Polaroid Album

Every photograph posted on this blog is the phenomenal result of a Canon 550d camera. Recently, the clarity and blur on my lens had been out of whack, so I’ve turned to my canary yellow Instax mini polaroid to fulfil all of my shooting desires. There’s something a little bit sacred and heartwarming about polaroids: every shot is purposefully selected based on the aesthetics of the environment, the golden feeling in the moment or the significance of the event.

Both candid and posed polaroids make an appearance in my films… There are shots where friends smile at the lens, and others where they don’t even realise their picture has been taken.  Nevertheless, each small rectangle transports me back to a moment in time, allowing me to appreciate the magical blips of memory that they are.

And so, I present the first of my polaroid albums. vines6

Specific themes emerged from the blend of white frames blu-tacked on my wall. SURPRISINGLY, the number one most-photographed subject was FOOD.

Licking spoons, eating breakfast, cooking dinner, drinking margaritas, sitting down for family meals… all of these instants make an appearance over and over again. Food isn’t just sustenance, it’s an integral part of humanity. As sharing a meal brings people closer together,  I’ve chosen to tell the stories behind a handful of my favourite foodie pics…

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LEFT:  Bianca and Holly across from me at the breakfast table the morning after our first university ball. Ashleigh is sitting by my side, and we’re sharing pancakes, fruit and tea in our pyjamas.  

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Holly and I both had time off from work, so we decided to spontaneously visit a friend we made in Europe… he lives in Sydney. This photograph is of Holly cooking pasta in his apartment, right before I knocked a full bottle of olive oil off of the bench (I’m ridiculously clumsy!). After the clean up, we drank cheap pink moscato and played cards with new friends.

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Brae and I hadn’t seen each other in years after she left our theatre group. We caught up in a cute cafe/bar in Brisbane where we ordered cocktails and chatted about her films and my writing.

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This polaroid was taken on the Sydney road trip: Glenn & Jake sharing a milkshake in a diner.  

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LEFT: Zak’s family at breakfast outside by the pool.
RIGHT: My family on Mother’s Day, around our dinner table.

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Ashleigh came over for an ‘art day’ – of course we had to cook brownies to fuel us for hours of painting! 

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Our first meal together! Zak and I cooked a rice curry for his parents one evening when we had a day off. Aren’t our aprons cute??   😉

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I saved the best for last: Zak attempting to cook pancakes but nearly burning the kitchen down instead. He cheekily sprayed olive oil onto the flame directly after I warned him not to: classic boyfriend behaviour, right?! 

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My wall of white rectangles is constantly expanding, so
keep an eye out for plenty more polaroid articles.

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Finders Keepers

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Brisbane struck lucky this weekend when the Finders Keepers markets overtook Bowen Hill’s old museum in a blur of flowers, handmade jewelry, prints and home-ware. The Australian Design and Art markets are ultimately a gathering of good food, good music, and good people, surrounded by unsurpassable stalls boasting unique treasures. From amethysts growing plants to wooden clouds providing frames for colourful prints, everywhere you looked there was bound to be something to catch your eye. I captured my favourite portions of Finders Keepers on camera, but to really grasp an understanding of the relaxed, sunny atmosphere, keep up to date on when these stellar markets are next hitting up Brisbane and follow the Finders Keepers Instagram: @finders_keepers.

Featuring: terrariums by bella // the grassy bowl // hello miss may // dear mabel // bespoke letterpress // ace of swords // core // erin lightfoot // alice nightingale 

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5 Favourites: GOMA

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Early one Saturday morning, myself and 32 other art students gathered in Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) awaiting the grand opening of our Creative Generation exhibition. The whole experience of seeing my artwork hung on the white walls of the most prestigious art gallery in Australia was completely surreal and overwhelming. It just goes to show that if you have the determination and passion, ANYTHING is achievable.  Continue reading “5 Favourites: GOMA”

Eternal Sunshine

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These photographs were taken as one of my many art experiments, demonstrating that while the hessian adds baggage to the subject, it also becomes the focal point of the images. Similarly, negative experiences add character to an otherwise clean slate of mind.

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a multi-multi-genre movie (seriously, it’s a mix of romance, sci-fi, light comedy, drama… the list goes on) that essentially explores the possibility of erasing unpleasant memories from your mind. Directed by French film producer, Michael Gondry, It’s the kind of movie that leaves your thoughts in a muddle as you attempt to answer the myriad of complex questions it raises. The most obvious question that jumped out at me as the credits rolled was: if you could eliminate a person or an event from your life, would you?  Of course, the movie itself leads to the answer of capital NO. Every experience or thought we possess, be it of happiness or hurt, allows us to learn valuable lessons, build character and shape who we are.

My photographs support this philosophy, as does an unfortunate incident I recently experienced.

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The most terrifying moment of my life to date was the split-second when I realised I wouldn’t be able to prevent the car accident I was involved in. My heart lurched from my chest as the sickening crunch of plastic and the shattering of glass engulfed my senses, the airbags erupting in a riot of compressed gas and explosive charge. As a cloud of acrid smoke dispersed throughout the car, I reached for my door only to realise it was jammed shut. Again and again I pushed my weight against it, while it stubbornly refused to budge. Deflating in my seat, I admitted defeat and was reduced to a trembling mess as panicked tears spilled from my eyes.
After what felt like hours (but was only minutes) as smoke steadily flooded the enclosed car, someone wrenched my door open and I stumbled onto the street, gasping for air. The following hours involved hugging strangers, being interviewed by the police and tested by paramedics for injury. I carried a dark bruise in the shape of the Mazda symbol in my arm like a souvenir, even though my thoughts provided me with enough reminder.
Nevertheless, I would never choose to erase the incident. While a few more rays of sunshine might leak through my mind without it, I recognise that I’ve learnt a plethora of lessons, including:

  1. Focus. Near the end of the movie, star-crossed lovers Clementine and Joel are sitting on a jetty, surrendering to the inevitable end of their relationship. Rather than stressing over their future, they choose to enjoy the moment they’re living in. The accident taught me to ignore my rambling thoughts and focus on remaining present.
  2. The second lesson I learnt is that I belong here and I deserve to be here. I’ve always appreciated the very simple things, like watching clouds glide across the sky, but never my own existence in this universe. We are all here for a reason, even if mine is nothing more than making drama class easier for the little shy girl by holding her hand.
  3. Materialism matters so little in the end. The number one priority was whether all of the passengers were safe, because “cars are replaceable, you are not.” Your life isn’t measured in dollars or the number of boats you own, but rather in the times you smile and the people you love.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  teaches us that no matter how horrific the situation or heartbreaking the relationship, we should feel honoured to relish the privilege of feeling such emotions, because to ache is to be alive A spotless mind may be eternal sunshine, but don’t we all crave the moonlight every now and again?

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Shoutout to my brother for his decent modelling skills & patience ✌🏼️

 

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Body of Works

Everyone has a creative outlet, be it through painting masterpiece replicas of ‘Starry Night’ or simply writing your thoughts in a journal before you go to bed. I have a mixture of creative outlets that I frequently engage in, from teaching myself a new song on piano, going to dance and singing classes or even just writing a blog post.

Throughout year 11 and 12, my art teacher allowed me to express myself through the focus of ART. After a dozen written artist essays, two dozen experimental creative tasks and a handful of successful body of works, I realised that I had gradually developed and refined my own personal aesthetic. I recognised that all of my artworks had a consistent unity, and could be described using the same words: contemporary, superimposed, digital photography, water-colour, triptych, collage, environmental, shapeless…  

A body of work (BOW) is a collection of artworks an artist has produced that reflects their personal style, and here are just three of mine (one of which will be presented in GOMA later this year) :

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