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Dive In!

I've written before about collaborations with and work I've done for my friend Leah's business The Aquarium Vintage & Costume. She's got a brick-and-mortar store on High Street in Northcote, Melbourne, as well as an Etsy Shop that I've been doing heaps of catalogue work for (and been meaning to write about... you can see some of that work here.) Recently we collaborated on a super fun project that I'm very excited to share. 

Leah approached me with some imagery ideas that she wanted to achieve for a website overhaul, involving mermaids, beach vibes and fantasy hair & makeup. In addition to being a vintage queen and fancy dress enthusiast (to put it lightly), Leah is also a FANTASTIC stylist. Her creativity, attention to detail and ability to effortlessly mix patterns, fabrics and accessories into one cohesive look is incredible to me.

Using pieces from her shop, her personal collection, and some wigs and accessories from Rose Chong Costumiers, Leah created 6 different looks that we photographed on a beach down in Sorrento, Victoria. 

Look #1: Mer-Queen


Look #2: Sequinned Siren


Look #3: Catch Of The Day


Look #4: Goldfishie


Look #5: Pretty Pirate


Look #6: Rock Lobster


Now I gotta give credit where credit is due. We had a fantastic team for this shoot, put together by the one and only Leah Brimblecombe, stylist, business owner of The Aquarium Vintage & Costume, and all-around babe.

Model: Tamzen Hayes

Makeup: Jordan Hallewell

Wig Styling: Rose Chong Costumiers

Assistants: Heidi Valkenberg & Lucy Scriven

Photography: Karin Locke 

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FoWo Fam

There is a little bar in Collingwood called Forgotten Worlds. Well, there WAS.

My friends Graeme and May opened the place in an old pawn shop three years ago after designing and building it from scratch and filling it with arcade machines. My partner Jason and I helped to build the exterior of the log cabin toilets in the courtyard right before I disappeared into central Queensland for 2 months.

It didn't take long for Forgotten Worlds to amass a loyal group of regulars and create a buzzing social hub for gamers, music nerds, artists and bar flies, who affectionately nicknamed the place "FoWo." After deciding that they'd done what they set out to do, May and Graeme sold the business in December. It is a major understatement to say that Forgotten Worlds has been a big part of my life for the past three years, and it was an honour to be able to occupy the walls for their very last art exhibition with a portrait series I'd been working on, entitled "FoWo Fam." 

Forgotten Worlds has also been a big part of the lives of each and every person I included in this series. Apart from Graeme and May, these people were strangers to me three years ago, and now I consider all of them to be my friends. 

To make this portrait series, I insisted on spending time with and photographing my subjects somewhere other than Forgotten Worlds. I knew these people from Forgotten Worlds, I saw these people almost solely at Forgotten Worlds, and I wanted to get to know all of them outside of Forgotten Worlds. Where else do they spend their time? What else do they do in their lives? 

This has all been such an experience. I found myself in places I didn’t expect, with people I knew on such a base level, learning things and growing friendships. I’m grateful to everyone who allowed me to photograph them and invade their lives, but most of all I’m grateful to Graeme and May for being the glue that holds all of us together. This portrait series really is a tribute to you two.

Click the images to enlarge.

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Food Porn

Over the past year I've been getting a bit more into food photography, which has been really cool! As someone who owns a camera, of course I've photographed food before, but this year has seen me take it on for a few clients and really get into the styling aspect of it as well.

First up: Trippy Taco. I love working for Trippy Taco. I've done some sign lettering and graphic design for them over the past couple of years (including the recent redesign of their website), and then Simon asked if I could help get some photographs of their food for social media and general promotion. I went for an overall bright, colourful feel to complement the fresh vegetarian fare that Trippy's serves up. We had a fun shoot in Simon's back yard, and I ate far too much chargrilled tofu that afternoon! 

The next photoset I'd like to share was done for my good friend Marion, whom I've written about on my blog before. She runs a catering business and mobile crêperie called Les Crepes de Marion here in Melbourne, making sweet and savoury authentic Breton crêpes and galettes at parties, markets and school fetes. Everything she does is home made, including her salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and fruit jams, so for her shoot we went with more of a rustic feel: weathered wooden tabletop, soft lighting, and subdued colours.

The most recent bit of food photography I've taken on has been a few sessions for Hammer & Tong, a modern cafe in Fitzroy who do a unique blend of Australian and Asian flavours, and really do it well. They've just released a new spring menu, and it boasts things like Breakfast Ramen and Kangaroo Bao. Every dish is so beautifully presented so it was pretty fun to shoot.

I've been really enjoying experimenting with food photography and I really hope to do a bunch more in the next year. I really love portraiture, but it's always good to go outside of your comfort zone. Once I have built up a larger volume of work, I reckon I'll put a section in my portfolio just for food.

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Jacquie for The Aquarium

It's been a while since I've done any fashion/editorial style work, and I was craving it this month. I've been shooting a lot of corporate events and keeping busy with my Awkward Portraits side project, neither of which are really all that blog-worthy (I've written about Awkward Portraits a few times in the past). But the other week I was feeling like I needed a change of pace, so I contacted my friend Leah at The Aquarium Vintage & Costume in Northcote to see if she had any items that she needed photographed for her online store. Leah hooks me up with all sorts of awesome clothing for Awkward Portraits, and even hosted us in May for a day of Awkward "Pet-raits," so I felt like giving back.

Leah told me she was looking for something "colourful and fun" so I grabbed a bag of some cute 80s apparel off her and headed home. My friend Jacquie agreed to be my model for the day, so I slapped on my 50mm and we went for a wander. Here are some of the colourful and fun snaps captured that day.

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These Vices

About a month ago I met a really rad dude - Michael Panozzo from These Vices. We were collaborating to help a mutual friend, Chuck Mayfield, make a short video clip for his latest art gallery opening on Smith St in Collingwood. I've done some videography in the past, but it had been a while and I was actually really looking forward to getting back into it. I've been putting all of my energy into Awkward Portraits recently and I was feeling like I needed a bit of a change and a creative challenge.

After shooting some footage and exchanging details, Michael asked me if I'd be keen to help him with a few more projects in the future. He put me in touch with the guys from Apparition Media, and I spent a week filming the progress of a wall mural at Melbourne Central for Vans Shoes.

Check out the videos below. All of the editing was done by Mike at These Vices, and he did a great job. Really looking forward to a few more collaborations in the future!

Huge thanks to These Vices for making this awesome video of the set up and opening night of our show. Also Karin Locke for her camera skills and Dj Sizzle for the soundtrack of the video and the exhibition opening. If you're not based in Melbourne and you were hoping to check out the art, this is for you :)Thanks to everyone for the support on this little journey. We're already moving on to our next project, we'll let you know what it is later this week! - Chuck & Júlia

Posted by Mayfield Palace on Sunday, May 31, 2015