A Little Creative Push…

As a teacher of photography, I can sometimes be so focused on nurturing my students creativity that I often forget about stretching my own creative muscles. I have really been making an effort this last week or so by entering some photographic competitions and also spending a day at The Baldessin Press studio in St Andrews (thanks Silvi Glattauer!). I have a few ideas brewing in my mind for a series but feel like I need a little extra encouragement to get going. Luckily I have some amazing people around me that have given me a much needed but gentle prod in the right direction. The wonderful Deb Dorman has created a group meet-up for creatives so that we can support and encourage one another but also be accountable in moving forward.  She has also come up with some monthly challenges, of the creative kind, to help us get those muscles back into shape. I really need to just get shooting again, simple as that!

There are so many opportunities to enter photography competitions at the moment, which is great. I have just been re-editing an old image (below) for one of these comps where the image must provoke, arouse or challenge the viewer. It is a very confronting image that I hope will provoke some conversation around the issues of domestic abuse.

On a creative note…It is amazing how differently I have edited the image this time. Shows I have come a long way in the last few years.


‘smile’…vistors to St Andrews Market

Some of the many happy visitors to St Andrews Market…


I am seriously getting itchy feet, the creative kind! I am almost ready to get started on my next conceptual project, but, until then, I have to make do with playing around with some old images. I have used VSCO on these ones….just for something different.


Winter in St Andrews…


Winter, my favourite time of the year. A time to really enjoy catching up with all the locals that come to the market week in and week out. Jo and I spend a good 4 hours here each week…..it nourishes the soul and keeps us connected to the small rural community that we live in. Market time is our time. No husbands, no kids, no thinking about anything else except relaxing. Absolute bliss!

Here are a few of my favourite stalls that are part of my weekly ritual ‘market time’. First up, my veggie shopping. Then up the hill a bit for breakfast at the Thai stall (the best satay sauce in the southern hemisphere!) The penultimate destination is the Chai Tent with a hot, spicy cup of Chai from Robbie. Lots of time spent here for talking, laughing and watching the world go by.


The laudanum Project

(…and here is my full group photo of the Laudanums)


The Laudanum Project would like to introduce you to Sandrine Moreaux. Sandrine is not like other girls. She is complicated. Very complicated. In the year of 1920 Sandrine arrived on the streets of Paris searching for the divine temple of her obsessions – the infamous Théâtre Du Grand Guignol. What she found therein was a terrifying reflection of her own yearnings and dreams that rendered her transformed, reborn but above all beautiful, so very beautiful.

The Grand Guignol Automaton is coming to the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival this September.



Time to introduce the whole family

Straight from the infamous Museum Of Mankind, it’s the traveller, the collector, the bon vivant. It’s Alphonse Cheese-Probert!

Alphonse Cheese-Probert

Ladies and Gentlemen, We are very, VERY proud to present to you an all new member of the Laudanum Project family. Please put your hands together for the prettiest of them all, Shiny Helen!

Shiny Helen

Without going into too much detail, there were accusations, games of hide and seek and several dead husbands who were all discovered with traces of succinylcholine in their systems. Please welcome back the innocent and the utterly not guilty, Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny

Lady Saphronia Lick-Penny

With a winning smile and a collection of dead things that would make Mummy proud, it’s our very own boy in the attic, Barnabas Oral!

Barnabas Oral


Ellen B&W3

Some older photos with a different treatment. You can see more at:


Ah, Lady Lick-Penny…

In the words of the Laudanums…

“Without going into too much detail, there were accusations, games of hide and seek and several dead husbands who were all discovered with traces of succinylcholine in their systems. Please welcome back the innocent and the utterly not guilty, Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny!”



Shiny Helen…

You are about to be bombarded with a series of images from the Masters of Freak!! I did a photoshoot with the seriously twisted Laudanum Project a few weeks ago and it was a fun filled evening of hilarity and horror in equal measure. The Laudanums are a performance group from Melbourne and are about to embark on a new show that will premiere at the 2014 Fringe Festival. There will be more images coming…..but for now, I introduce you to Shiny Helen!   http://www.thelaudanumproject.net/

Honey Honey…

Another trip out in the country but this time I didn’t have to travel too far. Frank, from Heidi Honey, only lives 2 minutes away in my home town of Hurstbridge. I got to experience the bee hives close up (without protective gear….brave or stupid, not sure!) and learn a bit more about his organic honey production. He sells the honey with his wife and kids at St Andrews Market and also brews a mean chai at his stall! These images will feature in our St Andrews Market book along with the other local producers.