The other day Ashton and I went for breakfast in the city centre – We didn’t have anything to do after, so found ourselves walking around the Woodstock exchange.  When we were done, we walked around the outskirts of the building to see if there was anything else interesting to see.  As we stood on the vacant piece of land admiring some wall art / graffiti, we looked down and spotted we were actually standing on the remains of an old house.



I’ve looked at this iPhone photograph a couple of times in the last few days and can’t help but wonder about it.  There, on Woodstock lower main road, next to the trendy eateries are the remains of someone’s kitchen.  (I’m guessing it’s the kitchen – It may be the bathroom, or any room).  How long did they spend deciding on that tile?  How many dinners did they eat together discussing the events of the day on that very spot?  How many dreams were divulged, promises pledged and memories made.  Imagine for just a second, in the time that has lapsed from when those tiles were first layed and shined, until now.  How has life changed?

The more I think about it, that’s what keeps me coming back to this photograph – The concept of change.  It’s one of the few things in life that is guaranteed.

Children grow up, adults grow old and all the while, things change.  People, priorities, promises and possessions.  They change – Even if only how they relate to you.  I’m slowly learning that perhaps, that’s ok.

Ten things I’d like to remind myself of right now:

1. Remember how far you’ve come. Forget about how far you have to go. You’ll get there. Focus on the amazing things you have going for you right NOW.

2. Appreciate your health. Keep working at improving it. Make the time.

3. Appreciate the people that support and care for you. Keep working at improving your relationships with them. Make the time.

4. If you want the results, do the work.

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there” – Vince Lombardi

5. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You can do better. You will do better. Just always commit to do your best.

6. Be grateful – Say Thank You. Everyday, many times a day. This life. You’re blessed.

7. Be inspired by the work of others but don’t compare yourself to them. Tricky. Essential.

“No one is you and that is your power.” – Instagram

8. Believe. In yourself. Trust. In your god.

9. Change will come. Sometimes it will be amazing. Sometimes it will be devastating. Breathe through it.

10. If who you are and what you do doesn’t make you happy – Make a Change.
On the subject of change… In terms of photography – One major change – FILM vs Digital cameras.

Over the last few months, every now and then I’ve taken a film camera out with me and snapped a few frames. The header images of this post were all shot with a film camera. PATIENCE. PRACTISE. PRECISION. PASSION. Only a few qualities required for those babies. Who am I kidding – You need those to work with a digital camera too. I do have a new respect for film photographers though.

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I snapped this with a Ricoh 35mm film camera when Ashton was invited to put back on her wedding dress for a shoot with the dynamic duo that make up PhotoKru. While they were getting ready to setup for their next shot, I asked Ashton to pose for me and my film camera. Isn’t she lovely. That’s my wife you know 😉


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