brisbane open house

Brisbane Open House last weekend saw hundreds of Brisbanites take to the streets with cameras and lanyards around their necks. First stop for me was One One One Eagle Street, perhaps Brisbane’s newest and coolest landmark. The glazed lift travelled as fast as a roller coaster depositing us on one of the top floors. Cox Rayner Architects have created a building that is peerless with cutting edge security, concierge services and an open floor space with astonishing views. Every little corner, junction of materials, aesthetic decision shows a refined level of design and attention to detail.

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The Spring Hill Baths date from the late1800′s and display the gender politics of the time with segregated change cubicles surrounding the pool. It is an indoors space which connects with the outdoors via a large penetration in the roof. This gives the baths a wonderful quality of light. The interior colours are timeless and the balcony corridors can’t be much more than 300mm wide. Those were the days when accessibility meant you had a grand front door.

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Our last explore was a home in Carina designed by Donald Spencer in 1966. It is a vintage classic, owned by design aficionados who still rock the 60′s. It has a Tardis quality, being far more spacious and interesting on the inside. The owners have planned an extension; a glass box above the carport, which may substantially change the structure but they are working with Spencer’s relatives, also architects, to ensure a sensitive merging of new and old.

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the outdoor type

Less than two hours from home lies the great outdoors; mountain air, bushwalking and greenness.

Years ago I would head to Lamington National Park on a Friday after work, pitch a tent in the dark and wake to the pademelons grazing outside.

Earlier this year I ran the Border Track from O’Reilly’s to Binna Burra. What an experience, navigating tree roots and overhanging vines in the dark, dark rainforest.

This trip I brought my camera and took advantage of my affinity with birds.

Shot with a Canon 7D and (mostly) Sigma 50-500mm lens. I hope you enjoy the images.

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brides

skipping girl design has been busy photographing weddings. it was an absolute pleasure to create images for kirsikka and camm, naomi and lee, haidee and jack. we learnt a lot about shooting in the rain, about not placing your camera too close to a bottle of champagne that’s being uncorked and about looking for the emotion and private moments which pass between people even at a public occasion. here are some of our favourite images…

we shoot weddings with talented portrait photographer anne-louise of fotofox







a subtle autumn

brisbane has only subtle seasonal change; the days are still bright, trees stay green but the frangipani now stand naked and you can find the odd liquid amber as evidence of autumn. it might be time for gloves and a scarf, maybe soon.

latest design images

hey, the good people at cox rayner have given me some images of the recently opened ‘bcec on grey street’, the $140 million extension to the brisbane convention & entertainment centre. having checked it out in person the only thing that seems to have changed, since max and i designed the interiors, is the flooring (pink carpet!!!) everything else is just as we imagined it together, sitting on the floor, with materials everywhere and an enthusiasm that comes from being given a challenge.

our team achieved great things! the services are consolidated and recessed in between ceiling panels. that took a lot of organisation of services engineers (a bit like herding cats). i particularly like our thin metal hoods which announce the entrance to meeting areas and the integrated signage also works a treat. it is a vast place and i hope it adds to the cultural life of brisbane in some way. enjoy the images and the destination which opens onto brisbane’s popular south bank.

photographs courtesy of cox rayner

celebrating place

i met some of my running friends at the cleveland lighthouse this morning, in the dark, at 5.30am. luckily they had all remembered torches. we ran 10km with a sprint finish (for me) to make it in under 56 minutes. we agreed, while running along the waterfront, that this is a fantastic place to live. i photographed the spiders webs and beetles sparkling in the early light, testing my new lens: canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM, with macro extension tubes.

then i received some welcome news in the mail – my grant application with the regional arts development fund was accepted. i have a year to make pictures. i’m going to talk with local people, gather stories, take portraits and define our local cultural identity through image and word. i have a year to reflect on local life, community and place. it will involve the things i love; discussion, social history, photography, design, understanding and celebrating place. what a privilege.