Love Letter to the City

Photos, Words

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Sun comes up over city lights.
Street urchins devoured the night.

One person peering out the window sees
another person doing the same
five meters away
yet we’ll never speak to each other
or know each other’s names…
probably.

The city scape isn’t daunting
like the desolating landscape of the country.
In both places though,
the sunrises are lovely.

Life’s a treat.
Let’s go out and wander the streets,
find some decent eats,
dodge the street sweepers,
say hello to the street sleepers,
never know who you might meet.

However many million men, women and children,
life can be resilient
in the heart of the city.
I dreamt that I was here
walking down pavements and alleys,
writing in hideaway cafes,
making myself happy

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New Threads

Arts, Photos

On a trip to Melbourne last week, Mum found this beautiful handmade journal and brought it home for me.

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Wrapped neatly in a brown paper bag, I grinned as I held the fresh journal in my hands. I was totally surprised, even though beautiful notebooks and journals are a traditional gift from her to me.

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I love the vibrant and earthy colours, the texture of the cotton pages, the curvy weight.

More than that, I love that my mum believes in my passion for writing about life. I love that she sees a beautiful handmade journal, and thinks of me.

My Island Home: A Glimpse

Photos, Planet

A collection of photos from Tasmania, Spring/Summer 2014.

What you see is what you get.

Road Trip Snaps

Photos, Planet

Here is a small collection of photos from our most recent road trip back to Tasmania from Perth, Western Australia.

We had everything left that we owned packed into our station wagon by clown car standards. It took more than 7 repacks; none of those are fond memories.

For something different, we went via Esperence in WA and down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria (instead of the far quicker, less challenging highways).

The whole trip was over 4000km and took 5 days driving, plus 1 night on the ferry.

I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I would have liked, but I had my hands full with a 2 year old and 100% of the driving responsibility.

The blank spaces make me want to go and do it all over again.

 

New Project: Sheplife Tour Photos

Photos, Projects

I love Australian Hip Hop.
I love listening to it in my car, learning the lyrics and watching it live on stage.

In November last year (’14), I had the pleasure of being in the crowd at the Republic Bar in Hobart when Briggs’ Sheplife Tour hit town.

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Dunn D at Republic Bar, Hobart 2014

The night brought together local Tasmanian hip hop artists Dunn D, DJ Dameza and DJ Mad, as well as Mildura-born MC Philly, and Mr. Briggs himself.

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Philly on stage at Republic Bar, Hobart, 2014

The crowd was pumping – with testosterone especially – and a humorous atmosphere was facilitated by great beats and full grit.

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DJ Dameza introducing Briggs, Republic Bar, Hobart 2014

Briggs is larger than life.

If you have the chance, check out any of these artists. They are all down-to-earth guys following their passions: who doesn’t aspire to that?

Check out the full gallery here.

Just Passing Through

Photos, Planet, Words

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Most things tend to move a bit slower in the Central-West of New South Wales, especially in the summer when the waves of heat can seem endless.

The rainbow landscape, forever on the change, ignores the time controls of human existence. Ominous clouds, hardly pierced by the fierce sun, roll across a flawless blue sky and within seconds, a beautiful day is ankle deep in rain.

The beauty of nature, unique scenes of Australia, detract from a quiet culture (where is it?) and the whiff of colonial pride.

The Ag-Life is not for me, but I knew that when I was a child.

I’m just passing through.