Summer lovin'

It's been a long time since my last post. Around 7 months has passed by. I've seen seasons change, faces come and go and family members get older. Our nieces and nephews have been growing so fast, in the flash of an eye and it's hard missing out living so far away.

I haven't had a great deal of time to do anything super creative, as I've had my head down saving for the most part of the year with Kelly for some future plans.

I finished up in my role as a designer for Cellarmasters. I was able to help roll out a freshly baked batch of brand guidelines that saw my last couple of months under the pump, so it was nice to see that project out and deliver it.

In terms of travel, Kelly and I just got back from a trip to WA, which saw us drive 2330 km's over 4 days. I'm highly unlikely to do again, as fun as it was. That red-eye coming from Perth is a real stanky one on the way home, but it was made worth it by the amount of cool things we saw along the road.

The goldfields are currently displaying the best wildflower season in 100 years, which is so nerdy, but also really cool to be able to see - especially before the summer sun comes through and scorches the flora in those parts.

We've also had a couple of memorable swells, which I have pretty much missed on every occasion because of my working hours, but I copped that last one and it was great to be able to get down to one of my favourite novelty wedges in the state.

Hopefully the next post will see some more images, most of my images are on rolls of film that need to be developed. Now with no job and lots of time on my hands, I will be able to shoot more. I'm not even sure anyone checks this blog, but I'll have to keep this updated and share these images for myself to look back on.

Kelly, Dog, Louis, RIP, Broadbeach, Bombala, Street, Gold Coast.
Kelly, Dog, Louis, RIP, Broadbeach, Bombala, Street, Gold Coast.
Mackenzies, Bay, Surfing, Waves, Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Dawn, Sunrise
Mackenzies, Bay, Surfing, Waves, Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, Dawn, Sunrise
La Perouse, Surfing, Sydney, Botany Bay, Bodyboard, Wave
La Perouse, Surfing, Sydney, Botany Bay, Bodyboard, Wave
Waves, Surfing, Maroubra, Photography, Surfing.
Waves, Surfing, Maroubra, Photography, Surfing.
Perth, City, Kelly, Shaw, Alex Hotel
Perth, City, Kelly, Shaw, Alex Hotel
Flora, Western Australia, Ravensthorpe, WA, Road Trip, Travel

Flora, Western Australia, Ravensthorpe, WA, Road Trip, Travel

Danny Armstrong Studio is a graphic design and brand studio, located in Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia. Through research and workshopping, I specialise in creating branded material four business and individuals, to create engaging visual communication that incites curiosity through the use of simple, minimal and fundamental design principles.

Oahu last daze/Big Island

I got to jump in the water and shoot some water photos yesterday for the first time on the North Shore which was pretty fun/scary. The swell died down enough to jump out at Rockpiles and shoot a 5-6ft NW swell. I definitely swallowed a few big gulps of water with the standard triple sized sets coming through clearing the lineup. A couple of light scrapings on the reef made me realise how nuts some of the OG water photogs are that frequent that stretch of beach on big days and how quickly my asshole can tighten when I'm in fear. Onto a new island today - the big island of Hawaii. The plane landed over a runway that was cut through fields of lava next to some really clear bays. We checked in with our Air BnB hosts and hit Kahaluu Beach Park for some snorkelling and people watching - it was cool and full of all walks of humans, most floundering around itching dangerously close to sea urchins.

Bomb rolling through Rockpiles on the first day shooting water with a 24mm lens.

Yesterday turned into a fun park with 3-4 foot ramps on the shore.

Fading day on Keiki Beach

Fresh lei vending machine, Honolulu Airport.

Kahaluu Point, looked suss for snorkelling but turned out amazing.

Underwater scene at Kahaluu Point.

Invasion Day Off

There is still a solid long period swell left hanging around thanks to Cyclone Victor, so Kel and I decided to spend 'Invasion Day' exploring the South Coast yesterday. It was an epic day of driving, food, coffee, surfing, hiking, animals, rain, injuries and singalongs. Days off, out of the office are so refreshing - especially when visiting the waves in some of the South Coast national parks. The preserved environment is a great reminder of how Australia would have been before it was colonised on the day that Australia celebrates.

Kelly feeding some lorikeets chunder bun.

Looking tired from the 3:45am wake up, but happy to see some friendly locals.

Bodysurfing the shorey in the rain, just before I dislocated my shoulder.

South Coast pride, some native birds and the scenic Bawley point.

Worth the drive and walk to watch these big bombs unfold.

South Coast, Sydney, NSW

Meeting Seiji

Last night I met a guy called Seiji, through my good mate Jed. Seiji is from Tokyo and looking to live here for an extended amount of time. I thought it'd be a great idea to get to know him and show him sights further south of Sydney. So we decided to get up at 5am and beelined it to Jervis Bay. Meeting Jamie and Spence down there, we got fun waves at Berrara, ate mangos on Hyam's Beach, watched dolphins at Sussex and chilled in front of the fire at my Spence's new shack in Tomerong. The only thing that could've made his day better was remembering his little weed pouch to enjoy his passenger ride home.

I can't write structured sentences to save my life because I'm too cooked from the sun, but it was a cracker day.

Seiji getting high.

Hyams Beach is insane.

The shack sits amongst a crazy amount of wildlife and is dwarfed by the gums that surround it.

The inside of Spencer and Tamara's shack. The wall is being put together with recycled wood from palettes.

Tamara, Jamie and Seiji hanging out by the fire after a long cooking in the sun.

Spence doing his best to look busy.

Maroubra Summer

It's been crazy hot in Sydney lately. Living in the city, there is always a need to get rid of the city grime and the closest place to do that (least traffic) is Maroubra. Yesterday was in the mid-30s and today is supposed to hit 38-39 in Sydney. Maroubra is a cultural melting pot and a great place to people watch while you are cooling off.







James - A Photo Show

One of my good friends James Adams, also known as Larry, is having his first solo exhibition next week on the 23rd of January from 6pm. Larry is a Gold Coast migrant who has been working extremely hard over the past few years and following his photographic dreams by pursuing a Lester Bangs-esque approach to photography. Starting out shooting bodyboarding and moving on to bigger things, he has put in the hard yards to be able to showcase a crazy catalogue of images for the public to view.

The exhibition will be located at Good Space above The Lord Gladstone. Entry is free and Wild Honey and Heavy Lids will be playing, along with DJs and cheap beers put on by Young Henrys.

Go here for more info and RSVP - and visit or

Very proud friend post, yew!

Larry at his first Sydney gig with The Front studio.

Few too many beers at sunset on the old rooftop of 426.

Larry at the Roadhouse, SA desert.


My 5 favourite VSCO images from 2015

I use VSCO on my phone, just for a bit of fun and to relieve boredom in waiting rooms, on transport etc. The ease of editing photos on your mobile makes everyone a photographer (see instagram). Nevertheless it's a pretty rad app and comes up with some cool results at your fingertips. Here are my 5 favourite images from my VSCO library in 2015, uploaded from my phone, most probably in low-res. ant, mound, danny armstrong photography, australia, desert

surf, photo, danny armstrong photography, bw

tasmania, explore, binalong bay, bay of fires


Kelly, Hot Springs, Darwin, NT, Explore, Danny Armstrong Photogrphy,

Muslim, Mosque, Sydney, Religion, White Coats, Danny Armstrong photography


December Scans #2

In addition to the last post, here are some colour images from the Konica that was gifted to me from my girlfriends sister Lindy. Shot on Fuji Velvia 100 ISO and sent to Hillvale to be developed externally. Just like the last post, no post processing on these ones and they need a proper scan. Gotta love the colours of Velvia. photo, portrait, saturated, beach, coke, fuji, velvia, Danny Armstrong photo,

farm, nsw, australia, ricoh, 35mm, fuji, velvia, Danny Armstrong photo,

farm, nsw, australia, ricoh, 35mm, fuji, velvia, Danny Armstrong photo,

Kelly, portrait, Danny Armstrong photo,

farm, nsw, cobaki, Danny Armstrong photo,

summer, surf, sydney, tamarama, Danny Armstrong photo,

December scans

I hope everyone had a great new year! I certainly did. Very chilled for once and it was great fun heading up to explore Shoal Bay for the first time. Anyway, last month I got some scans back from Hillvale Photo in Melbourne. It was the first time I'd used the service which was pretty handy if you are after a no frills development service with plenty of time up your sleeve.

I haven't received notification of where my negatives are, although I did receive the digital scans in a dropbox link. The scans were pretty bad and contained a lot of noise, especially on the Black and White Portra 400 film. I'm not sure if it's from the user or developer end because I haven't seen the physical negs, but I might choose to go somewhere else next time.

All of the photos uploaded in my film contain no post processing from my end, to keep the original in tact. I'm not sure what spec Hillvale are running, but the contrast and gamma differs on nearly every shot. Once I get the negs back, I will get them under a lightbox and properly scan them. Here are the best of the bunch of the Black and White roll:

Cadillac, car, kodak, BW, 35mm

Cadillac, car, kodak, BW, 35mm

Rain, Sydney, Weather, ricoh, kodak, BW

Birds, ubran, smoko, sydney, city

Family, Waves, Surf, Bondi Beach.

Rainbow, Surry Hills, Concrete, Urban, Exploring.

Rainbow, Surry Hills, Concrete, Urban, Exploring.

Alvy, newborn, child, parents, ricoh, high grain, kodak

Surf Doggin'

It's been a while since I've used my housing and even a longer time since I've used it in any fun kind of waves. Since moving to Sydney, surfing has definitely taken a back seat. Living in the most crowded city in Australia, it's always better for the mindset to find a nice area and go for a little dip to clear your head and leave the thousands of battlers and frustrated surfers to fight it out for a sub-par wave in the area.

In saying that, when there is a really good swell, I'm generally off on the road chasing a swell. Here are a few shots that have been laying around collecting dust.


Shark, Island, Surfing, Waves,

Surfing, Wave, NSW, Purple, Foam

A date with my new 24mm glass

Souths 360 flip
Souths 360 flip

Got a new toy today and spent the afternoon shooting around Redfern and the Fernside skate park to get the hang of it. Met a rad gent by the name of Nathan who lives in Tokyo. He was over here on holiday, giving the pipe a nudge and friendly enough to say hello. Winter light is off it's head, but I've got a lot of learning to do with this new (old) lens on my d800e.

Fernside 50-50
Fernside 50-50
Alf in the kitchen
Alf in the kitchen