Sunday, October 31, 2010

HALLOWEEN 2010

Costumes

Dancing


Polaroids

Friday, October 29, 2010

Paul Weller

Paul Weller from The Jam and The Style Council has three sold out concerts in Auckland this weekend...because of this, I was told by the concert promoter that I would be in to photograph for three songs and then out on the street.
This was a completely different atmosphere than Leonard the night before...Weller came on unexpectedly early so I was rushed through the packed crowd at the Powerstation to the front of the stage.

It was freakin' loud, the floor was shaking like crazy and the audience was going nuts (they were also very drunk.) Best of all, I end up being able to stay! I found a wee cozzie in the corner and had a sweet view by standing on a couch.

I'm glad to have seen these songs live:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Leonard Cohen

On Wednesday, I found out that I would be taking pictures of the Leonard Cohen concert the next day at the Vector Arena. I was given a very scary looking contract that informed me that I could only take pictures during the first song, no flash and no publishing other than the issue of the publication it was intended for (in my case, The Groove Guide.)

When I rocked up to the venue, I was told that I was the only photographer and was escorted right to the front of the stage and with about 10,000 people behind me, I got to snap my little heart out of the silverest of all silver foxes in the universe. Oh my, when he fell to his knees to sing about a metre in front of me, I almost wet my pants with happiness.

After I handed over my camera, I was very kindly seated in fifth row centre to be entertained over four hours of stunning music. Leonard Cohen was captivating and absolutely gracious towards his amazing band and his audience. He took his hat off to listen to the solos and to bow and the end of each song.

It was such an incredible night!

An image I took is on the Real Groove website.

A Walk Through the Land of Miracles



I met a man called Simon Winchester at the bookstore recently while his was on a book promotion tour. Somehow we got chatting about Korea and he told me about how not only he walked up South Korea in the 1980's but he wrote a book about it.
I promptly ordered and read the book:



Simon walked from Jeju to the DMZ - following a route that a group of Dutch sailors walked in 1633. I am currently in the very beginning stages of also walking this route in June next year, with the lovely Kerri Strothard.

I have been itching to travel again and find it hard to decide whether to discover new countries or go back to places I love. But I think that I should go back to visiting Korea while I still have my lovely friends that live there and that it will still be how I remember it.

Want to join us for a leg of the journey?

P.S. Kerri has just returned to wonderful Korea and is making some sweet as youtube videos - they're so cute.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Goodbye Groove

Tono and I happily skipped around one Friday taking pictures of Anna Coddington and Don Maglashan for Tono’s article on New Zealand accents in singing to go in the November issue of “Real Groove.” Literally the moment we finished and arrived home we found out that Real Groove magazine had folded and the last issue would be October.

Big fat rats!

However, the photo shoots were way fun and we still have two more people to photograph. We asked them to sing “If it weren’t for your gumboots.” Tono is going to try and get the article published somewhere else – I think it will be well worth reading!

Here are the first two pictures anyway...


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumn Splendour

This is the band Autumn Splendour, Ryan has recently joined so we decided to take some celebratory portraits.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dictaphone Blues

I have recently had a few photo shoots with the band Dictaphone Blues. We climbed up ladders at “The Lab” recording studio to get this awesome wallpaper:

And here is a shot that is being used on the cover of their new 7” vinyl release:

And here is a song that I like by them:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Moving.

I have recently moved house and it is AMAZING.

If you did not know already, the beginning of my flatting life in Auckland was marred by a rather large World of Warcrafter flatmate who only left his lazy boy to go to drive through Wendy’s.

I now live halfway down Dominion Road (just like the song.)

Some awesome things about my flat are:

This is our doorbell:

Fruit Trees (grapefruit and lemon):

Two spare rooms (i.e. please come and visit and sleep here.)

A mere bike ride to work (7 minutes there, 3 minutes back.)