olive and oak

elize strydom's photo journal

Tag: sydney

twenty twenty

1

I carry my camera around everywhere and some days I take 10 photos while other days I take zero. It means I end up with quite a mixed bag of shots, some of which I totally forget about until I get the scans back. And so I present to you 20 photos from the last little while…

8910111223456

7

13

14

15

1617

18

19

20

1. An engagement party at the Grounds of Alexandria 2-6. Do you know Ngaio? You need to know Ngaio. We spent an afternoon together at her place 7-12. With my nieces and my brother in Coffs Harbour a few days after I got back from South Africa 13-15. Maddy + Jake, Christina and Faith + Yudi at their Parkes wedding in early May 16. Brendan just before he moved to Melbourne 17. My best girl, Ali, at Mecca the morning after my exhibition opened 18. Monstera around the pool at my new digs 19. Chloe and Lee trekked out to Vaucluse to visit me and have brunch at The Trail 20. A girl on the train in the morning sun.

I took some of these shots with my Canon 1V and some with my Leica M6 which is now broken, oh so very broken. Kodak Portra 35mm film. Developed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab.

sundowner

000017950010

000017950011

000017950022000017950021000017950017000017950027000017950028

I told you I’d be back soon! Yeah, I know, more pics from summer (I took a whole lot – it was a good one) but it’s a sunny 22 degrees C in Sydney (what winter?) so I was reminded of this glorious Cronulla afternoon with Rachel, Chloe, Lee, Sophie and Maddy.

summer type stuff – part three

1

2

3

4

5

12

11

13

6

7

10

14

15

16

1. Brendan at Gordons 2. Brendan in Marrickville 3. Inner city greenery 4. Faith and Yudi just before they got married 5. Spit to Manly walk vista 6. Leica light leak ladies – Lee and Sophie at the MCA 7. One of my last days at the house on Wilson street 8. New friends on the train from Wynyard to Redfern 9. Mama at Brickfields a few days after Christmas 10. Changing room window 11. Anna and little man George 12. Goodbye Lyndsay ‘the Doctor’ McDougall! 13. Chippendale laneways 14. Reading on the rocks

All photos shot with a Leica M6 and Kodak Portra Film. Developed/scanned at Richard Photo Lab.

summer type stuff – part two

1

And just like that, I’m back! South Africa was fascinating and wild. The small town girls I met and photographed have such a special place in my heart and will never be forgotten. There’s so much more to say about the journey but for now, let’s go back to before. All photos shot with a Leica M6 and Kodak Portra film. Developed/scanned at Richard Photo Lab.

23465789101112

13

14

15

16

1718

1920

room for rent

000018320036

Sadly, I have to say goodbye to dear Rachel and the little blue house. I’m going to South Africa at the beginning of February and I’ll be there a few months so it’s just not practical to keep my room in Newtown. If you or someone you know is looking for somewhere to live (a renovated terrace house on Wilson street, across the road from Carriageworks/Eveleigh Markets, super close to Sydney Uni and Redfern Station and the city, perhaps?!) and you’re happy to share with a creative, passionate young school teacher/writer and pay $300 a week plus bills then please do get in touch: elizestrydom(at)live.com.au

summer type stuff – part one

abceg000018320005h000018320019fijk

Mornings at the beach with Meg and Amelia // Strolls around the Eveleigh markets // Cups of tea with chocolate covered scotch finger biscuits on Ange’s new balcony // Summer, you can stay.

flowergirl

12345678

Lee is one of my best friends and she sure helped make 2014 a sweet year. Oh and can we take a minute to appreciate that darn CUTE Gorman playsuit? Shot in Surry Hills with a Leica M6 – developed/scanned at Richard Photo Lab.

you will take the east side and i will take the west

b1b2b3b4b5

A month or so ago I hopped on a train and travelled south to a tiny beach town called Gerroa. To be precise, I got off the train at Gerringong and after refusing a lift from a guy driving by, walked into town, had a coffee, then headed four or so kays down the coast to Gerroa, the road and ocean on my left, rolling green hills on my right. I swatted flies and sang songs I knew all the words to. I stayed in a cabin at the caravan park and thought about what would happen if I never left. The city had been grating on me and I needed: some quiet, a horizon, birdsong. I did not need: construction noise, mobile phone reception, conversation. I wanted to devote a little time to figuring out who I am when I’m alone. I’m a different person depending on who I’m with (v. exhausting) but who am I when nobody else is around? (Still workin’ on that one.) The night I got back to Sydney I had dinner at my friend Matt’s place which is right in the middle of the city. I was reluctant to leave the silent and spacious bubble I’d been in for the previous two days but once I quit resisting, I realised that an evening of meaningful conversation and nourishing food was certainly welcome.

000018340027000018340029000018340032000018340035

^^ An accidental double exposure…not sure how that happened? Still getting the hang of my Leica.  All photos developed/scanned at Richard Photo Lab.

on this side

004896-R1-004

Very rarely am I on this side of the camera but a few weeks back my friend Jason asked if he could take some photos (on film, of course) and interview me for his blog. At first I was all awkward and self conscious but eventually I started to enjoy myself. Now I know how it feels when I take YOUR picture!

004895-R1-029

004896-R1-032004896-R1-031

All images developed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in the US of A.

try hard

000006120033

A few weeks ago I took the plunge and bought a Leica. I’ve always thought Leicas were reserved for super serious street photographers or people with bags and bags of money. I simply didn’t think I ‘deserved’ one. Somewhere along the line I saw the error in this logic and started researching rangefinders. I decided to go with an M6 with a 50mm Ziess lens. When I hold it, I’m reminded of the feeling of holding a tiny kitten so its nickname is Kitty. (Strange, I know.) Here are some images from my first roll – just simple stuff to start with, I’ll get more experimental once I know what I’m doing. I’m still getting used to a manual focus lens – I’m so slow! – and I’m pretty pretty sure I loaded two rolls of film incorrectly but hey, it’s all part of the film photography FUN, right? This post features Amelia, Steph and Brendan. Plus Rach’s fridge in our kitchen.

000006120032

000006120017

000006120023

000006120019

000006120001