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the post about getting older

I have a lot to write, but I don’t know where to start.

That’s always the problem, figuring out what to say and how to say it. What’s too much/not enough/too personal/not personal enough/too funny/not funny enough. I haven’t blogged for a little while because the last few months have been filled with just such overwhelming  journeys, change, joy and maybe some hijinks thrown in for good measure… But the start always eludes me.

I guess I’ll start with today and work my way back a little bit. Today I turned 30 and the experience has been quite different from what movies & TV have led me to believe. The characters always seem so neurotic about getting older, but the last couple of months have done nothing but prepare me for the awesomeness of it. There have been travels to the worlds of yonder (the US & Canada for the wonderful Canada Photo Convention and finally meeting a lot of photographer friends who I’ve only known online), winning of awards (both of my albums submitted won Accolades of Excellence at WPPI), the getting to meet so many amazing couples.

I have to say though, there’s been a lot of happy tears shed at meeting so many friends at Canada Photo Convention and there are many, MANY phone photos of me hugging people whilst crying. It really just is an overwhelmingly awesome feeling to finally get to meet people you’ve been talking to for years. I really can’t express how much that experience and that trip meant to me. Although, I am hoping that the crying photos don’t start mysteriously appearing online. I am not one of those fortunate people who is a pretty crier, I cry and it’s that puffy eyes/snot coming out of nose kind of cry. Pretty criers of the world, I envy you.

With WPPI, I MAY have forgotten when the awards deadline was actually happening and MAY have frantically been sitting there yelling at my computer to “UPLOAD FASTER.” To have both albums that I entered win awards really was the icing on the cake of a wonderful year that was. I’ve always felt like nothing is as important as the story of the day and the way that you tell it, so to have that sort of love reaffirmed by a community of photographers is such a wonderful experience (there may have been tears involved here too, and also a lot of happy dancing).

I feel like there’s so much more to write, but not enough words to describe everything, so with that I bid you farewell as I go and celebrate an ending and a beginning. A new decade and hopefully a lot more happy snotty tears.

so long and thanks for all the fish {2012}

I should preface this post with I am a monstrous geek. Absolute. Total. Utter. Geek. And in thinking about the year that was 2012, a Douglas Adams quote from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy popped into my head:

“The Guide says there is an art to flying”, said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning
how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”- Douglas Adams

2012 was a year of a lot of throwing myself at the ground for lack of a better word, and I won’t lie, it’s left me a little battered and bruised, but 2012, you were a year of personal growth, more than any other. I’ve been lax on blogging, because sometimes growth is hard to quantify, but I have to say thank you so much to each and every one of my wonderful couples. I am beyond fortunate to get the couples that I do, you are all so much a part of my family that I cannot imagine the year that was without you all.

I feel like I tinker in my own little world most of the time and one of my tinkerings this year came in the form of my album templates, that have been so lovingly supported by the photography community, I am so thankful that I can give back to the community and help in some little way.

Thank you all for your support, your hugs, your friendship, your openness, and of course letting me into your lives.


Bringing It All Back Home

One minute. That’s exactly how long it takes for everything in your world to change.

One day and you can be in a completely different world.

About a month ago now I left Sydney to fly halfway around the world to what was once my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia. It was unplanned, very last minute and something that needed to happen for family reasons.

I hadn’t been back in 8 years, but it felt like at least 20.

I have thought a lot whether to write about why I was there or not, and honestly I don’t think I can talk about the experience of being there without at least mentioning it. My maternal grandparents both have Alzheimer’s and dementia, and I understood intellectually that they wouldn’t recognise me, but to see the people who have been such an monumental part of my life not know who I was really hit me in a way that I didn’t expect.

It made me appreciate what I have and the people who are in my life right at this very moment a heck of a lot more, because you really don’t know what tomorrow brings and they deserve to know how loved they are and how much I appreciate them all.

I tried to take some time off and photograph both Belgrade and my grandparents place, I have so many fond memories of sitting in their lounge room watching old movies with my grandma, building forts out of their couch cushions with my brother and playing cowboys and indians, or playing hide and seek and thinking I could hide behind their sheer curtains.

It’s amazing how quickly things can change.  One day, and I felt like I was taken back to being that kid.


On Film {An Exhibition}

A step. A jump. A leap.

Each journey begins with a step outside your comfort zone and this one certainly is a huge leap for me and something rather close to my heart and this post is long overdue.I struggle to find the words to express what I want to say a lot of the time until it comes out in one big heap, like an explosion of thought, and so it is the same with this. I’ve always wanted to be a part of an exhibition, to showcase work that means something to me and hopefully to others and that’s exactly what I get to do next Tuesday at the Salerno Gallery in Glebe.

I, along with Tony Peri, Jeff Leaming & Jack Chauval will be exhibiting a series of images all shot on film. I’m nervously excited for the night and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

You can find all the lovely information about the exhibition and the other photographers HERE and if you’re in Sydney stop by, see some wonderful work and say hello.

Opening Night:

Tuesday 24th January, 6:30-8:30pm
Salerno Gallery
70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW

Sydney Fine Art Photography

Goodbye 2011 {Hello 2012}

As I get older the years seem to fly by at increasing speeds. I don’t know whether that’s just a part of growing older or a part of starting a small business, but whatever it is, I’d prefer them to slow down just a little bit. If this is the pace at which they’re going now, I shudder to think of the blur they will be in a five or even ten years time. I’m the type of person that just looks to what’s next, that I rarely stop to look at all the things that have happened.This combined with the speediness of the past year and I don’t feel like I’ve had a chance to reflect on all that has happened. That’s actually one of my 2012 New Year’s resolutions, to stop, enjoy and reflect on everything that’s happening.

It wasn’t until I sat down at my computer looking through the images from the last year that I was struck by an overwhelming sense of warmth. To be surrounded by so many amazing couples, such wonderful friends & family and so much love on a weekly basis… I didn’t realise how amazingly fortunate I was and I’m so grateful to have gotten to know each and every one of you in the last year and I’m so excited for the amazingness that 2012 will bring.

The images below are a collection of images that represent the warmth of 2011 and tell the story of the year that was. Thank you all for your love, your support and your friendship.

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