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VIVID 2013

Hey guys,

So yeah it has been a while since my last post but I’m back! 
Anyways it’s late and don’t really have much to say so I am going to let the shots do the talking for me. If you are around Sydney city I thoroughly recommend checking out vivid, I think I might have to go back for a second viewing!

Enjoy and I’ll be back with another post soon!
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Kangaroo Valley Writers Retreat

Ok so im not going to even explain my absence any more… 😀

So last weekend and few creative friends and i rented a place in the breathtaking Kangaroo Valley NSW, the idea was to just get away from all the distractions and work on what we love doing, for some of us it was writing our novels for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and for others it was a more musical pursuit. I took a little from column A and B.

On the last morning i got up early (as usual) and the whole valley was thick with Fog, the Cows that surrounded the property looked more in place within the fog than they did otherwise. So i took lots of Photos on the trusty point and shoot.

Enjoy.

In other news i just watched the new clip from Missy Higgins that won the ARIA award for Best Music Video, it’s really kinda cool and nicely shot and edited. Here it is:

Windy Bridge-Top Vividtimes



Recently I got the opportunity to walk up the top of the Harbour Bridge to view the lighting of Vivid Festival. This was a pretty awesome experience as its usually damn pricey and so although the winds were strong (60-70kmph) and it was cold (10 DegreesC) it was well worth it and definitely something to cross off the bucket list.
Photos were a bit of a struggle as it was pretty dark and hard to hold still when your camera becomes a sail, but with a bit of Photoshop magic I managed to clean them up. It was really beautiful up there and an amazing feat of engineering, so if you’re ever surprisingly rich and want something different to do I would highly recommend it.

A new Music blog post will be round soon as i have discovered a whole bunch of my Favourite artists have released new albums without informing me. But until then here’s something to listen to that i love.

A Bit of Food and Photography.

Over the weekend one of my Photo-buddys Josh from Focus in Motion hired a massive Light box and a 7D Canon for a shoot the next week, so to get the most out of said hire we decided to do a bit of food photography. Set up over my dining room table we set up fruit and pastries. We tethered the Camera to a Laptop so we could get Full Res previews in real time and this really helped in collaborating. Obviously we didn’t have the skilled hands of a food artist but i think we got something cool out of it and it was a cool experience.

Also a little bit of song to finish this post off. I have been obsessing over the new Muppets movie lately (to which i have not seen much support from my “Friends”) but either way the movie is fantastic and the soundtrack incredible! So Watch and love it as i do!

I feel like Jellybeans now….

A Friend at TAFE showed me this video a while back and i was reminded of it the other day. This is a pretty awesome music video idea and must have been frustrating and time consuming, but wow. This makes me not only want to try out some stop motion stuff but also to eat a crap load of jelly beans. I also put in the making of video so if you’re interested check it out!

A Trip to the Mountains.

Just before new years a couple of Friends and i went to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for a 3 day stint of sleeping, drinking and the occasional Trek. It was good to just be lazy after Christmas proceedings had passed and although i didn’t take a lot of photos i did manage to get some nice shots of the wonderful landscapes and Vegetation around the area. As well as just stupidity with sticks.

Also this years first change to the blog… for every post i’m going to match with a song. Kinda like a fine wine, but not… at all.

So here’s a classic bit of Sigur Ros that is epic enough to fit both the Valley and the Stick fights. Enjoy.

Top 11’s of 2011

Top 11’s of 2011

So The year is almost over and like most things in retrospect it has gone by way too quickly, but i guess that’s how it goes most years. This was a year of pushing myself, i started this blog, started taking photos more seriously, i even exhibited for the first time. Hopefully 2012 takes on the same pathways. 2011 has been a good year and so i best sum it up with my Top 11’s of 2011. None of these are in order and all of them are done on a judgement that is purely personal.

Top Albums:

Lonely Avenue – Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Possibly one of the best collaboration albums i have ever heard, great stories turned into strong melodic pieces of genius. If these two don’t do another of these it will be very sad.



Last Night on Earth – Noah and the Whale
The thing i love about NATW’s albums is that they follow very closely to the Life of Charlie Fink, the lead singer. When he was dating and happy with Laura Marling he released Peaceful the world lay me down an upbeat poppy indie joy. Then when they split came First days of Spring a melancholy beautifully sad album filled with pain but hope. Now in 2011 Charlie seems to have moved on, Last night on earth is Stories of the downtrodden rising up, overcoming the worlds woes. It’s Charlie getting all better.



The Kooks – Junk of the Heart

This album is far from a music masterpiece for me, it doesn’t blow my mind. But that not always what music is about. This is a happy album, it makes me feel good and makes me wanna jump and yell and just put all the shit behind me. This is my feel good album.



Bon Iver – Bon Iver
On the other end of the spectrum, Bon Iver has been my Album of choice for when i’m down, sweet melodies, amazing voice and some incredibly intricate layers of instrumentals makes this possibly the most beautiful album of the year for me.



Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
The first think i think of when i think of Coldplay’s last two albums have been Production Values. Coldplay do some interesting things and some epic ones and this latest album has been Both. They have managed to take massive popularity and still keep up trying new things and pushing themselves and that’s a great achievement in itself.



The Help OST – Thomas Newman
This easily has to be my favorite soundtrack of the year, i can’t really explain why but i just can’t stop turning to it.



Vows – Kimbra
If you haven’t already listened to Kimbra you are missing out and need to start immediately. If you only know her through her song with Gotye then you need to investigate further. This girl has an amazing voice, so much range and so much character it becomes an instrument like no other. Her songs are catchy and make you wanna dance. Very worth listening to this Kiwi gem.



A Creature i Don’t Know – Laura Marling
There is something about Laura Marling that i can’t put my finger on, something that separates her from the rest. Her Lyrics are amazing, her voice is nothing short of Beautiful… but there is something on top of that, something that i can’t describe and that can only really be felt by listening to her. This is probably my favorite of her albums so far and it will be getting plenty of listens through the next year and more.



The King is Dead – The Decemberists
Pushing onto the border of country this album brings about a wave of harmonica and Rythym. Folksy and grammatically complex lyrics with stories of folklore. This is the Decemberists… its always good.



Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine
For me Florence and the Machine kinda faded out after their first album, i stopped listening and pretty much forgot about them altogether, then suddenly they came back and im back on the bandwagon! Florence Welch is a voice of our generation, when we look back in 20 yrs time we’ll be thinking of florence and playing her to our children. Well at least that what i hope will happen.

Top Movies:

The Help – Very moving, Emma Watson Cleans up!
Winnie the Pooh – Stunning Animation, Zooey singing, who need to be a kid to enjoy this really?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Malfoy gets messed up by an Ape.
Bridesmaids – Not like the Hangover, was actually funny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 – Epic and sad to see it go…
Xmen First Class – Possibly my Favorite in the Series.
Tangled – Pure Disney so Pure Awesome.
Super 8 – Really Classic storytelling, really well done.
The Trip – Hilarious
Green Hornet – i liked it even though many didnt, loved the way it was written.
Never Let me Go – Beautiful storytelling.

Top TV:

Community – As Always
Sing Off – I have a soft spot for Acapella and Ben Folds.
2 Broke girls – Very sitcom-y but still enjoyable. Must like a certain type of humor though.
QI – I wish i had a voice like Stephen Fry, things would get done!
Misfits – I thought i would hate this show but it’s really grown on me, kinda like Skins meets Heroes.
New girl – This show is really funny, Zooey Deschanel is hot as usual and fits in perfectly into her role.
Friday Dinner – Only just starting to watch this show, looks kinda cool…but undecided yet.
Parks and Rec – Great Season, although possibly starting to plateau….
How i met your mother – Just started watching, well behind. But still, loving it!
Big Bang theory – Great Cast although really playing hard of stereotypes.
Idiot Abroad 2 – Karl Pilkington is God.

So This finally Brings me to My top Photos of 2011, These are probably not my best photos, but they are the ones that i love best throughout the year, either because they link to something i hold close or any other sappy reasons i bring sentimentality to them…
Thanks to all who have kept up with this Collection of mine, sat through the songs i have forced upon your ears and the small ramblings i have made. Next year will bring bigger and better things for this blog so keep an eye out.

Happy New Year!!

Will