Category: Photography

My world through a lens, and a skill I’m always trying to improve upon.

February 12, 2015

The Exxopolis Luminarium

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Exxopolis Tree Of Life Aimee Dow

In the last week of the holidays, Mum and I decided to treat the twins to a last hurrah. To be honest, had the twins decided not to go, I would still have gone anyway. I originally stumbled across Exxopolis late last year on Instagram when the travelling exhibit arrived in Sydney. At the time, I didn’t really understand the concept of a luminarium, but it was later explained to me that “just as an aquarium is designed to hold water, a luminarium is designed to hold light”. Exxopolis is the 20th creation by the UK based Architects of Air and is currently touring Australia. We were lucky enough to catch up with it in Melbourne. The best way I can describe Exxopolis to you is it’s a giant hand-sewn structure inflated from the inside. You enter the structure though an airlock and then something magic happens.

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Exxopolis Blue Room Selfie With Olivia Aimee Dow

I imagine it’s different for everyone, but I had the most amazing sense of peace and serenity. I think the twins felt it too, because all they wanted to do was lounge all over the floor and walls (which to my surprise is totally allowed). We walked the six rooms and numerous winding tunnels in amazement. The structure is completely devoid of white light. The larger rooms are often filled with a single colour, but the light becomes mixed in the tunnels and nooks along the way.

I have known for many years that I am a creature that thrives on light. I seek it on dark days and I always feel better when the weather is fine. I’ve since come to understand that I LOVE blue light and could hang out in the blue room until the end of days. On the flip side, the red room made me slightly uncomfortable, just like Mum. Emily and Olivia did not have such sensitivities. They described the whole experience as “Alien” and “Womb” like… awesome mental image, right? They did assure me it was a very positive alien womb experience all the same. I was sad to have to leave too. Time had flown by so fast and we had overshot our allotted time by almost half an hour. I, for the first time in history, took the least photos out of the four of us. To illustrate my point, I had to borrow photos from the twins and Mum to write this post. I did not want to waste a single second of my time in there and at no time did I feel the need to Instagram it. Now that I have returned to the outside world though, things are different. I dream of amazing projects I can create with the images I have, but how do you choose? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Aimee Xx

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January 26, 2015

Seaford & Sandcastles

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Happy Australia Day! If you’re not from around here, it’s a day where the whole country gets the day off and we all just hang out. I chose to spend the day at the beach with three of my five sisters, my mum and my step-dad. It has been a full year-and-a-half since my last trip to the beach and I had forgotten just how much I enjoy being around the water.

The first stop on our seaside excursion was the sandcastle exhibition in Frankston. I’ve included a few photos of my favourites. Yeah, okay. It would be fair to say I’m a little bit of a geek. It took every ounce of strength in my body not to correct the woman and her son in front of me – The Bird Man and The Arrow in The Avengers are in actual fact Hawkeye and Falcon.  The afternoon was spent at Seaford Pier… just hanging out.

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Aimee xx

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January 2, 2015

My Life in Print : IKEA Magazine

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Guess what? My house is in the latest online issue of IKEA magazine, released today.

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I kid you not, right there in the bottom left corner, titled “Living in Quarry Hill“. That’s all about me and our house. I know I usually restrict myself to crafting posts, but it’s freaking IKEA. You know – the worlds biggest furniture store? It all just kind of happened so fast. I was contacted late last year after a post I had written right here went viral – A guide for Scrapbooking Refugees (or) How I organise my Raskog Cart. They liked my style.

American Crafts yesterday, IKEA today and it’s only the 2nd of January. I hate to say this, but I think I’ve peaked. I think this is as good as life gets. I worked SO hard for the last 3 months of last year to bring this and a whole lot more together, but I certainly didn’t do it alone. I owe huge thank yous to Jodie York from Polka Dot Creative, who rushed my stunning brush script creations so that I might have them in time for the photo shoot. Also to Nat from Little Puddles, who was so nice to me when I asked for a custom felt posy and star garland in colours that would match my studio. And finally, Sarah from Oh Mabel, who I shall forever be grateful to for creating my amazing Ziggy Zaggy quilt. That quilt – it’s honestly the most coveted thing in my house. I am not remotely surprised that they used it for the feature image of the article. I am so lucky to have amazing creative friends who make my house look this good. Oh and IKEA. I LOVE IKEA.

I promise to tell you more about my creative friends in the not-too-distant future, but right now I have a question for you. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of this blog – I think I would like to expand it a little further than just Scrapbooking and Project Life. What would you like to see more of on Betwixt & Between? Would you like to see more of the house tour photos?  More Recipes? I’ll be making a list from your suggestions to add into the content calendar this year – so if you want to read about something in particular, now is the time to speak up!

Aimee xx

P.s. I am totally okay with you and the rest of the world checking out my house. Feel free to leave a comment here about it too, if you like.

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September 24, 2014

Studio Calico Snapshot Class: Week 1

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Let me start off by saying I have never done a photo challenge before in my life. Despite Monday’s decoration to join the #365craftingtime challenge, I am usually very wary of such things. I hate committing to something I can’t give my all, I hate doing something because it’s cool or a fad (apposed to doing something because I enjoy it) and most of all I believe in walking my own path. I don’t need others to stretch me. Then a funny thing happened, The 1st of September rolled around and my wonderful husband presented me with a new camera, then my dear friend Emma of ‘Title goes here‘ gifted me a Studio Calico voucher for just over the amount of the class. A sign maybe? I figured I had nothing to lose and at the very least I’d get a chance to practice with my new camera. So shall we have a look at the first week of prompts:

Words:

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I am so insanely lucky to have talented friends. As a left hander with an aversion to mess, I pretty much knew from the the get go that brush script wasn’t for me. I do, however, REALLY like the look of it. Enter Jodie from Polka Dot Creative. In August I had commissioned 4 pieces from Jodie for a project I was working on. This is the one that sits on the sideboard at the end of my bed. Everyday these words remind me to push myself just that little bit further and they are possibly the words I repeat to myself most during the day. It seemed only fair that they should for-fill the word prompt too.

Together:

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iPhone 5S. Edited with VSCOcam.

I had seen a picture somewhat similar to this on Pinterest months ago and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try and recreate it. There where just a few problems with that idea: 1. I was never going to convince my husband to have the big camera in bed. 2. Even though we typically sleep late, I still wasn’t keen on getting out of bed and opening the blinds for more lights. 3. Taking a photo from this angle is really hard and finally 4. When it came to editing I got a little shy about what was shown. I over exposed it so you can’t actually tell my leg from the sheet anymore. Given all that, I still really like this photo. If anything it’s more ‘us’ than the original.

Noise:

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iPhone 5S. Edited in photoshop.

I figured this would be my most challenging prompt so far. I live a very quiet life, unless you ask my husband, who will flat out tell you I listen to my headphone at a volume that will eventually make me deaf. It just so happened though, that on the day this prompt came up I was picking my god daughter up from school. I was just walking though the gates as the bell rang and the hoards of children spilled out of their classroom, all competing to be heard by one another. I had forgotten what this noise was like and quickly grabbed my phone to take a picture.

Grow:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Florabella Luxe II Actions.

Mog stayed with us on Thursday night and had a curriculum day Friday, so there was absolutely no hurry to get out of bed. Not that Mog has ever stuck to that. I usually get up at 7 to check on her, give her the iPad and toast and we agree that she will stay in bed until 9:30. This particular morning though she wanted to tell me a few things. Mog asked me about my birthday and what I had got, so I showed her my camera. I took a few snaps while we were talking. She has grown up so much since she lived with us last year. Not only in maturity but her curls have got so much longer too. I think this might just be my favorite photo of Mog.

Now:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Florabella Luxe II Actions.

Saturday was a crazy day. I was run off my feet running errand for my family. I went into town to pick out fathers days presents for my Pa. I had to print some photos for my sister, pick up my Pa’s dog from the kennel and dog sat until he could come home a church gathering. It wasn’t until right on dusk when I got a moment to myself. I took my camera from the shelf and head outside for a walk, but I didn’t get very far. After maybe 100 meters I could still feel my mind racing with my to do list and stopped dead in my tracks. I took a couple of deep breaths and made a conscious effort to look at the world around me. That when I saw the shot. The last light of the day was just peaking though the trees and finally for the first time that day I was in the ‘now’.

Loaded:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Flora Bella Classic Workflow Actions.

Anyone who has followed me on instagram for more than a month knows: Sunday is pancake day in our house. I take pictures of pancakes more than any other object. In fact I intend to make a photo book about it one day. This Sunday was a little different. It was father’s day here in Australia and we invited Pa over for brunch. I really went to town on the spread: Blueberries, Strawberries, Lemon, Sugar, 3 flavors of Ice-cream and genuine Canadian Maple syrup. I can guarantee you we all left the table feeling very loaded. What I like most about this photo is depth. My regular pancake shots on my phone are somewhat 2 dimensional.

Guilty Pleasure:

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Canon EOS 60D. Edited with Photoshop + Flora Bella Classic Workflow Actions.

There is a bit of a story behind this one. You all know I can’t get enough food styling shots. I consider it the sophisticated selfie, but very rarely do I ever take process shots. The light in my kitchen just isn’t very good after 11 A.M. but in April’s caption for this prompt she asked us to consider including our hands. I haven’t really mastered taking photos with my tongue yet and I don’t have a remote, so it was going to have to use someone else’s hands.

The opportunity for this prompt occurred somewhere around 2 on Monday afternoon. My husband was banging around in the kitchen, so I went to investigate. He was in the process of gathering all his ingredients for his peanut butter cookies. Over the past year I have become more and more familiar with this recipe. It was born from a reprimand I served after he was repeatedly busted eating peanut butter from the jar with a tea spoon. His way around his disgruntled wife was to find a cookie recipe which is, at it’s core, is just peanut butter, an egg, sugar and salt. That’s it. Now I know how bad that sounds and part of me might even be willing to let him go back to eating peanut butter from the Jar, but they really do taste amazing. These cookies have well and truly earned the award for our guilty pleasure.

Well that wraps up the first week of class. If you wish to join me you can still buy the class here. I don’t get benefit from you buying the class other than your company in the gallery and message boards, but I still would highly recommend it. Despite my opening paragraph, I have been stretched to try new things and it has made me think of my photography in a different way. Also if you would like to commission a piece of Jodie’s brush script you can email her at: jodie@polkadotcreative.com.au or you can check out the wonderful variety she already has in her store. Oh and it goes without saying, these image’s belong to me. If you wish to use them please ask first.

Well, that turned out to be a long post. Until next time.

Aimee xx

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June 16, 2014

5 on the 5th: June Edition.

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You know, just in case you were wondering what I was doing on a random Thursday almost a fortnight ago.5 on the 5th June Edition | Betwixt & Between Blog

Welcome back to another edition of 5 on 5th.  Much like last month weather is cold and overcast. Thursday began with a house inspection from our landlords. There was much running around like headless chickens. Mica, our cat did her part by keeping the native wildlife at bay. I wish she would learn to mop.

After the house inspection, I finally got to put my feet up with a cup of tea and the brand new Alphabet Family Journal, which had arrived on Monday.  It’s a brand new publication by an Instagram friend of mine. It’s a brilliant snapshot of Australian family life.

Thursday is shopping day, so hubby and I headed out to the supermarket. It just so happens that our local supermarket is located right next to a giant hardware store. Bunning’s is a siren call to Gardner like my husband and a DIYer such as myself and we did not leave empty handed. Hubby got new fence posts and chicken wire to extend our veggie patch and I got purple carrots to grow in said patch.

Shortly after shopping and unpacking the groceries, we headed out for a walk around the lake. I feel the cold right down to the bones if I sit still too long, so it was nice go get out and get some exercise. It’s a little hard to see in this photo, but you can just make out the 4 giant cranes that punctuate the Bendigo skyline. Our city is currently building a new hospital and the cranes can be seen from nearly everywhere in the city.

For dinner hubby and I tried a new recipe – olive, onion and anchovy tart. I enjoyed my tart with balsamic baby greens. Hubby is a bit more of a purest and was happy to forego anything healthy looking. Both versions got 2 thumbs up.

On a side note, Still loving this project it’s really pushing me to work on my digital designs. I think maybe I have a hexagon in mind next month, but after that it’s anybody’s guess. You can see the rest of my 5 on the 5th designs here.

Don’t forget to check out Caylee, Mira and Sal’s 5 over here.

Aimee xx

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