Posts Tagged ‘photograph’


Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I am feeling almost naked at the moment as I have just inserted my passport into an envelope and handed it over to Royal Mail. They will hopefully deliver it to the Australian Embassy who will then send me back a new version. That’s the plan, anyway.

My passport expired on 14 August, much to my disappointment. For the past 10 years, that little booklet has been a record of my great adventures – annual trips to Singapore with my parents and brother, and then my own travels through Europe, Canada and America. There are stamps confirming my entry and exit from countries and four visas for France and the UK. Whenever I am travelling and am sitting in an airport bored, I will flick through my passport and look at where I have been and what I have experienced. And suddenly, thanks to a 10-year expiry date, that little book of memories is no longer valid. The worst part is that the days of immigration stamps have gone and now you have to be lucky or request a stamp in your passport. My old passport was almost full and my new version will most likely remain practically unstamped.

My need for a new passport meant that I had to find a photo booth and pay an excessive amount of money for a mug shot. This cannot happen on any old day as this photograph will remain as the record of my face for the next 10 years – you want it to look good. I got my first passport when I was about 4 years old and I spent five or so years with a passport photo of me crying and trying to run away from the photographer. Being laughed at by customs officers every time you cross a country border gets quite tiring. But potential travel plans in the near future and the fact that I need to get on a plane back to Australia soon resulted in me taking the plunge this morning and getting the photo taken. Apart from a shiny nose, it isn’t the worst passport photo in existence and I managed to hold back the tears. I now just have to wait and hope that it ticks all of the boxes for what your photo MUST NOT BE LIKE. Then it will be time to go stamp collecting. I will have a new book to fill!

Passport photo

What a mug.

Published Again!

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

About six months ago, I responded to a call out from Chronicle Books to submit Instagram photographs for a book they were publishing. I didn’t expect anything from it but decided to take the “Be in it to win it” attitude. I hadn’t received any sort of confirmation from the publishers so presumed I hadn’t been accepted.

At the time of submission, I was about to move from Paris to Manchester and had no fixed address so I gave them my brother’s bakery address. So neither of us were really expecting a parcel addressed to me to arrive at his shop. Inside the mysterious package were two copies of This Is Happening, featuring one of my photographs.

Now I'm a published photographer!

Now I’m a published photographer!

I am particularly thrilled to have my photograph printed in a book produced by one of my favourite publishing companies. Now I wonder if they would like my book about Paris…

A Very Big Challenge

Monday, April 30th, 2012

On day one of my 40-Creations-in-40-Days challenge, I realised it was going to be difficult to complete. On day two it all became scarily obvious that I am not going to be able to do it. No, wait, I take that back. I COULD do it, except the things that I would produce wouldn’t actually be what I want to make and hence, what is the point? I guess creative development is always good and I am still trying to do something everyday, however I don’t think I will make 40 pieces.

The reason is simple – lots of the pieces that I want to make simply take longer than one day, and when I have other things in my day that also take up my time (eg. eating) I am not able to fulfil the requirements of the challenge. SO, I am going to change the rules to be 40 days of intense creativity, resulting in as many creative pieces as physically possible. Yes, maybe I am making it too easy on myself, but I also don’t want to just create rubbish. I see no point.

So what have I been doing? Pure brilliance, is what. Allow me to show you in photographic form:

Ben stencil

Step 1. Take a photograph of your brother and use Photoshop to turn it into a black and white image.

Pencil transfer

Step 2. Go crazy with lead pencil on the back of the image for a cheap alternative to transfer paper.


Step 3. Attach image to a piece of lino and trace over the lines.

Transfered stencil image

Et voilà! Magic.

Lino cutters

Step 4. Take your Lino Snijgereedschap and start carving.

Lino cut

Step 5. Cut away from you. Don't not put your hands in front of the lino cutter. Attach the lino to your work surface. Remove all white space.

Working outside

Step 6. Work in a lovely outdoor environment and enjoy.

And there we have it! I am still working on slicing my brother’s face, but I hope to finish within the next day and then I can make some prints. It is such an enjoyable experience – I love the tactile nature of the lino and the fact that my hands were starting to hurt by the end of the day. I haven’t made a lino cut since my year 8 art class so I am having to teach myself but I think it is going to look good. I will show you the final results soon.

So Beautiful

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I am in love.

With a dress. I ran past a photograph advertising this Chloé design on Saturday morning and had to stop and look closer. What a shame it costs over 2500 Euros and you need to look like these girls in order to wear it. Maybe I will just superimpose my head on them and pretend.

Chloé dress

So beautiful.

Photo Selection

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Yesterday Tom and I went to the Bastille Day Parade. Well… we tried to. They had blocked off so many roads and the metro wasn’t stopping in the middle of the Champs Elysee so we had to walk a long way and didn’t get very far with the masses of people doing the same thing. We managed to see a bit of the parade, including the Foreign Legion which was the bit I wanted to see anyway. My photo of the bearded axe-men has been selected by the U.S. Yahoo Editorial to appear in their Bastille Day collection. Considering they only selected 17 images from all of Flickr, I’m rather pleased! Here’s the photo for your own enjoyment:

Bastille Day Parade

Look at those impressive beards!