A Silent Surf

Inspiration
T

he scene was set one fine Sunday in April.

A quiet beach, the sea breeze and morning swells, the night sky, the crisp morning. Fingers clicked, moments were taken and smiles of acknowledgment passed between friends.

We spent a quarter of the day at the winsome Whale Beach two weekends ago but it sure felt like forever.

This was one day trip to remember.

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Festival Magic

Inspiration, Music, The Travel Bug
This is a personal account of my experience at Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in Byron Bay, Australia.

It’s been over a month since the festival rocked my foundations and gave my soul a musical awakening. Now is as good a time as any to diarise the events.

I went to Splendour with my work bumchum KC. It’s fair enough to say that he is not as big a music groupie as I am, but he is big on trying new things and exploring Byron — and that’s the kind of spirit that makes for a great partner on a weekend like this.

Let me begin.

One of the most challenging questions I have received from a newbie of an Instagram group that I ran was “I want to take good pictures. Can you show me what to do?” Now I am an iPhone only happy-snapper so I was quite flattered that this person even asked.

I answered her question by rabbiting on about focusing and to keep things simple, being conscious about light, the rule of thirds, contrast, blah blah blah. I lost her after a minute, so I had to take a step back and say “what about I write a post about it and share it with you.

This is not a technical article on photography. As I said I am an iPhone guy.

I can best describe myself as someone who likes taking moments because frankly, that’s what you do with your phone. I generally focus on capturing culture — walls, beaches, people etc. The best photos I take are usually random and as such, I like storing that moment as it is with very little post-processing.

What I’m not at ‘the moment’ (pardon the pun) is a heavy camera with equipment guy that goes to a location and waits for a specific moment to come to him. I run into moments, I don’t set-up shop and wait around for them.

And it goes without saying that I don’t do client work and I also don’t take photos with intent of having them framed in the back of my mind (but I’d be more than happy to frame shots if the photo ends up that way).

So let me start with what catches me as a photographer.

Arts, Inspiration

5 Minutes With Adrian From Shutteraid

Inspiration
We’re back again with our series on the people behind the Collective Network.
This time around, we’re digging up a little more of Aid from ShutterAid as he walks us through his story in brief; his rock star upbringing, to his love of photography, right down to his prediction for himself.
Let’s hear it from this one talented dude.

What are the earliest memories you had as a child?

Hmm this is a tough one, as my memory isn’t the great at the best of times but I’d have to say my earliest childhood memory would be when I ran out into the middle of the stage at one of my old man’s band gigs and started rocking out with my little ukulele much to his and the band’s surprise.

I’m told though the crowd loved it haha!

5 Minutes with Carol from Mimpy and Co.

Designs, Inspiration

This will be the first in a series of interviews that drills into the people behind the Collective Network.

In our first edition of “5 minutes with..” we catch-up with Carol, our resident graphic designer from Mimpy and Co. In our 5 minutes, we get to know more about Carol’s past, her present and her prediction for tomorrow!

Let’s hear it from the lovely Carol.


What are the earliest memories you had as a child?

Mmm, one memory that comes to mind was when my foot got stuck while climbing a tree. Of course, I started freaking out and my parents ended up having to call the fire department to come down and cut the branch to free me. I swore to never climb a tree again haha.

Oh haha. Hella funny. Sorry to hear that!
So, is one of your parents a designer? Or did you have a close family member that introduced you to designing?

Carol

Neither of my parents is into design and no one in my family is within the creative line of work.

But my mother was always a fashionista, I think her sense of fashion and style had an influence on my creative side. My father is a headstrong man who served over 20 years in the military. So looks like I’m the only one in my family within the design industry.