When you’re having fun !
It’s been about a year since I last posted to my blog and yet feels like yesterday.
My camera and I have been busy.
So rather than catch up on a year, with hundreds of posts, I’ll dive right in to right now and summarize the events surrounding October 2013.
I’ve joined a camera club (very exciting)
Entered my first competition (big deal as I am afraid of critique but want to develop my skills, so its a double edged sword.)
Started working on my own studio so that I will have a dedicated space to play.
Ordered some new equipment (so I can really play)
Participated in the Foto Riesel Rally
and the World Wide Photo Walk.
Started a photographic bucket list, which is helping me to achieve more.
Am in the middle of a self set 30 day, photo a day, instagram challenge. (Looking forward to ticking this one off the list)
And we are still only in the middle of October !!
So now we’ve caught up. I promise I’ll try harder to blog. If I forget, remember, you can always find me on Facebook where I do write often about my journey into photography.
Till I write again,
*Photo: TAP Gallery Known/Unknown Exhibition. Canvas: Looking to the heavens. Model: Allana Bedford (c) Chasing Sooz Photography 2013
It’s that time of the year again. The time when I muster up the courage to go out and shoot zombies. Last year’s experience left me bloodied and exhausted and I loved it!
The official walk is on tomorrow (October 26) and money raised will support the Brain Foundation.
From Monday I will start posting images from the 2012 Zombie Walk to my Facebook Page. If you are one of the Zombies I captured, make sure you like my FB page to access 2012 images and use them for your personal use free of charge.
Normally photographers get all antsy about use of their photos but as a supporter of this walk, I am happy to promote it in any way I can and of course to support those who go out on a limb - literally for this great cause. So to be clear, if you appear in any of my photos, you have my permission to share that photo on your FB, blog and twitter accounts or even to print it out and give it to Grandma for christmas :-)
Have a great walk …
The Food Scene Cafe,
Cherrybrook Shopping Village
August 5 - September 30
This is my 5th exhibition at Food Scene in 6 years. The first was canvas/mixed media solo, then fabulous handmade venetian masks with my bestie Sue, then sculpture solo, followed by a Tram Exhibition with wonderful friends Rowena and Jill and now on my own again with a photography solo.
In between all of this dozens of artists have also exhibited at Food Scene free of charge.
So this time, I had the opportunity to say a proper thank you by also putting Rosa and her team on the wall in some candid snaps.
For this exhibition I have gone for a fun, contemporary feel, using chalk boards to display my works. Instead of trying to sell individual pieces, I am just having fun and sending people online to my red bubble portfolio for any sales.
I am hoping the length of this exhibition will also inspire me to try new things, create new works and change things about. By using the chalk boards, I am free to grab my chalk and swap things around if the mood takes me.
Life is too short to take myself too seriously.
Hopefully I’ll see you there sipping a smooth coffee or having a delicious lunch. Have a glorious week.
PS If you are in to the whole Facebook thing .. I now have a Facebook page just search for Chasing Sooz Photography and like me if you dare :-)
Glebe Tram Sheds Update:
If the Glebe site has been a favourite of yours in the past, please be warned that the location has changed.
Firstly the good news – the Heritage listed site has been cleaned up by a working party and finally something is being done to preserve what’s left of these once beautiful and functioning historic trams.
The bad news is that the site, popular with photographers for its ever changing urban landscape of graffiti, natural vegetation, weathered historical structures and decay is now inaccessible.
My understanding is that new security measures include barricading the main doors, improved wire fencing, security guards and dogs. In recent accounts by photographers, one guard claimed to have surveillance footage of his offenders, another insisted that photos taken had to be deleted from their cameras.
Though I am not sure for certain of surveillance cameras and I doubt that it is legal to insist on deletion of photos, I do know that hefty $350 fines per person are being given to anyone caught trespassing. This of course has always been the case and part of the excitement of “visiting” the abandoned sheds.
However it has also been widely acknowledged that previously a blind eye was turned to the many photographers who crept in with their camera gear to document the area. This is no longer the case with the new owners and you will be fined if caught.
Mirvac are the new owners of the development on the adjoining Harold Park Paceway site are also overseeing the Heritage listed Tram Sheds. If anyone wants to seek official approval to gain access to the site for a shoot, contact numbers can be found here: Mirvac and here: Harold Park Development
For updates on progress on this site, or perhaps to share your previous photos, you may also like to join the Facebook Group – Save the Glebe Trams
For some of the gory stories from those who have been caught you can check the Photographer’s Guide to locations web site. Unfortunately like our beloved sheds, this website will be discontinued in its current form in May 2012, so check out this valuable resource before it also becomes unavailable.
The Lighthouse Project offers a beacon of hope to abandoned children and teens when they need it most - during the transition into adulthood.
The multi purpose structures planned for all Capital cities of Australia will offer much needed support including conselling, shelter, food, education, employment opportunities, engaging activities and much more.
Funds for this worthwhile cause are being raised by on and offline initiatives and Red Bubble artists have been quick to jump onboard by donating their t-shirt designs.
100% of the profit (normally the artist commission) will support this worthwhile cause when the cotton t-shirts are purchased through The Lighthouse Project on Red Bubble.
There’s plenty to choose from including one of my own designs …
Coincidentally it is also available in kids clothing sizes and as a sticker :-)
The support from Red Bubble artists is fantastic but offline, there are other exciting initiatives including the launch of the Lady Coco Nimet Charity Clothing Store with profits also supporting The Lighthouse Project.
This official launch of the Lady Coco Nimet Charity Clothing Store is this Sunday, the 7th of August from 2pm - 4pm at 161 Canterbury Road, Canterbury. If you live in Sydney and would like to offer your support, then you can get all the juicy details including the official invitation - here.
The Lighthouse Project offers a beacon of hope for those that need it the most and I congratulate all those involved on this worthwhile initiative.
According to the gurus of all things contemporary (FB) it’s International Monty Python Day.
So laugh till your eyes water and snot runs out your nose. Better still, buy this t-shirt and watch others do it instead.
Seriously forget the tacky t-shirt plug, Happy MP Day.
Now here’s a little something something to keep you smiling all day long …
Today I had the rare opportunity to explore the inner sanctum of Davis Design Studio in Sydney. My host, Jill Davis is an experienced designer goldsmith by trade and talented glass/mixed media artist. Here is a little of what I saw …..
In keeping with my New year’s Resolution to discover new things I also explored using a new (old) technique - TTV (through the viewfinder) style photography to present these beautiful images. Over the coming months I will continue to visit Jill’s studio, document her creating works and blog about my adventures with her. She is a joy to know and her beautiful works never cease to impress me.