365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 10- Reptiles and the like

Today I headed home from Newcastle. My partner who accompanied me had never been to Newcastle and on the trip home we decided to stop in at the Australian Reptile Park near Gosford. It was the best decision we could’ve made. We had an awesome time taking photos of all the animals and just generally being excited to be “traveling”.

I’ve always really loved frogs. I used to scoop them out of my pool when I was little and they would be just floating around in there. I’d keep them with me on the grass for the day then let them run free, hoping to find them hanging out in the pool again the next day. I am especially fond of green tree frogs as they just seem so chilled out to me.

Today’s photo was a hard decision as there were so many to choose from but we settled on this one because the guy in focus is just having a nice chill session on his log with some friends.

Enjoy fellow frog lovers!

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365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 9- Newcastle

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I have a trip to Newcastle for two days to stay with an old friend of mine Emma. I met Emma when I started teaching at Erskine Park and she helped me through some very tough times in that first year ad basically convinced me not to quit teaching.

Emma has recently had a baby girl Matilda, so this trip has allowed me to see an old friend and meet a new one. It has been a long time between visits and it’s always a relaxing stay.

The photography for today is of Emma’s amazing book case built around her door way. All those book fanatics, enjoy!

365 Day Photography Challenge- Day 1- When Did Movies Get So Expensive?

So today I’m beginning the 365 photography challenge. A few of my friends have done this challenge over the last year and my love of photography has led me to take part this year. For the next 365 days there will be at least one post here a day, my photo for that particular day.

Last year was a shocker for me and so in the spirit of a new positive year I have decided to record the moments of my life this year. Some of you will be bored, sometimes I’ll be bored by my own photos but hopefully it will be a lot of fun too.

So here’s the first one:

Movies with Dad to start the new year. War horse. His choice, not mine.

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It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you.

There’s been a lot going on lately. In the past weeks which I have been absent from this here blog I have done many many things. I have been to a halloween party, two exhibitions and partied the weekend away in the city. Let’s start at the beginning.

I went to a halloween party at my friend Lynne’s house, she’s from Chicago. I posted about Halloween last time and said I would show you a photo of my Lisa Left Eye Lopes costume. Here it is:

It was a success, however, in the process of what I think was everyone trying to be original with their costumes, there ended up being four Left Eyes. FOUR! You’d think there’d be a lot of Michael Jackson’s, Amy Winehouses, but nope, Left Eye it was. Luckily amongst the four Left Eye’s, there was one from each TLC era, so that was a plus! More

Finding a kindred spirit

I feel like finding a kindred spirit is one of the most rare things in this world. More recently, I guess starting teaching, I’ve found more and more people who seem to enjoy the same things as me and see the world in a similar way to myself. I love this.

Discussions of foreign films, art house films, photography, art of all kinds, books, world issues have filled my life in recent years and I try to remember not to take this for granted.

I decided to bring this up today because I had an extended conversation with a year 12 student today about foreign film and how much she enjoys it. Not just any foreign films though, the screwed up kind. Like me, her father introduced her to horror films, or intense films when she was quite young and as result she has developed a love for the outcasts of the film world. Some of the favourites include Martyrs, 2:37, Hedgehog, and Salute.

Personally French film are my favourites and having a French background helped me to really understand the culture, talking to my Grandparents and Great Grandparents (when I was younger) about life in Calais, and Paris when they grew up there and lived there. I took to learning the language and finally got the chance to go over there last Christmas. So my love of all things French, in particular French film continues to grow.

There’s nothing better than discussing the things you are most passionate about with those who are also passionate about these things. I will post soon some new photography and such.

If you would like to check out and/or purchase some of my work it’s available at Redbubble:

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Feel free to share your passions, if you like, whatever they may be. We may be kindred spirits after all.

Speaking of kindred spirits head on over to check out one of my kindred spirit’s blogs

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Bassett

On Friday I, along with another teacher, took 37 year 11 and 10 students to see a play called Bassett. It was put on by State Drama students in association with the Department of Education. The actors were in year 11 and did an amazing job with some pretty heavy themes.

Bassett follows an hour in the life of a class of students who are locked in their classroom after they were particularly horrible to their supply teacher. The thing about these kids is that they live in the town of Bassett in England where the bodies of English soldiers who are brought back from Afghanistan are driven from the airport through the middle of town to a hospital. The people of Bassett one day, began to come out into the street when the bodies were driven through their town to pay their respects.

This particular day, the body of an ex-student of their school is being brought home and the students who have been locked in the classroom claim to know him. Leo, the central character and the most aggressive character claims that Charlie was his mate. As the hour goes on, the students become more and more frustrated as they want to be down on the street as the soldiers are driven through. Different points of view come out over the course of the hour, some agreeing with the war, some saying they don’t think it’s doing any good, and one from a Muslim student, which particularly aggravates Leo.

The final scene is extremely intense, where we see Leo snap and begin to humiliate the students, making them lay on top of one another, forcing once student to stand on a table, drop his pants, and put a shirt over his face. Many of the acts echo those of the American soldiers who were found to be humiliating and torturing prisoners of war.

The year 11 actors produced amazing emotional performances, nearly having me in tears and their characters were extremely powerful. They are to be commended for their efforts and talent. I recommend you all go and see this play.

The year 11 students we took were amazing, extremely well behaved, even when we were forced to evacuate the train on the way back, making us 2 hours late arriving back to school. They also really enjoyed the play and got a lot out of it.

It was, all in all, a great excursion, even if it was pouring rain.

Photography and the like

I mentioned in an earlier post that I took up photography while ago. My dad use to be a photographer for Tracks Magazine, a surfing magazine which is still in print. So from a very young age I was interested in cameras and different types of photography.

I studied it all through high school and continued to dabble in it as I grew older. More recently I have taken up different types of photography. I own a Holga camera, a Nikon D60, and a Nikon CoolPix. I also use my Iphone to take photos and edit them using tilt shift effects. The Holga I use for double exposures mainly and for a different look, the Nikon D60 is for all purposes and takes amazing photos, but for going out at night where I can’t have a massive camera, I have my portable Nikon CoolPix.

I thought I’d add some of my photography, see if you like it, love it, or hate it. I’m up for all comments.
Holga

Nikon D60

Nikon Cool Pix

Iphone Edits


So there is a mix of my photography from my different cameras. I am soon to update my camera collection with a Fuji Instax Mini 25, stay tuned for those photos.