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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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







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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.

goal oriented living

i’m a person who doesn’t like goals. living in the present is at odds with planning for retirement! this year though i’ve set some goals.

my fitness goal this year: to complete a half marathon. two weeks into my 20 weeks of training i enter the australia day “convicts and wenches” 10km race at victoria point in queensland. i see my friends are all doing the half marathon though so i upgrade. it’s a late night decision, before i consult the weather forecast or think it through rationally. i mean, i know i can run 10km, so where’s the challenge in that?

its done nothing but rain this past week but now the rain ceases and it’s a muggy 30 degrees as we set out…fast. cycling has given me endurance. you don’t want to be dropped. you stay in that peloton at all costs. running has made me more body-aware. you have to settle into a run, you start to enjoy it, then all too soon, your body has had enough. there’s an art to talking yourself out of giving up and that’s the real challenge.

i finished my first half marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes. i hated most of it and i’m not about to do squats or lunges or much of anything today but i did it and now i can aim to run it more comfortably in july at the gold coast half marathon, a much bigger event.

so, with 11 months left in the year, i need to set another fitness goal…

king tides this weekend

spent the morning taking photos of my neighbourhood; enjoyed an amazing sunrise at thorneside, (where the ocean is parallel to my street), ran in the bush near lota before taking pictures of the boardwalk, where it was cyclist pandemonium as they all removed their shoes and socks and carried their bikes through knee-high water. too high to ride through, even on a mountain bike – believe me, i tried to talk them into it for the “spray” shot but they weren’t having any of it. i particularly liked the “planet” jerseys, reminding me that this is our home and rising sea levels are going to be a problem. these shots will be sent to green cross for the king tide project, planning for the impact of rising seas.

then we went to the beach!