The Escarpment

With possibly the best name for a band from the Illawarra ever conceived, and a sound that I have quite proudly decided is akin to Tom Petty - if he grew up in Australia as a surfer - The Escarpment are a new band on the local music scene, but its members certainly aren't fresh-faced kids. These guys have put in the hard yards and have a sound to prove it.

They called me one rainy summer's eve and we set out, looking for gaps in the rain, only to be surprised by one phenomenal, rainbow-filled sunset.

Coledale House Show v.3

Every so often the backyard of my beachside home is turned into a bit of a wonderland of light, music, fire and community. My flatmates and I have many skilled friends and we love opening our backyard to display teir talents; of course it doesn't hurt that our backyard is virtually a natural amphitheatre and looks straight out onto the ocean... 

Back in April one of these evenings was initiated by Cairns band The Starry Field embarking on a national tour. Paul Liao and my flatmate, Tim, and his brother Sam, filled out the evening, along with the one and only Dan McCoy providing us with readings from his latest novel Friday - A Rebecca Black Themed Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book.

Dan's readings have become tradition for our backyard shows and are an essential part of the experience. This time, however, his reading featured a rendition of Friday by Rebecca Black - a unique rendering to say the least...

SEM Kim

At some point along the way, and I really don't remember when or how, I acquired a SEM Kim. Camerapedia tells me a SEM Kim is a 35mm rangefinder made by the French camera maker SEM in 1947 and that it was a relaunch of Cornu's Renya. That is literally all I know about the camera except for the fact that is very small, rather hard to operate and has certainly lived quite a life already. A couple years ago I loaded in a roll of black and white film and carried it around with me every now and again, never quite figuring out how to wind it successfully and clearly misjudging the exposure without a light meter. The result is this collection of mainly accidentally double-exposed pictures that feature a very mixed bag of light...