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Calm, like rocks.

The other day I walked down to the beach to just have a sit & clear my head from things that needed to be thought over and then be put in the "thought about / ready for action"-compartment of my mind. I had my Canon A1 on me so after a good deal of thinking and staring out towards the endlessly vast horizon (please excuse that esoteric way of putting it) I decided to take a brake and got down on my hands & knees to take some random shots... of rocks. There's something calming & soothing about rocks. And sand also for that matter. Especially when you are trying to sooth a frenzied mind.

Unfortunately, the colours didn't quite come through as I had hoped in the developed pictures, which is a shame, as the late afternoon light was so beautiful, enhancing the shapes & patterns on the rocks.
Well, I'll have to work on that!
No, dear Canon A1, I will not be giving up on you any time soon...







(Thank you self-shadow! You just had to be included in this shot didn't you?)




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Music box: flight facilities.

Hi Lovelies,

Here's a tune by FLIGHT FACILITIES I've been dancing to all week. And it's been a busy week. So, nothing like a good tune to lighten things up a little.
I hope you enjoy it as well! If you do you might want to head over to the website for more tunes & links to some funkyspunky remixes with the potential to make you dance all day & perhaps all night too! There's nothing better than dancing while getting boring (sunday) housework done anyway...

Wohoo!




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Movie treasures: Ondine.

Hi Lovelies,

The other day I realized I've never done a post about movies. I don't know why I've never written about them because I'm a serious movie-junkie! Always have been. And also, I can sometimes find a great amount of inspiration in a good movie. Thus, I have added this new post category.
Although I enjoy various genres I do tend to be drawn to movies with a well-told, meaningful story and a certain feel & look.
So, it was that I found myself absolutely loving the movie I'm about to share with you.

I've always been intrigued by stories about the sea & the creatures that live in it and particularly fairy tales involving mermaids have always captured my imagination in their tangled nets of magic. There's just something so mysterious about the vastness of the sea & the hope of unknown secrets hidden deep below the surface that stir something profound in me. I dont recall ever having seen a good and for that matter, meaningful movie about the myth & magic of mermaids. Most of them don't seeks to tell a story beyond the glittery magic of a fish tale, a pretty girl with long hair & a landsman (exempt from this is of course the all-time favourite that Disney Pictures created back in 1989..! Can't help loving that one for ever!).
The movie Ondine does exactly what I have always hoped for... it weaves a tale of merfolk with meaning, magnificence and a touch of magic all in one. Set against the misty & rough, yet whimsical coast of Ireland we follow the story of a fisherman who one day catches a mysterious woman in his nets. As the plot thickens we are forced to face the trials & tribulations of small-town life,  the cruel fate of illness, the hardship that comes with a life at sea & the courage to sometimes abandon reason and invest in hope against all odds.
It was made in 2009 so it's not new, but neither are the Brothers Grimm and I think we all agree that they are anything but outdated...
Below are a couple of my favourite stills... a special mention should go to the (australian) cinematographer Christopher Doyle...what a treat.








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"Ondine" is definitely a movie I'll be adding to the list of my favorites ..! The authentic performances of the cast are enhanced by a gorgeous soundtrack... Amongst others, "Ondine" features beautiful music by Sigur Ros which, for me, just adds the sprinkle of stardust that goes with all true magic! 


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Music box: Goshen.

Hi Lovelies

There is no need to say that Beirut are one of my absolute favourite group of musicians. And they have just released a new track: goshen.

"Goshen [ˈgəʊʃən]

1. (Placename) a region of ancient Egypt, east of the Nile delta: granted to Jacob and his descendants by the king of Egypt and inhabited by them until the Exodus (Genesis 45:10)
2. a place of comfort and plenty
3. a city in N Indiana. 19,665."

I've had it on loop since I came across it. Once again the band has created a stunning tune that lifts my spirits and makes me feel like all is well & just as it should be!

Get ready for a musical delight with those special "Beirut"-characteristics!
Have a listen...






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Have a lovely sunday! 









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Blue prints.

Here's just a quick post with some scans from my first roll of film that I shot with my Canon A1. I used ISO 800. Although I like the grainy quality ISO 800 produces I don't like my results very much. I'm not happy with my own work mainly so I'm not blaming the film. Perhaps my Canon A1 & me need to have some creative bonding time to produce some satisfying photographs. Well, I'm working on that! Also thanks to my new course.

The scans below are the few that turned out, well, ok... 







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I'm not quite sure why they all seem to have an overall "blue" tone...
Makes me curious to use the same film again and to shoot very consciously and see what happens. 

I hope your week has been good so far! 
Mine has been kind: I got a job! Hurray, my first job in Sydney! 

à bientôt! 


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Stepping out of my comfort zone.

Hello Lovelies, 

The past two weeks have revealed a couple of exciting new things. Although the somewhat tiring search for a job continues other things have been making my life joyous & positive. 

Firstly,  I have enrolled in a basic photography course at the Australian Centre of Photography and attended my first class last week. It was so good I didn't want it to end. The simple fact I was learning about things I'm so hungry to learn about catapulted my mood to a fabulous high that's been lasting and lasting...
The course outlines the basics of manual photography aiming to teach you there's more to (SLR-) photography than just the "auto" setting. It's also the course you need to complete to be able to enroll in the more advanced & specific courses the ACP offers!
We get an assignment each week and I'm so eager to learn about techniques, theory and the art of photography and to discuss my work and the work of others in class. At this point I feel like a sponge soaking up every bit of knowledge I possibly can. 

Until now I've had a very intuitive approach to photography. Perhaps trusting feelings more than knowledge and relying on certain habits and circumstances. So, I really want to use this course to brake free of what I think I like and actually observe why I like what I like and try to step out of my creative comfort zone by trying new things. I already feel I'm approaching photography differently than before the course. 
I'll share some of my results here as I go along...  

I don't often post photographs of myself here now. But I guess this too is all about stepping out of my comfort zone... 
Here's an attempted self-portrait using only available light. Admittedly, I've always been a little afraid of shooting self-portraits. Not quite trusting myself to let go of expectations and wanting to achieve an honest result without quite knowing what I want the photograph to feel like. Well,  I've begun to explore that process now... And I am keen on taking that journey. 

Trust, practise & shoot, shoot, shoot - that's my new motto.  



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I do have a few other exciting little things I'd like to share with you! But I think that's enough for one post.
I'll be back with more very soon!


Take care lovelies & have a great start into the week!
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