Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How so Halso?

So I was totally inspired by spying one of his photos in a blog I follow ( -have a look see) and thought I might revisit the work of Ilkka Halso. I discovered him early year 12, upon the advisory of my art teacher, as she thought he'd make a good "artist of obsession" for my process diary (hate that term, basically it means an artist that somehow inspires us. All a load of bullshit because he had absolutely nothing to do with my concepts or practice so...)

Anyway, so here is some of his amazing stuff:

Very similar to the one posted by Brooke

As you can see, he's mostly environmental and very into photo manipulation. But he actually does build some of the structures in his photos- They take ages! Now that's dedication to a cause.
Tonight is the Marlow/Corpus gig at The Bull and Bush in Baulkham Hills. So new, exciting photos of different people will be up soon! Lovely!
Still hunting for a job, unsuccessfully. Haven't heard anything from last weeks resume thieves but oh well. Something will happen soon I'm sure (I hope or bye bye Europe. And I have to book it soon so it'll be bye bye deposit on flights. I guess I could just go UK and Oktoberfest and maybe tack a bit of Germany on the end...)
Exciting news! 1. I'm getting a hair cut tomorrow. And I mean cut. I'm saying bye to my hair and hello to a new, Ruby Rose-esque do (not the blonde, just the cut). 2. I'm going on a snow trip with the RS crew in June. I'm not going to take Derek (the D90- I finally named him) but I should have a compact by then so I'll still be able to get some OK photos. I'm pretty excited.
Ok I just scrolled to higlight everything and a Spanish translation of my entire post appeared in a little box. Odd...
All for now.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I totally have one now. Well I mean i had one before but I made a new one.
Go forth!

P.S. BDO was amazing on Saturday!

I made the smart decision to remain sober the whole day, since I don't really cope well with heat. Despite this, and drinking about 5L of water (not even exagerrating...) I threw up into and empty lemonade cup during Dizzee Rascal. But I recovered by the end of his set and was well enough to sing and even dance a bit to Lily Allen. God love her... she's so damn cute! Also loved what she was wearing. Unfortunately I can't find a photo of it but I'm sure some will surface soon.

But of course, the highlight of my day was Muse. I managed to survive 4th row of the mosh for about an hour without passing out, which is good!
Man they're fantatsic. Can't wait till they come back here at the end of their tour. Hopefully I'll be in the country at the time...

OK that really is all

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shacklers at Lewisham livehouse, January 9th

OK so photobucket so isn't working for me... I made a flickr, but unfortunately that has a monthly upload limit of 100MB, which really isn't much. So I'm either gunna have to downsize my photos to the extreme or pay for the pro account. So for now, it has no photos.
Also, I made a fan page for my photos on facebook ("which I'll admit, is both bogus and sad"- Wayne Campbell) but I figure once I get a few fans going, their friends will notice and I might find some bands who are actually willing to pay me! Maybe... Anyway, I have 92 fans so far so I'm doing something right.
Here, finally, are the most recent Ramshackle Pictures, from the 9th of January. Sorry it took so damn long...

J's part of the stage didn't have very good lighting.
He is way under-represented in this shoot.

risking broken ankles and embarrassment to climb on stage for a good shot

The set list, for those who missed out.

Tony, however, had very good lighting on his part of the stage-
There were too many excellent photos of him!

On another note, Uni offers just came out. Got into my second preference, so as of now I begin studying fine arts at COFA on the 28th of February, 2011. Untill the 3rd or 10th, when hopefully I will get a late offer from UTS. It's scary to have my studies for next year confirmed already, I don't even have to reapply! Eek!
Now I am off to do some job hunting (eurgh so not in the mood...) Good luck to myself.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Facebook photo upload won't work!

It's a tragedy, for sure.
But here is a sample of my latest Ramshackle shoot (more bands will come eventually, I promise. I know you're bored of RS)
OK. So they won't upload here either which is incredibly worrying, especially since I already cleared them off my memory card so if they corrupted somehow during upload there's nothing I can do. Eeeek!
Ok so I just tried a photo from a completely different camera and it didn't work either, so my computer must be spazzing. I'll try again at Dad's soon.
And coming in future blogs: Ramshackle shirts and my ever-growing scarf collection. Really, how many inventive ways of wearing scarves can I think of, since I have a fair amount.
Oh! and I made a fan page for myself on facebook. Melanie Brown Photography- go forth!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Second

Here are the rest :)

You can see me in the left lense. Woops

J. No prizes for guessing why this one is my favourite...

On another note, I'm working 28 hours this week. Wooo!

Ramshackle Photoshoot 27/12/09

Been a busy few weeks what with Christmas and New Years and all in between, so I apologize for not posting for a while. Hope you all enjoyed Christmas and had fun bringing in the New Year! Did you get your midnight kisses?
Can't wait till next year when I'll be spending NYE watching the ball drop in Times Square. Well, here's hoping. I really need more income so I can increase my travelling funds. And I have to start booking Europe soon! So stressful already and I'm not going for 7 or 8 months.

I've started various modification projects, so I'll get photos of them up when (if) I am done. It takes me a while to do these sorts of things because I've never really learnt to sew so I kind of guess a lot. That and having the attention span of a gnat makes it difficult to stay interested. But slowly, surely, I plan to get them done!
To more exciting news, I did a photo shoot for Ramshackle on the 27th of December. It took about 5 hours of my time, but we did get some good shots. (Not 5 hours worth, mind. The boys enjoyed goofing off and as it was the first time they'd done this kind of thing, their modelling skills aren't exactly stellar).
Their Lewisham gig is coming up, Saturday the 9th and I'm pretty excited to try and get some actual paying clients while I'm there. J's brother, Travis from Marlow asked me to take photos at their upcoming gig which is pretty cool. All experience is good experience that will some day lead to paid experience. I hope. I am discovering that the field of music photography seems a lot easier to get into than fashion photography. And it's a great starting point if i can do more portrait style shoots.
Also, Dad just bought a portable photo printer, so if people are interested I'll soon be able to sell small prints on the spot. I'm thinking I'll start at like $2.50 a print (they're on 2"x3" and who am I to exploit people?) and drop the prices for bulk purchases. Like 10 prints for $20 and so on. But then again, people might not want to buy such small prints when they could book me for a gig and get a whole CD that they can then print at whatever size they want! I'm going to go buy blank CDs/DVDs today and save all my photos on to them, to make sure I have external back up. Then I'll be able to use them for selling as well.
Anyway, here are some of my best shots from the 27th. To see the rest head to photobucket.

Test shots- Jared
love it.

Location one, West Ryde

Location 3- Gladesville Hospital Tunnel

J. relaxing in between shots

Andy. Despite the exposure being way out I like it.

Candid photos during the planning stages.



I have more to come. My net keeps crashing so I'll do them in another post.
Happy 2010 everyone!