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My new band the Plum Trees, keep an eye out for more news about new songs and upcoming gigs.

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She’s wild and crazy but a truly talented musician and performer

Fresh coconuts to really make us feel like we’re on holiday

Hotel room shenanigans

Rasta bar, up the hill from Shiralea Backpackers Resort on Koh Phangan

4 x 4 adventure with the Contiki group

Pad Thai noodles at the Sea Hag, Patong Beach, Phuket

This monk is special. He sensed he death was near and meditated until he passed where he remains in that same position as his hair and finger nails continue to grow.

Baby monkey and his mummy

Cheeky monkey

Elephants!

Posing with the Champ from Afghanistan

Muay Thai tourists

A beautiful beach at Koh Samui

Our final sunset at Koh Phangan

Lanterns at night

Saying good bye to a great group of people

Thailand – Koh Tao

Beware the fire skipping rope as I have been told the handlers make commission from the local doctors for any patient paying to mend burn injuries.

Old Phuket town like it names says is the original formation of Phuket. The now historical city once flourished during the tin mining boom about 100 years ago.

Phuket & Koh Samui

Muay Thai kick boxing, Thailands national sport. In Phuket, Patong Beach, Thailand, cars drive down every street with speakers blaring advertising each nights special event. “TONIGHT TONIGHT BIG FIGHT!” I paid a little extra to sit ring side so I could really feel the action. I was so close I was able to lean against the ring and poke my camera up and under the ropes to get a clear shot. The fights are a must see for anyone trying to experience the heart and soul of Thailand as you can see the passion in their eyes as they face off with their opponent. Fighters from around the world including Australia and Afghanistan come to challenge Thailand’s elite and I was even surprised to see the seriousness in boys as young ten who entered the ring and never held back.

Go see it for yourself when your in Thailand next.

Almost a year ago now I did a shoot for The Cipher Dance Academy to help promote the studio and its classes. The studio has continued to grow since then and there have been many more dance events and a few new teachers added to the roster. If your interested in learning an urban street dance style such as locking, popping, krump, breaking, house or hip hop then check out CDA some time soon!

CDA on Facebook     THECIPHER.COM.AU     CDA on Twitter 

 

Live a life

Hidden in Perth city behind the gates of the Condor Carpark lies a treasure trove of wonderful, graffiti delights. Multiply stories above and below sea level covered in art work is a privilege for those who are lucky enough to hold a cap space here.

Perth City, Australia

 

Up early at 4:30am to line up for a good spot to sell goods at the Canningvale Markets. Old clothes, toys, books, jewellery and shoes, still in good condition looking for a new home. We didn’t make a fortune but it was a fun way to clean out the closet.

In the back alleys of Wolf  Lane in Perth city, Western Australia  I found Wally. Only 99 more to find.

Fresh Sox/ 7$ / MZK

Art work by Creepy

Howard Lane hidden amongst a towering, forrest, of steel offices, reaching for the sky. Local artists The Yok and Stormy have brought the lane way to life and is a breath of fresh air for those going through the daily grind of the 9 to 5. This has got to be my favourite lane way in Perth.

Before they set off on their adventure around wild, Australia these happy little campers test run a night in their new home. 

The second instalment to the All Styles battles at the Cipher Dance Academy where dancers from all aspects of the art come together.

Save the planet and levitate instead

What a glorious weekend it has been thus far. To have such a great family and friends I cannot thank you more. You leave me feeling like I will levitate once more…

 

As the sun sets I glide off towards a new adventure and who knows what awaits me this time. 

Highly inspired by the inspirational Natsumi Hayashi, I have attempted my own form of levitation. The meditation process to attain such powers was time consuming but a rewarding experience.

Please visit the master of levitation www.yowayowacamera.com

Oh please sir feed me some more

You’ve fed me once now I crave for galore

I’m helpless without you our bond is so tight

Don’t feed me soon and I’ll swoop down and bite

 

Team Zissou unofficial member – Clancy

This nifty contraption combats against motor vehicles in a world where fuel prices match the age of the dinosaurs that bodies decayed in the natural process of anaerobic decomposition to become fossil fuels. The Zap electrical bicycle still requires you to pedal for the turbine engines to ignite but it makes the journey a whole lot easier.

As the DJ pumps up the volume a circle forms and those that dare enter not knowing if they will ever exit.

Medal Jam 12 in Perth, Western Australia had a record breaking crowd and number of competitors.  With special guest Hideboo from Sydney on the judging panel along with local legends Burnz 1 and Edit, Medal Jam allowed dancers as young as 8 through to 30 something build a strong community of local dancers.

May the force be with you…

My friend sells these super cute (supa kawaii) toys online and I was allowed special access to his storage warehouse to have a look at all the goodies. They all looked so lonely wrapped up in plastic stuck on the high shelves with no one to hug them. If you can help find them a home please help, but you will be put through a strict screening process to see if you’re suitable parents.

😉

His website is currently under maintenance but check there soon www.sinexi.com

Red spoon frozen yogurt 98% fat free means there’s always room for seconds. Pictured here is a passionfruit flavour, get closer to the screen and you can taste it. Each day they serve a different combo of flavours and my personal favourite is pistachio. 

Two days before his wedding my friend Peter tells me he’s getting married and he need’s me to be there. I almost loose my job arguing with my boss to get time off with such short notice.

Weddings are always nice 😀

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A strong, morning gust of wind, south of Perth city, carried this eighty kilo trampoline fifteen meters from above the hill to my front door.   I awoke to be shocked by the sight of this giant, bouncy piece of amusement sitting at the front door. Upon closer inspection I discovered a trail of destruction that the once loved trampoline had left. 

But this is what i got…

Say what?! I found this just outside the convention center. Now who is MR MEN?

Today I helped my good friend Norman with his photo shoot by being his assistant for the morning. Its not always easy trying to get that perfect photo so I was there to help wherever needed. Click the link for his final images BRUIN MEDIA

My awesome friend Kimberly takes the crown for Miss Chinese new Year 2012 held at Glouster Park! For more pictures from the night please click the link to the gallery Miss Chinese New Year WA Gallery 

 

Perth the city of lights

Precious drinking water

Built in 1904 this, now abandoned, hospital for the mentally ill was once Western Australia’s largest. Most of the buildings that once took up almost 3 hectares have been demolished as the hospital was closed in 1983 with parts of it sold and subdivided. What buildings remain are heritage listed and the building decays as plans for the buildings possible future reopening remains slow moving.

Please enjoy the adventures of Norman and myself as we explore the hidden treasure that lies camouflaged in-between beautiful, three story houses that surround.

I ventured into the unknown with my Nikon D700 and 14 – 24mm and 24-70mm Nikkor lenses. I mostly used the 14-24mm to get a really wide shot of all the rooms.

Check out Normans blog BRUIN MEDIA for his images from the day www.bruinmedia.tumblr.com

If your interested in more of Western Australia’s decaying heritage sites also view my first wordpress post of the Fremantle Power Station

Day #1 the 365 day challenge – “GRAFFITI MADE ME RICH”

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New years eve celebrations brings me to Scarborough beach as I perform with the mighty ZENBURGER to celebrate the final moments of the year. After the show we all enjoy kebabs which become our first meal for 2012.

Just before midnight, as I was on my way home the other night, I noticed smoke below the hills at the local high school. I rushed inside to grab my camera and headed down to the scene. There had been a fire threatening the local high school but luckily fire fighters managed to contain the blaze before any damage to the buildings were done. When I saw the smoke I immediately thought what a great photo opportunity it would be, typical mode of thinking of a photographer. No one was harmed in the incident.

 

 

 

Just out hanging my washing mid morning when I noticed the piercing eyes of a snow white spider gaze upon me. It was so white that it was perfectly camouflaged sitting on the white washing line lines. But on the grounds red dirt my eight legged friend had no where to hide. Now I wonder if it’s poisonous?

 

I spent the afternoon at an indoor rock climbing gym. To conquer these walls one must possess great strength and agility, and like the saying goes what goes up must come down.

 

 

The raw nature of human beings leaves us unwilling to settle many arguments with a simple resolution. A difference of opinion, a difference in race or religion, or an unwillingness to share Earths natural resources. Like eggs we humans are so fragile and break easily leaving a mess that cannot be justified.

 

An afternoon at the jungle gym leads to a deluxe spin cycle on the spin-o-matic. A few too many spins later and half a bucket of pop corn before hand, and we all felt like milk in a blender.

He reaches the summit of the rock climbing mountain

Rotation #462

Rotation #765

GAME OVER

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope Santa brought you something nice this year. All the  time sent preparing beautiful meals and the thought into buying presents all comes down to this one day where we spend time with our families and celebrate the special occasion. After lunch my family went for a drive to look at Christmas lights people had set up on their houses, one couple spent a month setting up all their lights and had previously raised over a thousand dollars for charity from donations received from the people that stop to look.

Christmas Morning

Fruit cheese cake for desert

The famous Christmas pudding

Christmas lights

Many gather to appreciate the spectacle of these wonderful Christmas lights

Little baby was scared of Santa

Nativity scene

A Christmas cat enjoying the Christmas lights

Make sure you have your flash ready as the lighting in clubs is quite low. Blur is common but can be cool to add movement to the party atmosphere. 

It could be Christmas, or your about to plunder and pillage around the world on a boat full of Vikings, the hat says it all as each one  exudes character to suit every occasion.

As part of winning the “Food glorious food” competition at mynikonlife I was granted the opportunity to write a food review and take photo’s at the Red Cabbage in South Perth, for the latest My Nikon Life issue out now. I previously posted about my dinner but here are all the pics I submitted for the magazine. 

 

 

Who wouldn’t want super powers, the only question is what side do you choose, good or evil?

I spotted an amazing artist in the city and stopped to get my portrait done. She did a great job and now I know what I’d look like if I were in a Manga comic!

New warning labels

King St by night the windows light up and our thoughts excite

The reality of what the human controlled, super robot, techno man is any way. A fork lift is much the same, without the deadly weapons of course, but a powerful peace of machinery we humans control and possibly use to help save the world from the threat of evil!

Nothing like a weekend road trip to break up the week

On December 8th 2011 BETTY SUGAR, along with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, hosted a fashion event to help raise much needed funds to help fight breast cancer and to create awareness in an entertaining, fashionable and positive way.

LUMIERE DE LA FOI – LIGHT OF FAITH

If you would like more information on the National Breast Cancer Foundation or you would like to donate please click here for a link to their web-site. 

The weather had been bad all day but the sun decided to sneak out conquer the menacing rain as I drove home

It’s a beautiful piece of machinery

 

The energy from the crowd feeds my enthusiasm to continue playing music 

The Foo Fighters and Tenacious D rock Perth! I took the day off work so I could line up early and to make it to the front of the crowd when the gates opened, but when the novice working the ticket scanners delayed our grand entrance we were disappointed to only get to second row. Smart manoeuvring and the pushing from the crowd behind me eventually led me to the very front. Normally DSLR camera’s with detachable lenses aren’t allowed into concerts but I was lucky to have my Nikon P7000, a small but powerful compact camera. All through the night, as part of the excited mosh pit, I enjoyed the show and took pictures to remember the awesome night that it was.

Tasty vegan food with vegan meat (mock meat).

Jasin Boland a stills photographer for many of Hollywoods great films such as The Matrix, Green Zone, Safe House Misson Impossible  and many more shared his time to talk with us about his tips and techniques being on set during capturing all the action. A truly humble and inspiring person to learn from. Thanks to Camera Electronic for putting his event together.

 

For fun, fame or fortune

The Yok – My fav graffiti artist and here is some of his work outside a barber shop in Victoria Park, Western Australia

We compare this dollar to every other currency in the would as a benchmark for monitory value. Most of us wish to have more than just one of these but does being rich really bring happiness? My sister found this quote;

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, Only when the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten”

North American Cree Indians prophecy

This is my new toy the Nikon P7000 that I won for the I AM NIKON competition, Its a great title compact with full manual operation and HD video. It’s light and compact and will go places my bigger D700 won’t go, will be great for concerts where your not allowed the big camera’s. I’ve got a lot of practice before I can fully master this baby!

 

 

 

 

My sister!

Thanks to Shannon for modelling for me today, again I’m testing out my muslin backdrop. The material is thin and unless you have it hanging in front of a dark wall then lights will make it transparent. You get what you pay for but I think this will come in handy for portability and simple set ups for a home studio.

Please check the link to Shannon’s business Authentic Self, which offers services such as Reiki for people and Theta Healing. 🙂

Here is a link to her Facebook page Authentic Self on Facebook

The colour of your eyes, the tone of your skin, the way you smile, the way you laugh, the way you cry. How are you feeling today? No need to answer because I can see it in your face. You face tells the story of who you are. A person with an expressive face or someone who likes to smile will have wrinkles that tells us how much you do so. Take the time to notice subtle features as you can’t hide the truth in your face.

About the photo’s: I set up my Nikon D700 with a 50mm Nikkor on a tripod. I did these self portrait to test out a Muslin backdrop I purchased on Ebay. I much prefer paper backdrops but I wanted to test out the Muslin’s as they are half the price of the paper backdrops. The Muslin is good for portability but it can be tough to get a solid looking background and a background clear of wrinkles on the material. I used the afternoons natural sunlight coming through a window to cast shadows on one side of my face to give character and then edited in Adobe Lightroom to really bring out the blacks and detail.

Luckily enough to get a Friday afternoon off work I attended a Nikon workshop on, Fashion blogging and natural light portraiture. I learnt a lot from the wise words from some of Australia’s top fashion photographers.

Red Cabbage fine dinning in South Perth, the award winning restaurant is definitely worth a visit to experience the modern British cuisine. As part of my prize for winning a food review assignment at My Nikon Life I was sent on assignment to review their food, check the next issue of the Nikon mag for my full review and pictures.