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27 March 2011
the date temptation
Now Playing: isaac hayes - walk on by
Topic: commissions

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On my return to London, I caught up with a former housemate, Stuart, from Catherine Palace*, my home in Reading when I last lived in the UK.

We went out for a drink in Ealing on a Saturday afternoon, where he is completing a film course at the famous Ealing Studios. Afternoon turned into evening, one of his film school colleagues joined us, followed by Stuart's wife, Shelley. Evening turned into night.

At the time, Stuart was casting for the short film he is working on for his course, and told me about a scene in the film for which he would need some still shots that would be hung on a wall in one of the scenes, and asked if I might be willing to shoot them for him.

As you may have guessed, I said yes, and spent a pleasant Sunday at Stuart and Shelley's apartment in Putney, meeting and photographing the lovely Jess and Chris [make-up and styling by Shelley], being force-fed delicious food and cider, and generally enjoying myself.

I've subsequently met up with Jess for dinner and drinks [which was also supposed to include a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, but we got distracted enjoying the Vietnamese meal and easy conversation with two concierges we ended up sharing a table with]; and also met up with other members of the cast and crew for post-shoot drinks in Hammersmith which ended with myself, Chris, Stuart and Shelley catching night buses to our respective homes, with me nursing a monster hangover the next day from the "nightcap" tequila shots Shelley foisted upon us at the end of the night!

As with the photographs of Paige from my previous post, there are more images from this shoot that I hope to edit soon, but these are some of the images selected by Stuart for the scene in his film, 'The Date Temptation'.

*No, we didn't live in a palace, it was just one in a row of terraced houses on Catherine Street, parallel to the Oxford Road, near West Reading station. We had a thing for naming houses we lived in when I was here last: the apartment we rented above an off-license on Ferndale Road in Clapham North became known as Ferndale Academy, due to its proximity to Brixton Academy, and Justin's turntables set up in the corner of our lounge. My last place in Brisbane had the name Casa del Cacto, so named by Nikki for the massive cactus in the front yard. I am yet to come up with anything suitable for my place here. I'm sure it will come with time.

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 21:08 BST
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Now Playing: barry white - you're so good you're bad
Topic: commissions

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Amidst the frantic post-Christmas, pre-departure period of January, Paige Wilcox commissioned me to shoot portraits of her, which made for a pleasant day of wandering around the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and the Lady Lamington building of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Paige was a great model: up for climbing trees, playing dead amongst the tree's roots, and wandering around derelict buildings in her lovely selection of outfits.

These are some of the images she selected from the shoot, and I hope to edit more soon.

My only disappointment that came with the shoot was knowing that we wouldn't have time to do more before I left, as I'm sure we could have collaborated again. But, of course, we intend to anyway, as hopefully she will visit London or nearby Europe in the next year or so, and I'm sure we'll arrange some sort of venture then.

Paige is one of a number of fantastic people I had the chance to meet during my brief sojourn in Brisbane that I miss these days.

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 10:45 BST
Updated: 27 March 2011 11:01 BST
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16 March 2011
somewhere in between
Now Playing: hüsker dü - ice cold ice
Topic: self-portraiture

somewhere in between

That's where I've been hiding these past few months - somewhere in between.

Things got a little crazy before I left Brisbane: the beginnings of a romance that snuck up on me played out to an incessant (though pleasant) soundtrack of summer rain; sad farewells; and packing my life into boxes whilst Brisbane flooded.

My trip to London was, by comparison, quite easy and uneventful. I made a couple of new friends on the plane - Greg from Manchester and Laura from Italy - and spent much of my time listening to my iPod and playing Solitaire.

On arrival I was met by my cousin's husband, Simon, and spent the first month staying with Julie, Simon & their three kids and their cat, Tabitha (shown above, whom I randomly found myself calling Kitterson), and reacquainting myself with Uxbridge, London, and getting on with the everyday endeavours of finding a job, opening a new bank account, and finding a place of my own to live.

On Friday I will have been here two months, and I have to admit I've somewhat landed on my feet. I've had a temporary day job since week three which now appears will take me through until my residency in April; I have a bank account which is gradually growing healthier; and as of the 5th of March, I have moved into a loft conversion in the northern suburbs of London.

Suffice to say sorting all those things out has not always given me as much time as I'd like to spend on editing photos, though I have been taking plenty, and hope to get onto editing in a big way over the coming weeks.

Since arriving I've been enjoying many of the sights and sounds and smells of London, including visiting the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery with Kerry Pringle after an afternoon wandering through the West End, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden; wandering Portobello Road Market and savouring good food and cider with Scott; wandering Brick Lane with Phil to check out the area and the Brick Lane Gallery; taking in the Imperial War Museum with Ian and Zoe; and wandering alone through the Old Spitalfields Markets, and the City of London Cemetery in East London. In most instances my camera was kept handy, especially, as you'd imagine, at the cemetery.

In photographic-related adventures, I attended a one-day workshop that took place in a semi-derelict theatre in Eastbourne run by Miss Aniela and Brooke Shaden, where I had the chance to finally meet Sarah and Sevgi. I met again with the ladies, Matt and Amy and various other punters at a pub in Ealing as Brooke's final event whilst in the UK. And once more caught up with Natalie and Matt at the launch of her book, Self-Portrait Photography, at JaguarShoes in Shoreditch, also meeting Juliet Greig and stylist Rachel Holland.

I spent a day shooting still images of Jess and Chris to be included in my friend Stuart's short film, 'The Date Temptation', being thoroughly spoilt for food and drink by Stuart's wife, Shelley, who was also taking care of make-up.

So, as you can imagine, it's been a bit of a hectic two months, but things are now on track, so I can finally try to catch up on some of my backlog of editing, and get excited about my forthcoming residency at Hospitalfield, for which I am travelling by train in first class on my birthday. Hoorah!

I'm also finally having a chance to get rewards out to those wonderful folk who have made my residency possible, so thank you for your patience during my relocation!

I'm looking forward to meeting many more old and new friends over here, but for now I should probably call it a night! Will be back to regular posting from now on, I promise.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 02:06 BST
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11 December 2010
mood indigo
Now Playing: everything but the girl - protection
Topic: self-portraiture

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Despite the title of this post and the somewhat brooding nature of the image above, I am anything but "blue" at the moment.

On Wednesday this week, my Fundbreak project, interior / exterior, reached it's deadline after exceeding my intended goal, so thank you once again to those who showed their support:

Desmond Wong, Adam Meyer, Adrian Clark, Tracey Wallace, Renae Jones, Lisa Dempster, Mia Alexiname, Sarah Hoey, Holly Ringland, Ryan Laxton, Angus Gordon, Vanessa Toholka, Richard Hryckiewicz, Sarah Fallon, Susan Knight, Elle Moss, Mary Elise Tomczak, Kyle Warren, Monica Barrett, Michelle McRae, Sarah Mercer and Chris Zissiadis.

Thank you also to those who promoted the project on my behalf through Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media or personal interactions.

The same day I collected my passport from the post office and opened it in excitement to see my 5 year UK Ancestry Entry Visa smoothly inserted into page 4 of my passport!

So London, I'll be seeing you sometime around the 18th of January!

For now though, I'm off down to the Gold Coast for an evening of 80s music, Mexican food, margaritas and a girlie sleepover with Tracey and Rachael!

Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! x

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 04:16 GMT
Updated: 12 December 2010 07:04 GMT
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28 November 2010
wilson's blues
Now Playing: nina simone - good bait
Topic: road trip 2010

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Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 03:12 GMT
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26 November 2010
one hundred percent
Now Playing: the smiths - accept yourself
Topic: self-portraiture

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Apologies for the lateness of this post. Believe me, it's not for lack of being ecstatic, just manic busy-ness and more recently mild sickness.

But I am most certainly overwhelmingly appreciative.

On Tuesday this week, I reached 100% of the goal of my project interior / exterior (in fact, 102%) and since then have exceeded that again!

The most recent contributors to my cause were two Divine Sisters, Michelle McRae and Sarah Mercer, and both Kyle Warren and Adam Meyer showed further support!

I am unbelievably thankful to everyone who has shown their support for my residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, Scotland, in April next year, and once the deadline has passed will be in contact with those who have shown their support to follow up about addresses and such for rewards where relevant.

If you haven't had a chance yet and would still like to be involved, any additional funds raised over the goal of AU$1,550 will go toward my flight to the UK, and all rewards are still valid until midday on the 8th of December, Australian Daylight Savings Time.

I am so excited about this residency and, internet permitting, will be blogging about my experiences there as it happens. I hope to bring you some wonderful photographs and carry those over into a self-published collection of images and an exhibition to complete my interior / exterior series.

I'm also excited about two upcoming collaborations. One with Simon Groth, a Brisbane author, to take the form of a published collection of short stories / prose and images; the other, a second collaboration with Nick Kind, ex-pat Brit based in Melbourne, a potential "letters from home" blog in the form of images exchanged between us of each other's place of origin.

The residency will go ahead irrespective of the UK Home Office, but my move to the UK is still dependent on my application for a UK Ancestry Visa, which I posted off last Wednesday after having my biometric data taken. I can't see any reason why it would be declined, but don't want to assume anything.

Should all go to plan though, I will be in London for the long haul by the 18th of January next year, and I am unbelievably excited at that prospect. And daunted. But mostly excited.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 14:10 GMT
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8 November 2010
the smell of outdoor cooking
Now Playing: arab strap - the smell of outdoor cooking
Topic: self-portraiture

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It's that time again! Thanks to Mary Elise Tomczak, Kyle Warren and Monica Barrett, not to mention all those lovely folk I've already thanked in previous posts, I'm almost halfway to reaching the goal for my project, interior / exterior!

You guys are beyond awesome. Seriously.

If you've not yet had a chance to show your support, feel free to take a look at my interior / exterior series thus far, and visit the Hospitalfield website, and you'll no doubt be able to realise what an excellent opportunity this is for me, and how much it would assist me in completing this series with the intention of self-publishing a collection of the images, staging an exhibition of works from the series, and finding new directions in which to take my work.

I'd love you to come along with me on this exciting journey!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 14:05 GMT
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4 November 2010
alice in furnitureland
Now Playing: manic street preachers - everything must go
Topic: self-portraiture

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More unending gratitude goes out to some lovely ladies I know for showing their support for my project, interior / exterior, over the past few days: to one of my newer friends made in Brisbane this past year, Sarah Fallon, and to two of my Divine Sisters, Susan Knight and Elle Moss.

Only a little over a month left to contribute and there's still a way to go, so if you've been thinking about showing your support, now is a good time!

For those folks who are looking but have not yet shown their support, what would sway you to help make this residency a reality for me? What can I do for you in terms of a reward that maybe I haven't included?

Feel free to message me if there's something you think is missing from my rewards, or if you have a special request and I'll see what I can do!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 13:28 BST
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31 October 2010
one third
Now Playing: snow patrol - chasing cars
Topic: self-portraiture

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Thank you to my supporters so far, I've almost reached 30% of my goal to enable me to undertake a residency at Hospitalfield and complete my interior / exterior series, and my project is currently featured on the Fundbreak website!

The latest round of unending gratitude goes to Ryan Laxton, Angus Gordon, Vanessa Toholka and Richard Hryckiewicz. Thank you all so much! xx

If you'd like to help this dream come true for me, please take a look at my project interior / exterior and show your support.

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 05:50 BST
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25 October 2010
lovely ladies
Now Playing: bananarama - i want you back
Topic: portraits

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See this lady? This is Lisa Dempster*.

Not only is Lisa a crazy-talented young lass taking the world by storm as the author of Neon Pilgrim, a book telling of her adventures visiting the 88 temples on the Henro Michi; the editor of The Melbourne Veg Food Guide 2010 and the recently released Australian Veg Food Guide 2011; the publisher behind Vignette Press; director of the Emerging Writers' Festival; and equal parts passionate vegan, bike rider and Chihuahua owner; she is also one of the 10 supporters who have already shown their love for my project interior / exterior.

Along with those previously credited, Lisa, Mia Alexiname, Sarah Hoey and Holly Ringland have brought my total so far to $250! But I still need more to realise my project!

As Holly tweeted: "I'm supporting Bronwen Hyde's interior / exterior project. You should too! It's an invaluable warm & fuzzy exercise."

Thank you ladies, and to those who feel inspired to click through and add their support!

*This is Lisa a little over a year ago when she commissioned me to shoot her author photo for a second time. She is back to blonde and her hair has grown since then!

Posted by Bronwen Hyde at 15:07 BST
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