Sydney in the Rain

So today I went to the city to take some photos for a photography assessment I am working on at the moment at tafe. I thought I would go there by myself, in my favourite American Apparel parka, with my clear umbrella, put in some earphones, listen to some music, and capture the life of Sydney. The city is so beautiful in the rain.

Obviously Circular Quay is the best area to get a view of the Opera House, City skyline, the Bridge and the harbour all together so I made sure that was my first stop. Just my luck, I managed to hop off the train as soon as the rain started bucketing down but I didn’t mind! I spent about half an hour there taking photos of the rain hitting the water, and the clouds above the bridge. I noticed that the Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition on called YOU IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE which was up in bright lights above the restaurant. I don’t know much about it, but I’m going to take a look!

After I left Circular Quay, I took a brief stop at Milsons Point which is one of the best places in Sydney to stop and have a quiet look at the Harbour Bridge. The trains bend around the station and continue on to travel over the Bridge, and it looks amazing in the rain. Milsons Point is underrated I reckon.

I then stopped at Town Hall, mainly taking pictures of the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and people watching. It started raining really hard again, but there were some buskers playing, people sitting and drinking coffee, it just made for a really relaxed atmosphere. I had never actually been to the top of the QVB. I always stay on the level of the station, where all the busy shops are, but I discovered that if you go up a few spirally staircases you find large, arched, stain-glass windows and a massive dome roof. 

I headed to Museum after, which is always an interesting experience. Museum is a pretty creepy but cool station. Its like St James, all underground in a massive tunnel. When you hop out of the train you are hit with a wall of hot air, gushing by with each train. Only illuminated by long lights, it feels like you are stepping back into another century. You have to walk up some stairs and make your way through a long arched tunnel to make it out of the station. I rushed around to find American Apparel and visit the store but I read my iPhone Maps wrong (again) and headed in the opposite direction to which I was supposed to be going, which was annoying when its pouring down rain and your shoes aren’t great at gripping onto the smooth paths. 

I didn’t spend much time in Museum, but rather hopped back on a train and headed to Central for a much needed coffee with the lovely Jasmine. I took her to my absolute favourite cafe in the whole of Sydney, Mary St Cafe (previously known as Me & Art) in Surry Hills. It is known for its quirky look, and its friendly baristas. Always a fun time at that cafe. We spent a good hour and a bit just sitting there talking about everything. The coffee was really good too!

I was exhausted by the end of the day (even though it was only 3.30pm when I left Central) but it was so worth it. Sometimes all you need is a camera, an umbrella, a train ticket, a coffee and a good friend to make a rainy Thursday into a great one.

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Camera is God - Art Exhibition Opening

Tonight was one of those spur of the moment decisions that turned out to be one of the funnest nights. 

I had literally just arrived home when I decided that I would head back to the city to go to the Camera is God art exhibition opening in at Stills Gallery in Paddington. I went with Laurence and James, two of my good friends from tafe. 

Laurence met me at Kings Cross station and we walked in some light rain, heading to the gallery Paddinton. After a stop to help some people with directions and a couple more stops to help ourselves with directions, we made it! We walked up the stairs to meet James who was already there. We were surprised to how many people had come. We looked at the collection of 69 portraits taken on black and white film from a street corner. Each were blurry, not showing the full definition of the face, but leaving a bit of mystery to each person. I guess this is almost a metaphor, we see the person, but there is always this element of mystery where we will never really know everything about them. Every person you know and have ever met is blurry, you can’t know each detail behind their thoughts and fears and experiences.

I read the open journal of the photographers experiences. He told about his anxiousness of approaching people and to taking their photos - an obstacle that all of our photography class can probably relate to. He also told of the things that he saw as a mere observer standing on a street corner.

Laurence made an extremely interesting observation- the way that the room was positioned, with the portraits lined up agains two walls of the boxed shaped gallery and the journal illuminated in the opposite corner, and as you stood and read the journal, you became the observer. You were the person standing on the corner, examining each blurry face as they go on with their lives.

We met another person at the gallery who was a very big fan of the photographer and he pulled out one of the photographers books (which he got signed, which was a big deal). He showed us the photographers work, which we recognised because we had seen it in the Art Gallery of NSW on a photography excursion. 

After admiring the collection for an hour or two, we left to head home. It seemed that the same time we decided to leave, it started to bucket down with rain. Luckily, Laurence had his trusty umbrella that he pulled out from the back of his bag and we all tried to fit under but it didn’t keep us very dry (Note: this was not the umbrellas fault). We decided to wait, and stop at a cafe for some coffee. We talked about television shows that we watched as a kid, mug brownies, and deliciously unhealthy food. It was a good laugh!

When the rain stopped, we continued on to the station. We all hopped on the train and headed to Central where we parted ways and headed back to our magical homes.

This was one of those nights that turned out even better than what you could have imagined.

MELBOURNE

We went away on a little holiday to Melbourne! Melbourne is very different to Sydney. It is less business orientated and more creative. We went to a cute hippie market in St Kilda called the Twilight Markets. It was located right next to Luna Park. It went from dusk till dark. Filled with cute little stalls, the cute plants stall caught my fancy.

I managed to be in Melbourne on Valentines day. It was so cute, there was roses everywhere and couples on dinner dates. We explored the Melbourne’s back streets and went looking at graffiti art, grabbed some gelato, and caught trams all around the city. That night, I got given a rose by a random guy, Happy Valentines Day!

I did a lot of shopping on Chapel St on the outskirts of central Melbourne. Found an American Apparel, and gave in to the ridiculously cute clothing that I probably couldn’t afford. We also visited this amazing vintage store Chapel St Bazaar. It had just endless amounts of vintage clothing and knick-knacks. There was this super rad Star Wars skateboard, mythology books, and an original Picasso artwork! I bought these original Beatles badges, they easily became my most prized possessions.

On the last day, I went out to lunch with some family members and then went and visited Melbourne Museum’s exhibition on the history of music video’s. The exhibition was full of crazy, amazing, and iconic music videos. Everything from the Beatles, to ACDC, to Kanye West, to Gotye. I spent hours in the museum, learning all about the history of the music industry.

When I got home, my concert tickets had arrived. I am so keen for Ball Park Music, Jungle Giants, and Millions!

Yoko Ono - WAR IS OVER If you want it

I was extremely keen to go and see Yoko Ono’s art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney! Luckily, I managed to visit before it finished. 

It was just so beautifully done. Yoko creates a safe haven, full of interactive and calming projects for visitors. When I first arrived, I watched the 20 minute video montage that was a mix of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s projects, achievements and home videos. They were such a beautiful couple.

I went to the exhibition alone. Just so I could sit and take my time and fully soak in Yoko’s creativity and the message behind her artworks.

She had an area set up where you could take broken pieces of plates, teacups and bowls, and slowly put them together again. There was also a large wall, that you were to write a message about your mother, and place it on the wall for all to see. That wall really intrigued me, there were photos, and letters written in great detail about their mothers. Their qualities, stories, characteristics. I could stay and read that wall for hours. 

There were also these hanging military helmets, inside each were large amounts of puzzle pieces, that looked like the sky. “Take a piece of sky. Know that we are all part of each other.”

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Yoko Ono did an amazing job at portraying peace in a world that is so corrupt, yet through her artwork she created hope. This day was filled with eye-opening creations, Rest In Peace John Lennon.

City Week

I’ve had such a crazy week! After receiving the news that I won’t be returning to high school, I have started at college so that I can get my diploma in Journalism! I have only had my orientation day so far, which gave me an insight into how I’m going to be spending this year. The people i’ve met so far have been nothing but lovely to me. Eases my mind a bit as I can be quite anxious and shy when I meet new people.

I love travelling into the city everyday for college. Since I want to live in New York when i’m older, this is really giving me a taste of the city vibe.

Spent a lot of my hard earned (thankyou Gloria Jeans) money today. I bought a vintage denim skirt which I wasn’t too keen on at first, but the more I contemplated buying it the more it grew on me. I’m actually really glad I did, because I received lots of compliments on it, plus it matches with my new One Teaspoon ’Jagger’ tee quite nicely. I bought a nice new fuzzy jacket, some Peter Alexander PJ’s, and lots of American Apparel clothes. I was so happy when I saw that there was an American Apparel set up in the Myer in the City. I usually have to buy all of my American Apparel clothes online and wait 2-3 weeks for it to be delivered. I bought two stripey tops, a leafy print crop shirt, and an extremely cute black denim circle skirt.

I’ve pretty much got my wardrobe prepared for Winter. I’m ordering some more clothes online tonight from Style Nanda which I’m extremely excited about! I can’t wait until I can get some ‘Outfit of the Day’ (OOTD’s) up for you guys.

My week was made when I heard that:

1. Millions are releasing a new album
2. Millions are doing a tour
3. That tour is with the Jungle Giants
4. Ball Park Music are releasing a new album
5. Ball Park Music are doing a tour

It’s like the musical heavens came together and decided that two of my favourite bands should release new music and perform it live at my favourite venue, the Metro Theatre. Can’t wait!

I have been stopping in at Mary St Cafe at least twice a week, and theres no better place to spend my lunchtime at. I usually sit out in the courtyard when its sunny. I tend to only have the change from my train ticket money when I visit, so I only get a drink. I always seem to go for the summery drinks, which seems appropriate since whenever I’m there its really hot. One of the guys that work there recommended the mixed berry frappe and it easily became one of my favourites. Another drink I really loved was the Summer juice, I tend to get that every time now. 
I visited Mary St Cafe today with mum. She always hears me talking about it, and I was just dying to show her. When we arrived it was crazy. We had arrived in the peak time for lunch. The guys said that we could eat out in the courtyard if there were any spare places to sit. We walked past the inside seating area, down the narrow hallway, past the window to the kitchen, past the bathroom/garden, and out to the tiny courtyard filled with all different tables, chairs, mirrors, and knick-knacks. Mum instantly fell in love with its quirkiness. I grabbed a gluten free nachos, which was topped with tomato salsa, mint, avocado, mustard and lemon. All of those different flavours came together to make a crazy good dish. Mum got the zucchini fritters with a leafy green salad topped with mustard, she just loved her meal.

Overall, this week has been a hectic one. Met some new people, bought some new clothes, redoing my room, starting at a new school. It’s only February and I can tell 2014 is going to be one of my favourite years so far!

WINTER

I’m actually really looking forward to Winter, which is a change since i’ve always been a Summer lover. I guess its the fact that this Summer hasn’t been as exciting as last, and I’m just looking forward to the days where I can layer up, head to the city and do nothing other than sip a hot drink and watch the rain. 

I came across this clothing store called Style Nanda, its basically the Korean version of American Apparel. I have always admired the exploration of fashion and the quirkiness of Asian clothing. They know how to throw together a crazy, amazing outfit. 

I love a good platform shoe and there just seemed to be endless amounts of amazing shoes on Style Nanda. Its safe to say I know where I will be spending all my money when Summer is over.

Heres a few pictures of my favourite outfit from Style Nanda, i’ll pretty much be purchasing everything that she’s wearing hahaha

If you want to check out Style Nanda, click here

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SURRY HILLS / CENTRAL / NEWTOWN - 2013

I have been shooting on film for a little while now, so I thought, ‘what better way to get some good shots than to travel around the city and see what I can find.’

So my sister and I set off to travel around and i’ll show you guys some of my favourite places!

Newtown is a really sick place to go if you’re arty. At every corner you’re bound to find something worth taking a picture of. I came across this backstreet just full of graffiti and street art. It was a really lush day when I visited Newtown, I had to snap this picture because all the colours just complimented each other and tied together so well.

If you are looking for a sick little cafe full of raw healthy food you need to take a visit to Mary St, Cafe. (Previously known as Me & Art) The food is so so good. The first time I went there I picked up a berry smoothie with cinnamon and oats and it smelt as good as it tasted. Not to mention the first time I went, I was served by a Willy Cartier look alike, so thats always a bonus. The staff are really cool, they just seem so happy to be working where they work. I don’t blame them, its the raddest cafe. Next time you’re in Surry Hills, don’t miss this little gem.

Holy Kitsch
My sister and I stumbled across this little mexican store filled with authentic Mexican knick knacks, plus I’m pretty sure you can get tattoos there! You’re not allowed to take any photos when you’re inside but its filled with Frida Kahlo pillows/pencil cases/posters, candy skulls and just really awesome Mexican stuff.