Monday, March 16, 2015

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic

This weekend was a big day for the kids in Hornby Shire. It was the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic and despite some sporadic rain, they came in droves.  There were over a thousand people and the kids had a ball.  From the face painting to the hula hoops being swirled around there was lots to do.  Many people brought along a picnic and enjoyed a day out with the family.

I volunteered as one of the official photographers on the day and enjoyed taking photos of a wonderful community event.  Well done, to the Friends of Lisgar Gardens who in collaboration with Council put together a wonderful event.

The Darcy Street Project

Our time at the Pop Up is enabling me to make new connections. One such connection I made was with John at the Darcy Street Project. It is a wonderful social enterprise that is using commercial strategies to maximise improvements to human and environmental benefits. They are supporting coffee culture by coffee and tea education. They run workshops to promote knowledge in the industry and it gives people who want a start in this business a chance to learn on the job. I love it and that’s why we support their business while at our Parra Pop Up. Go buy a coffee if you work in the area.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time to be GREEN

There is no time like the present to be GREEN.

We think it is time to re-think politics in our country. As NSW gears towards another State election, I wonder how many of us are taking the time to seriously consider the issues?  Or are we just too busy that, come Election Day, we will go and tick the same old boxes?  The Greens talk of grass roots democracy and we find that appealing.  They talk about a just and caring society, protecting public education and of a plan to give NSW 100% renewable energy by 2030.  I was excited to read they want to stop coal seam gas and save our land and water, to keep solar subsidies for households, to expand our bus and train networks, to protect public health and provide housing security. More locally they propose to develop the Westside of Hornsby as a liveable community village rather than the towers that will only increase congestion.  This is why I find them appealing. 

The Greens acknowledge that we at a tipping point and if we’re going to improve our living environment, then we have to clean up not just the environment but politics in NSW.  They acknowledge that limiting climate change—and all the damage it can do by limiting our ability to grow food, wiping out species and increasing extreme weather events—is now the major challenge facing humanity.  We may not have realised it here in Sydney but 2014 was the planet’s hottest year on record.  It was also the year greenhouse gases set new records.

It’s that time again when we can have a say about our future.  What will you say?  What will you choose? Should we keep voting the way we always have or is it time to think differently?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PolisPlan @ Pop Up Parramatta

We are excited to have moved into Pop Up Space at Shop 10, Connection Arcade in Parramatta.  We are collaborating with Pop UP Parra to present our artwork and our books.  We will be working from this space from Tue-Fri from 10am to 6pm till the 17th of April.  

We want to engage in conversation with you about how the internet is transforming our societies and how people are using it to make changes in their own lives. So pop in and have a chat about making conscious choices in life, the circular economy, the sharing economy and how we might transition to a low carbon future.  

“Lend your voice only to the sounds of freedom.”  Jewel from the song Life Uncommon

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nil’s Radio Interview on Local Radio Triple H in Hornsby

I am excited to be interviewed on local radio TripleH by Phillipa Bird.  We talk about a number of things including my current exhibition at Brooklyn and our future plans.  Have a listen...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fate or Destiny at Red Fish Cafe Gallery - Brooklyn

2015 sees the Fate or Destiny exhibition find a new home at the Red Fish Gallery in Brooklyn.  We met Pete and Myff through a Brooklyn resident who visited the Hornsby author talk and through that one incident, many connections have now been forged.  We’ve sold a few images at the North Sydney
Pop Up, so we have new frames made before bringing the images to Brooklyn.  I’ve decided to mix it up a little and the exhibition here also includes some images from my first exhibition, Connections.  It’s fun to see some of the old images on the walls again and the exhibition is really well received in Brooklyn and books and an image are sold within a few days of opening.

Pete and Myff have organised an opening for us on the 18th of January.  It is a Sunday afternoon and a hot one but the cafe draws in quite a few people and I enjoy the low-key atmosphere.  I’ve drafted a small speech and share some of the ideas behind the exhibition.  My art is not just about putting up some beautiful photographs but rather about conveying ideas.  I am glad that so far, most of the people who have come to view the exhibition have been really engaged by the writing as much as they have enjoyed the photos. 

I talk about the essence of Fate or Destiny and the 3 things that I believe are part of going on this journey.  The first step is about understanding yourself.  The second is about having the courage to articulate your dreams and the third about taking some action.  I conclude my talk by saying I hoped my work inspired people to take a risk, whatever that might be and end my talk with a quote from Henry David Thoreau.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

To me this is the essence of photography.  It doesn’t matter what gear you have, whether you can take a technically perfect photograph or where you have been...if you have nothing to say through your photo, then is there any point in taking it?

“If your eyes could speak, what would they say?"

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas in Sydney

Its been a few years since we were in Sydney for Christmas and I am glad to be home and to finally have a bit of time to relax.  We catch up with friends in the lead up to Christmas and celebrate with our friends Anita and Mario who have opened up a new cafe in Berowra Waters just in time to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary.

The lead up to Christmas is rocked by an incident at the popular Lindt cafe.  A lone gun man takes the cafe goes hostage and two people end up losing their lives as the rest of the hostages are freed.  It is an awful incident and in the next week, Martin Place is full of tributes and messages to the two people who lost their lives.

The weather is warming up and we decide we want to get to some events this summer.  I’ve never been to carols in the domain so we decide to tick that one off the bucket list. We arrive a little late but we manage to squeeze our picnic blanket on what seems like the only bit of grass left.  It’s a nice warm and dry evening - perfect for enjoying a bit of Christmas music.

Christmas is once again celebrated with both of our families.  Christmas eve with my sister and Christmas day with Steve’s extended clan although this year Con, Chrissa and the kids are in Hawaii.

Thankfully, we have good weather on Christmas day, and we spend a relaxed afternoon at Jim and Eleni’s, as they host the festivities.  We catch up with Eleni’s friend Penelope, visiting from Greece and tuck into lamb on the spit and many other goodies.

We see the New Year in on the water again.  We have booked tickets from the ferry at Rosebay and after enjoying some great Thai food, we watch the fireworks explode over Sydney.  Happy 2015!