A country weekend away – March in Maleny, Queensland. More images of this beautiful location over at Flickr.
Some images that have been lingering on my hard drive for a while – from my cousin’s gorgeous vintage themed country wedding in Maleny, Queensland in early March this year. I only managed to shoot two rolls of film before it became too dark but captured some beautiful moments from this lovely family occasion. You can also see down the bottom the one & only Polaroid I took on the day, as well as the cool photobooth pic (from In the Booth) of yours truly. If you want to see more images of this gorgeous wedding, the talented folk at Artography were the photographers on the day and featured the wedding on their blog.
It is perhaps fitting that I inaugurated my new travel blog pretty much on the third anniversary of this blog. While Agrippina Maior is about photography, considering the amount that I travel, the images often revolve around the places in the world that I have visited.
In celebration of my first post, three long years ago, I would like to give one lovely reader a gift! So if you have always loved a particular image, have had a portrait shoot with me … or have just recently stumbled across this blog, you are in luck!
How do we go about this?
1. Comment on this post with a link to the image that you would most like to see hanging on your wall from the above places. All comments made before midnight AEDST (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on 30 October will be considered.
2. Please like my Facebook page if you are socially networking there, comment on the page and share it and/or this post with your friends! This step isn’t compulsory but would be really appreciated!
On 1 November each commenter will be given a number from 1 onwards in order of first to last posts as they appear here. The lucky recipient will be chosen by generating a random number from random.org
The image will be printed by Red Bubble on photographic paper with a measurement of 20x20cm (8x8inch) for Polaroid images and 30x20cm (12x8inch) for all other images (you can have smaller if you like of course!).
So, if you would like to celebrate with me and receive a lovely birthday present from Agrippina Maior, fire away and tell me which image you love!
[Film image above from Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang, Malaysia, December 2012]
I have succumbed and decided to set up a travel blog for my partner and I to both contribute to. While Agrippina Maior often speaks of travel through images, often it takes months – if not years – for me to post the images on here. And in essence this blog is more about the photos than the travel. Plus Chris doesn’t have a voice about our travels here and he has a lot to say.
The blog is currently being tinkered with and I have one post done. If you would like to follow our travels and see some real time images from my trusty iphone (what a great camera by the way!), please head over and subscribe to our posts at All You Need is Laab.
So this is really a lazy post. A few images from last year of this fabulous place that I am now living in. I have just spent six weeks doing a yoga teacher training course and have been somewhat busy, which has resulted in the lack of posts over the last while. Fear not though. I have actually – and surprisingly – not neglected my photography during this time! I have been working on documenting the course, as well as doing some yoga photoshoots for some of the participants; and it has been a real learning curve. Some of these shoots will feature in upcoming blog posts, which I will be back on top of once I have finished an editing project that I am doing right now. And yes, I was still doing yoga and totally not slacking off! Maybe it could be a new style. Yogography?
I have a new headquarters! In the physical world that is … I am backing living on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. I left five months ago but when I stepped onto the beach that is my home I felt like I had only been on a week visa run. Places that make you feel like that are so special.
So I will be based here now probably until February! For the next few weeks I am doing a yoga teacher/training workshop six days a week. It is intense but wonderful at the same time. I don’t have a lot of time at the moment to work on my thesis or my photography but when the course is finished I will be concentrating on both of these.
I am planning on really concentrating and developing my photography while I am here – and hopefully some paid work such as weddings and other events, as well as possibly developing some workshops for people interested in developing their own photography skills.
The plan is also to do some editing work, easily doable online, so my friend is currently developing a design for some flyers, business cards and a logo for this business.
While it is cheap to live here, it would be great to earn a little money while also interacting with the people who spend time here, whether on a permanent or temporary basis. Developing these will hopefully lead to a bit more sustainability for my rather peripatetic life, at the same time developing my skills and facing some things that I find a little bit scary – like teaching!
Hopefully soonish I will have some great images of Thailand to share with you … meanwhile I have about 20 rolls of film that I scanned before I left home – some over two years old – so I should have plenty of fodder for the blog until I develop and edit any current images!
I visited La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, in April 2009. The highest altitude capital city in the world, it is an amazing place. Cities aren’t for everyone but I love them. The buzz, the people, the sights all make me want to snap away. I can’t precisely say what so captivated me about La Paz. Maybe the setting, the tempo of life there, the fact I found it so easy to converse in Bolivian Spanish, the warmth of the people, the mix of crazy travellers who came together in that place.
Visiting there for just under a week, I spent a lot of time just watching the world go by, acting as a flâneur. But this was something I noticed the locals did too. There was a different pace there than in most cities. It had its craziness but it felt like even the hustle and bustle was in slow motion, moving with a languid tempo.
It was the perfect place for shooting film, the slow deliberateness that favours great shots working well with the city itself. I did shoot digital as well, which you can see on my flickr stream. While the digital shots captured the bright abundant colours of this sunny city, the black & whites captured something of its soul, of its rhythm.
Enjoy the images and me know what your thoughts are on the differences between the colour and black & white, between the digital and film.
Who will be astounded at this post … either because it will bring back great memories or because it took me two and a half years to get these scanned.
Now I am not a food blogger but I will tell you that this is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Mudbrick is a winery and restaurant on Waiheke Island, only a short ferry ride from Auckland.
We got the degustation menu, which is I guess expensive but it is a filling meal that just tastes amazing and is worth every cent. I am not totally sure if the current one on the menu is the same that we had but even if not … I am sure it is still just as good.
Topped off with a fabulous rosé, the gorgeous fragrant garden, amazing views and brilliant weather, it was one of the best girls’ days I have had.
If you go to Auckland, make sure you go to Mudbrick and stay the night so that you can explore the rest of the island, which I hear is gorgeous.
It seems so surreal to be that in six weeks I will again be walking these pathways.
The visit this time will open up new challenges. It is a little scary but feels so right.
There is an overwhelming amount to do before I go.
I think I may also still be scanning film from my last sojourn while I am there though! These are the first few images of 35mm film I’ve scanned had developed from my time there in September 2012 to February 2013. To be honest they only probably got done as they were the first images on a roll that also had my cousin’s wedding on it.
More are to come very soon … I think. As usual I have not labeled my rolls of film and have dozens to develop. I think I put the correct ones into the lab yesterday. Fingers crossed!