Photos… with people in them

•September 15, 2014 • 2 Comments

I usually post photographs of things rather than people, so here are some portraits I’ve taken over the past couple of years.

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The city is my church

•August 25, 2014 • 2 Comments

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Adiós

•August 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There comes a time when you must let go of people who have a negative impact on your life; relationships which are one-sided; friends who really aren’t there.  It can be easy if you are truly brutally honest with yourself, but there is still the residual sadness that comes from knowing someone has either been kidding themselves that they cared about you, or just didn’t care at all.  Don’t waste time, energy and emotion or people who you meaning nothing to.  Así es cómo es.

x KoD

Hello Kitty Cafe, Seoul

•July 28, 2014 • 1 Comment

It’s been almost two years since my sister and I were in Seoul, South Korea, and I just realised I never did a post on one of the best things we found near our hostel – the Hello Kitty Cafe!

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We got there just before it opened and waited eagerly.  We thought we’d be the stereotypical Western tourists taking photos of everything (well, we were) but there were also locals who got there at opening time and proceeded to take photos of everything too, so we weren’t the only ones.

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The cafe is decked out in pink with Hello Kitty motifs everywhere, complete with pink furniture and chandeliers.  The cakes and sweets are all shaped in Hello Kitty faces and even the coffees have Hello Kitty on top.

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If you’re as obsessed with Hello Kitty as I am and you’re ever in Seoul, take a trip to the cafe at 358-112, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu.  You can buy souvenirs (I got a sparkly pink foil Hello Kitty face shirt) too.

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Wandering around Melbourne

•July 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I got an expired UniChem 100 film developed the other day.  I’m down to my last roll of expired film from a huge batch I bought a few years ago.

It can be hard to find the right conditions to shoot with such film in winter, as periods of good sunlight are usually only brief.  I also don’t have a battery for the lightmeter in my Pentax right now, so all exposures are short.  You just have to make the best of it.

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x Kitten of Doom

Another Melbourne school bites the dust

•July 10, 2014 • 5 Comments

Are there any Melbourne schools still operating?

We visited the heavily-vandalised Pembroke Secondary College last week, although this has been abandoned since late last year.  Furniture, computers, art supplies, gym equipment – all left behind.  I was especially stoked to find a full-size gymnastics balance beam.  Sadly, I am not as fit and agile as I was back in my gymnastics days.  No flips on the beam for me.

Why do these buildings remain abandoned for so long?

Sorry this post is a little image heavy.  It’s a big school.

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Schools are closing down at a rather fast rate these days.  Which school do you think will be next to go?

x Kitten of Doom

 

 

Abandoned school video shoot with Birdz for ‘Supabrotha’

•July 9, 2014 • 2 Comments

I took Melbourne hip-hop artist Birdz to an abandoned school last week to shoot a video for a new tune he’s just released, Supabrotha.  There were a couple of guys who appeared to be looking for things to steal, who were quite curious as to what we were doing; perhaps they thought we were cops or news crew at first.  I have been asked before if I am “from the news” because I’ve been holding a large camera.  It’s quite funny considering what I wear is far from work attire.

It was difficult to find places with enough light to shoot, and it only got more overcast as the afternoon went on.  Of course, as soon as we finished, the sun came out in full force.  Thanks, Melbourne.

Birdz released Superbrotha last night, coinciding with the start of Naidoc Week and also a year since he released his debut EP.  You can download it for free here, and check out the video below.

x Kitten of Doom

 
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