Mandarin in my Grandmother's garden, March 2003
I have some new photos up at The Mirror Project.
Hoi An, Vietnam (LOMO LCA)
i've got a new mirror project submission.
Happy 5th Birthday Sasha!
New Mirror Shots.
i've doubled up and posted some of these mirror shots in my lomohome, but my three most recent mirror project submissions are:
If you're in Adelaide you may want to visit my friend Brian's photographic exhibition (launching this Wednesday evening).
frames and sequences
223 waymouth st
opening 25th 6pm - 8pm
26th August - 4th sept, Thurs - sat 1-5pm
email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
nemrut dagi, turkey
Insect killed by Panda the Cat. Remains arranged by Pippa.
i picked up my first roll of lomo photos today.
wow. the colours really do pop out at you with a lomo.
btw. the rest of the photos are up at my lomohome
I had an exciting day the other day.
I went to the local photographic lab to pick up three rolls of processed film, one each from my action sampler, SLR and pin hole camera.
Unfortunately a bit of masking tape on the roll from the pin hole camera got caught in the print machine and so some of my action sampler shots (and unfortunately some strangers' photos) were marked by a weird splodge.
I haven't yet decided to get anything printed from the pin hole camera as there's a lot of really blurry unknown images on the negatives.
But I did get a whole bunch of photos...
There are photos of feet with texta drawings, plants, the basket frame and the leftover legs and wings of a giant grasshopper which a cat attacked.
One day the photos will be organised into a far more splendid archive.
For exciting, grown-up, secret reasons, I can't go to the Big Day Out on Friday, but I am going to be there in spirit.
But as my spirit will not be able to provide a physical presence in front of the CAT Essential Stage at 11am when Hello Minnesota play, I'd love it if you could watch the lovely HM ladies on my behalf.
You'll have to be early though, gates open at 11am and they're due to start playing at exactly the same time, so you'll have to run, run, run (get your drink tags later, 11am is too early to start boozing) and then turn right when you get to the oval.
And if you don't know much about Hello Minnesota, why don't you grab a copy of this week's DB Magazine... Not only are Sarah, Hélène and Aliese interviewed but there are also some pretty photographs of them.
it seems that i'm suffering from bloggers' block.
i keep on starting entries, but then i realise that there's nothing much that i want to blog about, which i can blog about.
because a while back i said to myself, "pippa, do not blog about boys or jobs!"
while i am nowhere near involved in either full-time work or a relationship, i am, shall we say, hunting an Attractive Rabbit and willing myself to get a Grown Up Full-Time Job.
and you can understand that both topics are really quite preoccupying and as i don't want to write about them, i can't think of much to write.
however, here are some photos from my visit to the beach:
i've finally finished the roll of slide camera i had in my film, and i took it off to be cross-processed earlier this week.
there are some pictures from my party which i'll upload later, but here are some flowers for you to look at.
i've never cross-processed slide film before (this was in fact only the second roll of slide film i had ever used) and i've heard that the results are not guaranteed, so i was happy with the way the colours turned out.
i've just planted seedlings of zucchini, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes and basil. considering that i already have 7 tomato plants in the patch as well as assorted basil varieties sown, it's going to be salad caprese all though this summer.
i bravely emptied out my compost bin. if there's such a thing as solid slime, i've developed it! i covered the stinky anaerobic-decomposition pile with leaves and humus. if i get into gear i'll drive up to the hills for some bags of manure to add to the pile. then, in a month or so it should be suitable to turn.
i also harvested, that is, picked the current products of my garden. a very small amount of peas and beans (there were only four plants of each), most of the beetroot and the leeks.
the leeks were pretty small and the responsibility is all mine. the ground should have been looser and i should have mounded up earth around the leeks as they got older.
there will be enough baby leeks to put in the "baby" risotto i'm making tonight. i'll be adding the peas as well.
I picked up another 2 packs of mystery photos today. It turned out to be a roll of actionsampler shots and a roll of SLR photos including pictures from my party!
I've updated my lomohome with the actionsampler shots. There were pics from a band rehearsal and some photos of Aliese, Helene and Sarah from the Hello Minnesota photo shoot.
The shots from my party are also uploaded. I have such hot friends!
purple podded peas
I processed two mystery rolls of film and as I thought, they were mainly photos of plants. One roll from September and one from about June.
In a retrospective plantfest here are some photos of the purple podded pea and broad bean plants.
The other photos i've scanned are available here.
codename: the october manifesto have actually finished writing an entire song! it's a story of love gone wrong, protesting for what you believe to be right and contains what we consider to be a moderately catchy chorus.
want to hear it? you'll just have to wait until we write enough songs / learn how to play other people's and have an actual gig.
it looks like the final week of the jewellery course will be spent making earrings and pendants with the left over silver and polishing up the pieces that are complete apart from being super shiny.
i may not have been to yoga for months, but in the last couple of days i have done some serious swinging.
on saturday the weather was perfect. when i walked back from having coffee with aidan i stopped in the park and swinged and swanged and swung. i reached the conclusion that swinging was fun, but it would be better with silky smooth legs and painted toenails.
so i primped and preened and dyed my hair.
the next day when i went on the swings i took my camera and got a few photos to record the fun that is playing on swings.
earlier today i remembered the pea and bean seeds i planted a couple of weeks ago and left in one of the sheds. i'd checked on the progress about a fortnight ago but nothing had really happened.
when i checked i'd figured that the soil would have dried up and any growth would have died, but it's been so cold that there's been barely any evaporation and there were substantial seedlings. so i dug them into the ground where i was planning on building raised beds and put in some little stakes.
let's just hope that they keep on growing!
it's pretty sad when the most exciting, free, solo, saturday afternoon activity is going to the unley library and getting a card and borrowing a huge pile of books.
enjoyable, but maybe not extremely exciting.
then i went to ellie's gelati party and ate a lot of gelati, played with tim's camera and was on izone duty.
on sunday i turned up for half an hour late to have yum cha with james and karah. that was a particularly sad and pathetic effort as i'd suggested we have yumcha. and then i went up to jimmy's cafe in crafers with pete to watch melaleuca play and later on we had dinner and went to two different gatherings which weren't particularly exciting.
though one gathering was in a warehouse apartment and there was a trapeze hanging from the ceiling and a very cool high up clothes horse on a pulley arrangement.
i've always wanted to have a swing or trapeze hanging from the ceiling of my house. i have a theory that i'd suddenly be able to do amazing gymnastic feats straight away instead of hanging on and pathetically swinging back and forth.
i have a similar theory about musical instruments. at the moment i have a keyboard and guitar standing up in the corner of my living room, and i'm so completely sure that i have amazing musical talent that i never bother to practice.
I haven't had a closeup look at my hyacinths for the last couple of days, but they're all beginning to get very close to flowering, and there's the tiniest bit of hot pink petal showing on one of the plants!
My digital camera is crap so I just took a couple of hyacinth photos with my slr, but i figured, colour is good, and there's heaps of text on my page at the moment, why don't i take a digital picture of my toe socks?
I love buying socks and up until about a month ago I had nine different pairs of knee high stripey socks. That's more than there are days in the week!
that said, there are some things which i am loving doing.
of which taking photos of people and plants is currently the most successful.
i'll scan my favourite photos of hello minnesota and bad girls of the bible in a couple of weeks, but i've uploaded my favourite shots from a roll of botanical photos i've taken recently.
before i left the house to take the hello minnesota photos today i finished off the current roll of film in my camera with a number of post rain garden shots.
and then at cibo and the palace nova cinemas i used up 2 rolls of film on HM and took a bunch of digital shots. i also have finally started another roll of film in my action sampler which will hopefully work out okay (a couple of months ago i had to take the AS apart to work out why it wasn't winding on properly).
i think i'm going to have to eventually get myself a cool tripod. i borrowed brian's for some of the longer HM shots and it was super useful.
a couple of weeks ago my friend from montreal, simon, told me that he was going to send me a package. apparently, while we were in turkey he mentioned what this thing was.
and today i received the package...
a battlecat model from masters of the universe!
i now have my very own website mascot!
here's one of my favourite photos from the bad girls of the bible shoot.
i like that in australia, particularly in adelaide, there's this amazing feeling of space.
you get to see far more sky in australia cities. in europe you're continually penned in by buildings, by streets which weren't formally designed for maximum space, in winter by oppressively grey skies and pollution.
adelaide streets are a chain wide by old skool measurements. that's the length of a cricket pitch. and that's a lot of opportunity to see the sky.
there's something weird about shows at action park... well not weird exactly, just loud.
if i don't wear ear plugs i lose about 50% of my hearing within the first song of the first band.
if i do wear ear plugs, the pressure in my head seems to build up and i float off into some bizarre mental space where i'm holding controlling the fate of the world to a soundtrack provided by the band playing.
last saturday i manipulated world events for the better whilst listening to bad girls of the bible, limit of shunt, sinking citizenship and love...like electrocution. but here's a photo from a couple of weeks ago when lue, amanda and a large proportion of melbourne were in town.
thanks for the comment lue!
i'm so glad that i bought the 81A filter yesterday. the browns and blues of the boys' clothing became really rich and sarah's red hair and tshirt looked fantastic. and most importantly, the greens which have been looking so good with the kodak max film weren't compromised in any way.
there's one shot in particular which i like enough to get enlarged. BGOTB are standing on the roof of aidan and jared's studio but they are only take up about 1/10 of the photo, the rest is a huge grey and white cloud against a blue sky.
as sarah and i went into kmart to get the photos processed, i had opportunity to buy even more cheap film! ($10 for 2 x 24, 1x 36).
a while ago i was thinking about shooting and processing one roll of film a week as a way to improve my photography skills, but i didn't have any more rolls left over from my trip.
i now have 9 rolls to play around with. if i get around to putting more batteries in my pencam there'll be heaps of photos to upload.
Happy Birthday Aliese!
it must be the magic of aliese's birthday in the air which is making me have such a good day.
i slept in and didn't go to my lecture which is kinda bad, but my bed was the absolute right temperature for hanging out in.
i eventually got up and went into town to meet up with someone who isn't meant to be in adelaide. i had wonton soup (which made me feel kinda ill) and bubble tea. it rained and rained and rained and while walking to the car we went into cash converters where i bought four cds for $37. both kasey chambers albums, sound dust by stereolab and smile by the jayhawks!
after trying to push start my friend's car, we got a jumpstart and i was given a lift over to rundle street where i tried to buy an 81A filter. no luck. but at Target, there was a 15% off sale which meant that i was able to get cheap film for Bad Girls of the Bible photos.
and i visited jess at big star and was given a couple of yeah, yeah, yeahs buttons. and i picked up some stuff to make a present for aliese and then i went into james place cameras, found the filter i wanted and also found a second hand enlarger timer for $50.
i bought the filter, but i've got the timer on hold, because as soon as i get the enlarger and everything setup, then i'll need to start investing in photographic chemicals and paper. and more black and white film.
why on earth do i have to choose such expensive hobbies?
i suppose that photography is cheaper than smoking crack. or buying guitars ;)
later on it'll be dinner for aliese's birthday!
i've got presents to make...
i went to the market today and bought some urgently needed food items (onions, bread and garlic) and restocked on olives, artichoke hearts, soy and sweet chilli sauce.
i don't know why i went today, as the market isn't even open on wednesdays! luckily, there were enough stalls open for me to get everything i needed including 9c worth of broad beans for planting, and a packet of purple podded pea seeds.
growing stuff is so much fun.
a couple of my brussel sprout plants have survived despite almost being completely dessicated when i forgot to water them and they also have been eaten by cabbage grubs.
my rocket plants are growing very well and i think that i'll be eating from my own plants in about a fortnight. my spring onions are taking a long time to get big enough, but i think that i'll plant some more seeds in a day or so.
and i put the hyacinths that i bought a couple of weeks ago into jars and overnight amazing growth has happened! the tiny stems which had sprouted while i chilled them in the fridge turned green after about 6 hours of sunlight and tiny little roots burst out into the water.
my drawing class starts next tuesday, so i went to premier art supplies to buy the stuff i needed. it seems to be a much better stocked store than eckersley's. and i found that they stocked flexible medium which modifies standard acrylic paints for use as fabric paints and which can be used to make prints from photocopies.
i don't think that i could move to the northern hemisphere for any major amount of time, as i think that i'd be severely affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
the weather turned dreary on friday and i descended into a pretty dark funk. a funk which i knew i'd get out of eventually, but which i had to remain in for a while.
thank god that's over.
at least i attempted to buy my way out of minor depression. i now have a new grey jumper and two black summer tops (gloomy colours, but they look nice), a book called a year of slow food which has confirmed my desire to have a productive kitchen garden, pretty paper with which to make stuff and the new album by the jayhawks [mmm. alt country].
now that i'm feeling better i'm so excited about the stuff i wouldn't have let myself buy whilst feeling happy. and i get to sing along with the jayhawks.
the seeds which i planted the other week have started to sprout. at this stage it's a little too early to tell whether the rocket, mignonette lettuce or pak choi have won the growing race so far, but my bets are on the rocket.
the other day i threw a bit of a tantrum when i discovered that the jasmine on the fence opposite the kitchen window had been removed. i thought that the gardener had got out of control as one did in claire's garden, but i later discovered that the neighbours hadn't enjoyed having such a lovely plant crawling across their tennis court.
so today i visited the local hardwarey / garden store and bought a new jasmine, a beautiful smelling snail creeper and a punnet of brussel sprouts. i'm going to plant the snail creeper right near by bedroom window so that i'll have super lovely smelling sleeps next summer, and the brussel sprouts are my foray into winter vegetable gardening.
i don't really like brussel sprouts that much, so i figure that i might eat them more willingly if i've grown them. hopefully my family and friends will appreciate little green sprouty balls of fun, as i'm sure i'm going to get sick of eating them.
but i got motivated in the gardening store... maybe i could plant beans and peas and baby beets! broccoli, carrots and cabbage! i think i'll hold off purchasing store bought seeds as i'm still intending to join the digger's seed club which gives you access to many different heirloom vegetable varieties.
gardening stores are a little like craft, art supply, hardware, $2 variety, music and wine shops. i walk in intending to purchase one item and i come out with about 7 extra things! managing to leave with only three individual plant purchases instead of just one is what i call a successful shopping trip.
but i didn't do to well on the music front today. i've managed to resist buying any new cds and hardly anything second hand since i come back to adelaide, and i definitely didn't intend to buy anything when i followed nick on his hunt for the blue monday 12". uh oh. two secondhand records for $18, maybe a little too much for an impulse buy, but i couldn't resist laurie anderson's big science and paul kelly's post in good condition.
my new scarf is finished. it's a little too wide and a little too short to be the ultimate scarf. but it is very red and fluffy!
Snail Creeper - Phaseolus caracalla
a vigorous climber with slender, wiry stems.
leaves resemble those of a bean while the unusual flowers resemble those of distorted sweet pea.
some of the petals are spirally twisted and resemble a snail shell.
Nicole had a fairly good response to the unasked question of the Oscars:
(People ask) Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil? Because art is important and because you believe in what you do and you want to honour that
to which i add
contemporary cultures examine themselves through their arts, much as traditional societies do via the experience of ritual. ritual and the arts offer a metalanguage, a way of understanding who and what we are, how values and attitudes are adjusted, how meaning shifts. (Hirsch, Paul M & Newcomb, H 2000, ‘Television as cultural form’ in Television: The critical view, ed. H Newcomb, Oxford University Press, Oxford)
photos from l'il bro alex's birthday dinner
why on earth isn't there more time available in my schedule for me to be able to act the gracious hostess? and why aren't my friends and i all living glorious lives free of work and study commitments, free to chill whenever we want? night and day!
that said, pete k was free to hang out with me on saturday night (we made pizza and went to josh's girlfriend's 21st) and on sunday (free tickets to moby). it might seem to be a concentrated amount of pete, but he is making the "traditional" adelaide young person's move to melbourne in a fortnight.
and chris came along this morning for another day of pizza creation. late morning entertaining is so much fun on my porch, the sun shines in so you get warmed just the right amount.
photos from amanda's weeklong return to adelaide.
on monday i went to dinner with my family for my little brother's 14th birthday. by the end of the dinner i felt only about 15 myself,as it was revealed to me by an old friend who worked at the cafe,that her brother (who i used to have a crush on) also worked there.
my family did their best to make me embarrassed. oh yeah. so much fun.
i've been in a couple of tizzy like moods the last couple of days, and i've placed bits of paper and piles of clothes and teacups all over my house. finally a day when i can bit by bit put everything back into order. clean clothes into my chest of drawers, dishes washed and put away, kitchen cupboards tidied, desk mess ordered, lecture notes in folders, cds back in their cases.
but it's such a beautiful day! i want to go outside!
photos from the picnic and sonja at her party
i've been invited to a picnic... and to a librarian themed party. and i need to get petrol...
so, i'm going to quickly make some hummus, dress up in librarianish clothing, get in my car, buy 5 dollars of petrol, go to the picnic, potentially find someone to take to the party with me and then head off to sonja's.
It's a library party. So dress appropriately. In the library, chaos becomes order. But at the end of the day, when the reserve collection sits safely on its shelves, anything could happen. Who knows what goes on in the library after dark? Expect to be catalogued. Expect to be stamped, Expect to be sssshh-ed.
BYO alcohol. We'll catalogue it into alphabetical and chronological order.
pippa wears her new brown boots, cargo pants from germany, an avalanches tshirt and a top karah gave her.
4 hours of tutoring, and then i went into town, bought the camera, a pair of $50 suede boots from target, new yoga leggings, food...
i had a nap and then went to yoga where i'm beggining to make some breakthroughs. chataranga's coming on well, but halfdog handstand practice with my feet on the wall is still a little scary.
and after yoga, karen and karah came over to have curry. i'm still not that good at cooking rice, but after years of relying on a rice cooker, i avoid having to properly cook rice myself.
uni, the market, another huge nap, thai soup, tv. a potentially boring day. but i have a digital camera!
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[plants may 2003]
[processed october '03]
[road trip 2004]
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