Around the globe | Melbourne, Australia

Friend and fellow photographer, Brook James invited me over the ditch to assist in the capture of Alejandra + Felipe's wedding. After preparing for and capturing the wedding, i had a few days to explore one of the most creatively booming cities in Australia. Be it: smart / casual local dining, large scale street art, classic cars crammed in tight alleyways or art exhibitions - Melbourne satisfies and excels in all right places for the big city lovers.

Hasselblad 500c/m | Test shots

The Hasselblad 500c/m was introduced  in 1957 by Victor Hasselblad. Following the design principle of previous models, Victor made the V-series entirely modular: Not just the lenses, but also the winding crank, the viewfinder and the film magazine - all are interchangeable.

Victor put great mastery into intelligent magazine handling: the presence of a dark slide in the film magazine acts as a fail proof, preventing the shutter from being accidentally fired and also allows one to interchange magazines. Thus, if you're working with different films, and had an extra magazine handy, you could easily switch between colour film and b/w film. Genius.

Shooting film is addictive.

The tactile nature of going through the preparation, before you make a picture is the drug - wind the film, meter the light, set the aperture and shutter speed, focus through the top down viewfinder, zoom focus to make sure its laser sharp, re-meter the light and adjust if necessary, remove the dark slide, re-meter the light and adjust if necessary, and finally take the shot.

Its forces you to slow down. You have to check, re-check, and check one more time before you make the shot. Every shot is precious, because you only get 12, and yes it's hella expensive if you get it wrong.

Big love to my buddy Jared Smith who generously allowed me to have a jam on this monster and also went above and beyond to make sure i was stoked up with some 120mm film. Legend.
Frame No #. 0004 in the making | Run down town house, Cambridge
TRI-X ISO/400 f/11 1/500 
7. Oct 2014
Frame No #. 0001 in the making | Wairere Falls I, Matamata
VELVIA ISO/100 f/8 1/500
1. Nov 2014
Frame No #. 0004 in the making | Tree felling I, Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge
VELVIA ISO/100 f/3.5 1/250
2. Nov 2014
Frame No #. 0008 in the making | American Styled House, Road to Paeroa
VELVIA ISO/100 f/4 1/250
5. Nov 2014
Frame No #. 0012 in the making | Squad Formation Training, Armistice Day, Cambridge
NEOPAN ISO/100 f/5.6 1/500
8. Nov 2014
Off to Wellington to be developed by Film Soup
CONTACT SHEET 1 | TRI-X 400 BW

KODAK TRI-X Professional is the worlds best selling black and white film with an ISO speed rating of 400. In addition to being incomparably sharp and possessing a superior grain structure combined with raved about latitude (Dynamic Range), this classic black-and-white film allows for maximum push ability of E| 1600.

CONTACT SHEET 2 | NEOPAN 100 ACROS

Neopan 100 Acros is Fujifilm Professional's newest addition to its black-and-white family of films. Neopan 100 Acros is a medium speed, ultra-high-image quality black-and-white negative film and features the world's highest standard in grain quality among ISO 100 films.

Around the globe | Italy

After spending three months volunteering at a school in Spain, James (a dear friend of mine, who skipped outta NZ to move to Spain and learn the language) and I planned to conquer the entire eastern coast (1500kms) of Italy with nothing more than:

-a bed sheet stitched into the shape of a sleeping bag (James) and a towel (Victor) as bedding,
-two stock standard street bikes, and
-a few of sets of clothes.

Ill prepared - just the way we liked it. Ten days into the trip we thought to buy some bedrolls.

Averaging 100kms a day it took us no more than 15 days to make it from Monfalcone to Leuca and back up to Bari. Much to my relief I successfully dragged all my camera gear along the way, to capture some of the wonders along the way and the insanity of the bromance that ensued.
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38.8444° N, 0.1111° E

I had the marvellous opportunity to give a helping hand at Colegio Alfa y Omega in Denia, Spain. In the down time, when i wasn't teaching, sweeping or painting buildings i took to the streets of Denia to capture as much of the vibrancy of this portland city as i could before my time was up at the school. Be it: a beautiful mix of stone architecture and stunning landscapes, late night street balcony serenades, classic cars, amazing street art, float parades or abounded buildings - Denia had it all. 

Bous a la mar | Denia, Spain.

Alfonso Cruz | Underwater Oil Painter, Denia, Spain

Alfonso Cruz es un artista que se sumerge en el mar y pinta en directo escenas submarinas. Reúne dos cualidades imprescindibles: es un buceador profesional y un reconocido pintor con gran dominio de la técnica.El artista transporta hasta la orilla un lienzo normal previamente impermeabilizado con una capa de clorocaucho. Esto permite que la pintura al óleo se adhiera dentro del agua sin problema, mediante una pequeña espátula. El óleo no se disuelve, así que esa técnica no supone ningún impacto medioambiental y no provoca ninguna contaminación en el fondo marino. Hasta finales del mes de junio en CENTRE D'ART L'ESTACIÓ DE DENIA, se puede disfrutar de la exposición de las obras del artista.

Words by Agnieszka Adamczyk
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These past few days I have had the pleasure of hanging out with Alfonso Cruz. You most likely don’t know him so I’ll fill in the blanks. Back in the day he was a professional diver in the Port of Barcelona. At the same time he was engaging in some realism art. One day he decided to marry the two together - Art & Diving. Now he is recognised as one of the world’s most respected underwater oil painters. That is, all his works have been painted whilst underwater. Still confused? Check this out.
Check out a live demonstration of Alfonso making his art:
http://alfonsocruzpintor.blogspot.com.es

The Classic Collection | A lesson in free lensing

I hit the back streets of Spain / Italy with a single mission in mind: find kick-ass classic cars and master the art of free-lensing. Feat. one of Spain's first run-about cars the spacious Seat 600.

Free-lensing: The process of detaching the lens from the camera body and pivoting the lens at the lens attachment mount. The effect of this is similar to a tilt-shift lens, in that it modifies the angle at which the image is projected onto the sensor and much like a tilt-shift lens this results in a narrowed focal plane.

Set the focal length to infinity and get shooting! The technique is relatively quick to master and the remaining challenge is to remember (once you start to get good at this) that the lens is detached from the camera. Alternatively, make sure you've paid your insurance bill!

All images captured with the Sigma 35mm 1.4
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The Vitrine | Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.

The team over at The Vitrine are (European) vintage and industrial hunters. Every few months they leg it overseas (France, Czechoslovakia etc.) to hunt out the best in tables, chairs, lighting and even old school biology charts - if that's your thing. Hauling them back to NZ they scrub, restore and rewire their treasures ready for you to throw them into your creative / themed space.

Little Big Markets go online | Mt Maunganui, New Zealand.

The little big markets started out as a humble idea that grew into a huge community movement. Monthly markets hosted by locals with hand made goods / supplies by locals. Be it rescued from a thrift store or home grown in the backyard, when these markets are on you wanna be there to scoop up the treasure.

They kinda got so big they had to burst over into the digital realm and now you can keep up to date with their events and browse their local goods online. Too good!

Kylie Davis NZ high fashion knitwear | Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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