Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Fat And The Furious

This week the Brashness and I travelled to Brisbane for a night to see our favourite comedian Gabriel Iglesias, also known as Fluffy Guy. Normally we'd both break out the cameras and smoke them up around the streets but I'd had a big week of shooting already and I felt like putting my Nikon away and just enjoying some time off. So I took a few shots, faded, and let Danny carry the load for me.

You know we didn't even look at what building this was on. Not a government
one I'd say.
Sandstone aberrations.
Step on a crack...
Sneaking a break in a back alley in Hershel Street.
We'd also both had a big week with some serious family issues sapping us and to say we have been looking forward to a break is an understatement! So Brash took one for the team and shot the majority of the images for the blog today, and he didn't disappoint. Here's a small selection from both of us appropriately watermarked.

The obligatory portraits  in the lovely soft afternoon light.
For this one I turned Brash back into the sun to light him up.
As always after we checked into our hotel we set off into the afternoon to do some street photography. It was the second last day of the Brisbane Festival; we expected some additional interesting sights and were well rewarded.

This poor fellow was still here way after midnight after
we came out of our show.
Wait... what?
It was after this abomination that I stopped shooting.
Too many mirrors, too much and it hurt my brain.. this
shot by Danny. We think it was an Audi display. Maybe.
I think this is a fixture but it fit right in with the weirdness in the mall.
A detail from the mirrored Audi strangeness above.
As mentioned I lasted 16 shots and I was done, but Danny was just getting up a head of steam.

The last day of the Brisbane Festival.

It was an afternoon of illusions, in more ways than one.

We stumbled upon this fellow doing card and balloon tricks in Queen Street Mall.

As it was a holiday we celebrated with a gigantic gelati each from Gelatissimo in Albert Street.

No one is safe from Danny and his Nikon.
Especially not me. Burnt caramel and... I forget.
This girl was not eating gelati. I doubt she ever eats gelati.
After our gelati-feast and a small rest in our hotel room we ventured out again to walk over to Southbank and catch the sunset before our show. 

It was obvious that the Brisbane Festival was winding down but we still found some interesting moments to capture. This strange construction was a visual art interactive piece called Exxopolis.

Details from Exxopolis at the Brisbane Festival

I'm reliably informed by Danny that spiegel means mirror.

I'm not sure this is the right way up but it works.
Just before the show we ventured into the newly opened Guzman Y Gomez, Mexican style food and dining in Grey Street. Very yummy food if it was a bit dear. Made me pine for Chipotle's in the US. Then we had more ice cream. No, really.

Frozen goodies at Guzman and Gomez in Grey Street.
Fantastic Mexican food but really, NINE DOLLARS
for a frozen margarita this small was a bit rich. 
On a final note, I have to give a big shout out to Gabriel Iglesias for simply being the funniest comedian on the planet. We had the opportunity to do a meet and greet after the show which was a fantastic end to our terrific break. 

Thanks Fluffy! Image by Anthony Nunez Photography
Now back into it tomorrow for me with a political luncheon to shoot - lots of grip and grins! Thanks Brash/Danny for being our guest shooter this week!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Out In The Midday Sun

Today was a special bloggers' day out readers. Yours truly, my other half Danny and The Boy met Stu from Stu At The Zoo and Pamela from Text To Me down at Currumbin Beach for the Swell Sculpture Festival
In case you forgot where you were.
'Animals With Attitude', artist Scott Maxwell, image by Danny.
'Erebus', artist Glen Star.
We didn't anticipate the enormous crowd and by the time we found a car park we were ready for coffee and a break. By the time we got down to the beach to look at the displays it was already 11 am and the sun was beginning to bite. Summer is definitely almost upon us.
Artist unknown. This tiny raft is what all these people are looking at.
'Floating In The Light', David Ardley.

Detail, 'Bridge', artist Jack Quilter.
'Device Tethering', artist David McGuinness.
A funny thing happens when you put really interesting sculptures outside in public areas and don't fence them off. People want to, and will, touch them. 
Artist unknown.
Sea Pod, artist Jack Poulsen.

Artist unknown.
This was of course exacerbated here by the presence of a hulking great sign in front of each work barking out PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH and PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON THE SCULPTURES in 6 inch high letters. Now, of course, everyone HAS to touch them, and climb on them, and generally interact with them in every way possible. I felt like wiping each one down with a baby wipe (and god knows I had plenty with me) before I looked at it. It would have been better just to put signs on them all saying 'do whatever the hell you like because you're going to regardless'. There, I fixed it for you.

Of course the attending public turned out to be far more interesting than the artworks so I mostly shot them, and of course, Boy. Much fun was had by all. If any of the artists of these works are looking at these shots no one at all touched any of them I SWEAR :p
Boy had to touch absolutely bloody everything.
Some of them he even poked with sticks.
Artist unknown.
On the boardwalk with Grandad.
Even the locals were getting in on the fun.
'Throne of Games', artist Scott Maxwell. While I was taking
this a small child ran up to the throne screaming 'it's a
TOILET!!'. At this point I stopped shooting.
Detail from 'Throne of Games'.
Detail from 'Sea Pod'.
Miller prepares to wreak havoc with his stick.
'The Studio', artist Carly Scoufos.
Detail from 'The Studio'.
Artist unknown. This was an incredibly popular exhibit - these structures
spun like tops and had holes to peep inside them.

Live life love life and buy bags with captions.
'Sun Spirit', artist Frank Miles 2006, a fixture on the shoreline.

'Wolf', artist Ivan Lovatt. Seemingly made of chicken wire
kids (and adults) couldn't keep their hands off it.
You are gonna lose mate.
This woman was trying to pose her dog with 'Wolf'
and the dog wouldn't have a bar of it.
Ah, yarn bombing. It's art you know.
All a bit much for these punters.
'Sea Ball', artist John Wilson.
Detail, 'Sea Ball'.
'Sweaty Grumpy Tired Grandad', by artist Miller Connolly.
An interactive piece demonstrated here by the artist.
Dance like no one's watching. But they ARE!
Artist unknown, image by Danny.
'Octopus Attacks', artist Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas, installed on
the top of Elephant Rock to great effect, image by Danny.
Artist Miller Connolly calls this interactive piece
'Cranky Nanna With Squint and Sunburn', a work in progress.
Goodness knows how Danny found this piece of beach with no one on it.
I'd like to go there. NOW.