Posts tagged ‘melbourne’

May 7, 2015

Time to take a leap into the unknown

by nicole


So, I haven’t been overly active on here for a while. My photography is kind of taking a back seat to the PhD. But … I actually have been shooting. Mainly I’ve been doing lots of yoga events photography for the workshops that Nina from Svastha Yoga runs monthly at Yoga Dance of Life in Fitzroy, Melbourne. And I’ve been looking back through old images and have been drafting some posts to show you more from the archives.

The biggest thing is that my business name will be changing. It’s a bit scary but that’s okay! It might take me a little while so this will still be the website URL for the moment. If you do click on the facebook page link though, you’ll see the new name!

November 30, 2013

Congrats Kat!

by nicole


Congratulations to the lovely Kat White who won my little birthday giveaway from last month. Kat chose the above image as her prize & will be receiving a 20cm x 20cm copy of this Polaroid from Red Bubble very soon.

Kat is a super talented Polaroid photographer who I have known for a few years and has been an inspiration to me. She has just launched her online store, which includes a number of her beautiful Polaroids as photographic prints as well as the most gorgeous silk scarves featuring some of gorgeous Polaroid prints. Check her work out at the store and on flickr!

January 29, 2012

unSensored11 opening night (or ‘trying to rock the digital camera’)

by nicole


so ages ago (in late november early december) the melbourne silver mine had it’s annual unsensored show. it was great … i loved what i’d produced for it (which didn’t sell but that’s cool – you still have a chance). i dehung and had dehanging drinks with all the msm peeps on 8 december – literally jumping on the tram five hours before i was due to fly to malaysia (i hadn’t packed either!!) but the opening night! the opening night was fabulous and i took bucketloads of pictures both of the night and the hanging the night before. i’ve put these images on flickr but haven’t blogged them before now. why? because i shot them on my digital with my new lens. now i wasn’t really feeling the love with the digital. it just doesn’t feel right to me anymore after many months of almost purely shooting film (and iphone). now i’m not getting into the film vs dig debate but suffice it to say i felt the images were too clean, too easy, too … meh. so i bumped the iso up hugely on the opening night and felt a little better about them. and now a couple of months later i’ve looked through them again and decided that i do like them after all. sometimes distance and time are very good things with your own artwork.

next up: travel photos – so many you’re going to be sick of them … but too bad :p look at them on flickr and put them on slideshow. it’ll be like an old fashioned family slide night … hehe

artily placing stuff on the wall

big decisions

let's get it started

posing awkwardly

getting going

nice hat!



pointing artily

January 28, 2012

so there was that one time …

by nicole

when i shot a whole roll of film for the melbourne silver mine totally awesome film swap project.

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i spent the evening and morning with a good friend who was over from london and is one of a couple of people that i really credit for inspiring me to return to film photography. i shot the whole roll in one day, kind of like a day in the life of nicole. i felt inspired and excited by what i’d shot.

now i’ll let you in on a secret. normally with photographic projects and exhibitions i’m usually doing things at the last minute (like framing photos at 3 o’clock in the morning the night before) rather proud of myself that i’d done a project several weeks before the deadline.  i immediately developed it and it looked awesome on the negs! then i got a bit busy with uni and work (actually frantically mind blowingly busy) and after a couple of weeks realised i’d better get my butt into gear and scan and print the photos.

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could i find the negs? no … nowhere. chris and i turned the house upside down, i flipped out and cried cause i was so stressed out i didn’t feel like i had time to shoot, develop, scan and print another whole roll.

but i did do it … and in the end both myself and the recipient did love the images.

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fast forward three months. i’m back from thailand and malaysia. i’m centred, at peace, calm. and i’m looking through my dvd collection in my tv cabinet draws and glance up at the shelf in front of my face. a white box that my lab puts the negs in was sitting in front of me. about 20cm from where i’d last seen it all those months ago. it was there all along, in plain view.

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i’ve now had them developed and i’ve scanned them. but you know what? i don’t think i like them as much as the roll i ended up giving to dee. it’s like the time i finished a uni assignment two weeks early and got the worst mark of any assignment ever. i don’t hate them, i like them but they just don’t have as much of the spark, the oomph, the passion of the second lot. i suppose i shouldn’t be dissing my own work but it’s just honest. maybe i’ll change my mind later though.

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in any case here are a few and you can see images from both rolls on the flickr set or the other shots in the original post – if you’d like to compare and let me know what you think about all this.

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what have i learnt from this? i do too much. i need to keep calm.  i shouldn’t freak out. i need shanti.

and most of all … never ever ever finish something three weeks early and then neglect to go back to it and check it again before the due date.

athough sometimes you need a little bit of panic to inspire you too!

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ps i really really want to post my travel shots but i needed to finish this … and i have one more post before you can see the travel ones – see you tomorrow x


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November 22, 2011


by nicole

hung parliament

hey folks … it’s on again! unSensored11 is coming soon to collingwood gallery. this is the exhibition that led me to the fabulousness that is the melbourne silver mine.

one day last year i was randomly walking along smith street and saw this cool photography exhibition in collingwood gallery … hmmm i thought … photography … and even better film photography. this was something i’d been pouring my heart and soul into for a while and i was uber excited to see a whole exhibition dedicated to it.

the talent of these folks blew me away. and the rest is history … i joined melbourne silver mine … started meeting a few of these fab people and started exhibiting with them.

just over a year later i’m exhibiting in the same exhibition that drew me in to the fold. i’ll be exhibiting a polyptych of images shot with my polaroid sx70 on impossible project’s px100 film (they won’t have the black border … just makes it easier to see against the white background on the blog but it will be framed).

come and check it out! if you can’t get to the opening on friday 25 november please come at some point during the exhibition. full details to be found at the website linked above. most of the works are for sale (including mine!) and you too could have some fabulousness for your own wall/s courtesy of the melbourne silver mine’s talented cohorts.

props to all involved and the hardworking committee members and the other peeps that make this happen!


the truly awesome invite includes image by kat in the invite with graphic design by dee

November 6, 2011

totally awesome …

by nicole

Inspired by nostalgia for giving gifts of mixed tapes, I thought maybe we could do something similar, but with film.

in late august dee came up with this very cool idea. last week we met up on a gorgeous melbourne afternoon and swapped our images. there were lots and lots of amazing shots taken by the very talented msm crew. i shot for dee. this is just a sample of what she got …



rainy lunchtime

glass ceiling

red door

blue chairs



waiting for coffee

September 7, 2011

the write stuff

by nicole


probably a title that has no doubt been used many times. but it is so right for expressing me at the moment.

writing writing writing

writing my thesis

writing for the museum

writing for my research assistant work

writing my blog … when i need a break from academic writing

i don’t think i would technically call myself a writer, therefore i must qualify that i have also been


kung fuing






booking ( international flights!)

life is full and good …

but i will really enjoy that holiday when it comes

August 25, 2011

flowers for you

by nicole

for you


the other day chris brought me in a little collection of flowers from my garden. i thought it was high time i cracked open the impossible project px600 silver shade poor pod film i had stashed in the fridge.

you are supposed to use a filter with 600 film in an sx70. i couldn’t find mine so i just tried it anyways … maybe a wee bit overexposed but i was very happy with the results!

i’ve been completely blessed with impossible project film. i guess it’s kind of tricky but i’ve almost always been happy with the results. so they’re not perfect but i’ve never been devastatingly disappointed or shot a whole pack that comes out blank. i do follow the suggestions for shielding them from light and such that i read in the forums but i’m certainly not precious about it all.

guess i’ve just been lucky.

my only disappointment? the poor pods have not yet yielded any of the faulty gorgeousness for which they held such promise. but hey, i’ve got 11 packs left.

surely it is only a polaroid photographer that could be disappointed that their film was not faulty!

ps it’s chris’s birthday today. he got the original of these as part of his present. a little return gift to say thanks for the lovely flowers. x

August 8, 2011

it is a truth universally acknowedged …

by nicole

that if you have a football team you are surely, at least becoming, melburnian. i never thought it would happen to me. born in brisbane, as a teenager i enthusiastically followed the nrl on tv when the broncos or queensland were playing and still scream at the tv when state of origin is on. but i never ever felt the compulsion to attend a game.

living in sydney for 8 years i was still a die hard queensland supporter but said that the south sydney rabbitohs were my team. but that was more of a tribal sydney suburb thing rather than a sports fan thing as, again, i never went to a game and didn’t even watch one on telly.

i saw one or two afl games in my time, including the thrilling lions vs essendon grand final in 2001 at some pub in the heart of fitzroy. but then i went back home and never looked at afl again.

two years ago i moved to melbourne. my boyfriend’s family are carlton supporters (except for one who inexplicably barracks for north melbourne). and so i went along with them to a game at the mcg on freezing winter’s night last year.

now i have carlton socks …

a carlton scarf (official – not $2 shop) …

i’m about to get a carlton jacket

i know the words to the carlton song

sorry lions … i don’t know how it happened.



altogether now:

we are the mighty navy blues …

We are the Navy Blues,
We are the old dark Navy Blues,
We’re the team that never lets you down,
We’re the only team old Carlton knows,
With all the champions they like to send us,
We’ll keep our end up.

And they will know that they’ve been playing
Against the famous old dark Blues

August 8, 2011


by nicole


this is my third winter living in melbourne and this year was the first one where i didn’t spend the whole three months griping about how much i hated the cold and dark (i did a little bit but not the whole time). the first two winters i found majorly depressing. this year i’ve quite enjoyed it and think either winter here was warmer, or i’m acclimatising. i’m rediscovering my love of melbourne winters engendered by 17 years of visiting my aunt here in winter – at a time i lived in sunnier climes and though wearing winter coats and boots was the best!

chris and i did couple things on a lovely melbourne winter’s day a few weeks ago (sounds like an oxymoron i know!) we explored south melbourne and ate chinese, and walked around the domain and botanic gardens – places i sadly have not been for years. it was lovely and romantic. it was also fun romping around on the stage at the myer music bowl. i can’t believe they just let you do that!

the afternoon winter light was gorgeous in the domain and it was perfect for some pola shots. i feel like the pinkness of the px70 push was just perfect for capturing the cold southern winter light and the beautiful shadows it produces, even early in the afternoon.




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