I was fortunate to take a quick trip to Singapore earlier this year and more fortunate still to sneak away for a few hours to shoot WOHA Architect’s Kampung Admiralty - named 2018 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival. And rightly so. The building is mixed-use, combining social housing with commercial and retail spaces (food, medical etc) and includes a remarkable, terraced green roof. The stacked terraces include a kids playground, an outdoor gym, peaceful gathering places and a community farm, together providing a community park for residents and visitors. I barely scratched the surface in the few hours I spent there but impressed I was. Hot, but impressed.
Last year I spent some time - not enough time - with the stunning South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building in Adelaide, by Woods Bagot. What can I say, it reminds me of my beloved Esplanade Theatres in Singapore with it’s graceful curves and striking geometric facade. How could I not love it? I plan to return later this year to spend some on the inside but in the meantime, here’s what I saw.
I love being behind my camera. It doesn't matter if I'm shooting for clients or for art - I love it. There is something special, however, about shooting for myself. No brief, no intent, just seeing. I like to do this between things to let of steam, if you like. I guess it is in lieu of international travel - this year anyway!
Some highlights from Meredith Lee's St Kilda Road project, shot last month...
During last year's trip to Thailand, I stayed in an up and coming area of Bangkok, Thonglor. It's a trendy little spot with great restaurants, cafes and shops. On one of my walks I stumbled across this sales office, yes, just a sales office. The Khun by Yoo sales office, along with the condos that will eventually stand there, were designed by Yoo in collaboration with Phillippe Starck. I see an elephant...
I had the pleasure of shooting some gorgeous bathrooms for Fiona Parry-Jones of Von Haus Design at her ongoing Kew project. I am always inspired by Fi's use of colour and pattern and this was no exception. Beautiful styling by Petrina Turner was the perfect finishing touch.
I finally got around to sorting through my photos from last year's trip to Thailand. I've been to Bangkok a number of times over the past 10 years and there are a few things that I always notice. The first of those 'things' is colour. The unashamed, in your face, bright as can be, use of colour. T-shirts, taxis, umbrellas, buildings the list goes on. The Thai love colour. So do I.
Emerge 1st Edition / Group Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, 9th - 21st Jan 2018
Isolation. n. The condition of being alone, especially when this makes you feel unhappy.
At some time in their life, everyone will experience feelings of isolation. Some more than others and not always the ones you expect.
“Successful people are driven. They usually work harder, persevere longer, and bounce back from adversity faster than others. While some people are just natural go-getters, drive sometimes stems from hurt and pain. High achievement may temporarily mask a person’s heartache, but the anguish lurks just beneath the surface”. Amy Morin, LCSW
A selection of works from the Isolation series is available from Studio Gallery Melbourne - visit the Contact page for details.