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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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!

guesting and tripping

cool to be guesting for a photographer whose work i admire. here’s a link:

http://thecareyadventures.com/blog/2011/guest-photographer-sue-desbrosses/

moreton island – here are some shots from a fortnight ago. it’s such a beautiful place and so close to home, just 1 1/2 hours by ferry. we climbed mt tempest, swam in blue lake, eagles came close and taipans stayed away. ann and barry were inspirational and it was great to hang out with a bunch of photographers who would also only manage a dozen steps before they just had to take a photo.

rainbow beach

school holidays and friends invited us to stay at their ‘shack’ at rainbow beach, just 3 hours drive from brisbane. we rode a boogie board at carlo sandblow, avoided snakes on the walk to the beach, swam in the ocean, adopted a poodle (temporary), made an unreal pasta dish, enjoyed the company of children, vowed to be more passionate in life and took a few photos. home now, feeling inspired to work on bathrooms and beach houses this week

determination

I’m very excited to have been awarded 2nd place in the People category for my first venture into photographic competitions. The Redlands 14th Annual Exhibition of Photography is a national competition and I can’t wait to attend opening night to check out the other submissions.

The close up of an elite cyclist was taken in the rain at our local Mt Cotton Kermese earlier this year. It will be on show in Cleveland, with another of my photographs showing tourists admiring Gaudi’s astonishing architecture at Casa Batllo in Barcelona, and lots of other images by the talented photographers from the Redlands and beyond.

Second place allows me great room for improvement, humility and a challenge for next year!