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Portrait 365 : 245 – 255

17 Sep

I have a big fat confession to make…..I have struggled my arse off to get this to you this round.

My tightrope has been a little wobbly this past fortnight, and I realised that maybe I needed to chill a little before my brain bent irreversibly! Everything is balancing out now and I’m super looking forward to going away to Uluru next week.

Imagine the portraits I’ll get out there?? Reckon that’ll get me right back in the saddle.

I know you’re waiting for the latest instalment so here they are, and my tardiness just means that there is more for you to love this time, like a fat bottomed girl that makes the rocking’ world go ’round.

 

 

Carolyn

Carolyn

“What would you say to your 15 year old self?”

“I would give that kid a massive hug – even though she would pretend she didn’t want it. And I would say “You won’t believe how well this is going to turn out. And for the love of God, lose the green eye shadow.”

It’s no secret I have the biggest lady crush on Champagne Carolyn. She is a great big shining beacon in my life right now…..and a little bit of a bad influence.

Melia

Melia

“A potential friend has to first and foremost satisfy one criteria; that they make me hurt laughing, when I’m sober. There are other boxes to tick, but the people I laugh with or at the most are the people I love the most.”

I went to primary school with this bird for about 6 months in year 6 and I thought she was amazing. Fast forward 25 years and we reconnected through the blog. We caught up in human when I was on the Gold Coast. I still think she is amazing.

Shae

Shae

“My first orgasmic experience was in the shower with a shampoo bottle”

We may or may not have been slightly boozy during this conversation. Go and check Shae’s blog out. She calls herself the hippy next door and she’s a lot of fun.

Andrea

Andrea

“I’d tell my 15 year old self don’t take life too seriously. Things will work out in the end.”

A tiny chat in park led to a lighter mood and a shared smile.

Chandra

 

I’m so bummed I lost this guy’s quote. But basically he told me that anything is possible. He speaks 5 languages, has 5 businesses and was here travelling from the Middle East from memory but he really wanted to say don’t limit yourself. You can do whatever you want.

If this is you and you see this, get in touch with me, please!

Bianca

Bianca

“I hid behind the bocce-drome and I kissed a kid called Roger. It was my first kiss. Naturally, there was about 3 other kids gathered around watching. It was really dreamy. He was a good kid.”

I’ve been watching this chick for about a year and been secretly jealous of her talent. When I met her, though, that just fell away and we talked the real stuff and laughed, and we hugged. Bianca Wordley is as amazing in real life as she is on the page. 

Stuart

Stuart

“Ann Stacey was a girl who lived around the corner and one afternoon she was sitting on a gate to a field at the end of my street. One day we just kissed and then we were boyfriend and girlfriend. I was about 14.”

Reckons he’s not photogenic. Whatevs.

Fox

Fox

Happy 4th Birthday, darling Foxy Pants.

Peta

Peta

“I’d tell my 15 year old self that boys with long hair look good but they’re more trouble than they’re worth.”

Once upon a time Peta was my baby cousin. I guess she still is but now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman who loves a short haired man.

Gillian

Gillian

“Tom was my formal partner’s good mate and we ended dating for a whole year before he dumped me really badly. Then we’d get back together and then he’d dump me again.We did it about three times. The first two times broke my heart but then I became blasé about it. I think it was habitual.”

You know when someone tells you you’re gonna love someone and you’re all sceptical because you’re jaded and shit? Let me tell you, Champagne Gillian did not disappoint. She was everything I was told she was and then some. A true pleasure to be around.

 

Graeme

Graeme

“It’s hard to pick one thing that I’m proud of because I’ve always enjoyed everything I’ve done. I started Double J radio station and I enjoyed that. Then I became a furniture maker and I enjoyed that too. Now I’ve moved to the suburbs and I am a gardening enthusiast which I really enjoy. Oh, and I enjoy making curries.”

I’v known Graeme for almost 20 years. He used to drink at a bar I worked at and when I left there I never saw him…. until recently when I’ve seen him twice walking past my grandparent’s house in the middle of nowhere. He hasn’t aged a day.

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Portrait 365 : 237 – 244

5 Sep

 

Heather

Heather

“I was happy to find out I was pregnant, but it was a surprise. When I started spotting I went to my obstetrician but because it was still early he really couldn’t tell what was happening. I went for a blood test thinking I was 8 or 9 weeks but my hormone levels were dropping and we thought I was miscarrying. The next couple of days I had terrible pain. I was told to go for another scan so I drove myself there but the sonographer could not believe I could even make it on my own. My pregnancy was ectopic and my fallopian tube had burst and I was rushed straight to hospital and operated on immediately.”

I searched Heather out, asking for someone to point her out to me after she mentioned how much she was enjoying Portrait 365. I knew she had to be one of my portraits. Then she proceeded to remove my carefully laid psychological band-aid until she could see my very heart. We connected. She shoots and talks and blogs too.

Clint

Clint

“I fell in love with a Finnish exchange student and then she went back to Finland. I wrote her a little book with pictures in it and made a mixed tape and on the end of the tape I said something really soft and cried a little and I’m worried one day it will come out.”

This guy was an endless course of amusement. It doesn’t get much drier than his humor. If you want some, you can find him here.

 

Morgan

Morgan

“I’m proud that I pushed myself to come here. I’ve been blogging for a couple of years but not pushing myself. I’m ready for a change of direction in my life and this is a great step towards that.”

I lost Morgans card. If anyone recognises her ping me so I can link her blog, please.

Ruth

Ruth

“I just came back from 2 months traveling in The States and it’s a bit of an adjustment. The reality of not being able to party and go to the beach every day. I’m planning on heading back there soon for my modelling.”

I practically tackled Ruth in my effort to shoot her before she got away.

Matt

Matt

“The last time I cried was when I lost my father-in-law. He was a passionate person and he loved the outdoors. I want my daughter Daisy to know that he was a super positive person.”

Eden

Eden

“Before my brother Cam died he was a big fan of Henry Rollins. Henry Rollins once said “All of the people on the planet are your peers. What are you doing for your peers?”. I really love that.”

If you’ve never come across Eden before you wouldn’t know that she has a rare heart condition. Her heart is the size of the moon and it feels all the feels one million times more than your average bear. This is both a great gift, and a very heavy burden. She writes the best. Hands down. Check her out.

Candice

Candice

“My first proper kiss was with a boy called Elmore in a shelter on a cricket pitch and I really wanted to kiss him because he smelled like bourbon and cigarettes. Now every time I smell cigarettes and bourbon I get weak knees.”

Candice is an aficionado in all things vintage. You can find her here.

 

 Who is your favourite this week?

 

 

 

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The difference three minutes can make

13 Aug

When I was chatting to my friend Carolyn from Champagne Cartel about how the Portrait 365 project came about because I’m essentially too lazy to study photography, she loved it so much she asked me to write a guest post for her.

it took me a little while get around to it, but I finally pulled finger and today I’m wrapped to be guesting over at Champagne Cartel.

Those chicks are fairly well flipping’ fab.

Number 1, Day 1, Portrait 365

Number 1, Day 1, Portrait 365

I’m the kind of person who learns best by just doing stuff.

When I was a fledgling TV producer I would just hire crew that had a million times more experience than me and I would watch them like a hawk and learn how it all worked by observation. I’d hazard a guess that people suspected I was faking it, but if you fake stuff a few times it becomes reality before you know it.

Except orgasms. Never fake orgasms.

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Portrait 365 : 208 – 214

31 Jul
Portrait 365 : 208 JoJo

JoJo

“I overcame my fear of singing in front of people. People say the more people there are the easier it is, but it’s not true. If you can only see the front row, or if you can see everyone, it’s hard for me. I just walk out and pretend I’m just talking to myself.”

Jarrah

Jarrah

“I’m just proud to be going to yoga this morning. It’s a miserable day outside and it’s would be easy to stay home. It’s good to get out and about.”

 

Philip

Philip

“I created the first internationally new played sport in the 21st century – Segway Polo. I was the captain of the New Zealand team. I found out that Steve Wozniak, Victor Miller and Ang Lee would get together and play it casually in LA, but as the sole distributor for Segway in New Zealand we sent an audacious challenge to those guys for the world’s first Segway match. We had not even played yet, but they came, and we drew. Now it’s an international sport.”

This was one of those stories that just kept getting better!

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

“I’m proud that I sailed around the world, it was a hell of an adventure.”

Jo

Jo

“I’m proud of my two kids. They’re 3 years old and 10 months old.”

“Wow, I’m proud you got to work on time.”

“I’m not. I’m late!”

Chris

Chris

“I’m about to head off on a 6 week European trip by myself. I’m 35 years old and I’ve never been to Europe. In fact, I had never been overseas at all until I went to Thailand for my 35th birthday.”

Di

Di

“My first UltraMarathon was a really big deal. 60 hard kilometres and I ran my best run ever. Kokoda was also challenging; it was raw, and it oozed history. It was cold, and it was muddy but it was so rewarding.”

Obviously, Di is insane.

 

 

 

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Portrait 365 : 194 – 201

19 Jul

Don

Don

“I play Santa every year and one year a kid told me that they should sack every other Santa because I’m the only one with a real beard.”

Alex

Alex

 

“I packed my bags and traveled around the world for a year and a half. I came home with a broken foot after a paragliding accident in Columbia. I broke up with my guy and began jumping off cliffs to feel empowered; then there was an earthquake. It was time to come home.”

Kimberley

Kimberley

“I’m a child psychologist and I’m nearly finished my 7 year PhD in the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. It’s all about belonging.”

That never changes, I think.

L'il Bee

L’il Bee

Alex

Alex

“I met my wife in London and she fell pregnant within one month. Two weeks prior I had told a friend that i would never marry or have kids. We moved to Australia and got married. Two years later we had another child and I’m in love with all of them.”

 

Monique

Monique

“I’m so proud of my little 14 month old boy. I’m so proud that I created him. It’s the best.”

Amani

Amani

“You know, if you renew your library books online you won’t get a fine?”

Yep. Fined again.

Filippo

Filippo

“I used to be an engineer in the construction industry but it didn’t make me happy, so I became a photographer. I specialise in time lapse photography and I tell stories through pictures.”

You can check out Filippo’s amazing, mind-blowing, inspiring work here. He’s traveled to places I’ve only dreamed of and told stories that touched my viscera through images. Seriously, click his link. It’s like wow on steroids.

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Portrait 365 : 184 – 193

9 Jul

Bumper crop this week….. met some cool cats, heard some cool stories and had a birthday and a mama visit all in the middle.

David

David

“I used to be a professional boxer but I had to stop a year and a half ago because I’m just getting too old. And I’m busy running  my kids around and working so I’m just flat out.”

Emmanuel

Emmanuel

“Mechanics aren’t mechanics because they want to fix cars. Mechanics are mechanics because they want to build big engines and race cars at the track.”

D Man and Nana

D Man and Nana

“When I was 13 my Nana gave me a piece of advice. Love all, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.”

Mick

Mick

“I was in the army for 21 years but I got out because I was getting old. I have a bad back, bad knees, flat feet and I went deaf, otherwise I enjoyed it. I miss the big bops toys and the commeraderie.”

 

Emma

Emma

“When I was 8 years old my Dad died but I feel like he’s always beside me in the bad times, helping me to keep going. He taught me to be humble and to treat people with kindness.”
I’ve met Emma twice now and fallen in love hard with her cool range of jewellery designs, in fact, I wore her wish bone necklace for months on end. You may remember it from some of my pics. You can find her at Recreational Studio on FB and here.

Nana and munchkins

Nana and munchkins

 

Tonia

Tonia

“I went to Costa Rica as a volunteer tagging and tracking turtles. I went on this white water raft tour and I just loved the guide. I bought his kids some tee shirts from here to send over but I never sent them. I feel terrible about it, but at least I never told him so he’s not expecting it”

Danielle

Danielle

I didn’t shoot anyone on my birthday but Kirsten Cox came and shot my family. Super lucky to have someone so talented on my team!  I consider her my family.

 

Paul

Paul

“I’ve just been in the jungle in East Java, I was just hanging and surfing this incredible wave. It was a secluded home stay with a Muslim family during ramadan. They didn’t expect me to follow it too!”

Unknown

Unknown

We didn’t speak the same language, but we smiled at each other a lot. That was enough.

 

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Portrait 365 : 174 – 183

29 Jun

Been a mega week here for me so we’re a little late on this, but I figure you guys are pretty understanding about life and shit getting in the way of good intentions…….

Alessandro

Alessandro

“My life has been easy and I’m happy. Now I’m travelling for 5 weeks as I just finished university in Italy. When I get home I will get a job as an optometrist.”
He was wearing great specs when I spotted him but he whipped them off when I shot him.

 

unknown

unknown

How did they keep such a straight face???

Katie

Katie

“I moved to Lismore from Brisbane to go to uni and that first year was really hard. I was so broke that I often had to choose between food and a bus ticket. Now I work for Microsoft so it’s all good.”

Pauline

Pauline

“I love kids but I never had children. I knew my husband couldn’t have children when we married. He was a wonderful artist, my husband. His name was Frederick Nolte and he was just about to paint John Howard for the Archibald when he got sick.”
A chance meeting in the supermarket with a lady who just wanted to chat to my kids gave me a real gift.

Santhy & Waes

Santhy & Waes

“Do you spell Santhy with an X?”
“Yeah, you can.”
“But how do you spell it?”
“With an S.”
“Let’s spell it like that then.”

Chantel

Chantel

“I’m really proud of my talent to understand kids and their ability to make anyone happy. I am about to do my HSC but then I want to get into teaching.”

Doctor Doll

Doctor Doll

We took Ratty who has sore eyes to the Doll Hospital but sadly we were turned away because our medical insurance wouldn’t have covered the treatment required…. such as hand sewn eyes that we would have required surgery paid for by the hour.
Mummy will be fixing Ratty’s eyes herself.

DJ Lance Rock

DJ Lance Rock

“Dancing and listening to music is AWESOME”

Anika

Anika

My little winter owl.

Chris

Chris

“Moving here from the States was something big that I’m proud of. I moved here for my girlfriend. It’s hard being away from my family though. They’re back in California.”

Atong

Atong

“I set my own expectations for how I live my life and I’m living by them.”
I love Atong. Amen sister.

 

 

 

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Portrait 365 : 167 – 173

20 Jun

I’ve just realised that I’m 5.5 days away from being half-way through this project. I’m possibly jumping the gun by writing this spiel but I’m such a blurter….

I have mixed feelings about reaching this point.

Kind of relieved, because it’s been a bit of an epic journey but I’m also mega proud. I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it, but I have, and if I’ve stuck it this far, right, so it’s just the same amount again (give or take.)

I’ve met some lovely people, suffered rejections and been inspired and moved, and I’m only half way.

And I’m getting better at it, which was the whole point of the whole shebangalang, right?

The more people I talk to the more I realise that everyone is amazing. Everyone makes dumb decisions, and everyone has epiphanies, and extraordinary ordinariness and ordinary extraordinariness exist hand and hand quite comfortably.

Anyway, for those of you that take the time to let me know you love this project, thank you.

I love it too.

It’s taught me as much about myself as it has about others.

Thanks for getting it.

 

 

Anastasia

Anastasia

“I am happy, but happy isn’t what I thought it would be.”
Ana and I met in mother’s group when our now 4 year olds were just weeks old. We decided we would never go back to mother’s group because listening to those chicks whinge sucked ass. Instead, we’d walk, talk, drink coffee, tea and wine, and we helped each other through that first year. Life, work, moving all got in the way and today we rectified that. I hope she knows exactly what I mean when I say that some people are just like a warm slipper.

Michael

Michael

“I think there’s hope. There’s always hope.”
Michael and I had just met at the latest Overhaul Wellness Day, and we were talking about life and love. I believe there’s hope. I also believe Michael is a wonderful optimist.

Fairy Sparkle

Fairy Sparkle

“A photo? But I haven’t even done my hair!”
“What’s something you’ve done that you’re proud of?”
“I received an OAM last week for Voluntary Service to children in hospital.”
I first met Fairy Sparkle a few years ago when I was writing a television series that I never got off the ground. I was so intrigued by her balance of eccentricity and business nouse.

Kirsty

Kirsty

“I’m loving my new necklace. I just got it today and it’s made from up cycled tee-shirts. My son bought it for me for my birthday.”
“Cool! How old is your son?”
“21 months”

 

Anika

Anika

My other heart. She melts me.

Martin

Martin

“I’d tell a young man to forget about the moment you are in now. Start to look to the future and the experience of older people around you. Get to know your family…That was lacking in my life. And write a diary.”

John

John

“I’d tell my 15 year old self to focus on health. I wish I’d done that sooner.”

 

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Portrait 365 : 160 – 166

13 Jun Bella
Yuri

Yuri

“Something that makes me smile every day is seeing beautiful girls like you!”

Kyren

Kyren

“He was drinking beer on the couch and he kind of flopped off onto one knee with one cheek still perched and he proposed to me. I was pretty happy with that approach.”

Rose

Rose

“I live in a boarding house with 23 other people. I don’t mind it though. That’s where I met my boyfriend.”

Rose had a handbag full of photographs, so we sat down and I met her whole family and saw photos of her in her wedding dress from 50 years ago. I was touched. She was very proud of her beautiful family.

Peter

Peter

“My father was a methodist minister who gave and gave and gave to people, then he died of a heart attack at 57. I’ve realised that giving and giving isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

I met Peter at a talk for the Australian Blog Festival. He was speaking about the impact his sister, Diana Bliss’, depression and subsequent suicide had on his life. He is a remarkable man, who is doing remarkable work. Check him out here.

Bella

Bella

“I’ve been working on a farm in Cairns and it has changed my life. I’m here from Korea on a working holiday and I’ve decided I’m going to move here and study nursing.”

Jackie

Jackie

“I fell in love with someone who told me that my dream career was stupid and to get a real job.Stupidly I listened to him and lived an unhappy life because I thought he was the love of my life. He manipulated and betrayed me, and I still thought he was the one.”

Jackie is an actress, and happens to also be one of my kids’ best friends.  And I love her to bits.

Chris

Chris

“I pulled out a map of the world and I thought ‘where can I go?’. I don’t want to be cold, it’s got to be ok for homos, and there’s got to be hot men. I want coconuts, lots of drinking and malaria. And the answer was Brazil.”

Let me tell you a story about this kid.We met 10 years ago in East Timor and instantly fell in platonic love. We stayed in touch for a bit but it was before Facebook (we laughed when we realised this) and we lost touch. He’s had many adventures and become a man, and I’ve become me. Three weeks ago, an hour away from my home in a place neither of us ever go we bumped into each other. When we went for a beer I remembered what a freakin’ special cat he is. Happy adventures, my friend. May Brazil give you everything you wish and more.

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Portrait 365 : 147 – 152

30 May Vito
Sarah & Paul

Sarah & Paul

“I wrote a book called Catechisms – Insights From Cats to raise money for a meditation retreat called Clear Sky. I could write the book and get the content together but printing the book was really hard.”
You can check Paul’s Catechisms Facebook page here.

Adriana

Adriana

“I cut my hair totally forgetting that I have my cousins’s wedding coming up and I’m a bridesmaid. I thought she’d freak when she saw it but she loved it and made me promise not to grow it out.”
Chatting to this young lady, I realised that she has no idea how ridiculously gorgeous she is. I like that.

Renae

Renae

“I have kids so I’d say their births were my happiest moments. When my first daughter was born I’d had no drugs and it was incredible. I couldn’t sleep all night because I kept having to look at her lying next to me.”

 

Matt

Matt

“I was 16 years old when I ran across the border with 5 other boys from Hungary to Yugoslavia. It was during the revolution and the Russians were shooting at us as we ran. It was the middle of the night and we had nothing but the clothes we wore. Search lights flashed across the snow and we had to hide. We didn’t know exactly where the border was so we kept going until a soldier stopped us. We didn’t know if he was Russian and would kill us, but he was friendly. We moved around in refugee camps and after many months I was selected to come to Australia.”
I was entranced by Matt. We talked for about 40 minutes after meeting on the train. His entire life was as adventurous as this.

Andrea

Andrea

“My English is not good. I only speak a little.”
Didn’t care. Just quietly.

Vito

Vito

“We are street dancers, but we do not live on the street. We have a message for the kids. Kids, you can be anything you want to be but before that, get an education.We are not in gangs, we are not selling drugs, we are promoting hip hop – Healthy Independent People Helping Other People. Always remember there’s only one race in the world – the human race. Live together and be more civilised.”
I hugged the crap outta this kid.  He got me right in the heart.

 

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