Monday, June 10, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
I almost forgot how exciting the ritual of film processing could be! A couple months ago I took my fisheye camera and an expired underwater disposable that I picked up at a thrift store on my trip to Vanuatu. Having a limited amount of shots made me much more considerate and focused when shooting, and experimenting with double exposures was quite exciting (also not knowing whether the expired film would actually work or not). When I got home it took two weeks for the film to be developed and so the suspense was almost unbearable for a digital-soul like me. When I finally got them, they were each so precious. The lack of instant gratification, as is the case with digital photography, made me appreciate how many processes the film went through before it finally materialised. And in this manner, it makes me linger longer on the experiences that they recall.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Anyone heading into the Sydney city from the east or vice versa will pass McLeod's Antiques. At the corner of South Dowling street, the shop of curiosities sits at a main intersection - thousands of people must see its window displays filled with elaborate vases and lamps and statues every day. I, too, had admired it for years, passing it daily on my bus route always making note that one day I should actually enter it. And I finally did!
Meeting Odette, the wife of the store's namesake owner Julian McLeod, she explained how the store came to be - originally opened in Adelaide, then in Trinidad (where they lived for 25 years) and then in Sydney, firstly in Pymble and now at its home of 17 years in Paddington. The shop is filled with antiques - big and small, elaborate and refined. When I asked Odette how she came to become so knowledgable about antiques, she mentioned their travels around Italy, the Vatican, England and Egypt, but she also mentioned "constant study, reading, curiosity. And above all, I married the antiquarian."
The objects of McLeod's Antiques all seem to be like souvenirs from adventures and times gone by, each one sings of a story waiting to be told. Which is fitting, as you may just see some of their antiques as set props in a little upcoming film entitled The Great Gatsby...
378 South Dowling St, Paddington
ph. 9361 0602
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Our favourite local haunt, Chef's Gallery, was closed so we adventured down George st to Menya Mappen. Generous udon portions, crispy tempura & 30c seaweed salad, whoah!
Got my hands on some unpasteurised milk at Eveleigh markets & made this: salted fromage blanc with olive oil, rosemary and extra virgin olive oil. As Lucy found out, also tastes good on a cracker with some of Jamie's potatoes.
Just finished my last ration of Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon - wahhhh!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Some refer to a kid in a candy store. Others, a dog with two tails. A few nights ago Lush was kind enough to let us explore and experiment with their tasty face masks, butter soft creams, decadent massage bars, and make a cocktail of bath bombs. Disneyland, eat your heart out.
So delicious I could eat it right out of the pot with a spoon
Miranda getting a Cupcake face mask
Just kidding, it's actually dipped in chocolate!
Me, post Love Lettuce