loving the life aquatic

Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane :: 2

Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane :: 1

 

Hello! Long time no post, I know. This week things have finally slowed down a little so I’m taking the opportunity to check in before the next urgent, need-it-now job hurtles towards me.

As I review my work for various clients over the last six months, one almost constant theme is water.

Some of my favourite water moments have been poolside…

 

Centenary Pool, Brisbane

Centenary Pool, Brisbane

 

 

 

Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane :: 1

Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane :: 2

 

 

 

Boy Charlton, Sydney

Boy Charlton, Sydney

 

 

 

Prince Alfred Park pool, Sydney

Prince Alfred Park pool, Sydney

 

 

 

North Sydney Pool :: 1

North Sydney Pool :: 1

 

 

 

North Sydney Pool :: 2

North Sydney Pool :: 2

 

 

 

As much as I love pools – swimming in them and snapping them – the most mesmerising water experience was at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria…

 

wonder at the water wall

wonder at the water wall :: 1

 

 

 

wonder at the water wall :: 2

wonder at the water wall :: 2

 

 

 

The wall of water is totally wonderful but the most breathtaking water episode I’ve had recently was shooting way up high above the stuff at Brisbane Port, in a tiny cabin that moved so swiftly, I’m amazed any of these shots are in focus…

 

walking on water :: 1

walking on water :: 1

 

 

 

(Trying to stay upright and shoot was of course nothing compared to what the operator has to do – manipulate a tiny joystick to precisely pick up and move massive containers way down below, from ship to shore. For hours. On. End. The least I could do was not fall on top of the poor guy.)

 

walking on water :: 2

walking on water :: 2

 

 

 

walking on water :: 3

walking on water :: 3

 

 

 

Shooting back down on firm ground wasn’t nearly so dramatic but I do love a massive ship.

 

Brisbane Port :: 1

Brisbane Port :: 1

 

 

 

Brisbane Port :: 2

Brisbane Port :: 2

 

 

 

One of the things about shooting bodies of water is they look their best at daybreak. As much as I wince at the thought of waking up while it’s still dark, I love it when I do. No one’s around, the air is deliciously crisp and then suddenly, the light breaks over the horizon – it never stops feeling incredible…

 

Balmain :: 1

Balmain :: 1

 

 

 

Balmain :: 2

Balmain :: 2

 

 

 

Pyrmont :: 1

Pyrmont :: 1

 

 

 

Pyrmont :: 2

Pyrmont :: 2

 

 

 

As impressive as the sunrise is over the harbour foreshores, I had a recent OMG moment just a few minutes after I’d got off the M5 one early morning, near Liverpool. I thought I’d discovered a lot about the hidden gems of the western suburbs from the days of my first 52 Suburbs project, but this was news to me…

 

daybreak on the Georges River :: 1

daybreak on the Georges River :: 1

 

 

 

daybreak on the Georges River :: 2

daybreak on the Georges River :: 2

 

 

 

daybreak on the Georges River :: 3

daybreak on the Georges River :: 3

 

 

 

It wasn’t just the beauty that blew me away, it was also the richness of river life, just spitting distance from the M5 and busy, urban Liverpool. The life aquatic in the suburbs…

 

 

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 1

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 1

 

 

 

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 2

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 2

 

 

 

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 3

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 3

 

 

 

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 4

the life aquatic, in the suburbs :: 4

 

 

 

The biggest buzz for me was meeting a gaggle of gorgeous kids, messing about on the edge of Chipping Norton Lake. They loved having their photos taken – “me, miss, take me!” – as did their parents, a group of Lebanese Muslims enjoying a peaceful day out. The whole debate about immigration and the recent ‘us and them’ bizarreness seemed like a million miles away…

 

lake fun :: 1

lake fun :: 1

 

 

 

lake fun :: 2

lake fun :: 2

 

 

 

lake fun :: 3

lake fun :: 3

 

 

 

The two kids below are brother and sister. I wanted to snap them in the lovely late afternoon light but they weren’t sure how to stand. So I asked the older brother what he would do if he met his sister on the street. Without hesitation he hugged her tight. How beautiful is that?

 

gold

gold

 

 

 

So that’s just a little of what I’ve been up to. I’ll check in again soon – I always say it when I haven’t blogged for a while, but I really do miss it. (I probably should migrate to a new blog since clearly we’re no longer travelling around the world; I’ll add it to the To Do list.)

On other fronts, I’ve had a rush of blood to the head and reduced the price of my 52 Suburbs Around the World book to just $49.95. (If you’d like a copy, click here or head to the SHOP tab at the top of the page.) And I’m also offering family portraits at special Chrissy prices – I’ll post about that separately soon but in the meantime, please email me for the details (52suburbs@gmail.com) if you’re interested.

 

52SATW case2print corrs.indd

 

 

 

Last but not least, Coco says hi! Here she is with some of her friends, celebrating her 11th birthday – it was in July but her bad mother only got around to organising it recently. Wicked woman!

 

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 1

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 1

 

 

 

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 3

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 2

 

 

 

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 3

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 3

 

 

 

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 1

Happy (late) Birthday Coco! :: 4

 

 

Here endeth this mega post. As usual, the blog format is all very one-sided – I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to over the last six months. Either that or you know, anything really. How you feel about sunrises, Christmas, cats vs dogs. The more random the better in a way. Just would be lovely to hear your ‘voice’. (I’d better go, it’s getting weird.)

 

  1. Alison Armstrong says:

    Hi Louise, I’ve been following you for months, maybe years. Since Delhi I think. My sister introduced me to you. She has your book. I love your work and would buy your book except that my husband and I are intentionally homeless and nomadic. I blog about it at
    http://www.alisonanddon.com I’ve been trying to learn about photography as we travel. If you look in the blog archive at Delhi, and then at the more recent posts about Vancouver and Galapagos I think you’ll see I’ve improved a bit. I have a better camera now too. I’ll be in Oz for Christmas and will finally get to see your book at my sister’s place. Thank you for your glorious photos. I learn just by looking at them.
    Cheers, Alison

    • Louise says:

      Love the idea of being ‘intentionally nomadic’. Sometimes I think that’s what we humans are meant to be. Or some of us at least! And very happy you’ve been following so long, and learning from what you see. That’s actually one of the things I love most about photography – that you’re constantly learning. About the way light works, about composition, etc. Anyway, happy travels and enjoy being in one place for Chrissy!

  2. Sheila says:

    Hey Louise, great to have you back. North Sydney pool 2 put me in a nostalgic mood because that background hasn’t changed since I lived in Lavender Bay in the ’70s. I doubt there are many (if any) places in Sydney where that would be the case. The Georges River and ‘Lake fun’ shots also have a lovely last-century, messing-around-in-boats feel about them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Louise says:

      So true! About North Sydney. I’ve been swimming there for eons and it’s still mostly the same – the dressing rooms, kids’ pool, etc. Just love it. And I agree the river/lake has a lovely story-book feel – although I’m not sure how clean the water is ;)

  3. Kim says:

    Great photos. Love the North Sydney pool ones. Particularly love the way you asked the brother and sister about what they would do if they met on the street.

    • Louise says:

      Thanks Kim. It’s always interesting seeing how people respond to things – but I was bowled over by the brother’s reaction. It came straight from the heart, bypassing the normal self-consciousness kids around that age can have. But look at his smile – he’s a special person I reckon.

  4. Shez says:

    love LOVE your work .. always! :)

    • Louise says:

      Thanks so much!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Always good to hear from you Louise. Chipping Norton! I’ve been plodding along with my project of visiting all of Sydney’s beaches in alphabetical order and last summer I visited our western-most beach (unless there’s a further surprise to come) with Grand Flaneur Beach on Chipping Norton Lake (https://sundaysthebeach.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/no-33-grand-flaneur-9-february-2014/).

    I’m also busy planning a year of travel beginning next May when I fly into Milan with a one-way ticket and my bicycle. As part of my preparations for many months of travel I’m Learning German with Christoph Waltz (http://learninggermanwithchristophwaltz.wordpress.com/).

    Apologies for turning your invitation to let you know what we are up to into an opportunity to shamelessly plug my own blogs.

    • Louise says:

      I don’t mind shameless plugging ;) Congrats on getting up to #33 on the beaches project. Love the commitment. And wow, Milan, a year of travel and a bike! That there is a blog project! How amazing.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    And also … how gorgeous are Coco and her friends? Lovely.

  7. SarahN says:

    Welcome back Louise! I’m that one weirdo who crowd sourced but didn’t want a copy of the book, if you forget me ;) Still loving your posts.

    Last Dec I walked every morning before work, as an effort to get healthier. I realise I love what I call ‘fairy floss clouds’ which seem a specialty of early mornings and sunsets. Actually a few of your shots of Anzac Bridge are places I’ve been at similar times, seeing I’m in Chippendale. I loved your weekly photos so much, so I do miss your blog. I also have never been to Spring Hill Baths (I’m a QLDer born and bred, moved here in 2003 for uni). I must seek them out next time I’m in Brissie.

    • Louise says:

      Thanks Sarah! And I haven’t forgotten you. I really do remember each and every regular blog follower – but yes, especially those who supported the book without wanting one ;)
      Actually, I don’t think that was weird at all – I relate to the whole minimal living thing but I do love books! The smell of the inky pages alone makes me swoon. Anyway, it makes me happy to know you miss the blog – I miss it too. I will be back one day. Keep one eye peeled! x

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