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Hello.

Many of you know anyway, but some may have noticed from the instagram feed on the right hand side of this page that our life has now changed pretty dramatically. Our little girl was born 8 weeks ago, and we are only just now starting to find time again for walks, gallery visits and photography once more.

I’m not planning to turn this into a baby-photograph site but thought I should separate our old life from the new with at least a couple of pictures. She’s a gorgeous little thing; a very good girl (most of the time) and we were able to get out and about yesterday…

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England

Supermoon

I didn’t think I’d get to see the moon last night, on a night when everyone was talking about it, because of the weather. I didn’t get the full effect of the supermoon as it was almost midnight when the cloud thinned enough for me to see it and by that time it was high in the sky. The clouds were moving so fast across the sky but I got a gap of around 15 minutes to see and photograph the moon so clambered up onto the roof with my tripod.

For a first attempt at shooting the moon, I’m reasonably pleased but I really want to have a second go, to try to get sharper images. I think maybe my central London location is not good, there is a lot of light-pollution here. And I also want to understand stacking my photos to layer up several shots and combine them into one, detailed image. Did anyone else see the moon last night…?

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The Grower

Yesterday morning we dropped into London Bridge’s Borough Market to pick up a few things for the weekend. The market has been gradually expanding into new areas as the local phase of the Crossrail project nears completion. It’s become such a beautiful market, each stall now finally has the space to display their products without compromise. While Borough Market has become quite touristy and, some say, overpriced over the years, it’s still one of the most enjoyable food markets in London.

We ate delicious garlic prawn wraps from Appleby’s fish restaurant and filled our bag with Chorizo sausage, strawberries, raspberries and avocados. My own favourite purchase was refillable bottles of red from Borough Wines. They have a fantastic concept where you buy the empty bottle for £2.50 and fill or refill it yourself for £5 a time. I’m no expert, but this wine tastes far better than anything I buy at Sainsbury’s for the same price; so fresh and so fruity, it’s like blackcurrant jam! Borough Market is full of people passionate about a specialist niche of produce. Fitz for example is where you can find the most incredible French pate and terrines from France but actually Noel Fitzjohn himself makes the most beautiful mustards. And if the season is right I can definitely recommend his beautiful, fresh homegrown horseradish sauce.

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Music, Travel

Grumpy’s

Just as I was thinking to go and pick up my bag from the hotel then head back to the airport, I walked past a small bar and the crisp sound of jazz trumpet filled my ears. Peering through the grimy glass, I realised that it was a live performance of My Favourite Things and couldn’t resist a look inside. On this damp Saturday afternoon, the bar was half full, with people of all ages soaking up a live session from what I think must have been the regular session band, Virus Quintet.

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to stay and listen for the rest of the night but London was calling, and I had to leave Melbourne. These are my last few pictures from Australia, I can’t wait to go back. Scroll down through the pictures and listen to ‘The Mooche’, it should give you an idea of why it was so hard to leave Grumpy’s that afternoon.

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Art / Design, Travel

Melbourne Street Canvas

There are endless endless websites, tumblr pages and blogs these days to get your ‘design inspiration’ but nothing can beat travel to refresh, recharge and to spark creative ideas when working on new design projects. I have held back sharing these particular photographs until now because this is the set that feels like it might be the starting point for the work we’ll start shortly for our new client in Australia.

You may look at these and just see battered cars and vandalised walls; so do I. But I also see a rich warm colour palette; colours I never thought of combining before. I see a variety and balance of textures and materials, I see geometry and pattern, Australian humour, I can see the beginnings of something unique. These images are the seeds that will hopefully grow into a plant that I never knew existed. When I look at these, I can’t wait to make the first mark on that blank canvas…

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Assumption

Before we arrived in Australia, we asked one of our contacts: where should we eat, where are the cool / quirky and interesting shops, where can we see a little street art? The normal questions. I must admit that because of the volume and quality of street art to be found in London, I hadn’t expected to see much interesting graffiti in Melbourne, but now I really do feel so stupid about that particular presumption…

From the relatively average, typical scrawl I saw in the city-centre lanes, I thought I had judged correctly. But the more I walked, and the closer I got to the Brunswick/Fitzroy districts in the north-west of the city, the more excited I became and the more photos I took. The volume was overwhelming so much so that even my eyes got almost tired of looking at the creative, colourful walls. Here’s a pick of the highlights that I managed to see in the few hours I had.

(And if any of you can fill me in on the names of some of the artists, please comment below.)

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