Tag Archives: Brisbane

Odette…Classically beautiful.

14 Apr

I had the pleasure of being asked to photograph a newly formed quartet. These fashionable young women had only just created the group and yet they were already producing incredible music.

They were understandably excited, here they were within days of forming, recording in a professional studio and having a photoshoot.

They took it all in the stride and continued to perform their songs beautifully.

 

Black and White………..

31 Jan

Whilst I was shooting a burlesque show at a large Brisbane restaurant, the piano player mentioned that all he had were some snap shots of himself.

We moved away from the piano as it was near a bar lit with multi coloured LED lights which are in fashion it seems and captured this.

Just like the keys on the piano…Black and White!!

Interpretation…….

13 Jan


When I was at school ( so long ago ) our English teacher gave us novels to read and report on. Please remember I was a normal, sport loving, girl chasing, car addict that believed school was really an extension of my social life where occasionally I was expected to produce a piece of work that would lay foundations for a career ! Hah!

As I read these novels ( and I always have loved reading ), I would take the story at face value, never delving to deep into moral commentary or hidden lessons. The stories were either a rollicking good yarn or a boring tome which I struggled to digest more than four or five pages at a sitting. This lead to a series of essays that either stated that ” this book was bloody good fun to read” or ” I don’t get it”. Needless to say my poor English teacher struggled to help me achieve a pass mark.

Some of my classmates however interpreted these literary mazes differently to me, they spoke about social commentary of the era, of double meanings, twists that make The Newman/Redford movie ‘The Sting” look straight forward. Slowly over the intervening years I have become aware of the presence of these disguised messages and enjoy discovering what I believe to be the equivalent to the little menus on DVDs such as ‘extra takes’ and ‘from the producer’.

Sometimes I KNOW that there is more to the written word than meets the eye, but my hidden moral/secret message radar is quite obviously tuned to a different frequency , and such was the occasion when I spied this gem on a wall in Brisbane. I of course did a Google search and got a link to someones Flicker account who had also taken the pic, but no further explanation.

I have several of my own ideas, ranging from pocket-money for the lipstick or pawning a friends dads watch to buy make up, to more morally comprised visions of  sordid relationships bought on by facial bling which destroys a fathers standing in the family unit (ie not on my watch).

Anyway, have look, have a think and add your interpretation !

Public Art….

9 Jan

Last weekend the family took a trip into Brisbane and ended up at a park near the river with fish and chips for lunch. Right nearby is the Brisbane Power Station Art Space….WOW!!.

Not really being into modern dance and modernist interpretive art, this centre was not on my list on places to see…it is now.

A well-preserved facade coupled with fantastic use of interior space dripping with visual treats at every turn.

I can only image what this place would be like when the lights are in operation and the sound system is vibrating the foundations.

 

 

How things change……

29 Dec

I have often commented on the changes that have occurred to the way we live over the last century, if fact in my last post I wrote about the changes in air travel. Well today I took my kids into the Brisbane CBD to an area known as South Bank. Now lots of cities around the world are developing central areas into entertainment precincts, crammed with cafes, restaurants, public spaces inhabited by street artists (aka buskers), usually close to business areas to reduce travel for city dwellers and to attract dollars back into the city during holidays and weekends.

Today I counted over twenty eateries in a kilometre stretch along the South Bank area, including one Bistro that provided leather and cane sun lounges for its dinners ? I don’t know about you, but I think the only appropriate food to eat on a reclining lounge is peeled grapes, hand fed to you by a nubile waitress/waiter depending on your orientation. Ice cream, milkshakes, hot chips (fries) along with Italian, Thai, and ten other exotic cuisines where offered, and with the kids in tow milk shakes were the drink de jour.

South Bank is kids heaven for more than just food of questionable nutritional value, for some long sighted town planner included a beach themed water park.

A lagoon with real sandy beach, a rainforest creek, and so many squirting, splashing play zones that the sound of laughter and squealing could be heard from the underground car park.

All this clever construction started me thinking about what we has kids regarded as wonderful. A rope from a branch over a creek was the stuff that memories were built on, flying thru the air attempting to create mini tsunamis all over your friends was the best fun.A bit of research and I found this picture of an early swimming bath on the banks of the Brisbane river not far from the current epi-centre of entertainment……How things change ( I bet the laughter was just as loud).