olive and oak

elize strydom's photo journal

Month: May, 2013

workin’ girl

ImageIt’s a good idea to carry your camera with you at all times because you never know when a colleague will walk past your desk looking even more babein’ than usual and prompt you to pick up said camera and take said colleague to a quiet corner of the office for an impromptu photo shoot. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. This is Amelia. Steez!


for you


when your work is over

your day is done

put down your hammer

into my world come


life is heavy

when you’re no master’s son

when you’re ready

into my arms come


love’s not easy

not always fun

and words are sleazy

my love is better dumb


should you choose

should you choose to love

anyone anytime soon

then i save these words for you


you weren’t my curse

you weren’t my curse

but thank you, naivety

for failing me again


he was my next verse


Saved These Words – Laura Marling

around here

ImageAround here winter is coming. Around here I’m slowly but surely making my way through seasons 1 + 2 of GoT. Around here I’m feeling distracted and weirdly emotionally neutral. Around here I’m getting inspired by the colours and quirks of my neighbourhood again. Around here friendships are deepening. I really think things are gonna change around here but I’m not sure what that will look/feel like. Bee’s not around here anymore; he left town. Around the internet I joined Instagram.


usa a-ok!

ImageIn exactly one month I will be flying to the US of A to do this. And you know what? I’m so excited I may just burst. I don’t know what it is that keeps me going back to this country but it has an undeniable pull. It’s not just the States I’m excited about, it’s that intoxicating and potent mix that makes up the travel experience; wonder, adventure, loneliness, invincibility, inspiration and perspective. I cannot wait to roam new streets for hours on end, taking photos of whatever catches my eye, striking up conversations with perfect strangers, and pausing on park benches for a spot of people watching or journalling. I’m looking forward to a fresh set of eyes, an alert and open mind and a big hit of courage and creativity. I can’t wait to meet my Small Town Girls and receive whatever it is they’re bound to teach me. One month, four and a bit weeks, 31 days…Godspeed!


the boy from wellington street


every single night, every damn day


H: And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn’t come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.

O: I’d wait for the lion.


it’s possible


Is this what you want? Is it?! Because my best boy, Bee (aka Bayden Hine aka Packwood), is thiiis close to shedding another ten kilos and giving his body over to the fierce world of male modelling to make some moolah. You see, inside his head, heart and voice box, a magical collection of songs is buzzing about, positively brimming, and looking for an escape. He and his beloved banjo have grand plans for a stunningly beautiful four-part album thematically based around the four seasons. But this type of thing cannot simply be plucked from the air and seamlessly delivered to your ears. No, it requires dollars – money in the pocket, cash in the hand and scrilla in the wallet. I know, dear reader, that you possess impeccable taste and a well cultivated appreciation of innovative and beautiful art and so I ask you to dig deep and find it in your heart to head over to Pozible and support Packwood’s project.

Surely you can see the benefit in saving this dear boy from a career on the catwalk*?

* Or K-Mart catalogue.  ImageImage