I couldn’t help but get into gig photographer mode and put together this gallery.
For the 13th event, I was proud to contribute my photograph, ‘Aurora Milky Way’ from my Starry Night series. Photographed in the Tasmanian wilderness, to witness a night like that was ‘beyond words’.
Congratulations to the lucky bidder! View more of my travel photography on Flickr.
Thanks to Emma at Truly Deeply for the photos.
View the full gallery and archives from Open House Melbourne 2010-2015.
Meat Market, North Melbourne
Built in 1880 to the design of architect George Johnson – now a grade one heritage-listed building. Noted for it’s character-packed, ostentatious architecture with decorative ram head sculptures dotted throughout. Today, it’s fully preserved thanks to the Bracks government and now used as a performing arts space. George Johnson also designed other notable buildings including the Fitzroy Town Hall and St Kilda Hall.
Edgewater Towers, St Kilda
Australia’s first multi-residential apartment complex, designed to bring the Miami-style living to St Kilda. Designed by émigré architect Mordechai Benshemesh and completed in 1961, it’s the perfect time capsule of Mid Century Modern architecture in Melbourne.
RMIT Design Hub, CBD
Completed in 2012 to house RMIT’s School of Architecture, Design Hub’s minimalism architecture is designed to inspire the students to explore solar energy and environmental factors in their work.
While these works are best experienced in real life, here are some of my highlights of the event.
View the full GSPF Archive Gallery on Flickr.
Earlier this year, I traveled to Tasmania and MONA (in the midst of its annual MOFO festival) was at the top of my list. After spending a full day at the museum, and thinking of my years studying Bachelor of Visual Arts, it was refreshing to see art can be done for arts sake.
Highlights from MONA and MOFO
Engpass (Bottleneck) by Roman Signer
Originally installed in January 2011, the silver 1982 Rover 3500 SE was squeezed between two concrete walls. Over the years, the installation has decayed over the years with some beatings to the rear, even more evocative of a car wreckage.
Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) 2005 by Candice Breitz
A multi-channel video installation depicting super Italian Madonna fans singing the entire Immaculate Collection album, acapella. Examining the star status of Madonna, the fans often mimic her moves, evoking the themes Madonna has challenged throughout her career. As a Madonna fan, it made me question how much of an influence she has had on me and my work, subliminally and consciously #bitchwearemadonna. Watch the entire video on Vimeo.
The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody
A morbid self portrait of the Boody as a child, a drooling doll enclosed in a cage in a fairytale-like dress with pet mice. Whimsical, macabre, perfect!
Chapel by Wim Delvoye
A useful piece of architecture or sculpture? The Chapel features ornate mock-gothic architecture and stained-glass windows – a nod to tradition and history? Think again… the windows feature erotic images, and yes, you can get married there. David did.
Untitled by Jannis Kounellis
A wooden chair, enamel bowl and two goldfish swimming puzzled around a large knife. As far as I know, the fish haven’t swum into it.
Exxopolis by Architects of Air (on exhibition during MOFO only)
A large-scale, inflatable luminarium… referencing mosque architecture, the sculpture plays with light and colour and encourages wonderment and curiosity. Currently traveling the arts festival circuit, be sure to catch it in your city.
The mX newspaper is a free, daily newspaper, published by News Corp for the past 14 years. A beloved part of the daily commute for inner city workers across the Eastern seaboard of Australia.
On a personal note, thank you to the talented team behind the mX for brightening up my daily commute. I remember when the first issue was published, the mX will be sorely missed.
Situated under cartoon-like clouds over the French Alps, the pure blue waters of Lac D’Annecy reflect cute medieval castles, framed by snow-capped mountains. Sounds like a fantasy? It is no wonder that Annecy was a key source of inspiration for Walt Disney.
Such as its heritage, it’s become the international spiritual capital of animation. Animation aficionados descend on the fairytale lakeside town in the Rhone-Alps region of France for the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival. If you make the pilgrimage to “The Venice of Savoy”, be sure to wander the enchanting streets and create your own fairytale day in Annecy. Full gallery on Flickr >
Monaco marches to its own beat. The second-smallest country in the world and home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita. It has no formal borders with France (so you won’t get a Monaco stamp in your passport), yet has it’s own royal family. It isn’t a member of the European Union, but uses the EURO currency and has no income tax.
Monte Carlo is THE playground for the rich and famous on the French Riviera. European sports cars line the streets, yachts swan about the harbor and gamblers the world have a roll of the dice.
Last year, I had a brief visit to Monte Carlo, whilst traveling around the Cote d’Azur. Here is my travel photography, from a quieter moment in the most exclusive city in the world. Read more…
You have wandered around the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum? Check. Admired the renaissance art at the Vatican Museums? Check. Thrown a few coins into the Trevi Fountain? Check. Crossed the Pantheon off your bucket list? Check. All the major tourist attractions in Rome are absolute must-sees. However, the Eternal City also has a progressive side, perhaps fueled by the student population or Roman ingenuity. I hope this guide will encourage you to get off the beaten path in Roma. Read more…