Sydney

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.

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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 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1535123516780337/ and visit thejamesadams.com or instagram.com/thejamesadams

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.

 

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.

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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
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Alf in the kitchen
Alf in the kitchen