Not only did I take myself off to Kampung Admiralty in January; I headed to the other end of Singapore to see “The Hive” by Heatherwick Studio at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The Hive or Learning Hub is a building designed to challenge traditional learning environments and provide a dynamic mix of social and learning spaces for students. There are twelve towers (of dim sum baskets, so says the taxi driver) holding tutorial rooms that surround a large atrium of curved, greened terraces, which offer informal spaces for students to gather. I could go on about the environmental considerations, concrete construction, passive air-conditioning and generous greening but I’ll just show you the pics instead. Another remarkable, architectural highlight in my travels. Oh and it was Saturday, if you’re wondering where all the students are!
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.
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!
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.
Happy New Year! I had a pretty busy second half of last year and was a little (ok, a lot) slack bringing you new work here on my journal. I thought I'd start the year sharing a few shoots from the final weeks of 2017. First up some images from a Glen Iris project by talented Interior Designer, Silvia Roldan. Some gorgeous art and custom pieces in this one - a pleasure to shoot. Wishing you all the best for 2018!
Whenever I'm about to start a new body of work I like to ditch the tripod and wander. See Melbourne town through fresh eyes. Sometimes I'm looking for something in particular, sometimes nothing. I never take my car but I often find myself in a carpark. There's something in that. Don't know what. Yet. Here's a fairly incohesive sample.