Saturday, January 26, 2008


One of several pics we did this arvo, with the d200 and old 50mm lens, unattached and held at an angle. Have a look at the Flickr Set here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Any Internet Volunteers Out There?

I'm writing an article on "Internet Volunteers and the Advancement of Free Knowledge" (working title!). Do you, or does anyone you know, contribute to free (legal!) content distribution, such as Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, etc? I particularly need some local people to photograph.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Mari: "Mama, you're heart is pure!" *hug* "I love you."

Either she wants something or she's been snorting disney princess fairy dust while I'm not looking...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

While I'm on a Roll...

Feeling very in touch with my inner bloke today. Have been painting the bathroom all day, then settled in for a beer or two. 

Other than that, feeling very embedded in Web 2.0. Yup, all signed up to Facebook, Bloglines, Blogger (hello!), Twitter, flickr, youTube, you name it. Just add a .com to any of those and come join me. Feeling particularly lonely at Twitter. I have one very lovely twittering friend, but only one! Don't you people know it's the "NEXT BIG THING"?

Note to Self :: A Lesson in Parenting

When child is sobbing and throwing stuff around all over the wrong colour t-shirt (or feel free to insert any wacky pre-schooler behavior), instead of standing over her and monotoning blah-blah-rules-blah-blah-don't-be-so-irrational-blah-bloody-blah, try just getting down and pulling her into a hug. She may just bury her face in your shoulder and tell you "my bones are banging on the eardrums in my head." You can then give her a drink of water and peace will be restored.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Mere Trifle

The copy of Clive James' Cultural Amnesia I ordered for James before Christmas finally arrived at the book shop today. I made a point of getting it all wrapped up and presenting it to him along with a new set of champagne glasses and a bottle of french bubbly. His birthday is three days after Christmas and is usually a bit of a let down for him. So why not extend it a bit? Anyway, I've been flicking through the 800 odd pages, and got my usual urge to get all literary and astound you with witty prose and incisive yet delicate cultural observations. 

Instead I'm going to show you the trifle I made yesterday, and go have a beer. Maybe tomorrow for the wit, yes?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


You know how it goes - when you've got time to blog, there's nothing to blog about, then when it's Christmas and there are parties and wine and food and people and laughter and sleepovers and holiday, well, who has the time or energy to blog?! So, it was a lovely christmas and new years. We did all that up in the first sentence there, which was lovely thank you.

So we've started a new year, and the resolutions are still fresh... Art-wise, I'd like to focus more on, well, everything actually. I've been slowly working away on two photo series over a year or so, and I want to get them both up to a point where I can start to exhibit them. The first is a collection of portraits, using multiple, overlaid exposures. The second is a series of abstract studies done by throwing the focus way out and creating form by letting an object cast shadows through the lens elements of the camera.

Work, money style.... It's still a long way before I'll have enough child-free time to start really working - they're not both in school until 2011, and I don't want to use child care. I have nothing against it, but I made the choice to be home with the girls for the first 5 years of their lives and by gads I'm gonna stick with it. So, what time I get now is snatched - five minutes here, and ten there. It's how I use those few minutes that counts now. Time to start laying out the groundwork for a rejuvenated business; rebuild the website, start advertising, and train myself up a bit more for the design side of the business.

And the kids? I need to be more adventurous. Start doing more of the things I imagined I would when I had kids, all the stuff I loved. Build more box castles, get our hands dirty, blow stuff up with bi-carb & vinegar, make books together, go fruit picking, exploring... all the fun stuff. You, know we do all that already, but enjoy it more. Play. Laugh.

And the usual; make house beautiful, eat less cheese, be generally perfect, blah, blah, blah.

What about you? Any resolutions?