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.
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.
i spent good friday on “loose cannon”, the starter boat for the brisbane to gladstone yacht race. it was a great experience with the yachts circling us, then vying for top position before the race. great people on board too.
the gun sounded, 4 shots in total, flags were raised and the race began. we had been asked to focus on 3 multihull yachts, “attitude”, “chill pill” and “mojo” but i was taken with the trimaran “team australia” which eventually won. she is a beautiful french craft and the crew looked super efficient, with a few women among the men.
we followed the yachts out to redcliffe, where the wind picked up and then returned home, briefly entertained by an 18ft skiff race.
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!
testing my new canon eos 7D camera at wynnum this morning…sky was plain but the early light and old wading pool made for some grungy shots. the 7D is user-friendly with great features like 19 focus points and rapid-fire continuous shooting. what a great christmas present, birthday present, next christmas present…pete’s definitely raised the bar for future gifts!
it looks to be a good year for skipping girl design with a business certificate to study for, photography assignments and workshops and yet more interior design. keep those projects rolling in…