rachel + alec

These two beautiful humans agreed to let me follow them around some Fitzroy neighbourhood streets after sharing pizza and beers at our local, Lazerpig, the other evening. This girl is one of my favourite people in the whole world. And seeing your best friend light up when she looks at the love of her life is just the best.

I'm so grateful for these guys in my life. For the random dropin's and sharing a cup of tea and some freshly baked bread, or the curry / kombucha exchanges. Finally living so close to each other makes it possible to all support each other in our busy lives, working towards some big goals, and that is truly one of my favourite things in life. 

Thanks for the ever good times, you two. X

Mini Break on the Great Ocean Road

Our mini break down the coast turned into a mini-mini break when the wind swept in with a force that even our brand new dome tent just could not handle. Anyone have tips for a light-weight, low tent that is quick and easy to set up?

This being said, it's incredible what even a couple of days away from the city and screens and responsibilities does. We both admitted to feeling relieved to see the skyline get smaller behind us and  waking up in fresh air from birds chirping and trees as big as giants swaying and shaking their leaves loudly in the ocean breeze. So, we made a promise to put together a last-minute-camping-trip-pack, so that we can jump in the car and get out of here for a day or 4 anytime. I already feel so refreshed and inspired for the week ahead, even though I'm sitting at a desk right now, as opposed to what I'd been daydreaming about all of last week: hiking through thick bush and coastal tracks.

We started the Great Ocean Road at the beginning in Lorne and camped in a National Park just outside of town. The last photos are from Johanna down the coast further in the Otway National park. 

Thankful to Josh for always getting in front of the camera, even though its not his favourite activity. 

Japanese Hanami

We decided pretty quickly that we're coming back to Japan next cherry blossom season - no matter what. The country is pretty spectacular on its own but when you see streets lined with these candy cotton coloured trees, footpaths covered in snow like petals or are greeted by a big explosion of blossoms popping out behind buildings when walking down any road, it's hard not to fall for this place even more. 

Hanami translated from Japanese, literally means "flower viewing" but during cherry blossom season it's commonly referred to as viewing the blossoms and appreciating them by throwing a party, cooking delicious foods and inviting all your friends. We decided to have our own little "hanami" in Yoyogi Park (with what seemed like the rest of Tokyo) a few days before meeting our friends, who kindly invited us to join their friends for a beautiful afternoon bbq celebration. It was one of those days that just perfectly aligned and we were able to re-connect with some people special to me from when I was living there 9 years ago. 

I stayed in Gifu for 1 month during my year in Japan then, and like others, this family took me into their home as one of them and I remember feeling instantly welcome. It was no different seeing them again 8 years later and we had an afternoon under the warming spring sun that I don't think I'll forget anytime soon. My absolute highlights of our entire trip to Japan were these days. My heart is so full every time I think about it.


These first images are shot on film using my Canon AE-1, 50mm lens and standard Kodak 400 film.


The party took place at one of Japan's national treasures in ceramics and pottery. It was incredible to get a behind the scene glance in his studio!

 

Coffee, donuts and bookstores in Tokyo

We had a few things we definitely wanted to see and do on our Tokyo list, but we made sure to leave a few days to just wander around, check out some coffee spots and lose ourselves in the city's incredibly well-curated bookshops. 

Omotesanodō:  Shozo Coffee and Blue Bean one rainy morning. 

Daikanyama is one of those great little areas that is full of beautiful boutique shops with french vibes, right next to the most traditional Japanese paper or kimono stores and more wabi-sabi style cafes. It's definitely one of those places you can spend several mornings or afternoons wandering along the streets and stopping in somewhere for treats.

If you're in Daikanyama and are a fan of books, you must must must check out Tstutaya's Daikanyama T-Site which is a group of 3 buildings (surrounded by more cafe's and boutiques) joined by a little walkway called Magazine Street full of an incredible selection of books - the design section is unbelievable. Just outside it is also a little speciality camera store with everything from a $10,000 Leica to handmade camera straps, to film, to photo albums. 

Also make sure to peep into the dog garden and grooming place - your heart will melt.