24 Hour Project

man walking dog in silhouette

What: Photograph ‘the human condition’ and post 1 photo per hour for each of the 24hours of 1 April 2017.

Who: 3,940 photographers from 840 cities in 112 countries

Why: The @24HourProject partners with NGOs to raise awareness, empower initiatives and make a difference.

This year’s NGO was Pikpa: a self-organised and autonomous space built on the principle of solidarity and in response to the refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos.

When I first heard about the project I thought it sounded pretty cool and I jumped at the chance to explore Brisbane after dark. Jon was keen too so we drafted up a timetable of interesting local events and locations mapping out our journey.
What I didn’t consider was a) staying awake and coherent and b) maintaining creativity, motivation and tuning in to documenting interesting images for the full 24hours. The hours from 10am til 12 were hard (grumpy) but we did have a little nap from 12 til 2pm. By 11.30pm we had lost our creative mojo and headed back to the bar where we had started the project to rest our weary bones, photograph the happy inhabitants and wait til midnight for a celebratory drink or two (ok, so we didn’t wait and we had more than two!)

At 5.30am we met up with the Instagrammers of Brisbane group who were also participating. We bought along our coffee to the Brisbane sign at Southbank and had our group photo taken by a drone!

All in all, it was a great experience. We had so many laughs together, met really interesting people, shared stories and made our own story of beautiful Brisbane.

Here are my final 24 photos. All taken on my Fuji XT10 with 35mm (50mm equivalent) f1.4 lens and uploaded in real time to my Instagram via my iPhone.

Jose Gonzalez plays the Tivoli, Brisbane

Jose Gonzalez performing at the Tivoli, Brisbane

Last night I saw Jose Gonzalez at The Tivoli in Brisbane. My most favouritest venue ever. It’s always such a friendly crowd, staff are awesome and always a phenomenal line up.

This might have been the most moving, soul-restoring concert I have ever attended. Just beautiful. Have a listen here  ‘Tiny Ruins’ was the support act and she was wonderful too.

Had my trusty Fuji XT-10 on hand so was able to capture the ethereal stage and lighting set up. This camera is so fantastic! The image below was shot from ‘way up the back’, hand held above the crowd. Not super sharp – this is a crop from a 5omm lens – I only took 2 shots because I was so in the moment with the music! Can you feel the ambience?

Jose Gonzalez performing at the Tivoli, Brisbane

Photo a Day – November

The list for November is a long list of emotions. I thought I would embark on a self portrait challenge for these. Confronting for a wall flower such as me!  Here’s the list and I will add my daily shot as I go along.

If you’d like to join in, please come over to the Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1kldc0K