Sydney Film Photo Diary

Bronte Beach
Remember when I went to Sydney earlier in the year? Yeah, well I finally got the roll of film I took down developed. Some six months later. This is turning into a real bad habit of mine. This was the first time I’d ever used Lomography film and while I was initially underwhelmed with the results, they’ve slowly but surely grown on me. I didn’t take as many photos as I thought I had (isn’t that always the case with film photos?) and the ones I did take were pretty typically ‘Sydney’. Anyway, scroll down for photos of Bondi, The Grounds of Alexandria, the Opera House, and a bit of a light installation.

Hi From Bondi
Bondi Beach
BONDI TO BRONTE – A trip to Sydney isn’t complete without making your way to iconic Bondi beach. My friends and I started our weekend doing all of the Bondi things – the Bondi to Bronte walk (well, technically it was Bronte to Bondi), brunch at Bondi Wholefoods, and then a stroll through the Bondi markets. So. Much. Bondi. Spending a morning in activewear doing brunch things and market things is something that I’ve NEVER done back home but felt it was decidedly appropriate for Bondi.



The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria
THE GROUNDS OF ALEXANDRIA – This place is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Australia. For real. It’s no surprise though because this place is chock full of eye/Instagram candy. We made the rookie error of turning up mid-morning on a Sunday (hungover, no less) and by this time it was VERY busy and we were left waiting an hour and a half for a table at the cafe. So by the time we were seated we had to order off the lunch menu which was a bit of a blow to us breakfast lovers. There’s plenty to do while you’re waiting though and there are food vendors and seating scattered throughout the grounds so it’s easy enough to grab a coffee and a quick bite if that’s all you’re after. My tip to avoid crowds: come early or come on a weekday.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
CIRCULAR QUAY – The last time I had been in Sydney was as a child so I don’t *really* have any memories of seeing the Harbour Bridge or Opera House. So one afternoon I headed down to Circular Quay to take in all the touristy vibes and squeeze in a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art because I am a gallery junkie.


Finders Keepers Film Photos

Finders Keepers Markets

I’ve had a few rolls of film just sitting around for the past couple of months so thought it was about time to get them developed. These photos are from assorted Finders Keepers markets in Brisbane and are probably a year or two old. I used to love taking film photos but these days getting them developed, especially the cost of doing so, can be such a pain (FYI I got my negatives developed by Camera House for $7.50 per roll and then scanned them myself). I was really looking forward to getting these photos back but ended up being a bit underwhelmed with them. I wouldn’t normally edit film photos but ended up auto correcting the colour of these in Photoshop because they came back with this red tinge that I didn’t really like. I’m not sure if that was from the film, my camera, how they were developed, or my scanner but I guess that’s the unexpected nature of film photography.

Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets

film photos: prehistoric/futuristic

Urban Dino
Shapes on Shapes on Shapes
Ok, so the first photo may not date back to the prehistoric ages, but it sure does feel like it. I’ve had a roll of film sitting in my Holga camera for over a year and only just got around to finishing it the other week. It had reached the point where I’d forgotten what I’d shot so there was a bit of mystery surrounding it. Most of the roll was of friends and parties but there were a few random shots thrown in as well. Bris-pals may recognise the dinosaur from the museum (childhood throwback, anyone?) and the sculpture from being outside the state library. I must have snapped them while walking around the cultural precinct one day.

film photos: future music festival

DFA Stage @ Future Music Festival
Friendly Fires @ Future Music Festival
New Order @ Future Music Festival
New Order @ Future Music Festival
In my last post I mentioned going to Future Music Festival over the weekend. Like always, I took a film camera along for the ride. It’s not a festival I would usually go to and I wasn’t really interested until the second lineup was realeased with New Order and Friendly Fires on it. Luckily, I managed to score tickets through a Sportsgirl competition. Highlights of the festival were definitely Friendly Fires and New Order, as well as the free Cornetto ice creams that were being handed out (ice cream will always save the day). I also got to see a bit of Hercules & Love Affair, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, and The Wombats. Lowlights mainly had to do with the un-chill vibe of the crowds and the shocking traffic situation afterwards. My friend and I eventually managed to hail a taxi away from the festival site but others weren’t so lucky. I probably wouldn’t attend this festival again, but am so happy that I had the chance to finally see Friendly Fires (lots of missed connections in the past) and witness a seminal band like New Order perform.
1. Saw Hercules & Love Affair at the DFA stage. The Smirnoff sign kind of kills this photo for me.
2. Friendly Fires. Every time I listen to their songs now I have the urge to dance like Ed.
3. Lights at New Order. I really like how this turned out even though it’s not of anything in particular.
4. NEW ORDER.

I posted more photos to Flickr but to be honest, I didn’t get many good shots.

st jerome’s laneway festival 2012

Moves like Jonny
The Drums
M83
Cults
Toro Y Moi

These are a few shots from Laneway Festival on Saturday. Because of the rain, all the stages were moved undercover. This was a blessing (we didn’t get wet) and a curse (harder to get good photos). Due to it being such a good lineup, there were bound to be more than a few timetable clashes. I ended up seeing Yuck, Austra, Active Child, Cults, Feist, the end of Toro Y Moi, The Drums, and M83. Unfortunately I missed out on Girls, The Horrors, Washed Out, and SBTRKT. However, it turned out that I could have seen Washed Out since M83 started their set 45 minutes late due to ‘technical difficulties‘. They then had to finish their set early to appease council noise restrictions. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, M83 still managed to put on a solid performance. It was, however, such a disappointing end to what would have otherwise been a pretty epic day.
1 & 2: The Drums. My highlight, always a good show, still waiting to hear ‘Saddest Summer‘ live.
3: M83. The bassist is my new hero, that kid has moves!
4: Cults
5: Toro Y Moi
P.S. You can see a few more photos from the day over on my Flickr.
P.P.S. Big ups to blog reader Eva (I think that was your name, sorry if it’s not!) for saying hi.
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