Sunday, July 18, 2004

Lomo down under
One of the things I did was indulge my photography habit. I took about 12 rolls over the month I was away. I've processed 8 so far with 2 coming back blank - its always a bit of a lomo lottery. I'm beginning to understand more of its foibles - one of them being winding on. About 2/3rds of the way through my trip the front part of my camera became seriously shoogly and loose and the shutter started to stick and I was manually opening it. I went online and found Just Shoot the centre of the Australian Lomographic Society and Lomo Shop. I wrote down the address and thought it would be an epic journey to find it (I'm map reading impaired). Then one evening I passed the shop - sychronicity ! It was infact a bare 25 mins walk from my hostel. But it had slightly odd opening hours.... However I managed to go there show a lovely woman called Karen the appalling state of my Lomo. She gave me gratis 2 special Lomo screws and the address of Five Star Repairs in the State Theatre Building and told me to tell them she'd sent me.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Everyone has a sneaking fascination about the workspaces of writers, painters and other creative people. One of the disappointments of my trip to Australia was that I was unable to visit the Brett Whiteley Studio which was near to where I was staying. I'd read that it was closed until 2 days before I left but when I went around there was a handwritten notice saying it would now be closed until July. Brett Whiteley was a leading Australian artist until he committed sucicide in his 50's. His life history easily consumes most myths about the artistic life.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Work it really cuts into your day...
Travelling rituals? Anyone got returning from travelling rituals? I feel I've been hurled into my life without pause or breath. As soon as I get any I'll be a more frequent blogger.