Thursday, February 26, 2015
I've been looking forward to sharing this photo story with you: our day at none other than the Great Wall of China. Again, for some reason, The Great Wall was never high on my list of places to visit. Maybe it's because I'm usually drawn to places of extraordinary natural wonder, as opposed to extraordinary feats of man, but now that I've been, I have no regrets. I've always loved mountain ranges—in fact, one of my very first paintings as a kid was of snow-capped mountains in New Zealand—so I guess standing on something impressively man-made amongst something impressively nature-made ticked all the right boxes. I can only imagine how beautiful it would have been had it been snowing, or had it been spring and summertime.
We were there for about 4 hours, but I wish we had time to stay longer so that we could've climbed the 20th & 21st watchtowers, which had quite a steep incline. Perhaps I'll come back and trek the Wall next time (clearly hadn't had enough of trekking in 2014).
Saturday, February 21, 2015
We didn't arrive in Beijing until about 5:30pm. When we met our guide at the airport, he let us know that he had double-checked our hotel's address and drove past it, only to discover it had been closed for renovations for months. We had trouble accessing our booking confirmations and emails because you can't use public wifi in China unless you have a Chinese phone number. Cue a couple of hours of distress and sitting in some pretty terrible Beijing peak hour traffic before everything got sorted and we got to our hotel (thankfully we booked with one that was part of a small chain of hotels), after which we promptly landed face-first into our beds.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Our third and final day in Hong Kong was spent travelling to Ngong Ping, the little town on the mountain, via cable car. When we got there, we visited the Po Lin monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha (which was kind of perfect, I thought, as this year I will begin yoga teacher training).
It was so deeply peaceful up in the mountains. There were so many people who swarmed to see the Buddha, rushing about, cameras to faces, phones up, pulling each other this way or that to see the next sight; I just wanted to find a minute to be all there, so I did, hiding myself away in the quietest part of the giant circular altar, admiring the expanse before me and the way the light looked from up here. I pretended I was completely and utterly alone and enjoyed that little second of still, silent bliss all to myself. Our trip had been rushed and chaotic in the days since we arrived (and it would continue to be chaotic for many weeks still), so to find even just a second to be completely present, to appreciate everything I had amongst the mountains, meant everything to me.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Finally, five weeks after coming home, I've finished editing photos from the Hong Kong & Beijing portions of my trip. It seems so long ago now, but once more I am glad that my calling was photography, because I get to remember it all so vividly through this: the art of visual storytelling.
I wrote plenty while I was away but there's not a lot I feel like sharing from this first chapter of the trip, so I'll let the photos do what they do best.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Life: blink and you'll miss it. By now, you've probably already had a conversation about how crazy it is that it's already February, and soon it will be March, and on it goes.
Do you remember all those things you told yourself you'd do by this year, or this age? I do; I've achieved a lot and pursued many of my dreams, but what's even better is that there are so many things I never thought I would do that I am now doing. Sometimes you get so caught up in the cycle of dreaming, planning, and doing, you don't get many chances to appreciate what you truly love to do, what you've already accomplished, and all the little things that make your life what it is.
This year, one of my aims is to be more active on this blog. I've always enjoyed writing from a deeper point of view, but I don't often get to share as much as I'd like here between everything else I do outside of the blog, and so I usually only post when I have work to share.
Starting now, I'll be sharing little snaps (from my iPhone, my best friend when it comes to shooting the everyday) in a series called Month-By-Month: a visual way to reconnect with the weeks just passed. Regular reflection is a big part of who I am, but to purposefully document it here will mean that I am forced to take the time to be brought back to the present, to appreciate the past, instead of constantly, hurriedly gunning for the future.
The magic of photos is that they remind you of lots of little things you may have otherwise forgotten, like that really wonderful day you may have had even though there was nothing particularly extraordinary about it. That's life: a brilliant, beautiful summary of all these little things. It's worth remembering, it's worth documenting, and it's worth reflecting on.
If you have a blog, or even an Instagram, I'd love for you to join in and share your monthly memories—please feel free to send me the link to the post or to the photos when you're done so I can see!
Here are some little moments from my January, 2015.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Adventure; a thirst to be closer to nature; a ceaseless lust to see more of my city, my home, my world; saying yes to new things; exploring beyond what I believed I could do: all these things were my 2014.
2013 reminded me that I needed to take care of myself; that also meant giving myself space and time to grow, to explore and stay close to all the things that make me glad to be alive. 2014 was about putting all that into practice.
Monday, November 24, 2014
|Brush-type by the lovely Jasmine. Photo by yours truly.|
Earlybird tickets are still on sale until December 1. You get a goodie bag and Typism Book 2 with your earlybird ticket (no goodies if you're a late ticket holder!), and there's a $5 discount when you use the code "INSTAGRAM".
If you're crazy about type, you may just want to attend some masterclasses. There's no shortage of inspiration and type-loving with Typism!
I've been lucky enough to work with some of these talented typographers & designers in the past, so if you can't wait until next year, take a look at these creatives behind the scenes.
Type By Hand: Hand-lettering Workshops with Wayne Thompson (Typism 2013 Speaker, founder of Australian Type Foundry).
Behind the scenes with Jasmine Dowling (Typism 2015 Speaker).
Behind the scenes with Aurelie Maron (Typism 2013 Speaker)
Behind the scenes with Dominique Falla (Typism Founder).
Sunday, November 16, 2014
One of my favourite days, at some of my favourite places, with my favourite person.
Brisbane was lucky enough to be given a day off on Friday for the G20 Leaders' Summit. Most of us escaped the city, and I chose to spend it enjoying the sunshine and celebrating my 24th birthday. I rarely go to the beach, let alone get the chance to spend 3 days doing whatever I please, so this weekend I made the most of it: a 2.5 hour challenging, but incredibly rewarding yoga workshop with 21 amazing women on the Friday, watching Interstellar in the afternoon. On Saturday Martin and I left home early, heading to Harvest for brunch and walking around Byron Bay.
If you know me, you'll know I'm more for low-key celebrations, so days like this are all I need. I'd much rather travel, explore or experience something as a gift, rather than add to a collection of stuff that will only gather dust and rot when I'm gone. In the last year I've been incredibly mindful to actually set myself proper days off for the good of my own wellbeing, and it was refreshing to have a couple days where I was not bound by time, rigid plans or any kind of obligation.
Most of the photos below are of our afternoon at Fingal Head, a 40 minute drive north from Byron.