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Did You Sell Me To Wanderlust: Yosemite National Park

My sixth consecutive year of escaping a portion of the Melbourne winter took me to the United States and Mexico. The trip was initally supposed to be three weeks in New York but I joined forces with Goldilocks (my dear school friend Jess) and the itinerary grew to include time in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Puerto Escondido in addition to NYC.

Jess and I were adamant about spending at least one night in Yosemite National Park - it was the ‘tasting plate’ tour - and caught two trains and a bus from San Francisco. We have every intention of returning there for a significantly longer amount of time, and with our own vehicle so we don’t end up having to hitch hike again…

I highly recommend spending any amount of time in Yosemite if you can, it’s mind blowing.

( Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream )

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Hiking the John Muir Trail to the top of Vernal Falls in forty degree heat.

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As we started pretty late in the afternoon we didn’t make it all the way to Nevada Falls. On our way down we took the Mist Trail.

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Last light on Half Dome at sunset.

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One of the downsides of Yosemite is the food. It’s bad. It’s very, very bad. Especially at Curry Village where we were staying. We decided to have breakfast at The Ahwahnee on Saturday morning which was probably the best decision we’d ever made.

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While we were eating, a doe and her two fawns scampered past the window of the dining hall. Well played, Yosemite. Once we’d finished eating we went for a walk around the hotel and found more deer.

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It’s like something out of Twin Peaks.

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Deliriously celebrating finally making it to Tunnel View. We even tried befriending an Asian family in the hopes that they would drive us there but in the end we walked for over an hour before a kid named Brendan U-turned to come and specifically pick us up and drive us the remaining 200 metres.

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It was well worth it, even with a hazy view. Then we begged a jeep full of college student camp leaders to drive us back to Curry Village so we could make our bus to Merced station (pictured below) and get back to San Francisco.

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Taken with my Olympus OM10 and Pentax Asahi.

Did You Sell Me To Wanderlust: Mexico

I spent less than a week there but I now understand why anyone who has been to Mexico gets so excited when you tell them you’re going to Mexico. Three days in Mexico City and two days in Puerto Escondido surround by interesting sites, incredible food and beautiful people. I cannot wait to go back.

( Tom Vek - C-C (You Set The Fire In Me) )

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MEXICO CITY

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Our AirBnB in La Roma. We nearly gassed ourselves one morning and then locked ourselves out the next night, but it didn’t taint how much we loved Mexico.

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Museo Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán.

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Kingfish tacos from Contramar. A terrible photo of one of the greatest meals I have ever eaten.

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Learning about the agave plant and all its uses.

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Visiting the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon in the holy city of Teotihuacan.

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Such a tourist.

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A ritual of some sort being carried out at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.

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Jess was originally just buying a bow and arrow set for her baby nephew, but then we bought one for ourselves to play with too. Remarkably, they made it through both US and Australian Customs. The secret is not to declare.

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Another not so great photo, but a wonderful free performance in the park by English composer and resident of Roma, Michael Nyman, on our last night in Mexico City.

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PUERTO ESCONDIDO

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Beautiful Celia.

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Andy’s Mexican heroes/heartthrobs.

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Taken with my Olympus OM10, Pentax Asahi and Fujifilm Natura Classica.

Did You Sell Me To Wanderlust: USA

Photos from an afternoon and morning in San Francisco, three days in Los Angeles and two cumulative weeks in New York around Mexico. 

( Jungle - The Heat )

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SAN FRANCISCO

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An afternoon walk through South of Market to Union Square.

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Breakfast at the de Young Museum cafe in Golden Gate Park.

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It’s a surprise I didn’t break any bones.

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LOS ANGELES

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Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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View of Los Angeles on the Runyon Canyon hike.

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NEW YORK WEEK ONE

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I wish that room at the Ace Hotel could be mine forever.

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Amy and Lucy.

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The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City.

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Brand New at Forest Hills Stadium, Queens.

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Ai Wei Wei’s According To What? exhibition at Brooklyn Museum.

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NEW YORK WEEK TWO

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Lynn Gentry in Williamsburg.

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From the High Line.

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MoMA PS1: Warm Up party.

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$6 manicures below Marcy Avenue station.

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Taken with my Olympus OM10, Pentax Asahi and Fujifilm Natura Classica.

In (Digital) Print: i-D Australia/New Zealand - The Brilliance of Bella Heathcote

I first met Bella in 1997 on my first day at Korowa. She was as intimidatingly beautiful then as she is now, and just as intelligent and hilarious - the only difference is now is she an extremely talented actor and model living in Los Angeles. It was so much fun to spend a couple of days hanging out and reminiscing about our teenage years when I was recently in California and to photograph Bella at her beautiful home one balmy afternoon.

Thank you to Wendy and Briony at i-D Australia/New Zealand for asking me to take the accompanying photos for their interview with Bella.

You can check out the selected photographs and interview here: The Brilliance of Bella Heathcote

( Marlena Shaw - California Soul (Mad Decent Remix) )

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Bella at her home in Los Angeles. Taken with my Olympus OM10 and Pentax Asahi.

In (Digital) Print: Crumpler’s Salmon Mousse - Notes From The Underground

I was fortunate to be able to document some of my recent trip to America and Mexico for Australian bag and luggage extraordinaire Crumpler. I packed my standard black wardrobe and 10kgs of Aesop toiletries into one dark, handsome and super strong Vis-à-Vis trunk and set off on a three-an-a-half week adventure.

Below is a link to Crumpler’s Salmon Mousse blog, documenting the stories and photography of a variety of different local and international travellers. My essay, whose titled was appropriated from Dostoyevsky, is based on several photos I took on and around New York’s epically entertaining Subway system.

You can check out the full photo essay here: Notes From The Underground

( Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground )

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Musician Remy Francois at Union Square station. Taken with my Fujifilm Natura Classica.

Peeps: Moon Face

Some photos I shot of my friends’ bands creating vastly different but equally amazing music. Check out their SoundCloud links below.

Romeo Moon
Taken with my Pentax Asahi at Bakehouse Studios, Richmond.

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Water Face
Taken with my Fujifilm Natura Classica at Fitzy’s house party, Brunswick.

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In Print: Paper Sea Quarterly - Townscapes

A very belated post on a photo essay featured a few issues ago in Paper Sea Quarterly. Townscapes borrowed from an earlier cluster of photos I had taken in various cities around the world. Below you will find the featured photos of Granada, Paris, Delft, Barcelona and Reykjavik.

Paper Sea Quarterly Volume Two, Issue One, Two & Three are available at all good Australian newsagents, selected stockists and online here.

( De La Soul - Thru Ya City )

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My previous photo essays:
Watery, Domestic | Paper Sea Quarterly: Volume One, Issue Two
I Choose My Friends For Their Good Looks | Paper Sea Quarterly: Volume One, Issue Three

It Was A Good Day: Hobart Happy Snaps

A couple shots from a weekend in Hobart, Tasmania for the Dark Mofo Winter Festival.
 
( HTRK - Synthetik )

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Taken with my Fujifilm Natura Classica and Olympus OM10.

Peeps: Babes With Babes

The beautiful babies of my beautiful friends Sunni and Jade. Introducing Fox, Mavis and Patti.
 
( Devendra Banhart - I Feel Just Like A Child )

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Taken with my Pentax Asahi, 2013-14.

It Will Only Bring You Happiness: Cake Baking

The 6-layer ombre birthday cake process.
 
( Mclusky - Kkkitchens, What Were You Thinking? )

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Taken with my Fujifilm Natura Classica, 2014.

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