Merry Christmas

To all our valued clients, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support and encouragement throughout 2011.  It’s been an amazing year and we’ve had the good fortune to shoot some awesome projects.

Getting the cover of Artichoke Magazine for the great Rialto Vue de monde fit out by Elenberg Fraser was a fine way to finish off the year.  It’s been wonderful working with Anna Augustine, a consummate professional in helping to coordinate and manage all the various shoots.  Thank you Anna for your support and help.

All our achievements wouldn’t have been possible this year without the dedication, support and commitment of my awesome assistant Jason.  I speak for myself and my clients in thanking you for your tireless efforts and 100% commitment to perfecting our craft, both on the job and with your amazing post production skills. Aside from the work, you are fabulous company and a valued friend.  I look forward to great things in 2012.

Here’s a collection of our work from 2011:

Health, happiness and tranquility to all in 2012

My Holiday – Part 3 (Dubai)

Since I was flying Emirates (best airline ever apart from the overbooking of flights) and passing through Dubai on 3 occasions throughout my travels, I thought it was a must see…

Here’s a dedication to my “Lost in translation – Life in a shopping mall”.

in search of some culture…

Burj Khalifa – tallest building in the world

My Holiday – Part 2 (Kilimanjaro)

“Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain… Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall– it’s great when you stop.” — Chris Darwin.

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 5895m.  Despite it’s melting glaciers, it maintains a majestic presence that brings most who reach the summit to tears.  Something profoundly overwhelming encapsulates you and at various moments on the final ascent you are overcome by inexplicable emotion.

I would have to say without a doubt this is the most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever done.  My sister suggested I try childbirth, but I think for the sake of society I’ll stick to mountains.

We went as a group of 7 after committed training for the past 9 months at Mt Donna Buang in Warburton and the 1000 steps in the Dandenongs.  It is not so much that Kilimanjaro is the most difficult of physical climbs, it is more the combination of all of the elements and most particularly the altitude that makes this a challenging experience.  The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount than is common at sea level. It is a battle of willpower and one of the most powerful natural landscapes you will ever experience.  It is soul enriching and life changing. We all summited with exhilaration and joy after 6 days trekking the Lemosho route.

The 33 team crew from Duma Explorer (www.dumaexplorer.com) that took us up this mountain are a true inspiration. These are men of pride, strength, gentleness and resilience.  The difficulties they endure and the disposition that they maintain is truly commendable. I learnt a great deal from them. They are the most supportive, selfless and joyous spirited people I have met.

If this is something you have ever considered, you simply must do it.

I should however warn that it’s not for everyone, I came across a man slumped on a rock on the descent who said – “I think I’d rather die in Guantanamo Bay”!

My Holiday – Part 1 (France)

Holidays are enriching, inspiring and necessary food for the creative individual.  I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in France with my beautiful family and my wonderful friend Ben.  If you want to experience a piece of paradise in Central France you cannot go past Le Moulin Bouquet – www.lemoulinbouquet.com.  In the hilly area between the rivers Allier and Loire, near the little town of ‘La Chapelle aux Chasses’, is the old water mill ‘Le Moulin Bouquet’.  I dispensed with all the gear and shot my entire France journey on the i-phone hipstamatic app. It was liberating and the results are awesome.  Here’s a small selection from Paris and central France.

 

 

Awards Congratulations

Time to give a big congrats to my fabulous clients who took out some great awards at the 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards:

Cox Architects were awarded the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture and the Melbourne Prize for AAMI Park.  Whew!  That’s quite a sweep of awards.  Congrats on a fabulous building.  It’s been a long time coming.  I shot the backgrounds for render for this project many moons ago and now the finished masterpiece.

Shooting this project was not without it’s obstacles, amongst them oval sprinklers and Michael Buble’  but that’s another story….

Another equally big congratulations to NH Architecture for being awarded the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture for Myer Bourke St, recently featured on the cover of AR:

A belated congrats to Ryan Russell for being awarded the 2011 Retail Design Award for Crumpler Doncaster as part of the Australian Interior Design Awards.

We are so very fortunate to have such amazing talent here in victoria.  You can see a full suite of the winners and projects at www.architecture.com.au

On another note I would like to thank our year 10 work experience student Lauren Morgan for her enthusiasm and help last week with our shoots.  She braved and survived a travel tower shoot.  Thanks for your maturity and help Lauren, I hope it was fun and insightful.

and last but not least, another helicopter shoot after many days of hoping for some decent weather.