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elize strydom's photo journal

Month: April, 2013

luck now


this just made me cry

these are the beautiful days


happy hundredth post! x

summer stay

ImageThe first of Autumn was cold and wet and I braced myself for what I thought was in store. But then Summer made a beautiful return and I blessed every sunshiny day. I let the light and warmth fill me up, ever storing more, keeping it in reserve for the long Winter months ahead. The balmy weather inspired beach trips, bare legs, balcony nights and brunches with besties. Here’s a taste.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage^ ^ Solo swim selfies at sunrise on Good Friday, ha!

middle of the month mix – april


So, I pretty much wanted James Blake’s Overgrown to BE this month’s mix. Seriously, it’s that good. But that would hardly be fair to all of the other wonderful sounds and songs that floated into my ears now, would it? This month it’s a mix of old and new songs plus old songs that are new to me. Lord Huron is the only brand new discovery (thanks to Benn!) and what a discovery it is. I threw in the incredible Jai Paul mainly because BTSTU is an absolutely cracking tune (definitely in my top 10 tracks of all time) but also because of all of the controversy surrounding the release/leak of his debut album. Tiff by the incredible Polica was only released today and it’s an instant favourite because Justin Vernon (duh). Lacey Cole is a local lad I had the pleasure of checking out at Arcadia a few weeks back and the last song by Anais Mitchell tells a heartbreaking story in a really beautiful way. Enjoy the mix here!

1. riptide – vance joy

2. you can’t be my girl – darwin deez

3. stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before – the smiths

4. son of a gun – lord huron

5. the seed (2.0) feat. cody chestnutt – the roots

6.  btstu – jai paul

7. tiff feat. justin vernon – polica

8. our love comes back – james blake

9. comatose firelight – lacey cole

10. shepherd – anais mitchell

matt and anna had a baby


A few days ago this trio became four. Welcome to the world, baby George! Your mama and papa are two of the best. x

we lay nocturnal, speculate what we feel


march mf

ImageImageImageA few recent medium format portraits.

Lydia at Bread and Circus // A store holder at the Rozelle Markets // Kate at Brickfields

catch the sun


Thinking about: how perfect the March weather was.

Listening to: Vance Joy and his heart warming little tune ‘Riptide’.