olive and oak

elize strydom's photo journal

Month: November, 2013

of space and time


one, nine, ten: Retro Wombat,¬†Thirroul // two: bushfire sky // three: setting up my new room in a new house with a new flat mate, Rachel // four: horsies somewhere near Wellington, New South Wales // five: a peacock on a farm near Kyneton, Victoria // six: Tully Blue // seven: Nathan and Mossy // eight: Tully Blue boy and a tiny bit of Mossy’s face

Listening to: Kurt Vile (right now), the Paper Kites (still), Lorde, Volcano Choir, Boy & Bear, Stolen Violin, London Grammar

Reading: New York by Lily Brett, Night Games by Anna Krien and an interview with Jemima Kirke in Lula

It definitely doesn’t feel like the end of the year. Being overseas and missing the southern hemisphere’s winter has messed with my concept of time (not mad about it). Farewell 2013, I hardly knew you.

small town girls go west


Tomorrow I’m going on a big adventure with my Australian Small Town Girls. Okay, so I won’t be with the girls in human form…but they will be sitting beside me in frames. Yes, the Small Town Girl photo exhibition is heading to Broken Hill in the far west of outback New South Wales. Dan and I will pack the car and drive for over 12 hours past towns like Dubbo, Cobar and Wilcannia as we wind our way through landscapes we’ve never laid eyes on. I have a feeling I’ll be pointing my camera lens out the window constantly and ordering Dan to pull over every few kilometers so I can snap a photo of a tree or a road sign or a dead kangaroo (thanks in advance!) I can’t wait to experience more of the country I live in but hardly know. Once in Broken Hill, I’ll hang the work at the Regional Gallery, ready for opening night on Saturday November 30th. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the opening celebrations but I’ll record a little video message for those who do go along. Seeing images from this project hanging on the walls of a gallery will be pretty special, I reckon. At this point, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do with my life than travel around Australia/the world, shoot fulfilling projects, exhibit the work and publish a few books.

As well as taking a bunch of ‘real’ photos, I plan to do a bit of Instagram-ing along the way, too. Follow along here.

later than lately


Recent-ish snaps that didn’t really have a place…until they met here.¬†