Viva Cuba

Travel is enlightenment when the mind, heart and soul connect with an unknown place and people.  It is a love story…

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August Update

John Gollings and I were invited to judge the 2009 Melbourne Open House photography competition.  We were very impressed with the response to the competition (in excess of 1500 entries) and the effort that many people took to explore these Melbourne treasures.  You can view winning entries at http://melbourneopenhouse.org/cms-focus-on-moh/photographer-competition-winners.phps

Chadstone is all abuzz with the launch of 50 new stores.  We were commissioned to shoot the new Sportsgirl store featuring another amazing installation by Gloss Creative.  To see more fabulous work by Gloss Creative take a peek
at www.glosscreative.com.au

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I was excited to document the brainstorming workshop of a team bidding for the roll of creative director for the Australian Exhibition – 12th  Venice Architecture Biennale (2010).  The team comprises Cameron Bruhn (Editor of Landscape Architecture Australia), Bryon Cunningham (Director Cunningham Martyn Design), Cassandra Chilton (Hassell Architects), Callum Morton (Artist), Jen Wood, Emma Williamson (Architect CODA Perth) & Andy Sargent (SouthSouthWest).  We wish them well with their bid.


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We were awarded Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards http://www.photoawards.com for the following entries:

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We worked with Marcus O’Reilly to shoot his gorgeous organic table made from collected drift wood and featured in Fringe Furniture 2009 – see www.melbournefringe.com.au

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July Update

It’s been a while between posts and am feeling a little catholic guilt for neglecting our blog.  Our biggest news is the purchase of our new Phase P45+, 39 Megapixel Digital Camera back and Cambo Camera.  I have sadly bid farewell to my faithful old Linhoff and embraced the new high end digital technology.  This is not our first foray into the high end digital arena, we previously purchased the Leaf Aptus 33 megapixel back which we have been very happy with.  Anyone whose privy to what is going on with Leaf at the moment will understand our reservation about committing to upgrades with this brand and hence the switch to Phase.  I feel a bit like the guy who bought a Ford Edsel! We have been holding off on our investment in a large format camera suitable for the high end digital back until the release of the 23mm Rodenstock lens.  This is an exquisite lens and makes the high end backs now much more appealing for architectural work.  These items are enormously expensive and are a testament to our commitment and investment in the production of the best quality work we can deliver for our clients. This by no means leaves our Canon 1DS Mark III redundant.  It really is about selecting the right equipment for the job. I look forward to sharing some of the pictures that we produce from our new technology.   We’ve been busy shooting some new interesting projects, here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to. Another beautiful fit out by Ryan Russell Architects:

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We had fun with the Grenade team shooting their fabulously renovated studio in Prahan:

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We have been working with the City of Melbourne to document the new Flagstaff Gardens Bowls Club – a true haven from the hustle and bustle of the city, nestled cosily amidst the gardens, you almost forget you are in an urban metropolis:

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On the studio front, we bid farewell to Markus who has been a fabulous contribution to our studio for the past 5 years. He has become a treasured friend and will be missed. We wish him well in his new endeavours.  We welcome Kelly on board and we look forward to covering many great projects over the next 6 months.

Awards Frenzy

Well it’s that time of year again where we get to celebrate and acknowledge the fabulous work of our clients and the accolades bestowed upon them.

World Architecture News – Education Building of the Year 2009

A huge congratulations to Spowers Architects on the ‘WAN – Education Building of the Year Award’ for the Australian Technical College in Sunshine. To take out a global award is most certainly a fabulous coup for both Spowers and Australian Architecture on the world stage. I love that there was a 13 year old student on the jury.  It is so important that Architecture and Interior Design is successful to those who inhabit the spaces and it’s great to see that Jury’s are formulated not just by peers and academics, but the audience who actually may work, play and live in these environments.  I was completely enthralled shooting the East facade of this building.  It was one of those situations where a symbiosis occurred between the landscape conditions, the light, the architecture and my enthusiasm at the realisation of this alignment. The learning spaces are bold, open, integrated and fun. I am pleased to see this building recognised and I am always glad to see ‘fun’ celebrated in Architecture and Interior Design.

Dulux Colour Awards 2009 – Residential Interior

Congratulations to Emma Mitchell who took out the colour award for ‘Residential Interior’.  The Anglesea House was a pleasure to shoot and has been featured in ‘Houses’, ‘Home Beautiful’ and ‘Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom’ magazine (UK), so it’s safe to say it has raised a lot of interest amongst publishers.  It is a wonderful space to be in and is delightfully playful and fun.  I have been shooting Emma’s work for the past 7 years and and each project is unique and inspiring to me as a photographer.  Emma has a very distinct style and I am very fortunate to be able to be part of the documentation and expression of her completed projects.  You can see more of Emma’s work at www.emmamitchell.com.au

National Interior Design Awards 2009 – Emerging Interior Design Practice

We are proud to congratulate Byron George who received the award for Emerging Interior Design Practice.

Thank you Byron for selecting me to commence the photographic record of your work.  It has been inspiring, but more importantly it has been fun… just remember ….’The last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone!”

Byron (in conjunction with Fabio Ongarato) also received the 2008 IDEA Award for Best Retail Interior for the Igloo Zoo fit out shown above.

National Interior Design Awards 2009 – Colour in Commercial Interiors

Ryan is certainly the one to watch – young, handsome and hungry! Having won the ‘Emerging Practice’ Award in 2007, I think we can safely say he has emerged.

This year ryan won the ‘Colour in Commercial Interiors’ award for his Aesop store at Doncaster and was awarded a ‘Commendation’ for the ‘Retail Design’ category.  The Aesop Doncaster store is an ingenious solution for a high profile brand.  Well done Ryan – we love it!  To see more of Ryan’s work visit – www.ryanrussell.com.au

National Interior Design Awards 2009 – Premier Award in Design Excellence & Public Interior Design

Congratulations to John Wardle Architects.  Everyone should visit this building.  The Jury citation says it all. To view the jury citation visit http://www.interiordesignawards.com.au/results/

Back on board

 

After 5 weeks traveling the globe I’m back on board.  We had the most incredible holiday catching up with friends and seeing amazing sights.  I return refreshed and inspired.  Thanks to Markus for keeping things rolling in my absence.

We had an eventful global journey narrowly escaping the Rome earthquakes, the attempted assassination of the Queen of Holland and the dreaded ‘Swine Flu’, but mostly we survived driving on the crazy Italian roads – less one side mirror.

I’ve included some pic’s from our escapades for anyone who is interested.

Montestigliano, Tuscany

Mount Etna, Sicily

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Colosseum, Rome

Pantheon, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Palermo, Sicily

Riposto, Sicily

New York

Queens Day Celebrations, Amsterdam