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Medium Format, oh how i love thee

I've already talked once before about how childishly excited I get when the email arrives in my inbox first thing in the morning to say my film shots are ready for downloading. It's like waking up on Christmas. I always start off with the medium format film just like a child opens the biggest presents first. I know amongst them will be some of my favourite little nuggets of gold.

Sometimes I'll get some images that just WOW me. Not necessarily because they're a particularly awesome shot, more because of the way the medium format lens has rendered the subject. The colour, the texture, the skin tones, the way the background falls away and the softness. Oh the softness.

There's something unique to my Mamiya 645 lenses that 35mm just can't quite get to. It's a bigger camera. It can be clunky to carry around and it it is certainly more costly to shoot with. But oh when I get those gems it's all worth it.

Oh medium format, how I do love thee.

Chefs

Back in the days when I was at Uni studying photography, I used to date a chef. Many of my photos were of him in the kitchen or hanging with his colleagues during breaks.

We rarely see chefs when we eat out. We're there for the food and the company. We don't see the gritty, fast-paced kitchen where a team of people rush around madly to produce our food. We don't see the confined space they manage to manoeuvre past each other in or feel the heat and sweat that comes from working in close proximity to ovens and gas burners.

Every now and then we see a chef or two escaping the pressure of the kitchen. Distinguished not only by their uniform but also by an air of fatigue. They seek out a quiet location and take some time slow down and detach from the adrenalin rush that has accompanied them for the last hour or more. They languish. They smoke. They enjoy a few peaceful moments together before heading back to the engine room.

Celeste and Trevor

Celeste and Trevor were married on the last hot day of Noosa's warm weather season. Despite a 70% chance of rain the sun shone down beautifully on this delightful couple.

Celeste and Trevor are super fun and super cute with a magnetic energy that draws people to them. Their energy and enthusiasm for life bounces off the other making it easy to be in their company. What I loved most though is Trevor's love for Celeste. He adores her!

I think Trevor's father said it best when he remarked in his speech how he  could never understand why Trevor would want to move to Queensland, until he met Celeste, 'the Golden Girl'.

I took my holidays in {mostly} black and white

Over summer I visited a handful of locations on the east coast of Australia. Locations that are important to me because that's where my family live. In doing so I travelled from Brisbane to East Gippsland, Victoria, what felt like the bottom of the earth in my opinion, and then back up to Northern New South Wales.

I was astounded by the contrast in climate. Whilst in Brisbanites suffered a heatwave of 40 degrees, in country Victoria we experienced a cool 20. Yet only two weeks after returning, Victoria had their heatwave whilst Brisbane maintained a comparitively comfortable 30 degrees.

In reality, I only travelled half-way down the entire coast of eastern Australia, yet I could've been in different countries. The older I get the more amazed I am by this wide brown land of ours.

Melbourne, Vic

East Gippsland, Vic

Northern NSW