rock continued catch the warm colours in the sky.
Attached to the camera I had a polorising filter and natural density grad of about 6 stops, creating a shutter speed slow enough to calm the crazy windy water.
Here is the resulting image: