paris; a composition

posted on: 16.02.2015

I am back. And have been for roughly four months. I am not sure where time has gone, it is like I woke up one day and someone stole a few months while I was sleeping. However, better late than never, here is the first installment of my 2014 European adventure!

I am going to go through my trip in chronological order. And it all began in Paris!

We based ourselves in the 3rd in Le Marais. I fell in love with this area where the shopping was perfect. New shops by small independent designers seemed to pop up daily and even though they were amidst the global brands, it was still a unique place. Narrow streets intertwine and you lose yourself amongst the charm with ease. Parties and galleries and gardens and secrets loom behind big doors. It is a place of wonder.

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My favourite thing to do in Paris was to people watch. The typical French scenes played out in front of us while we sat at a corner bar in Le Marais, wine in hand, with patron smoke billowing around us. Funnily enough this seemed to bother me much less in Paris. I can confirm that all French people actually do love baguettes and they all walk and ride everywhere with this cliché packed in their bags. I can also confirm that the French are beautiful! Men and women carry style effortlessly. Their ensembles go together as perfect as wine and cheese!

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The scale of both the city itself and the monuments actually took my breath away. Impressive was a word that came to mind frequently. And those Parisians sure do know how to do a garden. The Luxembourg Gardens were particularly lovely and people actually use them, they are amazing places just to hang out. Not that we allowed ourselves such luxury, with so much to see in six days we spent most of our time running!

I cannot wait to visit again and allow myself time to soak up the atmosphere and actually take in the amazing city that is Paris

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| photos by Chloë Antonio | and Scott Antonich

Unfortunately I was only beginning to find my way around the DSLR so my photographs in Paris are slightly disappointing to me.

I want to see the world

posted on: 5.09.2014

I have something very exciting to share today. Over the past nine months I have been planning my second European trip and today the adventure begins.

Since deciding on the destinations, France, Italy and Switzerland, I have been drawn to anything relating to these places and a 30 page itinerary in very small font is what I have to show for my curiosity!

I came across these dreamlike images by Jessica Backhaus , a photographer from Germany, and just had to share them with you. These photographic reflections are part of a series called ‘I wanted to see the World.’ The images are reflections of the canals of Venice and Burano which are unlike any I have ever seen before. They are so far from the typical canal images you generally see of Venice that I was instantly intrigued.

A little while ago, before I found these stunning images, I was walking my grandparent’s dog, Bonnie (whom I often babysit), and was mesmerised by the rippling reflections cast in the Bay. It was a clear day and the water was soft and rippled. I caught the reflection of the cliffs and trees, which loomed above, and found the pattern, texture and distortion quite interesting. You can make out the subject but it is not simply given to you. I even posted an image to Instagram . It was the abstract nature of the image that fascinated me.

I am drawn to these unique images through the intense rippled colour, reminiscent of abstract-like paintings.

Currently, I am learning how to use a digital SLR and am looking forward to attempting something similar in Venice and Paris and the Cinque Terre and all the other amazing places I am going to visit!

So I realise I have been very quiet on the blog since beginning, but I intend to bring to you some good content on return from this trip. I have a lot of architecture and landscape touring planned that I think will make for some good content, which I cannot wait to curate and share with you all.

Ciao

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Darwin landscape

posted on: 27.05.2014

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A while ago I went to Darwin to visit a dear friend. During my visit I was lucky enough to take a ride in a helicopter where I was able to experience the landscape from an aerial perspective and take these photographs. Unfortunately I did not get as many clear images as I would have liked but the joy ride was full of dips, dives and sharp turns (I was also desperately trying to catch a glimpse of a croc!).

To me, the first few images of Australia’s top end evoke thoughts of a Fred Williams landscape painting. And during the entire ride I was reminded of his work. Fred Williams is my favourite landscape artist and his Australian works represent our vast land in a unique perspective – literally. Fred Williams is perhaps most known for his landscapes where there is no horizon line, where he represents the landscape fully parallel to the picture plane as if seen from the air. A compositional technique also used by Aboriginal Artists.

The undeniably flat land pierced and dotted with trees is so “Australian” and Fred Williams was able to capture such character through abstract markings.

My design professor at university, Prof. Des Smith, introduced me to the Australian artist. He always said that if we were lucky enough to view the top end of Australia from above then we would truly understand Fred Williams’ work. He was right.

The last few photos are unlike the work of the artist, however they show the contrast and change in the landscape. The flora around the river is much more dense and vibrant but it quickly disperses into the type of landscape represented in the first photographs.

| photos by Chloë Antonio |

milan design week – groupwork for ‘the other hemisphere’

posted on: 14.04.2014

Last week was Milan Design Week and if you follow any design blogger on instagram it is most likely that your feed was filled with many posts from the various exhibitions. Of the many images that I scrolled through, those from Australian based Groupwork caught my attention.

The bathroom accessories are more akin to beautiful objects which can be modified and installed with ease thanks to thoughtful and beautiful craftsmanship using a restrained natural material palette; a combination of brass, timber and bluestone.

The accessories were designed by architect Murray Baker, artist Esther Stewart and Groupwork director and interior architect Sarah Trotter as part of The Other Hemisphere exhibition at Ventura Lambrate – the destination that has become known for showcasing the most avant-garde ideas by international designers of Milan design week.

The Other Hemisphere exhibition features the work of 12 Australian and New Zealand designers under the theme of ‘simplify’. The rail, which comes in brass and powder-coated satin black, can be made to any length and easily fitted to the brass bracket. The bracket is a genius solution in two ways. One, the fixing is dimensioned to fit the structure in your home so both screws will find the stud. And two, the pin allows you to add and rearrange new pieces to your rod with ease. The blocks come in timber and bluestone and are able to be transformed with added accessories.

The images are beautiful and the materials are from my favourite palette so I thought I would share them here again for those of you who may have missed them amongst the onslaught of your instagram feed.

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posted on: 7.01.2014

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