Small tails of mist dancing over the ocean. A solitary figure looks out over it. Im being asked to make bacon pancakes.
Up the coast near a little place called Woy Woy is a hidden gem of a quarry.
Friends of ours take their dogs there to have a daily run and swim in the waters but I took today to head up by myself and explore the place a little by myself.
With no one around, and no dogs to hunt the ducks, the place felt silent with a breeze rustling the nearby eucalyptus. Then more sounds started filtering in. First insects, then frogs, then birds and the occasional cow from a nearby farm came flooding into my senses. It’s been a long time since I have been able to just walk around listening and not thinking about anything in particular.
With all the apps and courses on well-bing flooding our lives, I have forgotten that a simple walk to nowhere felt like a cleansing of sorts.
Then I pulled out the bloody drone and broke the silence to take some photos of the sandstone dams. The pace looks like an alien landscape from above.
35 days travelling around the beautiful island of Japan with my family.
There are not a lot of times you can do a big trip and just enjoy it without thinking of dragging the camera out but I finally figured out how to leave the 5D in the bag in the hotel room and enjoy it for all it was. Being present without that huge hunk of electronics and glass around my neck.
That is, I bought a smaller camera to drag around and take photos with ;)
Here is a photo essay from Japan.
Shooting for Woolworths yesterday, I noticed my Apple in a pile of apples.
Or whey were there so many bad ones from the 80s and 90s.
Its something I have experienced myself, having all of 5 minutes to shoot 2 creative portraits and being led into a boardroom with one plant and a beige wall.
“Be creative NOW!”
5 days in Hong Kong, 6 shoots. 3 failed attempts at architecture photography and the start of a typhoon.
Also I decided to shoot some street photography along the way. Because Im a sucker for having my camera with me.
Hong Kong is a weird place and walking around Soho throws a cultural shift on the place that makes it feel like a city to itself. They have some amazing architecture there but so much of it seems to be marred by old ideologies. Some buildings have iconic outer facades and yet when you enter them, the outer feel does not translate into their interior fit-outs. The Jockey club was the best example of this for me. A building that feels like a luxury yacht built for teaching technology and design has a dark and stuffy interior with no flow to any of the spaces. All of the classrooms were standard box rooms, 2 florescent lights and a whiteboard at the front.
Now thats just plain weird.
I enjoyed the old rundown parts of the city with rusting pipes and weird meandering roads that lead to dead ends or a staircase up 15m of vertical wall the the next street more than the glamorous waterfront. People there seem standoffish at first but as soon as I struck up a conversation, they opened up like flowers.
But a city is a living thing. Always changing and growing with all the microcosm of local and touristing people flowing through it. It was a great place to visit again after so many years and be a little blood cell flowing around it for a week.
We decided that sand was too boring just sitting on the ground so we mixed it wit some coloured powder and threw it up in the air.
Strange shapes and forms emerge giving form to something you take for granted as being two dimensional.
Some are reminiscent of fire and others of amoeba in the ocean. It’s up to the viewer to decide what they see.
I love this concept from the photographer Quil Lemons (on 500px)
Bringing focus to a taboo subject in a way that doesn't make fun or demote the idea behind it.
Check out his series here:
So me and this guy I know were testing out a new backdrop. He is short and I can never understand a word he says. I think he is Irish.
A couple of other photographers and myself had some fun the other day just taking a quick 2 minute portrait of each other. We have all been on a mentoring program together and it was our way of closing the loop of a years long journey together learning a lot of business and marketing.
Not a bad way to start the New Year ;)
Once a year, men around the world erupt into hairy well groomed gentlemen to support the great cause of Movember.
A while back I decided to have a little fun and make my own Movember video.
Turns out having a kid slows down the personal projects I had planned but I finally hit export on this and can say goodbye to my manly beardy beard.
From the HUB in Sydney's lunch and learn series.
Any great photo will tell a story and why shouldn’t your head shot?
It is the way you as a small business will have the first interaction with you client these days. Your online presence is just as important as how you present yourself in real life and that first digital hands can really set the tone for how your client will perceive you when they do finally shake hands with you. You need to groom that digital persona just as much as you do yourself.
These days pretty much everyone will look up the person they are thinking of doing business with online, so your portrait should let them know who you are. Not just what you look like. It should show a bit of your personality and even what you do.
A genuine headshot in you place of work that is up to date will make your next meeting a great experience because the person you are meeting will already feel like they know you.
If your business has you working outdoors or in an interesting location, use that as a place to ground your photo. Use the location to tell a story about you. Its a subtle thing that can be out of focus but it really makes a difference and shows you as a real person.
People do business with people they Know, Like and Trust.
A recent survey from LinkedIn showed that 61% of people see an employee
as more trustworthy than the business they work in. That includes sole traders!
In the HUB lunch and learn we chatted about how body language and where the photo is taken can alter peoples perception about you.
Some common sense things to remember are:
- Smile! Everyone is attracted to someone that is both confident and approachable and a genuine smile is always attracting.
- Try to not cross your arms in photos. It closes yourself off.
- Move between shots. If you pose you tend to look stiff. Try different poses each time a pic is taken and it will loosen you up.
- Have your photo taken when you feel best. Some people are morning people and others feel best after a good workout at the gym. Know yourself and have your photo taken when you feel great.
- Ask a friend to help you choose your profile photo. We all have biases and things we dislike about ourselves but that can stop you from picking a truly great photo of yourself. Ask a friend to help and get them to say why they like the photo. It may surprise you.
Thats it! Nice and simple.
Strange shadows on the wall of Australia square
Damn ninjas cutting onions ;)
A dog wearing sunnies sitting in a car. No human in sight. Only in Bondi..
One in a while you meet someone who really inspires you to try be a better person through everything they do and their philosophy in life. Cesar is one of those people. He and some friends have started a charity to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer council in Victoria by running stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing events in Port Philip down in Melbourne. If you are wanting to do something fun and in a beautiful location and at the same time raise some well needed funds for a great cause, check out their website at www.acrossthebay.com.au and sign up.
Here is the promo video we shot and edited for them. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQgw6mM4is]