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Watercolour Landscapes

Inspired by personal photography.

Algonquin Park


Phone booth series

In this series, I document the antiquated infrastructure of public phone booths. They are a microcosm of communication conglomerates, product placement & design – similar, yet subtle differences. It’s fascinating to see this ubiquitous technology fall into disuse, disrepair, transformation, and innovation.

The map below marks the approximate locations of each phone booth photographed.


Melbourne’s Telstra phone booths are now Wi-Fi hotspots.


Alleyways of Austraya

Short trip to visit Australia in 2019


face and caption

International Women’s Day reflection: what is strong? what is bad ass?

Originally written March 10, 2020 as a private journal entry.

Recently, it was International Women’s Day.

I reposted [name removed]’s IWD 2017 project, a gallery of portraits each with a caption on a disc.

Mine wrote:

We all need feminism because everyone can be strong and bad ass in their own way.

Which led my wandering mind to consider:

What is strong? What is not strong?
What is bad ass? What is not bad ass?
How are these terms gendered?

Strong is:

  • asking for help
  • raising children as a single parent
  • calling in discrimination; uplifting & encouraging those that surround you
  • being vulnerable & honest with others & yourself
  • making your health & wellness a priority
  • having courage – to say yes or no

Strong is not:

  • putting up a front – arrogant & hostile, but hurting inside
  • negativity for no reason
  • lashing out/taking out frustrations on others
  • believing it is someone else’s problem to solve

Bad ass is:

  • trail blazing
  • working hard for what you believe in, even in darkness, even when no one’s watching

Bad ass is not:

  • bullying

I pointedly avoid including gendered understandings of strong and bad ass.
What is the difference between a strong man, a strong woman, or a strong non-binary person? Is the strength of a single parent any different when you apply a gender? What about being a bad ass?

As I captioned my repost, these discussions are still relevant and still necessary.


motorcycle and me

her name is Dream

A Dream to ride
on long winding roads
along wave-breaking shores,
rippled mountainsides and
valleys

A Dream to ride
through desert canyons,
across belts of evergreens
to feel rushing winds

Or was that my breath left behind?

Hold on tight it’s just
You and the open road
and the sun shining bright

Hold on tight
I don’t know where we’re going
where this road leads
where we’ll end up
or what we’ll see

She, and everything about her, is a Dream


green apron

Hanging up the Green Apron

The last lattes, the last milk dregs, coffee stains.

The last laughs behind the counter, the last pages of this chapter.

 

My heart is full for store #4095,

the most kick ass team I’ve known.

You taught me love.

Love is double-barring. Love is delivering a drink.

Love is asking “how are you?”

Love is touch when everything isn’t okay.
Love is… believing in me.

 

Love is listening to me vent about

the careless spill

the self-entitled that raised their voice

the impatient that threw their change

Thank you, thank you for teaching me

impatience is ugly,

blandness is boring,

skinny is empty.

Bitters in does not have to mean bitters throughout.

 

To the regulars, the familiar face,

the staple in a sea of shuffling souls

We shared countless sleepy smiles of caffeinated camaraderie

Pervading brevity, conversations evade

A flashing wink sneaks in

the indelible, fleeting moments stained in, permanently.

 

Lastly, the supernovas whose energy is inspiring nurturing

sharing through sonder

but in and out because

life goes on.

 

So my friends, this is not a good-bye just a

see you soon

green apron

This was originally posted on social media accounts February 2016. It was a momentous leave for me as I said good bye to a community that I grew a lot with, and good bye to a regular pay check for the first time, haha. I took a gap year in school and spent three months in the Philippines with family and travelling to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.


Asian Odyssey

Select shots from my 2.5 month trip to southeast Asia in 2016.
Spanning Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; Bali, Indonesia, and Singapore.


European Discovery

Select shots from 3-weeks backpacking across Europe in 2017: Portugal; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Paris & Royan, France; London, United Kingdom