Lilly Pilly Arts: Blog en-us Lilly Pilly Arts (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Lilly Pilly Arts: Blog 90 120 Lilly Pilly Arts: The nice-to-knows & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

Melbourne Record Club - BYO Vinyl Sunday at Low Key Bar, Northcote                                                                    Melbourne Record Club - BYO Vinyl Sunday @ Low Key Bar, Northcote

Over the years, I have had many conversations with both clientele and patrons and have noticed there are themes of similar questions and conversations that come up - so what better opportunity to cover all these and more in a new blog!

A good place to start is what I do as Lilly Pilly Arts, primarily what I have focused on is event photography. It sounds like simple job - going to venues and parties, taking photos of the people and the going ons, which is always fun. However, there is a little more that goes into this equation. What goes on behind the scenes is the approaching or being approached by new clientele with personalised customer service and consultation of their vision. Once the times have been locked in, equipment  needs to be prepared and visualisation of how the event will go and the photos that I want to take. When I arrive I will engage in casual banter with the owners/ managers or event runners and with all the patrons - as well as the main part of photographing the event. 

After the event/ project is done, there is post production (photo editing), publishing/ uploading of the end product, and basic administration (i.e. creating and issuing tax invoices, maintaining profit & loss spreadsheets, etc).

That is what I do in a nutshell - however, this can change from time to time depending on the nature of work that is required.

What is Lilly Pilly & how do I operate?

While Lilly Pilly has been mainly an event photography brand throughout the years of operation, there have been moments of rest and trying to figure out which direction to take the name. There is also the question “how will my other artistic skills be incorporated?” (I will go into a little further detail later on in this blog).

I started photographing events for the Rock Like This, Lounge and Ghetto Funk crews in Melbourne with the occasional branch out with other crews such as For The Record and GASHE Magazine crews. The events carried out to councils in North Melbourne, Melbourne City and Monash to help photograph their youth and art project events. Additionally, visiting majority of the capital cities of Australia to photograph Architectual Information Services (AIS) expo nights there was corporate exposure to the brand. 

The way I operate is in an open (communication), compact (technically) and quick (timely) manner - I do not own or work in a studio. I work with what I have and make what I have work. 

How does Lilly Pilly help facilitate clientele visions?

When I am speaking with new clients I will always ask them what do they want photographed and what they are ideally wanting to achieve with the end product. While I can capture things my way - I do want to hear the voice of my client and see how they want to be viewed by their audience. 

Some clients want more action photos, others may want to concentrate on the set up of their venue or their drinks and food menus. Whatever the concentration maybe, I do take pride in having open communication with my clients and rather work with them than for them to help them achieve their goals. 

I have had clients that did not know how they wanted to facilitate their vision and put trust in me to come up with creative ways to incorporate their best features and main focus into one photograph! If clients have a particular vision in mind, I do encourage them to present me with some examples of that vision and to brainstorm ideas on how to achieve their vision.

Patrons and Ethics 

In regards to this topic, yes, I do have to (on a regular occurrence) deal with people who have had a few drinks - this does make them more photogenic, however there is a rule of ethics that do come into play here. 

In the past I have taken great shots of people being super photogenic only to be messaged on the following Monday asking it to be removed because their employer had seen the photos and for their reasons did not want that image to attached to their business. These photos were not incriminating to the individual, but it is to the employer’s discretion what kind of image they want to represent outside of their business. This is very reasonable to care about a reputation that they have built. However, one thing I like to reassure patrons of is my golden rule, “I do not post photos of other people, that I would not want posted of myself” - this includes extreme bass faces and knocked off my butt photos, were it does go on the borderline of incriminating and embarrassing. This is not to be confused with dance floor action shots which hold a whole different beauty all together - and I am just as involved on the dance floor as my subjects are. 

Majority of my job of photographing events is talking to patrons and reassuring them that the photos are going to come out great, otherwise, they will not be published. I want my clients and their clients to feel reassured that they will be represented in a way that is enjoyable for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What are these photos for? Where are they going?

The photos that are taken at bars and events are mostly used to promote and document my client’s events.

The photos taken will be published on social media via my client and the Lilly Pilly Arts business (I.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc) as well as official websites of Lilly Pilly Arts and the client. 

Where and what did you study?

This is defiantly a valid question, however, the answer may or may not surprise you.

I have not really studied at university - I have completed two six-week courses via Open House Family and Rotatory Arts when I was 17 years of age. These short courses exposed me to the post production methods of digital photography as well as different styles of photography. 

While the short courses were informal training wise, they did influence me a lot with the work I do in the present day.

At some point down the track, I would like to perhaps formally study photography or Fine Arts further, as I do not know everything there is to know.

How long have you been into photography for? How did you get into photography?

I have been into photography since my early to mid-teens. And, one year for my birthday (quite possibly when I was 15 or 16) my parents had bought me a digital point and shoot canon camera. 

With the two short courses and the digital camera, I fell into the realm of taking photos.

Fast forward a few years, I would go to a lot of parties with my digital point and shoot camera take photos that captured the nights out. One night someone suggested to invest into a digital SLR. Taking that advice, I also started Lilly Pilly up as a brand.

Can you teach me photography?

A flattering question indeed, however, the most I can offer you is tips to finding your groove - my recommendation would be to find institutions or places that do short courses that will cover the basics of photography, even reading or watching online tutorials. I have just recently found a fantastic website that goes into camera, post production and career advice - check out Digital Photography School.

If photography is something that you would like to take further then you can enrol for formal studies in photography where the materials, appropriate knowledge and assistance in detail can be provided into getting you in the right direction.

Some good tips to get you started:

  • play around with the settings to understand and see what each of them do
  • read the camera instruction manual as they can have some tips and insights to using the camera to its full potential
  • go to the library and borrow books about different styles of photography 
  • practice, practice and practice! 

Oh, my friend is a photographer you might know them - their name is…., have you heard of them?

While there is a creative network out there, photography is one of the most competitive creative trades out there and it does continue to grow with its technical availability. This being the case I may have heard of your friend who is a photographer but the chance of actually knowing them are very slim - sorry!  

I’ve done something with my camera and I do not know what I have done, can you fix this for me?

We all have “WTF?” moments, and we can generally figure them out by prodding and poking around on something or somewhere for some information. So, if it is something small like a setting or an unrecognised flashing symbol appears I would gladly have a poke around to figure it out and once I have your answer I can tell you and show you why. 

However, if there is something seriously up with your equipment, my best advise is to have a professional (who works in camera repairs) to have a look at the situation.

Oh, you do photography, I have a house, a costume/ outfit for a fashion festival, etc. that I want photographed what are your prices and availability?

While I would love to take on as many jobs as possible I am not a photographer that can dabble in all styles (ie. fashion, real estate, studio, etc), I do have my limitations and preference to the type of work that I can do and what I choose to pick up.

This does not mean that I do not enjoy a new challenge, it just means I have limitations to the types of challenges I take on. 

I want to get into photography, can you give me recommendations on what equipment/ camera to buy?

That’s great that you want to get into photography, however, I could not tell you straight out what equipment you should buy. 

Like shopping for food or clothing, buying photography equipment is based on preferences of the user.

There are many different brands out there, but it will all come down to what you want out of your equipment and what you are comfortable with. My suggestion is to ask friends or family who already own digital SLRs to see if you can borrow theirs so you can get a feel for that brand. Test out a few brands to see if they are right for you before purchasing - there would be nothing worse than putting in lots of money into a piece of equipment that you did not enjoy. 


What can you offer my business/ my vision/ my message?

While the obvious answer is awesome photography - there is also the stuff that people tend to forget like cross promotion, promotion of venues or events, even band/ artist promotion. There is also other less obvious things such as art work and unique greeting cards.

What is your structure? How do you work?

The structure is simple; I engage with the client to obtain as much information on their vision as possible. Once the visualisations of what the end product might look like, this is presented or put forward and if it suites then great! If not, I am more than happy to talk through some alternative ideas. 

The magic happens and I begin to create the end product (whether that be photography or art).

The only difference between the art and photography process is the below:

Art: progress updates are provided for feedback and to let the client know where I am at with the project.

Photography: the photos go through a post production and cull stage which generally takes 24 hours before the photos are then Dropboxed (delivery preference) and published on my Facebook page and website - this is for public events, anything privately booked is negotiated with the client to whether they would like photos publicly published.

While the art will take some time and adjusting through out the process, the photography is straight forward and quick.

Each process has clear communication with all clients from start to finish.

How much do you charge?

The pricing arrangement for photography has changed in recent months from a one full payment for an event to a per hour basis, which is $85 per hour - however, if 3 or more hours is required then the full cost will be reduced accordingly. 

All costs for photography include the consultation, my time on location and my time used in post production, soft copies of the photos with and without watermarks. All clients receive a tax invoice for their records.

For art costs will vary on multiple factors like materials used, size and time taken to draft and create the end product. Clients will receive an invoice for all art purchased and commissioned.    

How do I get the photos?

My preference to delivering photos will always be Dropbox as it is quick and easy. However, if you do not have a Dropbox account then I can easily revert to personal delivery of a USB stick with the photos. 

Unfortunately due to size and amount of photos completed in each session, emailing and messaging photos via Facebook is not the quickest or easiest option so I do not use these forms of delivery. 

What can I use the photos for?

The photos can be used for anything from social media platform promotions, photo albums or for memories sake. It is up to you if you want to use the photos with the watermark or the ones without. If you wish to credit Lilly Pilly Arts for the photos that is appreciated but not completely necessary.

The photography I create will be used on my social media platforms and website - while doing this, there is opportunity for cross promotion. 

What photos have you done or will be doing for other venues?

All venues will vary in what photography they require - the umbrella of the requirements are generally for events and drinks. While my techniques will be the same throughout my work, I am open to hearing what my client would like to try and their ideas on how to photograph their events, venues or drinks this will optimise chances for your photos being unique as well as challenge me to widening my perspective.

What feedback was given in the past and what improvements have been made since then?

When I first started Lilly Pilly in July 2011 - I was not great and I was not amazing. This took a lot of practice and being open to honest feedback, even when it hurt to hear it, the feedback was needed for improvements and change to the operations. While I have improved and changed a lot over the 7 years, I still need to learn more on my talents and try new things.  

Back in the era of 2010 to 2012, the business was not exactly a business - I was working in hospitality as a cafe waitress and was in the know of a lot breaks and broken beat parties that were happening in Melbourne, the photography was a great way to go out for cheap as most times than not, venues would pay in free drinks. I felt that there was no reason for me to be serious about the work I did, as I did not hear anything but the good feedback and receiving ‘thank you’s’. That was because I didn’t make a conscious effort to seek honest feedback.

Looking back I think my first piece of advice or feedback was given to me by a good friend who was a lecturer and a curator - she had just launched an exhibition that I took photos at and we were going through some of the photos that had been taken. And, let’s be honest, the photos we good in depth but not the best in lighting, contrast and white balance - this is where I learned the importance of good lighting, contrast and exposure with some post production tips. My friend later went on to tell me that I should study photography, whether that be via a course or reading photography books. I am a very stubborn person by nature, however, I really did appreciate the feedback and advice - even if it takes me a little while to catch on and utilise it. 

There were other little bits and pieces of advice that was given to me about exposure and flash photography - even one of my friends/ clients loaned me an external flash then later gave it too me for Christmas. This was greatly remembered. 

It wasn’t until post 2012 where I created a small survey for my then clients to complete and return. This is where there honest feedback came from and really hit some foundations for change. Some of the feedback provided in the survey was both personal and technical - for example; how I presented myself during events and ensuring equipment is up to date and serviced for the best results. 

In addition to the client feedback, there was the occasional message to the Facebook page asking to remove a certain image because it was not flattering or a friend of someone at the event that I had photographed not really digging my style of photography telling me that I destroyed their friend’s beautiful image. With these scenarios, I had to try and remain optimistic and think about why they are messaging in the first place and request from them what could have been done differently, i.e. angle, lighting, editing, etc. While I didn’t really get much in a way of constructive feedback from them, they realised that I was trying my best to see where the errors lay and do differently next time. 

You will be happy to hear that my first change was indeed how I present myself while photographing events. All other improvements in regard to technical and techniques, they are continuous improvements constantly evolving. Some technical improvements do not happen as quickly as others, like the purchasing of a camera upgrade to a canon 7D in 2014 and the recent migration from a Windows operating system to a Mac. These improvements do take time and a big budget.

Over time my technique has evolved into a colourful yet busy format to show movement and light - while I really enjoy this style, I am currently trying to challenge myself into thinking more differently about the photos that I take and their impact. 

What is on the horizon for improvements and where to next?

This kind of question I would ask myself a lot in the earlier days and my answer was always the same, “well, I just don’t know!” These days this answer has changed as I have a little bit of a better understanding and a better idea of where I would like to take Lilly Pilly - while it is a better understanding it is still open to being changed as time passes on. 

As I am gaining some better knowledge of my trade, the main goal is to improve my techniques on taking photos and open myself up to taking other styles of photography. Along with this improvement, I am also gaining a little more understanding of different post production techniques and learning about other alternative software that can be used to achieve different results. So there will be a lot of exploration moving forward.

Technically speaking, I would like to invest in a versatile lens that can cover event and non-event projects and a mirrorless camera. As time moves on and I delve more into alternative software there will be opportunities to purchase new software (stand alone or subscription).

Throughout the past year, I have received some client projects that have evolved outside the standard event photography realm. For example; venues wanting food and cocktail/ drink photography to use for promotions on their social media platforms. Whereas, another client has just recently asked me to design their single cover - while I may not be a graphic designer, I used my artistic skills to create a canvas interpreting the song’s message to the audience. I would like to work towards gaining more projects such as this, as they challenge me to really think about the projects before attempting them.

Lastly, I would like to keep my motivation game in the loop as over the past 7 years my motivation has not been all there and has been rather sporadic, this is something I would love to greatly work on more as I know that I and the Lilly Pilly name have potential. 


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:46:37 GMT
When Lilly Pilly Meet Mango On 23 December 2016, I was wondering around to find a potential watering hole. Not knowing too much about the area since my teens, I was very uncertain to how or where this night would end up. A few days earlier while doing my grocery shopping I noticed that there was a bar that seemed like it had a great vibe with lots of people chatting and drinking and thought to myself that I should check it out. 

When Friday came around I walked up Hall Street, Moonee Ponds to that bar. While walking I had passed a small bar with retro music playing and people dressed in Hawaiian shirts. Thought that it actually seemed like a pretty cool place to be, however everyone was dressed up, so I figured it was a private function. Crossing the street to what was thought to be quite a happening place to be, I ordered myself a beer and sat down by the window as it was the only seat really left for someone who was out solo. It was nice as I got the breeze coming off Hall Street rather than the air of a congested venue. I decided that this bar was not for me and to go on the hunt for another bar to try out. Found one around the corner on Mt. Alexander Road while googling other placed and decided that I was going to finish my beer then start making the journey over. 

As I left, I passed that bar across the road with the retro music and Hawaiian shirts, I noticed that the crowd had changed slightly as there were some other people in there. I figured that it may not have been a private function and to give it a shot, plus they serve Matso’s Mango beer - never tried it and thought it would be exotic.

Walking in I noticed people are dancing and I take a sit at a lower levelled marble bar as I am greeted by a wonderful lady who has a wonderful smile. I order a Mango beer and am given a bottle of water with a glass to keep hydrated. As I didn’t really know anybody at this point I decided to remain at the bar - so I did the boppy chair dance for most of the night. While doing my little dance, I met some people, did some banter and had some drinks with them.

It was getting late, and I was getting very happy - the gentleman I was speaking to said he lived my way and offered to walk me part of the way. This is where I knew I was in the right place… as I was about to leave, the lovely lady behind the bar lent over and asked how I was getting home, when I explained I wasn’t too far and was going to walk she reached over to pick up their business card and asked me to call her when I got home to make sure I was OK! 

This bar is called Mango Lounge Bar.


                                                                  Mango venue photo. Butter Trio play live jazz, Sunday 11 June 2017.

Mango Lounge Bar is a simple retro interior designed compact venue, and unlike most bars, this one is very unique in the level of care and service to their patrons, I would personally say that they are the Mecca of Hospitality and Customer Service. Founded and built by the owner Dan Semkiw, this lovely bar is a great place for many reasons, whether that is to catch up with an old friend on a chilled out school night or to have a boogie to a wide variety of DJs and live musical tastes on the weekends.

Like every cocktail bar, their drinks menu consists of the old time classics (even some with a Mango twist to the original ingredients) and a great selection of ‘Mango Originals’ which have been created by staff members old and new. There is something for the sweet and the savoury tooth and those who can’t figure out which one they are. However, it doesn’t stop there, they have a great range of beers and wines - but you don’t have to fear when trying to figure out what you want because the bar staff have great knowledge and are always there to lend you the decisive hand that you need!

                                                                     Giselle and the delicious Ronin cocktail (perfect for the sweet tooth). 

 While on the topic of the bar staff, they are always there to help (even in the messiest of times with offerings of water and help to get home safely) and great with conversation. If you go there regularly, you then become apart of the tight-nit community of staff and regulars. 

You can feel right at home with this community!

                                                                        The Mango 2017 Christmas Party at Jacks Satay Bar.

The owner and founder, Dan, has since become a good friend and supporter of Lilly Pilly Arts. While being a lover of the country and great outdoors, he is the jack of all trades and is constantly working on new projects here and there, utilising his Degree in Engineering - Computer Systems. I have reached out to Dan to find out more about his place in the community with Mango and his past, present and future projects.

The architectural design of the bar is simple, however very retro - what inspired this design? Was it a tough project to manifest into reality?

Melbourne is the home of the Australian small bar movement and iconic Melbourne bars such as Troika & Sades helped inspire the concept overall. Its a minimalistic design but extremely unique and detailed in parts so time consuming to get right.

Being in the hospitality industry for almost 17 years as an owner - have you experienced many challenges? What has been your biggest challenge and achievement so far?

Yes, almost 17 years as an owner operator and 20+ years in the industry overall. We've had great reviews including a full Epicure page some 10 years ago but getting the doors open was probably the biggest challenge and achievement. I studied engineering and didn't have a background in business. On reflection, mango was opened on a shoe string budget and wouldn't have been possible without the support of family.

Most cocktail bars have a signature cocktail - what would say the Mango signature cocktail is?

Mango Daiquiri. Blended but simply divine when mango's are fresh.

Mango has a lot of history - what have been some of the highlights?

Yes, a lot of history, if only the walls could talk! There have been some amazing nights that stand out but meeting an amazing group of friends and my wife is definitely the highlight.

How do you think Mango fits into the community?

Mango is a no-pretence cosy environment suitable for cocktails with friends, a beer after work or a coffee with mum. So its accessible to all and a place where friendships are made.

Are there any future projects or plans for Mango in the future? 

Mango will be 17 in May and Moonee Ponds is undergoing major change. It's difficult to say how things may change but mango is driven by passion so the concept will inevitably stay the same.

On that night, when I walked into Mango Lounge Bar, I knew I was in the right place - since then I have made so many beautiful friendships and worked with Dan to photograph events, cocktails and the venue space over the past year and a bit. I have Dan to thank for bring me back into the photography game and continuing to progress the Lilly Pilly business further as time progressed.  

Mango Lounge Bar staff and regulars are really one big family, with all kinds of different personalities combining into one funny little puddle. They make my heart explode with joy! 

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:15:00 GMT
Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters: Swamp Blues of Melbourne Jess Parker & The Troubled Waters, Melbourne based swamp-blues/ folk sounds that will remind you of travels to the deep Southern lands of America and dusty hazes of India, even if you have never been on the road before. I have seen them play a couple of times and I can see in my mind the beautifully strung together lyrical journey in Jess' voice.

The daughter of Mae Parker, Jess, is taking in the steps of the singer and song writer path with the debut release of her EP, Delta Veins, in December 2016.

It was then at The Old Bar in Fitzroy, where I watched her perform and swayed along to the effortless strums of the guitar. This included a special performance of 'The House of The Rising Sun' (originally performed by The Animals) with her mother, Mae, which was hauntingly touching.

What road of life experiences has contributed towards her lyrical journey, what has changed over time and what were her motivations that drew her here on this singer/ song writer path? Let's find out more about the girl behind the microphone gracefully playing her guitar.

Tell us about the journey you took to get where you are now. What inspired you to pick up the guitar and write songs?

Growing up in quite a musical family it was around me a lot, my brother played guitar so I suppose that was the first time I saw someone play the guitar and really wanted to do it myself. And, it has just always been a massive part of my life and a way that I can express myself, so that is why I have held on to it and I am lucky enough to be performing some of my own stuff now.

You were born in a musical upbringing. What memories or moments contributed to your musical growth?

My mum to this day is a singer so she performs quite often. I remember being very young and hearing her practicing for her gigs in the bathroom, and singing into a hairdryer just sort of getting ready for it. That would have been when I was from the ages 3 and up. My dad is also a lighting guy so head does a lot of big concert events, I also remember attending a lot of concerts when I was younger. It's been a massive part of daily life for me.

It's just a good thing that I enjoy music :P

When you write songs, what fuels the passion in writing and performing them?

All of my songs that I write come from personal experience, so I find it quite easy to channel that emotion and fire because I have experienced it. I think it makes it a lot easier for it to be conveyed when the artist has experienced it for themselves. Whether someone is writing a song or doing a painting, if they have felt that and it is coming from the heart, I think that this sends a really clear message. 

Through out the journey of becoming a singer/ songwriter, how much do you think your image and sound have changed? What has changed?

The major thing that has changed in my image and what I write is becoming more myself, becoming more confident and not holding back when I write songs. Because, in the beginning I was not as confident and I wouldn't want to say certain things in songs, I sort of had a bit of an idea of how should sound. I have broken away from that now, which in turn I feel a lot more myself now when I am creating and performing.

Like everything, we need to learn. How did you learn this creativity that is writing songs and playing the guitar? Did it come to you more naturally as time evolved or were there many challenges in learning to be comfortable in performance?

There was defiantly a lot of challenges. I have been singing for myself since a very young age, but I think having a mother who is a performer and someone that I look up too so much, for a lot my adolescent life I was comparing myself with her and the way she holds herself on stage. I had a feeling of insecurity, like that I don't think I could be as good as her for instance. Over time, I have started to believe in my music a little bit more which has made it a lot easier to write whatever I want to write and perform, I am proud of what I am doing now.

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:26:52 GMT
A growing collaboration of skills: Ellway & Lilly Pilly Looking through all the photographs Len Weigh and I have worked on since 2010 to this present day and can see a growth in many ways through our collaborations. 

Similar to taking a selfie everyday for 100 days, you will see a change in appearance, attitude, location, etc. It is an interesting concept, like a visual diary of your progress and life, a reminder of who you once were. While, we have not done exactly this (could you imagine, wow!), it is a similar progress, only difference is you can notice the dramatic change in appearance… and well, they are mainly staged opposed to being a snapshot of one particular time.

                                                                       (Photography by Len Weigh - 2010)

Although majority being random and spontaneous (it’s what we are good at), we have explored many concepts, many locations, many appearances and as of recently, the introduction to storyboards/ planned ideas. As a collaboration, the end results that have been achieved could not have happened without the other party - it’s a two way street. Len, provides the photography, sets, dress (occasionally), ideas, editing and spontaneity. I provide myself, ideas, makeup, editing, planning, dress and on set/ location assistance.

My role in this collaboration, is more than just a role, I see it as a way to search for myself and build up my self-esteem utilising Len’s photographic creativity when I can, at times, feel very lost and low. I can become someone that is outside to who I am in reality and be something I would like to be. While I love being me majority of the time, there is a part of me that would like to escape to be someone else or the personality I have always wanted to be - there is a lot of imagination and creativity that is involved in creating those scenarios. 

Some of my main influences that I have looked up to and facilitated in these shoots with Len are Debra Harry (Blondie) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) - both very attractive and smart women, who stand for what they believe in. These are qualities are fundamental (in my opinion) to being a role model to a wider audience. 

My appearance has changed dramatically between sets, and each time does make a statement of where I am at moment of time, whether that is mentally, spiritually, physically. And, with each location or set my appearance and body will be the messenger of those statements without using words. (As I type that last sentence, I can already hear some readers asking; “How is this even possible? You are just posing in ways that make you look like a model!” trust me you can read and understand a lot about a person without even speaking to them!)

Then, you have Len Weigh, the iconic nightclub photographer Ellway Photography, well known for DV8, 3D, PHD, Hard Candy, and plenty more. While photography is more of a hobby for him on the side of his family owned Scandinavian vintage furniture business, his creative photography is extremely experimental and vibrant. He has been on many trips around the world - with India being a common visit and love for the people, he can capture powerful and detailed portraits of his journeys.

Most people take courses or learning of a particular trade, especially in photography, however Len is very much self-taught in this field. After leaving school at 17 years old, he worked as a darkroom assistant as his first job before advancing into wedding photography within the West Footscray suburbs. This has allowed him to develop his own unique style and development of photographic techniques to which are very well known today and hopefully he ‘will not be taken for an officer of the law when out clubbing’ as a highlight of his hobby career. He looks for spontaneity in the people he photographs, whether a model or the club goers. 

Noisey Vice, had written a wonderful article along with a very insightful interview with Len in August 2015, which is worth the read.

As time and the years progress, the collaboration between Len and myself is growing into more planned and well thought out projects that tells a story, like the recent project series, Coming Undone, which is an intimate look at who I am as a person now and the event (as dark as it was) that both haunted and changed me for many years. Like the 'Coming Undone' series, our collaboration (even with a few spontaneous shoots in between) will develop other series that explore different emotional and mental states of mind during life. One of the main influences of the next series created will be of Henri Cartier-Bresson.  

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:37:27 GMT
A tourist in your own city We all talk of our adventures to other cities & countries around the world, however, how many can you recall in your own city?

It’s hard to think of how many adventures that have been or could be, we are so use to our surroundings like clock work that we don’t even think of adventure. We are not as in tune or as mindful of our surrounding so to speak - even if there is something happening all the time or constantly changing, we did not to pay too much attention to them or concentrate on our regular routine. Being born and bred in Melbourne, I have seen this place change so much since I was a little girl, half those changes seem like they only happened yesterday, in reality they happened well over 10 years ago.

Things change so quickly that we either can’t keep up with the all or just let them all slip past our eyes, our minds and walk right past them everyday without notice. I am guilty of this, however, recently in efforts to facilitate a new found freedom and push past anxieties of exploring unknown territories, I have become a tourist in my own city.

Why anxieties of unknown places? 

Negative associations to these places can hold a lot of power. For example; Footscray is a suburb with a very dark and rough history of drug abuse and racism/ hate crimes. Now, people say it has been cleaned up a lot and has become trendy on the property market. I have spoken to people about this suburb and one of the most accurate descriptions I have been given was, “it has a raw honesty”. Yes, it has become trendy, however, it’s like a different world altogether - you feel like your are somewhere is Asia when you go to the iconic Footscray Fruit and Vegetable market. Or, you can visit authentic tastes of Africa down the road before partying it up with some drinks in a beer garden crafted from recycled materials and sit with a unique mix of people.



Something as small as a bad memory can taint or prevent visits to unknown places, however, taking small steps and visits to a particular area can give healing and relief to this form of anxiety - because you are facing it and showing that it is a memory that is now in the past.

Exercising a new found freedom can include going for walks in places that are unknown to you as well as taking photos of things that represent a new adventure or world to you. Or, you can arrange for a catch up with a friend or two at new places that neither of you have been and doing things that you would not normally do.

Whether you are by yourself or with the company of friends, doing new things or going outside of your ordinary routine can create excitement and give you a new perspective. It can help improve your attitude about trying new things and learning more about the world closer to you (plus, think of the money you can save of plane trips?). It can aid the growth of your awareness and mindfulness, and help you acknowledge/ manage your anxieties of unknown places due to negative associations. 

When you visit a suburb or do something out of the ordinary in your everyday life, what can you take from the experience that will inspire you? How will it inspire you? 

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:19:45 GMT
The Pages of Japan: The Land of The Rising Culture Part 3 (JOURNAL EXTRACTS) “I said to explore, but to be truthful I haven’t figured that answer out yet.”


DAY 8 (Continued)

Me and Jario were talking about piercings at one point and this guy told us about the time he got his left ear pierced by his girlfriend at the time using an ice block, safety pin and a piece if apple. He got behind the bar and made his first pizza (a margarita) with the help of Nikolum, which was shared around with all the boys and myself. Rather nice for a first pizza. He even did the dishes afterwards.

Then, there was a couple of other quieter dudes that stayed at the other side of the bar and did not quite say too much.

It was more Jario becoming a little drunk and a bit more of an obnoxious along with it.

Then there was the girl behind the bar, Nikolum (I think her name was.) She did not speak very much English but she was very lovely. Once the boys had left, she resumed back to giving it a go, talking to me (which I found very brave of her.) Even though verbally talking fluently was hard, we still got by talking using translation applications on our phones.
She has friends going to Australia on a working visa in May or June, they might even be coming to Melbourne. And, she said some staff from the bar are also there now on a working visa. She has never been out of Japan as she is scared of flying because the airplane might crash, she feels it is too dangerous for her. She has never been on an airplane before.
She said that I looked amazing and asked what brought me to Japan. I said to explore, but to be truthful I haven’t figured that answer out yet.

I would have stayed for one more drink and to listen to some reggae tunes if another group of American soldiers did not walk in. Disappointed!

I have one full day left here Gotemba tomorrow before I leave on Saturday for Nagoya. Not sure what I am going to do, keep walking the streets to see what other landscapes I can find? Try and find my way to Peace Park? Chill out and stay in bed for most of it? Don’t know!

I will be meeting with Chiaki around 6pm for dinner, which will be a lovely way to get to know her a little more as well as say goodbye and thank you. I am thinking of drawing her a picture with a ‘thank you’ message on it.

Looking back on the past two days, I am a little bit excited about going to Nagoya. Not just about the sightseeing, but the people I may meet and the stories I may hear.


Extremely cold and wet day today in Gotemba. Spend most of it in my hotel room spilling grape juice all over myself (resulting in another bathroom sink laundry service), eating another stupid amount of chocolate while drawing Chiaki a ‘thank you’ picture and writing a love letter for a friend when they leave for overseas shortly after I arrive back home. And, of course I slept a bit before dinner.

“I am very glad to have met Chiaki on this trip and create a friendship with her. I am going to try my best to keep in contact with her.”

When I was napping, I had this really intense anxiety dream. When I woke up it was like I could not breather.
I dreamed of being in a really busy environment and I was trying to organize something. Next thing I remember I was being held down by an unknown force and having small robots attack my legs and giving them cuts. When this distorted voice was screaming ‘it’s all your fault’… it was pretty stressful, took me a while to come out of that anxious, breathless feeling.

Chiaki picked me from my hotel and we went out for dinner. We went to a place that does deep fried pork with cheese, it was delicious. Chiaki is so very kind, she said that dinner was a treat to me and when she comes to Melbourne I can show her some places around and take her to some cafes.
I got to know her a bit more, which was great. She started learning English when she was in middle school and she continued to study it because her husband works for the Kirin brewing company and because of his work they had to move to California, United States of America (USA), to live for a while. He travels to other places in the world including Australia (Perth, Sydney and Melbourne) to learn about the other partner companies of Kirin.
She has two children, a son who is 25 years old and a daughter who is 21 years old. Her son met his French girlfriend when she became an exchange student at the university he was attending. She is now living in Tokyo to become a journalist, and they have been together for 2 years. Her father does not like Chiaki’s son very much, because he cannot speak French.

Chiaki’s daughter is starting university this year and she is a beautiful girl.

I am very glad to have met Chiaki on this trip and create a friendship with her. I am going to try my best to keep in contact with her. She really likes my art and is very grateful for my drawing. She is even going to frame it.

After dinner Chiaki took me to an art supplies shop, we got there 15 minutes before closing time. I was so happy and yes, I did go a little bit crazy with buying supplies. I purchased a fine liner pen, a pencil sharpener, a new paint palette, a 4-pen that has a rubber (better than using white out) and some watercolour paints. She was very kind and smart to show me this shop, I was having some difficulty trying to find art supply shops here.

This is my last night in Gotemba, then I check out tomorrow morning to head off on my next adventure in Nagoya and Osaka. Despite my tacky hotel room experience, I have enjoyed my stay here in Gotemba and am beginning to understand why people love travelling. I am beginning to find my own groove and my own way. It is all starting to come together a little more.

DAY 10

When you get comfortable and you find your bearings to get together, you then have to pack your shit up and go somewhere else. I guess this is what travelling is like.

I am glad to be out of that tacky death trap of a hotel in Gotemba, now I am in the red light district, where my hotel seems to be conveniently located. About half an hour walk from the Nagoya train station and city centre.

What stories does Nagoya have for me?
7:30pm on the night of the Blood Red Luna Eclipse, I still in my shoebox hotel room listening to this new dub I downloaded off iTune when I was downstairs waiting to check in. Saturday night! Probably should go for a cruise with my camera to see what I can find. Or I can have an early night with a passage either from ‘The Teaching of Buddha’ or ‘The New Testament’. I have heard good things about them both, I am sure either would provide me with the comfort that I am currently in search of.

“You’ve just got to push through, right?”  

It’s good to have a decent (but very small) bathroom once again. After doing my very much needed laundry and grabbing of a bite to eat with a couple of beers, I was happy to come back to have a hot bath, wash and shave.

I leave for home next Saturday, not that I am counting. I don’t know how I feel about this trip. I still would like to be back in my own surroundings, go for a nice long bike ride with Carmen (my bike), sleep in my own bed and see my friends to share the tales of this journey. Go back to work, save more money, figure out where I want to go next and do WHAT I WANT TO DO!

Went for a tiny little walk in the streets and it has come alive with club goers and boys looking for a good time. Went back to Family Mart to get tomorrow’s breakfast and more white chocolate.

Tomorrow I’ll get going on wondering adventures. Nagoya Castle, the cat café and few shrines and temples in there. Hopefully I get to meet some more interesting people.

DAY 11

Another wet one over here in Nagoya today, but I braved it to have a wonder. Tried giving the waterproof case that Len gave me a crack. It was a bit difficult with my 50mm lens. So, I passed by a Lawsons store and picked up an umbrella that did the trick.

I didn’t go that far really, I didn’t make it to Nagoya Castle, might leave that for tomorrow’s adventure. However, I did make it to the Nagoya City Science Museum, which was extremely cool. Hard to read all the information as it was in Japanese, but I got the ideas and had plenty of fun taking photos. I easily spent a good 3 hours in there. (I kind of felt like a little kid again, going to ScienceWorks).

 Nagoya is not as hectic as Tokyo, which is good. And, where I’m staying is in a little grid of streets so it is a little easier to figure out where I am going.

Had a little look around at the streets and the park surrounding the Science Museum, taking some interesting photos, before resorting back to the ramen restaurant across the road from my hotel room for lunch.
I was going to charge up my phone and head straight back out to find some shrines and temples. But, ended up having another read of ‘The Teachings of Buddha’, followed by me falling asleep. When I woke up I made my daily trip to Family Mart to pick up my dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast. While I was there I found some bananas, almost hesitated but got them anyway as my diet has been bullshit and I needed to get more real food in me than I have been currently getting. Polished off yet another packet of chocolate, doing wonders for my body.

DAY 12

“Things happen for a reason!”

Had a bit of a sleep in this morning only because I was up until 1am. Had my Family Mart breakfast (man, I am getting overt not eating right) and got ready to venture out to Nagoya Castle, with a coffee stop off first.

Walking through the parks to get to the Castle was very dreamlike with Cherry Blossom flakes caking everything and falling through the air like snow. Quite magical really!
(I took quite a number of photos today, that if I was going to stay here any longer I would have to buy yet ANOTHER memory card).

I had a good look around Nagoya Castle and the surrounding gardens, very beautiful.

When I was having a look inside Nagoya Castle and gallery, an elderly man came up to me. He started asking me where I was from and talking about the art on the Samurai swords. From that, he walked me around the first floor showing me things that were on display.
He said that I was nice and friendly. He had been studying English for 20 years and he wanted to practice speaking it. He wanted to learn because he wants to travel to English speaking countries someday. He used to be a dentist but he has retired now, and has plenty of free time (hence leaning English). I told him about Indigenous Australian art and how I thought a spotted art on a sword cover reminded me of it.
He was a lovely man and very kind to show me around as well as tell me about some of the things on display. And, again hats off to this gentleman for braving it and communicating with me in English, giving it a go, making the effort and his English was very good too!

Nagoya Castle was pretty amazing. However, I was extremely disappointed by the poor monkey out the front that had a rope tied around its neck, wearing a silly shirt, given stilts and made to jump over hurdles (let alone hurt himself) to entertain a crowd. Everyone was laughing and clapping, but I sure wasn’t. And, after venturing off to a different part of the gardens, I walked past again when the show had stopped and the crowd mainly gone, to find the entertainer slapping the monkey over the head and telling him off repeatedly while yanking on the rope around its neck. I can see in his face that he didn’t like it.
I wanted to untie the rope, undo the collar, take the silly shirt off him and set him free in a forest somewhere.

After spending a few hours at Nagoya Castle, I ventured off to find some food and to charge my phone. Was a bit of a hike, but found some food and a couple of beers, but no charge. They wouldn’t allow it. Still the food was nice.
Once I left to find my hotel room, I ended up finding the cat café here in Nagoya. YAY! (And, he let me charge up my phone).

“The cat café was great, that’s all I can say!”

Last night here before I check out tomorrow to head to the second last city, Osaka. I might do a detour through Kyoto on my way so I can enjoy the only full day I have in Osaka before heading home.

DAY 13
In Osaka now, another hectic city. Passed through Kyoto on my way, wasn’t feeling it too much today to be honest. Had a lot of anxiety. Plus to properly do Kyoto you’d need more than a day. I bumped into one of my travel buddies in Kyoto and ended up trekking it to Osaka with them so we could meet up with the others.
Was going to plan to have dinner with them all tonight, but I was feeling both tired and anxious.

Extremely lucky to have such a nice hotel room and bathroom. Had a bath AND a shower tonight.
When I was in the bath, I was telling myself that I shouldn’t be too hard on myself and make sacrifices in my life to comfort or please other. After all, I am only human!!

DAY 16

I’m glad to be finally heading home to my space, bike and friends.

Yesterday was pretty cool, checked out the Umenda Sky Building with one of the crew & had a beer.

By Tjanatja Cavenett

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:19:05 GMT
The Pages of Japan: The Land of The Rising Culture Part 2 (JOURNAL EXTRACTS) “…amazes me to think that you can learn so much about someone from talking with them, even for just a little bit.”


In this post, I was originally going to start from where I left off in Part I (Japan: The Land of The Rising Culture). Even though there was a large cap in between the releasing of parts, I thought I would read over my journal (that I kept while I was over there) to help jog my memory into writing up this second part.

It was very quickly apparent that trying to recollect the movements from 2015 would be somewhat difficult. However, reading though the pages I began to release that some of the mentality, strength, wisdom and attitudes written were actually quite profound. In saying this, I would like to share those special journal entries with you…

PS. Please mind the bad grammar and punctuation of the entries, they’re typed up as they are written.


Last full day in Shinjuku, Tokyo before I head down to Gotemba near Mt Fuji. And, I have to say that I am glad… I’m over it.
I went to Tokyo city earlier to see the Imperial Palace (which was unfortunately closed due to renovations, which was sort of a disappointment). But, the walk through the park was nice.

If I had gotten something to eat before I got there, the loop around wouldn’t have been so intense for me. (Which resulted in me eating crap).

The park was very nice though, with some lovely bridges & cherry blossoms. And, Tokyo City was lovely too, not full of lights, sounds & people everywhere, just nice and spread out. It was a little like what I expected it to be in all honesty.

It does not help that my hotel room is smaller than a shoe box, although I shouldn’t complain, there is a bathtub. And, it feels good to be able to have a hot bath.

I am not completely over this trip, it’s had good moments. Just over the busyness of the inner city. And, I kind of miss home, being in my surroundings, having space, my bike… I am actually feeling slightly lonely. But, I am sure I will probably grow past that eventually after I leave Tokyo.


The journey to Gotemba was easy enough, just one express train via the Romancecar. And, as expected, it’s more countryside than Tokyo. Not a huge amount to see and do, but still enough to keep me out of my seedy hotel room for a day.

I like the fact that it is a bigger room than the last one, but the minute I walked into the elevator and the hallway towards my room I regret not booking a better hotel. I had to open up my window right up to make an attempt to let out the stale smoke/ mould smell out of my room. Kind of makes me think they probably smoke while cleaning these rooms. And, there is stuff all over the place, not what I expected. Walk into my room to find tacky wallpaper & a mouldy bathroom that I would rather not take a bath in let alone spend very much time in altogether.

It’s a place to stay none the less. It’s nice though, quiet & extremely close to Mt Fuji, which makes it all the worthwhile.
It kind of reminds me of downtown surburbia. A bit more of a poorer part of Japan. It feels slightly seedy walking back to my hotel room after the sun has gone down, with the foreigner guys being ruckus in the quiet streets looking for bars.

It’ll be good to get out & around to see the parks & shrines. Weather reports say there will be rain the whole time I am here, I just hope it’s not heavy.

NOTE TO SELF: Next time I book a holiday overseas, make sure I read the hotel reviews before booking.


A very windy, foggy, cold day today in Gotemba. Tried to figure out how to get a bus up to Peace Park this morning, but gave up & got the bus to Gotemba Premium Outlets, which was ok, nothing overly exciting. Just a bunch of brand shops with expensive things. I bought a bit of chocolate and candy. And, as of now, it has all been finished.

Had a bit of an afternoon nap when I got back, this is after knocking off a bag and a half of candy. It was really a bit of miserable day.

I woke up and talked myself into going for a bit of a walk around to the area. It’s a really big contrast to what Tokyo is, not as busy and ritzy looking. Instead, it’s old, run down and rust looking.

Also, on my little walk around I bumped into the lady from the Information Centre, Chiaki, and her beautiful golden retriever, Bell. Chiaki is an extremely lovely lady, I had a nice little talk with her, even added her on facebook.
She was born in Fukuyama, which is on the very south island of Japan, she visits once a year to see her daughter who lives there. She also has a son, who has a French girlfriend who is from Lyon, France. Chiaki has lived in Gotemba for 20 years, she is trying to learn English & is currently taking lessons.
Even just reflecting on the small conversation I had with her today, amazes me to think that you can learn so much about someone from talking with them, even for just a little bit. I would like to tell her more about where I am from and what it is like. She said she lived in America for a little bit too. I would like to know more about her and her lifestyle, why does she want to learn English?
I think it’s very brave of her to put herself out there and communicate with people in a language other than her own.

Other than that, some American guys made some small talk with me on the bus back from the Gotemba Premium Outlets. They’ve been in Gotemba for about 4 or 5 days and were thinking about going up to Tokyo. But, they’re not sure if it’s worth it or not, as they’ve asked me what’s good to do up there as it’s to do up there. And, there is plenty to do up there as it’s so busy and lots going on.

Although, I am missing home and would love to be back on my home land, I am interested to see how the rest of this trip pans out.

…‘you can tell a wolf’s story by its howl.’


I’m counting down the days until I am back in my own bed, but I’ve an interesting experience today.

Decided to skip the buffet breakfast and get a cheap one (and, not to mention incredibly unhealthy) from the 7/11 before doing a bit of walking around to see what else I could find. I found a temple and a shrine before doing a bit of a hike up to the Memorial Park. I also found some interesting landscapes along the way of rusty tin buildings, trashy alley ways and things that do not fit the majority of people’s views of a very clean, pristine and busy Japan. Along the way, I stopped into a newsagent to have a look for some fine liner pens and the gentleman behind the count asked me where I was from. And, we spoke about Japan and Australia, when are the best seasons. He owns the little store with his wife, I think, as she came after our short conversation to swap with him so he can take the dog.
I was both taken back and impressed about his courage to talk to me, as well as his English being so good. And, it felt great to be able to converse with someone else & trade wisdom (if you will). This gentleman (and, I call him this because I feel bad for just calling him ‘this guy’) had lived in Gotemba his whole life, he has been up to North Japan where his sister lives. He mentioned that he will be going to Kyoto next week for a day, I don’t know what for, didn’t ask. I probably should have.
I wonder where he learned to speak such good English. From tourists, family or friends who know how to speak it? Perhaps, he takes English lessons at the same place that Chiaki goes?

Gotemba is an interesting place, not a lot happening, but a lot to learn.

 Hung around the Memorial Park for a bit taking photos, seeing paths, but they didn’t lead to anywhere exciting, but the park was beautiful with its flora.
By the time I was done and leaving I was so hungry, so I stopped by the Family Mart for yet another unhealthy meal, that I called my lunch. I would’ve walked all the way back to my hotel, but by then I was really tired and could not be bothered with too much more walking. Got to the interchange and got the shuttle bus back to the outlets in hope to source some decent Wi-Fi connection. After attempting to source the connection that I needed and only getting limited access, I gave up and got the shuttle bus back to the station so I could go back to my room for a nap.

When I woke up, I laid in bed for a while because it was cold and I had the window open to let more fresh air into this stale room.

Had a bit of a craving for ramen and some decent Wi-Fi connection. So, I walked back to the main bit for the search of Wi-Fi and proper food. Pretty much everything was closed til 5pm or 6pm, so I was wondering around the streets (as well as dropping by 7/11 to buy more chocolate) trying to kill a bit of time before the ramen place was open at 5pm. It was great ramen, but so very big and I had gyoza with it. I felt bad for not being able to finish it all. But, it did help kill a good 50 minutes before I would head off to the cute little bar with decent Wi-Fi connection and craft beer on tap. I still got there 10 minutes early though so I was standing by at the corner using the Wi-Fi. I could have stood there and just used the connection and not have gone in, but this place has American soldiers crawling through it once the sun goes down and it feels kind of weird (in not the good way.) So, I went in to have what I was hoping to be a quiet beer updating my Instagram while listening to reggae tunes that the girl behind the bar was playing, but a group of the soldiers walked in.
It was interesting though, they seemed nice enough to talk too, but some I could see right though. But, it was a good experience to be able to meet new people and trade stories.

There was Jairo (which I could tell was one of the ones to be careful of) the Hispanic American who was left by mum when he was 2 years old to live with his grandma in the Dominican Republic until he was 7 and he could move over to America. His mum left him so she could work in the states to get the money and papers together so that he could move over there to live. He resented his mother for quite some time until he was 17 or 18 where he begun to understand and appreciate what she did for him. He then made a promise to her never to do that again (be resentful of her), even til the last breathe he takes alive. He showed me his tattoo that has this story behind it. He wrote the poem, the tattoo had a lot of reds, blacks and whites. It was a wolf against the moon. He believes that wolves hold huge spiritual significance, ‘you can tell a wolf’s story by its howl.’
He was nice, but made me laugh when he kept on trying to crack on to me. What made me laugh more on the inside was when he got his phone out, he had a photo of him kissing what I think was his girlfriend. But, yeah, nice, but full of it.

Then, there was Dhillion who likes metal music because it relaxes him when he feels rage, but he also likes country music. He had a bit more of a softer feel to him, a little gentler. We compared which bands we’ve seen live, he said the metal scene in America is underground like you can look at someone and not tell that they’re into metal.
He was telling me about his family owning a whiskey distillery back home, it was called Moonshine. It had been around since the prohibition in the 1920s – 1930s and his grandfather or great grandfather had been one of the runners during this time. They’ve had this recipe for whiskey since then, apparently they use fruits like pineapples and apples in the brewing/ distilling process and they can make an apple pie flavoured whiskey with apple and cinnamon.
His dad was also in the military, so he was born into the army. His dad met his wife in the town that she was teaching at, she was not a part of the military.
Dhillion had his heartbroken by a girl who was into Nirvana so he can’t really get into them without being reminded of her.

There was another guy whose name I didn’t catch, but Jario called him his brother. I didn’t really get to talk to him much because he was taken back by Nikolum (the lady working behind the bar). He seemed like an OK guy from what I gathered.


.. To be continued ..

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:15:00 GMT
INSPIRATIONS: BARRY C. DOUGLAS “Allow yourself to become distracted. It's the essence of my work.”

Kim SalmonKim Salmon Live by Barry C. Douglas                                                                                Barry C. Douglas - Kim Salmon Live

Born in Scotland and arriving to Australia at 8 years old, Barry C. Douglas is growing very quickly in popularity amongst the live music scene in Melbourne with his portrait and live photography. However, he documents the city’s progressing life in society and this world for what it is from the sidelines.

His documentary style is what it should be, raw and does not falsely advertise a different reality, just what is there in front of you in that moment of time, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you.

On his website ( he states “…I'm hardly a leader. I'm a bit lost to be honest, always looking for a way to go back on my word. “

In this article, I will be digging deeper to see what lies beneath and behind the lens to see where this unpredictable map will lead…

“I have spent my whole life watching people and want to see things unfold as they would without my influence.”

We tend to forgot that life can be less from what we try to trick the world with in our marketing schemes, overly touched up photographs and smiling people posing to make things look amazing. There is a lot more to this reality than we actually care to notice.

What influenced your decision to be that person that doesn’t get fully involved and capture moments in time?

I'm not sure it was a decision as much as it was the natural way to approach the work I do and I was happy with that arrangement. 

I'm actually very involved with my own work and ideas, just not with world around me.

I have spent my whole life watching people and want to see things unfold as they would without my influence. Not being involved means I don't like interfering. I need to be able to watch without tripping over people and who they are.

“I don't want to take a photo of someone drunk with their arm around their best mate at a party, or a corporate headshot for a pamphlet.”

I'm a CCTV operator not a reality show producer. 

During your photographic studies, what challenges did you encounter and overcome?

I'm still studying, probably always will be. As far as the actual college I attended. I wouldn't suggest anybody studies photography. It's a dying industry and nobody is willing to tell you that. If you like taking photos, do a marketing course and learn how to sell yourself. You can do that as a bad photographer but being good at it and having no idea about business is the real challenge.

Coming from a broader sense of your creativity, who inspires you to do the work that you do?

My own imagination is my biggest influence. My imagination can be inspired by a lot of things but rarely other photographers or photographs. 

It's mostly triggered by sounds, music experimentation by people like Jason Lescalleet and Oren Ambarchi. Films too, like David Lynch for more dreamy personal work and People like Woody Allen for the street photos. That is quite broad though as any given day or mindset can give me something.

Barry C. Douglas - Self Portrait                                                                      Barry C. Douglas - Self-Portrait

Being visual, how do you see the world around you and how has this work impacted on your views?

The world around me scares me and makes me very anxious, similar to a horror film. Not scared enough to stay home but scared enough that I might find something. 

I always see sadness and chaos in life, rarely do I see something warm and photograph it. This is all relative to me however, someone might see a photo of an old man in the city that I've taken and think it’s beautiful. Whereas I think, this man is so lonely, all his friends are gone, it's cold and nobody visits. I better get a photograph and record this before we're too late to say anything...

“The impact of thinking this way is heavy. I've given myself a huge responsibility.”

Where do you see your creative journey taking you?

No idea. I'd like to do a book at some point. I'd also love to be commissioned by the city for something.

For those inspiring creatives, what lessons or words of advice would you give them?

“Allow yourself to become distracted. It's the essence of my work.”

Barry C. Douglas - Big Day                                                                         Barry C. Douglas - Big Day



By Tjanatja Cavenett (Lilly Pilly Arts)

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:03:30 GMT
Lilly Pilly Arts Turns 6!!!  

Up until about 3 nights ago, I had forgotten how long Lilly Pilly has been around, I was actually quite surprised.

To be perfectly honest, I thought last year would been the last. The past year and a bit have been put off to try pursue a career within the finance industry. However, I have been coming back to my roots and trying to find the real creative direction for Lilly Pilly.

Although, I was been quiet over time, no time was wasted while soul searching (which is still happening as we speak). And, very proudly I am happy to say Lilly Pilly has returned with some new approaches. You may have noticed some merging of projects that have been happening on the side, such as the modelling and the drawing/ painting, with the main photographic approach. As time moves forward, so will the brand Lilly Pilly Arts.

The weekend that has just past was spent (quietly) at home making much needed updates to the content and look of the website. Admittedly, during my time away from Lilly Pilly Arts, the website and social media content is what has, unfortunately, suffered the most.

After some discoveries have been made about myself as a person and new teachings of how to market myself via various media/ social outlets, I have grown more confident in the knowing that I eventually find a direction that incorporates all my talents into one. I will just be taking it as it comes and with stride.

While I was updating the content of the website and compiling my best stuff to showcase in smaller numbers (not to mention better quality), I had to go through all the old material. Doing this I have seen a progression in skill, quality, style, confidence and customer service. It was both incredibly cringe worthy and amazing to see where this brand/ name has come 6 years later on. What is more exciting to see, is where it can potentially go and what can be achieved in the future years to come.

I do want to send a big shout out to everyone who supported me and Lilly Pilly Arts, and gotten involved over the years and still continue to support me in my endeavours.

A special thank you to the amazing crew and community at Mango Lounge Bar for getting me on as their resident photographer, which has essentially brought Lilly Pilly Arts back into the game. This crew are my extended family and I don’t know if Lilly Pilly Arts would actually exist at this time if it was not for them.

Another special thank you goes out to the SUPER ENJOY crew for welcoming me back to the scene with open arms and supporting Lilly Pilly Arts in many, many, many ways which is beyond words to describe the gratitude that I have for you guys.


Tjanatja (AKA. Lilly Pilly Arts)

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:52:40 GMT
What has happened to Lilly Pilly? Snapped at the GET MADD party in 2012 In the past 2 years, I have been asked “how’s the photography going?” by many people and previous clients. For a while my explanation was that I had become too busy with my full time day job to actually pick up clients. While that may be true, over time the explanation changed to wanting to concentrate on my main roots of art and creativity.
           Truth is that Lilly Pilly still exists, but is on a soul searching mission from behind the scenes. One of my last photography jobs, in late 2015, was something to prove to myself that I could still do it. The client chasing and building of the brand started to feel more like a chore rather than a passion. Occasionally I still pick up Snapz (my camera that means business) and go for a little visual adventure to help keep the skills intact, especially, if I want to build more on them in the future.              
            I have enjoyed all my previous experiences with my clients and got to know them a little bit more on a personal level, hear their stories and (with some) build something more than a business relationship. I have now come to a point where other avenues will be searched for and tested towards better a product/ gift to offer the world.

           I would be lying if I said that everything I did was perfect and there would be nothing that I would go back and change if I had the opportunity. After going through the experiences that I had and jumping straight in the deep end in with minimal knowledge, experience and skills to back the idea up, I would defiantly go back to change certain things. For now, I will look back on those moments and use them as learning curves to do things differently.

What kind of soul searching have I done so far? Hard to say really, I have changed my drawing style dramatically over the past 6 years and creative ideas have evolved. From fluid organic flow abstract to straight lines, geometric shapes and angles, dots and bold colours. I have evolved my artistic style to interpret intuitive messages, emotions and dreams of the world that I am currently surrounded in.
          The modelling alter ego, Ladiebug, is starting become less of a character name and more of an actual representation of an individual whose name is Tjanatja. In the recent shoot (that has remained unreleased at this stage) I have become a little more grounded in my appearance and bring to the front of the lens a different look at the person underneath the crazy make up, poses, abstract editing and masking. I will looking very forward to presenting this special series to all of you when the time is right after the full cycles of the project being finished.
          I have started other little projects over time that incorporate my art in gift forms to be given others in celebration, gratitude and expression through the mediums of design and collage. I would like to expand more on these ideas as time goes on and be able to promote these gifts.
Over time I have grown a little more as an individual and made improvements/ changes to my lifestyle to help me to see more clearly and start making my own choices. Most of the bigger changes have been made in the past 2 years, however I get the sense that bigger changes are very close on the horizon for me personally and for the Lilly Pilly brand.
          What other changes are on the horizon? Honestly, nothing is set in stone, especially with a ‘jungle gym’ like life. Ideally, I would like to expand and create ways for others to be able to express themselves in a way that is unique and bold. Help others see their own creativity and use that to their advantage. Changes in scenery to get a different perspective on inspiration. The combining of creative projects. The growth of Lilly Pilly, getting the name out there, creating a mission of using my gift to help others.
          However, these goals can change as time goes on, and things maybe completely different.

In recent months, there has been the questioning of my career goals and paths. Am I on the right path? What are my values? What do I want to do? What do I love to do? What do I see myself doing that I love and is in line with my values? What don’t I like to do?
            These questions have not been completely answered yet and this is ok. However, I have looked at other creative career paths that could have been potentially taken (or could be potentially taken) and realized that I was pushing for the idea of change and to take action too quickly. This is not something that can been seen or taken on straight away or lightly, it does take time, effort, searching and patience to find the right path for yourself.
            To keep the ball rolling some short courses via online have been taken here and there, with more in the future. A course on how to learn efficiently was the first taken on (appropriately enough) and passed on a grade of 93.9% (if you are interested on taking this course or having a look, you can find the page I have previously attempted to complete the Biology of Music and Seeing History Through Photographs (a photography appreciation and critiquing course) courses, with no luck the first time and exited them after 1 week. In saying this, I did learn a little more about music and photography appreciation in the first week of these courses and I do hope to attempt them again in the near future.
           Currently, I do have an interest in Personal Branding, self-improvement and redefying myself personally and the Lilly Pilly brand. So, along with these particular interests, a lot of soul searching is happening along with many changes and improvements to be made.

So what will be the next thing to come in line? I don’t know. I would like to be able to get all my different mediums of expression and put them together in a way that can help inspire others to reach within themselves to find their own creative outlets. From intuitively working within I would like to be able to assist others express themselves in ways that is new and bold for them. How will I do this? I still have not figured that bit out.

To my supporters, readers, clients (new and old), friends and family stay tuned, this will take time but I will try my best to keep you all informed of what is happening from behind the scenes.

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:31:55 GMT
Japan: The Land of The Rising Culture. Part I It’s been well and truly over six months since I returned home from my ventures overseas to my first country other than home (Australia), and plenty of people have asked, “How was it?”

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, ramen, asahi & Mt. Fuji, was a good introduction to the soon growing addiction that they call ‘The Travel Bug’. People are friendly, regardless of the language that is spoken, the landscapes were beautiful and majority of the hotel rooms were compact. The food was fast, hot, delicious, and like the alcohol, very easily available at a drop of a hat & cheap to purchase.

Tokyo, the largest and the capital city of Japan, has the population of 13.35 Million (1 May 2014) people. Australia, the world’s largest island & smallest continent, has the population of 23.13 Million (2013) people.

... So, how was it?

It was very black and white, two extremes at either end of the spectrums. When it was good, it was great, but when it was bad, it was really bad. You’re probably thinking, Japan… what could possibly go wrong there? It wasn’t really what happened externally, but what was going on internally. When I was at Melbourne Airport with 3 of my friends, ready to set out on an adventure, I couldn’t wait to get out of Melbourne. I really couldn’t wait, I was thinking that I would like it so much that I would never come back. Prior to leaving for Japan, it was all I could talk about, friends kept saying, “seeing other countries will make you see how much you really appreciate Melbourne and what we have”. I didn’t think that was even possible, excuse my ignorance on that one.

Leading all the way up to being on the plane getting ready to take off, had been a very surreal feeling. Even well into my first few days of the trip, it hadn’t hit me that I was in a completely different country. I wasn’t quite nervous, I wasn’t quite excited, didn’t know what I was feeling or what this mix of emotion was! Even writing this, I still can’t quite describe what I was feeling or even put my finger on what it was, but it was certainly nothing I have really experienced before.

It wasn’t until the 3rd day of the trip, I woke up one morning in my hotel room in Shinjuku, Tokyo with what could have been one of the worse hangovers I’ve ever experienced in a very long time, that I felt such high anxiety and, with what I can easily recognize now as, homesickness. The cheap strongzero and asahi cans from FamilyMart mixed with the $4 pack of cigarettes that I bought seemed to have played a very big creep up on me. I literally broke down into tears wishing I was back home.

I can’t really describe what this homesickness was and how it came about. Guess seeing almost every second person commuting on their bikes made me miss my bike at the time (Carmen, my hot pink Electra cruiser) and long rides in the warm sun. And, from that other factors started to come into play. Like the realization that I was all over of sudden being in a completely different country and being so far away from home. It hit pretty hard, and out of all the things I did (and inexpertly) and all I could think of was to message my mum and those back home. It was strange, very strange. Not even sure if it was the realization that Tokyo is an even more intense city than Melbourne & Sydney put together, then on steroids with the population very close to the size of all over Australia in one city. Maybe it was a mixture of all these things and the copious amount of alcohol still swimming in my blood. Whatever it was, it was strange… and unexpected.

In amongst the cocktail of emotions and an intense mental clash, I gained much more than a headache. An insight which I didn’t see before. Through the anxiety I suffered and the few times I contemplated changing my flight to come back earlier, I found myself talking through those hard times. It was a message that mum had sent me on my last night in Shinjuku that made me think that it’s better to change things rather than throw away an opportunity that I may never get again. She said, “if you feel inclined you can always change your flight to come home earlier” to which (and most impressively) I quickly replied… “I would regret the fuck out of doing that if I was to get home earlier”. So, after much thought I cancelled my hotel in Yokohama to book a room in Gotemba to spend 4 days near Mt. Fuji and get a grip of reality.

That morning I woke up, did my daily routine of shower, change and pack my suitcase to check out of my hotel room. In between, checking out of my room and catching a bullet train down to Gotemba, I settled in a chain café for an espresso and plan my way around this confusing but wonderful city of Shinjuku. I was excited to set off on a journey of my very own and realize I’m more capable of being independent enough to create my own journey and make my own choices.  I honestly couldn’t wait.

I had finished my coffee, said a very simple goodbye and “Arigato” to the people who were waiting on my table. I set off through the Sydney like streets of Shinjuku to find my way to probably one of the biggest train stations I’ve ever had (and might I add, strangely delightful) experienced getting lost in. After locating the ticket booth to buy my bullet train ticket, the Romance Car, express to Gotemba, it was time to meet my next adventure’s platform.

“…This area is a favorite of Japanese and foreign tourists, and during the ride, you will see some of the very best Japanese scenery. The panorama of Katase-Enoshima that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the seasonally changing countryside and mountains, and on clear days, the majestic Mt. Fuji.” -

Still feeling uneasy about my hangover from a couple of mornings before, I sat at my designated seat staring out the window into the last sight of this busy surrounding for at least 5 days. Within about 45mins to an hour and seeing motion blurs of the remaining bits of Tokyo and surrounding cities, the Romancecar was now zipping through rural Japan through the surrounding mountain valleys and green scenery. Breathes of fresh air and eagerness to get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji, “…is that it? … oh, wait, IS THAT IT? No…” beautiful surroundings nonetheless.

Upon arriving at Gotemba train station, there was great excitement of what experiences will be had in this town. But, nothing compared to being taken away by the awe of the majestic Mount Fuji right there in front of me, it really was beautiful sight. I was very lucky to have been able to see it and be in awe of Mother Nature herself, as the weather in Gotemba was quite wet and cloudy after that day.

Very shortly after arriving and being amazed, I was in hunt for some food before I hunt for my hotel room. To get a brief feel of the area, I walked around to find somewhere to settle and have a feed. Most of the places I walked passed on the main strip, where closed or not even established yet. Walking along I felt like the place was a bit of a ghost town with a few bars to drink at and Mt Fuji. A quiet & run down country town where I wasn’t to know what to expect. After doing a couple of laps on the main street, it was decided that I would make a drop into a small little eatery on a corner that just opened for lunch. I will just say this now, I became addicted to vegetarian gyozas while I was in Japan, had it with almost every meal. Yum yum!!! To continue on, I had what would be my fifth ramen ever and a serving of gyozas (I’m pretty sure I had 2 servings that day). As small this place was, there was a real authentic Japanese feel with business men on their lunch break slurping their steaming ramen. It was cute and warm, there was no complaining.

For a last minute decision in my hotel room of Shinjuku the night before, I certainly did pay the price for picking the cheapest hotel (the only disappointment of my trip). As I arrived, the staff were heaps friendly but unfortunately didn’t make up for the state of the rapidly aging hotel. The smell of stale smoke throughout the entire hotel and the feel of a red light hotel with tacky wallpaper… just added to the charm and feel of the town (I mean this in a positive way too), I only needed to just adjust to the feel which didn’t take too long. First day wasn’t too bad, not much time after arriving and settling into my room I ask the reception for some ideas of what happens in this town. The gentleman points out there is a tourist centre up the road in the main area. Getting to see the sunset behind Mount Fuji on my first night from my hotel window, however did bless me in a wonderful way.

 After speaking to the gentleman at the reception and collecting some tourist pamphlets about Gotemba, I made my short journey to the main street of the town and to the tourist centre. At the tourist centre, I met a lovely woman, Chiaki, who was very willing to help with suggestions and happy to have met a new person. Chatting to her for a little while now, I was starting to feel a little more comfortable and was beginning to get an idea of what to expect from this town.

Before heading back to my hotel room and taking advantage of the dry weather, I took off on a little wonder around locally to get my bearings together. Looking around at the quiet country town, I saw rusty tin and abstract landscapes, to which were a different contrast from what Tokyo was, really clean and pristine landscapes. I hung out on a carpark rooftop while watching the view of Mount Fuji over the town, with the clouds slowly closing over the view. Gotemba was very windy.

Making my way back to my hotel room I begin to wonder what is in store for this town in regards to dinner while noticing the rusty looking nightclubs on the main strip. After getting back and dropping off some of my things, I decided to head back down that main strip to see what I can find shortly after watching the sun set behind Fuji. Walking around in what seemed like a little bit of a ghost town it was hard to find something that really stood out, without seafood in it. The occasional group of guys would walk past and notice another foreigner. Wasn’t until I saw a sliding door with the big words “FREE WIFI” written on it where I decided I take refuge from the cold wind, and as my phone reception wasn’t the greatest down there it was handy to use so I can get in touch with those back home. Eventually I got through that door, minutes after they opened I sat a stool in a tiny bar big enough to fit 7 people. (For those from Melbourne) This bar had a feel of E55, where there was recycled materials making up the atmosphere in a very creative way, using old Jackie Chan movie posters and menu covers, serving craft beers and cheap wood-fired pizzas. It made me feel more at home, and as it was pretty quiet that night I went in, it was good to catch up on some social media updates, have a feed, an exchange of greetings with the lady behind the bar and a tasty pale ale.


... To be continued … Tokyo - 2015Tokyo - 2015

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:43:20 GMT
2014 - The Wooden Horse 2014 has proven to be quite a large year of growth, tough experiences, wild rollercoaster rides & shifts in the Universe. The Year of The Wooden Horse described as wild & best handled when decisions made with very little thought. It has been a tough year, not just for myself, but most that surround me.

For the Lilly Pilly name, this year has been a year of change, searching & discovery. Though-out the year of interstate travels doing corporate event photography for Architectural Information Services Australia (Equinox Events) & seeing more of the mother land that is Australia, I had been searching for a new style, a new purpose & direction to mould myself into. Whether it was art, photography, writing or modelling, a change was in the works (and, safe to say still is in the works).
             I’m thankful for the experiences that AIS (also Shannan for the ongoing support) have provided me in the past year and a bit working with the staff and clients.

Equinox - Brisbane @ The Customs House - Thursday 1st of August 2013Equinox - Brisbane @ The Customs House - Thursday 1st of August 2013

 Juggling my main work as a waitress, finding myself as a person/an individual and other ordeals in the mix. Things had become difficult & I had started to struggle for some solid ground for quite some time during the year, leaving me with little time to be creative. Even though, art is one form of stress relief, I found very little motivation to tap into at times of stress & darkness.
              I went through a large period of time of self-doubt, darkness & soul searching. It was tiring, stressful, scary, aggravating & soul drenching to go through, but I continued to the best of my abilities to fight through the smoke & learn from all that life has thrown at me this year. And, now I’m almost out in the light from the fog, I knew then and still know now, I’m thankful & grateful for the struggle I was faced with.
           As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t the only person faced with struggle & darkness, all my friends & family were facing it too. Some still are. And, at times I feel helpless because I can’t help them get out of their struggles, but I also know I can offer a hand in dealing with it. Through my experiences and own hardship, I can offer insight & advice. Let them know, no matter how hard the struggle or hardship, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a reason why we have to deal with what life throw at us, it’s a life of learning & appreciation. Without darkness, where would the love & appreciation of our light come from? We will all live to tell the story of struggle, battle & triumph. It will bring us down but won’t destroy us!!!

Towards the end of my darkness, I could feel all stresses dropping off my shoulders, dramatically, one by one… and it felt so good! One night, a couple of weeks after, it was like the left hemisphere of my brain died & my right hemisphere exploded with life, colour & creativity. The stuff that I was producing at first may not have been my best, but it was something, it was a sign that my creative motivation was making a fast return back into my life. With much determination & hard work, a styles, new ideas/concepts, new creations, new motivations & inspirations were slightly visible on the artistic horizon. Now, they’re coming hard & fast. My next lesson now is to keep up!

In amongst the new discoveries & soul searching, the concept of Lilly Pilly has now changed. Lilly Pilly will no longer be known as a local photographer extraordinaire. But, the Lilly Pilly name/brand will now be known as an all-round artist of my own original work & creations. Working on projects & ideas that I hope to carry out in 2015, some involve custom designed products that might be used to further the exposure of Lilly Pilly.


One of the major changes in my life this year has not only been career path & view, but also a personal change of self-image. For many years I was going by names that are of different personalities, like Lucie, Lilly Pilly, Andrea, Isobel, Ladiebug… but none of them were me. So, rather than trying to run from my past & myself, I’ve decided to go back to my roots and use my real name Tjanatja (pronounced Tar-nay-ya). I’m still getting use to introducing & calling myself by my original birth name so it’s a work in progress. And, by using my original birth name I feel as though I’m stripping myself of all the personas I had, along with their shells, and have made myself raw to then experience life for what it actually is. It’s rebuilding the foundation from the ground up. I’m being ME and only me.

Moving out of home for the first time earlier this year has also been a big factor of my growing this year, as I leave the roof of my parents & easy living into the world of adulthood & responsibility. At first, it was quite intimidating & overwhelming the thought of huge responsibility & what would happen if I were to stuff up. Fortunately, I have great housemates who have supported me while I tried to find my feet on the ground & reassured me that everything will be ok. And, everything is ok!! And, it’s not as scary as I thought it would be.
               Having housemates of similar creative interests has also been very helpful as we can all share ideas, help one another & be motivated/inspired by one another. Also, having housemates who are so involved in work within their communities & the Indigenous Community has given me more of an understanding & exposure of the Indigenous culture within our country (as most public schools will mostly teach the history of the British settlement and not much of the culture or history of the Indigenous community before the First Fleet had invaded their land).
            I’m lucky to have the housemates that I do, and I’m thankful for everything they have done for me this year.


Most importantly, this year has been a defining year of what I will & won’t take from people, the shaping of my community/network/circle of friends and what I want to achieve in my life (still a work in progress ;) ). I’ve been working hard on myself & my health (mentally, physically & spiritually), and have been making large progress towards shaping myself as a being.

                However, that doesn’t go without saying that none of this would have been possible without the support of my friends & those who have shared my journey with me, and have sent messages of support & love. I do extend my thank yous & love out to anyone who has been there for me at one point or another (whether you’re a close friend or not, this still applies to you). I extend my love & support to those who are or have been in my life at one point or another, and need the love for whatever journey or challenge you are going through.

In closing this review of 2014, I look forward to what is installed for us all in 2015 – The Year of the Wooden Sheep (correct me if I’m wrong)

Much Gratitude & Respect,
Tjanatja – Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:15:31 GMT
Quashani Bahd: The Real-Life Fairytale Of A Superwoman Quashani Bahd

Singer/Songwriter/fashion designer/Photographer/Creative/Artist

When I was growing up Mama had a fashion clothing house called Shashiko (Ndebele), origin Zimbabwe, which translates to ‘apron’, which is traditionally a leather apron worn by women.”

Lilly Pilly first discovered Quashani Bahd on the crowded & full of life dance floor at More Fire of August 2011. Being one of the few female dancehall vocalists in Melbourne at the time, she stood out like a blazing fire of a welcoming ceremony in her red, gold & green get up.

Since then she has set the bar for multi-creative ladies in this fine city, with her photography work with varies dancehall/reggae events, and also a big name to drop, Muma Doesa’s portraits, as well as on her own fashion label “House of BoHoChic”. Which leads us on to Quashani’s next big creative talent of fashion design. “House of BoHoChic” is a range of very colourful, eye-catching, hand-made and beautiful accessories.

As of recent months from 2013 and now following on to 2014, Quashani has been working with Muma Doesa on a musical collaboration, Bahdoesa. An exciting infusion of reggae, dancehall & hip-hop, they have a magical power to uplift a crowd with their lyrical spills & booty shaking/hip twining beats. They dress to impress with their bold, yet extremely colourful, appearance of style.

“Quashani says her creations are a medium through which she shares the gift of her creative and expressive talent with women that appreciate boldness. “ – House of BoHoChic Facebook

  Via e-mail, Lilly Pilly has gotten behind the girl of Quashani and has a story like no other, going back to where it all begun. This is Quashani Bahd & this is her story:

1. What was your background for creativity? Education, upbringing?
I would have to say my background for creativity is my upbringing. When I was growing up Mama had a fashion clothing house called Shashiko (Ndebele), origin Zimbabwe, which translates to ‘apron’, which is traditionally a leather apron worn by women.

She created clothing whose signature style added a contemporary twist to the traditional and used crochet material and bold fabric to achieve this unique fusion.
I on the other hand admired the fashion and was always in awe of the unique creations but my interest was more in art and drawing.

I had always enjoyed dance and music as a young girl but it wasn't until Grade 5 when I was 10 that I graced the stage, mic in hand and fell in love with the limelight for the very first time. It was Talent Show &Tell at school, the first of many to come and I sang "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)” written by Rudy Clark. The song was made a hit when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Also important to note the song was also recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international hit when remade by Cher in 1990. I also sang Venus In Blue Jeans”, a 1962 song written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller and was recorded in 1962 by Jimmy Clanton.

My eclectic listening was formed at a young age and is a reflection of my Fathers vast collection of music which ranged anywhere from ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Sade, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Toots & the Maytals and Bob Marley, to mention a few.


2. How would you best describe your style in fashion, music & art?
My style in fashion is unique and bold. I am what you would refer to as a trendsetter. I always like to keep it fresh and a tad edgy embracing anything from bohemian, tribal, vintage and elegant chic with an afro twist I mostly enjoy clashing prints and mixing it up with complimentary bold colours.

As for music, my signature style of the music I write is something I have coined ‘Regglues’ . It is a "passion for reggae and an adoration for the blues". Soul fuelled music, stories of love, passion, self-belief and positive self-image. I write a lot from my experiences and from the perspective of being a young woman and so my body of work embodies just that.

Art is always imitating life and my art is drawn from the inspiration of life all around us. Art should be pleasing to the eye enough to make a profound connection of sorts.

3. What are the main Influences & Motivations for your creativity?
My channels of creativity are shared between my fashion and music. Particularly focusing on fashion I could say that I draw inspiration from all around me. In nature, in architecture, in art, in the diversity of cultures and even fashion trends to name a few.

4.  Do you have any goals for the next 2 years?
Goals. Goals. Goals. I’d like to be kicking some goals over the next 2 years.
One of my primary goals is to always be evolving in my art and creations. I would love to grow with my ideas through some learned techniques. To help me achieve this desire I would need a Mentor. My accessory design is founded on no learned technique or prior experience. I have no training or formal education. I guess you could say it's a gift or raw talent. Now putting that into consideration I manifest the opportunity to find a Mentor I could learn from so I can achieve this goal and fulfill my desire to continually grow.

The other primary goal is launching my first album titled “Born to Shine” next year.  This year I will be launching a five track EP titled “Bahd Gyal Rhymes” that will be a taster of both the upcoming first and later second album. Both reflective of my body of work over the last 5years.

Secondary to my primary goals is my aspiration to take on the opportunity to share my talent and passion in both music and fashion through running workshops facilitated by various Councils to empower different women of migrant backgrounds.

Through my music and fashion I have had the opportunity to donate my time to support local charities. “Anything for a great cause”, I always say. I have had the pleasure of being a part of Oxfam Fundraiser 2010, Sisters for Sisters 2011,2012, 2013 and 2014. I would to continue to be a part of good causes to help raise awareness and funds for different charitable organizations for which I am passionate about. I strive to be an Ambassador for positive change in our community.

5. What comments would you like to add on your success so far?
It has been amazing journey thus, every opportunity be it fashion or music has been a sheer blessing and I am ever so grateful. The journey has been sweet but 2013 was a particularly sweet year. Between my first showcase for RAW (Natural Born Artists) Australia for House of BohoChic by Quashani and winning Africa’s Got Talent it was a blessed year. I can only hope that 2014 will be brighter, better, bigger and even sweeter.

6.  What advice would you give to young ladies out there about making their mark in this society?
Ladies, be open to opportunities, embrace them gracefully, be patient, tenacious, and diligent and above all believe in yourself.


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:17:36 GMT
2013 Upon Reflection "By putting herself outside of the comfort zone with a state of mind to create something she never has, put less stress on her and helped her do what she aspires to do most, create something that is powerful yet beautiful!"

Well, we have now come close to the end of what seems to be have been an amazing year for everyone! Lots of growth, inspiration, motivation and discoveries have been made throughout the year.

2013 has been a large year for Lilly Pilly Photography, with 2014 already shaping up to be an even larger one.  2013 set the bar, now it’s 2014 that’s going to spin us right round!

With the huge success of the 2nd Birthday at Workshop in July, much love was felt and has helped lift Lilly Pilly Photography up a little further in her game. Over the course of 2013, many planes were caught to and from Melbourne to shoot the Equinox events (Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide & Hobart), giving Lilly Pilly Photography an opportunity to see her own Mother land before she starts pushing her name internationally. These interstate travels are far from over as there is so much more to be seen in this massive Island of ours.

Equinox Sydney - On Seven David Jones - Thursday August 22nd 2013Equinox Sydney - On Seven David Jones - Thursday August 22nd 2013

There has been (and still is) collaboration projects being done with local artists & business’, which has pushed Lilly Pilly to her creative limits and even further past them. Challenging views, ideas and processes which has been taken on board as a growth.

As much as there has been many improvements made in the business & name, directions have changed slightly. Going from mainly documenting parties to documenting larger pictures (travels, corporate events, even a wedding and children birthday parties thrown in there), working towards using documentary photography as a way of telling stories about life and it’s cycles.

"Lilly Pilly Photography is grateful for those who have inspired, challenged, supported, motivated and had her capture something special in their lives or about their personality. She is grateful for the challenges she has face this year, as without them there would be no growth."

This year has not been easy, going from job to job to support the name & the person behind the lens. She had difficulty finding the right place to fit in creatively as well as comfortably, which has been this year’s biggest challenge. However, after surviving the last jobless drought recently, without having to resort to benefit payments, Lilly Pilly was able to say she supporting herself just enough based on the earnings she made from the name… which, is tremendous news as she thought it would take her about 5 more years to get to that stage. But, having consistent part-time waitressing work gives her the opportunity to live comfortably and support her passion (as well as put money in towards much needed new equipment).

This year has been full of interesting challenges which has helped the growth of the name, Lilly Pilly Photography. Creatively thinking outside the comfort zone. Referring to the first wedding shoot in early November, Lilly Pilly has never really aspired to do weddings. But, when she took on the roll as that wedding photographer, she jumped in blind folded, not knowing what to expect. She was scared as hell about screwing up her client’s special day by horrible photos, but when the day came along, with much soul searching she put herself in a mindset that said “this is your window of opportunity to create something beautiful!”

By putting herself outside of the comfort zone with a state of mind to create something she never has, put less stress on her and helped her do what she aspires to do most, create something that is powerful yet beautiful!

Lilly Pilly Photography is grateful for those who have inspired, challenged, supported, motivated and had her capture something special in their lives or about their personality. She is grateful for the challenges she has face this year, as without them there would be no growth.

Lilly Pilly would like to end on this note: Thank you once again to all those who have been there from the start, been there since recently, have been there at the end, been there during the tough times and has always supported the name and person behind it all. Much love and respect <3

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:32:14 GMT
THANK YOU This past year has been an extreme growth spurt for Lilly Pilly Photography, as well as finding a new voice and directions heading towards where Lilly Pilly wants to end up in 5 – 10 years times. However, this growth spurt wasn’t done individually, but done with the help and support of so many people who have had a talk with Lilly Pilly, sent feedback, supported the works, gave advice, given opportunities, helped get the name out there, and basically been there when times have gotten low.

First of all I would like to Thank & JD for giving Lilly Pilly the push and the open doors of opportunity to even consider idea as a business. Lounge (old school crew) who gave me the opportunity take photos at the venue 3 times a week for 6 months when Lilly Pilly first started out, also with that Rock Like This for giving me the same opportunities for 2 years. It has been extremely wonderful and had some many amazing experiences, met the most amazing crew from working alongside Rock Like This documenting their events. Another crew (again old school) I would like to Thank for the open path ways into the industry is Wobble for the creative support for the photos I took with just a small digital point & shoot camera, way before Lilly Pilly was even a name let alone a artist business idea (we are talking 4 – 5 years ago).

Lilly Pilly would also like to Thank her incredible and talented crew involved this year for giving their time, energy and creative input towards Saturday night. This includes my Graphic Designer - James Bartram, my in-house Photographer – Rocksolid Photography (Raynor), and my flavorous DJs performing C:1 (Camla), Sea Pilot, Mondo Loco (Serhan), System Unknown (Jase & Andy), (Chris). Also, Allie & The Workshop Bar for allowing us to celebrate with flavour this year in their friendly environment.

Thank you to those who’ve shared the event out and told your friends about it, as well as KayHat of Haarp Media for his write up and podcast mention. & Kiss.FM for mentions of Rock Like This radio. All the crews involved this year such as System Unknown, GASHE, Rock Like This, the Melbourne D&B movement.

Thank you to all the crews that Lilly Pilly Photography have been affiliated with such as Rock Like This, Lounge, GASHE, HYP Fest. (great community & youth based events that Lilly Pilly has had such great times shooting for), For The Record, Cymatic Society, Hopskotch Records, Hoodrapz (much love & on-going support), Haarp Media, Bendigo Bank Flemington Community Branch (massive opportunities into the world of corporate photography and a chance to get involved with the community),  The Brotherhood of Beats (Matty Blades & Citizen), Dropping Phat!.

A couple of personal Thanks; Mamacita Bonnita for inspiring and help in recognizing potential, as well as life direction. Not to mention some amazing love & support towards Lilly Pilly. Much respect & Love. Mel for all your advice, time and faith towards the business and helping it grow. Anthony (aka. Yenks) for advice and challenging the perspective of Lilly Pilly, as well as pushes towards making the business a little more noticeable (believe me it’s not forgotten). Corrine for challenging the thought process and motivation, really pushing the person behind the name to really crack down and get out of her comfort zones. Lee-Ann for on-going inspiration, teachings, and criticisms. Len (ellway) for advice, teachings, the years we have worked together and also on-going inspiration. The GASHE crew for some honest words, motivations and pushes into creativeness.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU & BIG LOVE to everyone who has ever supported, liked, gave feedback towards Lilly Pilly Photography. You the supporters & followers are not forgotten as you are the reason why Lilly Pilly is still a name today.

Yours Truly,
Lilly Pilly


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:29:01 GMT
Mondo Loco: An Adventure More Than Your Imagination “I much prefer and enjoy watching people creating their own dance moves to music which is obscure and challenging, jumping around to Synth crazy Dabke, spinning around like mad to Turkish free-jazz or even just simply standing still listening to middle eastern surf rock and just appreciating how diverse and beautiful music is. Without genre, without borders.”

Mondo Loco is all over flavour, nothing you have ever experienced in a normal nightclub gig. Unique & obscure are the sounds that travel from around the world to right in front of the decks that you see before you.

You can’t categorize Mondo Loco to one sound, listening and experiencing a set is like traveling through sound across the globe and into outer space. Very cultural is the sound & background.

“Just by being alive we all play a part in changing the world one way or another, whether or not what we do is for the good of the world; that should be questioned.”
Mondo Loco is also a very interesting person to have a conversation with. Passionate about his culture, and the music from around the world at different points of time. If you get the chance to visit him down at the store that he & Lucille have, Cobra Culture (138 Lygon St, East Brunswick), you can see him action with the turn tables spinning and him singing with a great heart as Lucille (fashion boss) spins around. And, FYI, dancing is much encouraged at the store and Mondo Loco gigs.

This is Mondo Loco with his unique and adventurous story;

Is Mondo Loco more than just a sound?
Yes, Mondo Loco is more than just a sound. When I first started to DJ I realized the biggest problem with the club scene was that everything is so categorized and genre specific, I wouldn’t get a gig playing a funk night for example because my idea of Funk differs from the mainstream. I much prefer and enjoy watching people creating their own dance moves to music which is obscure and challenging, jumping around to Synth crazy Dabke, spinning around like mad to Turkish free-jazz or even just simply standing still listening to middle eastern surf rock and just appreciating how diverse and beautiful music is. Without genre, without borders.

What are the future visions for Mondo Loco?
The future is a mysterious place, however on my way there I will continue to apply my ideas into my record store so I can share with Melbourne all the amazing global sound waves that I love. I would like to start doing more visual sets again with projections, freeform dancers and live instruments. I also have a vision to start my own record label in the near future.  As a vinyl collector I guess the same rules apply for the future as it has for the past, to continue to dig for the most obscure and craziest sounds.

If Mondo Loco could change the world how would he do it?
That’s a deep question. Just by being alive we all play a part in changing the world one way or another, whether or not what we do is for the good of the world; that should be questioned.


Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:01:01 GMT The Beats Of Our future I’m ultimately driven by what I’m currently playing trying to create tunes that fit into the scope of what I’m playing at the moment, while still trying to create something a bit unique/different. However, with the exceptional talent out there that’s constantly emerging this is an endless battle that I love fighting.” is the beating heart of Melbourne’s break beat and bass culture. Co-founder of Rock Like This and Kiss.FM radio presenter, Chris has motivation like you would never believe, thriving off the energy of his crowd and beats.

Having a good 10 years of DJ performance experience behind him, he has achieved such great heights, including a collaboration with Matty Blades, Dropping Phat as well as Friday Funk at Sendito Funf. Being a lecturer at Melbourne’s DJ School, he’s an idol and someone to be inspired by. and JD, as well as Lounge & Rock Like This, have had close affiliations with Lilly Pilly Photography. Giving the support and pushes she needed to get the name off the ground as well as the door to opportunity she needed. She has been so honoured to have JD apart of the 1st Birthday last year and this year representing the good vibes and good crew.

Thus, I am a Citizen who communicates with music.” can make a dance floor, and can make people go wild with beats. You will get nothing but the funkiest of breaks.

This is and this is his story;

1. How did your passion begin for music?
I have always had a huge spot in my heart for Music in general. From a young age Music has been a big part of my life. Not so much through performing or playing instruments, but just from listening. It was one of my favourite things to do when I was young is play my parents old vinyl LPs and just listen to music in general.

My love for electronica happened in a quiet lame but funny way. I guess I was first intrigued in the idea of DJing when I was in year 11 of high school. Sitting in the common room we had a Cd stereo system that had an EQ adjustment on the front of it. And one lunch time we had WILD NIGHTS (yes I said it) vomiting through the speakers, and I was playing with the EQ, doing the basic Bass cuts and drops to the music and started getting a response from my mates and the other kids in the common room. It was literally this very simple moment that turned my mind into investigating more about DJing and look at it more seriously.  

2. What was the inspiration behind the name “”?
My DJ name has no grand story behind it. But I’ll turn it into one anyway.  Years ago, (and I mean like 10+ years ago), when I first started to peruse the idea of DJing as something a bit more serious than a hobby, I attended DJ mixing School Melbourne. One of the main lecturers at the school was DJ and local Breaks Ledged – Brewster Bee.  One class we ended up discussing different options for DJ names. I had been playing with the idea of Citizen from some time. Looking at Citizen Snips, Citizen Kane (although this was already taken by a US DJ), and plays on the Citizen Idea the Brewster just came out with “What about… It’s different, and no one has ever used it in a DJ name before.” And from that point it instantly stuck to me.

Over the years I have developed a bit of a deeper meaning behind the name that I think truly fits with my objective as a DJ. That is, I am a citizen of the world, just another Human being as important or non-important as the next.  And the .com in my name stands for Communication (despite this is NOT what .com stands for at the end of a URL… It’s more related to the idea of ‘commercial’ intent).  Thus, I am a Citizen who communicates with music.  

3. What drives you to make music, play gigs and be
There are many factors that drive my passion for DJing and producing. My love for music is obviously a big factor that is driven by the constant flow of GREAT sounds from the world’s best and still unknown producers. Just the art of finding good music is something that I really enjoy.

Being able to share it with friends is another massive factor. Having friends, making friends and seeing smiling faces while your DJing is possibly one of the best things you can experience in your life (if you are me anyway). Sharing music that makes me move and feel something special and seeing it have the same effect on others is a constant positive that continues to drive me.

And, when it comes to making music, I guess I’m ultimately driven by what I’m currently playing trying to create tunes that fit into the scope of what I’m playing at the moment, while still trying to create something a bit unique/different. However, with the exceptional talent out there that’s constantly emerging this is an endless battle that I love fighting.

4. What are the inspirations and motivations towards
My main inspiration is the broken beat. Having dedicated to DJ career towards the broken beat sound it is ultimately this that drives me a fuels my passion for music. The evolution of the sound over the past 15 years keeps me on my toes and always moving forward into new areas of different sounds. Constantly discovering new and incorporating those special classics to create a story in music.

Additionally my love for hosting and organizing events is also a big part of what I do. There is nothing quite like seeing a whole event unfold from start to finish and watch the energy build and peak with friends and random people alike.  Always trying to think of the next good concept, touring international acts and collaborating with like-minded people keeps me motivated and pushing to stay in the game.

5. Any plans for in the future? is always planning for the future. Having worked under the ROCK LIKE THIS banner for years and continuing to do so with many more international guests on the way and local night showcasing top notch local and interstate talent is always on the cards.
A new venture this year that has also stepped up to the next level is a collaboration with Matty Blades and Tom Showtime and the BROTHER HOOD of BEATS. Looking to really step up what we have done in the past and get more of a local scene happening in Australia focusing on the funkier side of breaks. In particular the Ghetto Funk party vibe that we have been pushing in Melbourne at long running night - DROPPING PHAT! For over 7 years at the iconic Workshop bar.

Lastly, I also plan to really push out some original productions this year. With a remix already locked in for VELCRO records, and a potential EP planned for LOOPHOLE Records, and loads more remixes and originals on the way.

 Catch weekly on KISS FM – Dance Music Australia – Rock Like This Radio (2pm – 4pm EST)
+ Monthly at – Workshop, E55, Section 8, and Blue Bar.


Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 22 Jul 2013 01:35:30 GMT
System Unknown: Dubbers Of Our Time “…the move to construct our own system was somewhat calculated (with some big learning curves to conquer) and a natural progression from what we were both doing.” – Andy

System Unknown, made up of two sound engineers Jason and Andy, who collaborated with their love of sound, music, bass and sound systems. Also, one of the few handmade heavy weight sound systems in Melbourne’s bass underground culture, along with Heartical HiFi Outernational and Adrian’s Wall.

Having attended a few of their dances, their selection of tracks and dub grooves are incredible. And, if you ever get the opportunity to experience their sound system, you will see how high quality the sound is and body pounding their bass lines can provide.  

“So much, there are so many different facets involved, everything from getting excited about the music, to figuring out technical details of the system. It’s definitely a lot to think about!”

Lilly Pilly got the opportunity to have a chat with Andy and find out about the story of collaboration, the industry background and motivations of System Unknown;

1. How would you tell the story of how System Unknown was brought together?
We worked together in about 2006 and had similar interest in electronic music production. We always had an interest in dubwise/heavy bass sounds so we decided to build our own sound system.

2. What is the musical and industry background of System Unknown?
We both used to independently produce very different styles of electronic music - Jase was always about breaks, and I wrote and played techno. As both of us work as technicians/engineers, the move to construct our own system was somewhat calculated (with some big learning curves to conquer) and a natural progression from what we were both doing.

3. What are your influences?
Everything and anything, apart from top 40 radio

4. Do you have a particular personal choice of genre other than digital dub?
We definitely don't try to hone in on, or pigeon hole ourselves in collecting only one "genre" we love digital dub, but we try to collect and represent as much of the broader genre as we possibly can.

5. What do you want to make of System Unknown?
More of system unknown! It’s a constant work in progress, I suppose it will stop when we run out of space.

6. What inspirations and motivations do you find when working towards the System Unknown title?
So much, there are so many different facets involved, everything from getting excited about the music, to figuring out technical details of the system. It’s definitely a lot to think about!

Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:24:58 GMT
Sea Pilot: A New Perspective “I am international, chilled out, adventurous, a thinker, an optimistic, a pacifist and interested in a lot of different things.”

A large thinker with a big heart, Sea Pilot is the founder of GASHE Media as well as on a mission to create a better world for all of us. Educated and aware of the issues that are faced in society, Sea is set on educating the rest of the world on its various issues and make things that matter REALLY MATTER in our lives.

Lilly Pilly’s associations with GASHE have been very interesting, and very much a big part of the growth to where Lilly Pilly is today. Much has been learned on everyone’s perspective. A lot has been experienced between the GASHE crew, from personal to social experiences, local issues (ie. Myki & Government Power) have been brought to the table in great discussions. We have all been challenged in our thinking and our contributions.

Sea is one of the most interesting people you will have the pleasure of conversing with. He will challenge you in your opinion and thinking, he will teach you and he is a very creative spirit.
And, to give you a taste of his aura, have a read through his story and get a feel of his history:

1. How was the name Sea Pilot inspired?
I’ve been known as “Sea” – my initials - since 2000 in Toronto Canada. It was the name I used for my character when I started writing my second novel. “Sea Pilot” was my alias for the infamous Melbourne gigolo website I set up several years ago and as I’ve grown and evolved as a DJ in Melbourne I’ve started using it for select gigs.

2. How has GASHE changed your perspective on the world that surrounds us and life in general?
After a dozen years finding myself in North America and learning about the world and its rulers as a whole through conspiracists and mass media alike, GASHE has taught me that Australia is a little behind in terms of social consciousness and seeing the bigger picture. Australians are generally happy go lucky people enjoying amongst the highest qualities of life anywhere in the world and thankfully there isn’t much political discussion or interest in depressing realities of our existence.

I’ve found Australian social consciousness has drastically improved in the past couple of years with the explosion of social media and that people here are becoming a lot more aware and involved in helping make a better future. This slowed GASHE down a little at the beginning because not too many people were into us warning about some of the bullshit of society, government and corporate interests. Now people have started to wise up and we don’t seem as preachy or controversial.

Generally, I try to be optimistic about the gradually improving future of the world, which is easier here in liveable Australia, though travelling elsewhere on the planet the signs are pretty grim that there will probably be darker days for us all before the happier ones return. GASHE will keep plugging away to help people understand what’s happening and why, while proposing solutions to better the world. We’ll get there.

3. How would you best describe yourself and your sound as Sea Pilot?
I am international, chilled out, adventurous, a thinker, an optimistic, a pacifist and interested in a lot of different things.

My musical sound is diverse and eclectic. I appreciate a lot of different genres and styles from across the world, and my sets will include fresh new sounds interspersed with classic tunes and grooves. I’ll play anything from IDM, ambient bass, drum & bass, hip hop, instrumental hip hop, trip hop, space rock, chill out, dubstep, trap, classical, soul, funk, breaks, world music and more.

I’ve come a long way as a DJ since I arrived in Melbourne in late 2005. Other than having access to turntables in the early ‘00s in Toronto where I was predominantly a laptop DJ, up until a couple of years ago I’ve never really had my own gear to practice on. Between decks at home, a weekly radio show, an extended weekly residency and a growing list of gigs, the regular playing has noticeably helped. Unfortunately I think the first few years I DJed here weren’t great for my reputation as I often mish mashed tracks through an attention deficit of moods, and without practice didn’t have many of the technical fundamentals down pat.

I’m working towards gaining new respect for where I’m at right now and I know I’ve turned a lot of heads this year.

4. Having the name Sea Pilot opposed to your real name. Do you feel that the name Sea has given you a different persona?
Sea and Sea Pilot are alter egos and more the social, extroverted sides of my personality, whereas deep down I can be quite shy, independent and reserved.

I was coming down off a really terrible time in my life in the late ‘90s and I desperately needed a fresh start upon the turn of the millennium. Changing my name was one of my first steps, and I think the different persona I’ve cultivated over the past decade was trying to blossom into the person I wanted to become. “Sea” helped me get there.

5. What are your future goals with Sea Pilot and GASHE?
Sea Pilot will still always be better known for that silly website! In that respect I hope to bring peace and make marvellous love to the hotties of the world.

As a DJ, I seek to keep evolving, mastering the fundamentals and playing amazing sounds that people have never previously heard. I plan to add a live dimension to my sets, starting simply, and eventually forming a live band or orchestra that plays covers and ambitious originals that can then be mixed in/out of a DJ. When I’m ready to release tracks I want them to be visionary and undeniably different. I think this project is going to be called, “Humans are Tourists”.

I hope to keep turning heads and gain new opportunities for bigger gigs and festivals, and to continue jamming with Silver, Lephrenic, and our other friends. It’s a lot of fun, whatever happens.

For GASHE, we’ve taken a break since April’s G:7 festival, which was exhausting and wiped me out. I’m recharging my batteries and devising a more organised master plan. A new website is coming soon, I expect we’ll have a few parties to announce, and there will be a new plan for the magazine and radio components moving forward.

We’ll keep increasing our involvement in community and social activities, and maybe even set up a non-profit wing or separate entity that I’ve thought about for years.

6. Obviously, the GASHE crew have done a fair bit for the community and towards public concerns in the past. What do you think you/the GASHE crew can achieve towards making a difference for the world?
The master vision of GASHE is dependent on attracting enough similar minds and educating others, primarily through our media efforts with the magazine, internet radio and live events. This critical mass and the networking we build along the way is imperative if we’re ever going to have much of a noticeable impact on current affairs.

On a more local scale, we try to be humble and under the radar with what we do in the community. I’d rather not draw attention to ourselves for the sake of it when the genuine objective is to help others. We’ll keep plugging away with the smaller issues we feel we have a direct ability to help with. I think improving indigenous equality and respect, gender issues, and the importance of understanding mental health are going to be a big part of this for our next year or so of GASHE.

I know humanity is going to arrive at a beautiful place before it’s all said and done, and I hope to witness this in my lifetime. I dream I can play some sort of positive role in helping all of this happen, on whatever level, and inspire future generations to keep up the good energy long after I’m gone.



If you want to know more about GASHE Media or make contributions you can find GASHE on facebook and online:




Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:30:14 GMT
C:1: A Melbourne Prized Jewel On The Scene "The notion that a person can carve their own way from life to a place of happiness in a city that is literally bare bones is incredibly inspirational.”

A vinyl fiend since 1996, and a member of Rising Lantern Record Label. C:1 is one of Melbourne’s shinning female DJs playing techno, jungle, hip-hop and Ghettotech all over this city with such crews as MoreBass, BUSH, Wobble, Tekstep, Bass Art, The Almighty Heartical Hi-Fi Outernational, Twisted Audio, Gutterhype and many more to name.

Lilly Pilly has had some amazing dancefloor action to C:1 sets at Wobble and Twisted Audio gigs, had the pleasure of photographing her at More Bass Reunion in 2012. Not to mention great memories of hanging out and great music chats with this Canadian born wonder woman.

What you expect from a set from C:1 is energetic and good vibes. Beats that really got you moving from head to the tip of your toes. Often losing your shit. She can put you in the zone of what the night is all about, sometimes in another place in time. She truly is one the best DJs out there in Melbourne.

"Then a friend of mine straight out told me, that if a person has any kind of skill or talent they should be sharing it with the world, not hiding it.”

With an outstanding personality from most DJs we would normally meet, and incredible knowledge of her craft. Lilly Pilly is honoured to have such a talent performing at the 2nd Birthday bash in late July.  

1. What inspired you to play music to crowds?
The thing that made me decide to play music out, came from some advice that left a very deep impression. Playing records has always been my happy place, but I was never compelled to 'go public'. Then a friend of mine straight out told me, that if a person has any kind of skill or talent they should be sharing it with the world, not hiding it. Bang! That was the push - or rather the kick in the ass - that started it all. After then I said yes to my first gig and life has picked me up and carried me along with its current ever since.

2. How long has C:1 been in the industry circulating for?
Officially since around November 2007, shortly after I moved to Melbourne. I modified it up with a little (*cough*) encouragement from Kamo. Before I was 'Cam:01' and before that I was 'DJCam'.. Which is obviously already taken. My other passion when I first started DJing in 2006 was reading comics, so before that - not surprisingly - I was 'TH0R'. I still love comics.

3. What are the motivations, inspirations and influences throughout your career?
I get a lot of inspiration from Detroit. The place, and the people that live there. And even more since I visited the city in May and met some of the city's people. The notion that a person can carve their own way from life to a place of happiness in a city that is literally bare bones is incredibly inspirational. The music from Detroit is still so ahead of its time and bullshit-free. Most notable influences are Mad Mike, Rob Hood, Soundmurderer, Terence Parker and Australian soldiers; Patrick HAF and Mike Hunt.

Whenever I need motivation I'll whip out the DVD of High Tech Soul and watch it.   

4. Being in the industry you’ve seen scenes change, what have been some of the best changes to the scene?
Most definitely the new faces and personalities, new soundsystems, new photographers and graphic designers, new venues and new kinds of music (most of the new music).

5. What keeps you going back out there and doing gig after gig?

6. Where do you want to take your career in the next 10 years?
Pretty much the same place as most DJ heads - into the studio. I also have a ton of sounds I'd like to record, tweak, press, play and juggle with. I already have an open invitation to lay beats down with my Jungle family at Rising Lantern Records. Looking forward to coming good on my promise.


Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 02 Jul 2013 02:37:18 GMT
Rising Star: Raynor O'Connor - Rocksolid Photography Rocksolid Photography, a name that says it all. A rising star on the scene for Burn City Party Photography, as well as a hardworking personality with one hell of a story for us.

“If through my photography someone realises that light can be used in so many different, creative ways, then I would consider my world changed, even if its one person at a time.”

Len Weigh,, Melbourne’s Nightlife’s most prized photographer with over 10 years in the scene capturing the dancefloor antics, smiles and munted times of the biggest raves. With his colourful and bright imagery, Ellway is a common inspiration between Rocksolid Photography and Lilly Pilly Photography.

“Visual appreciation is always something I will be a fan of. This is probably thanks to a variety of factors, like being exposed to beautiful landscapes from a young age with dad, to playing too much need for speed with cars decked out in bright colours with neon lights.”

From the town of Shepparton in rural Victoria, Raynor has a very interesting history, and you will see this through his freestyle imagery of urban and natural scenery. You get a sense of movement, time and atmosphere from viewing his fantastic style.

This is Raynor’s Amazing Story:

1. How did the interest and passion come about with photography?

Well I grew up 200km north of Melbourne, in a country city called Shepparton, surrounded by orchards, forests and national parks. Throughout my teen years my Dad was working at the Department of Sustainability as a Forest Ecologist. One of his primary jobs at the time was to monitor and document the presence of locally endangered flora and fauna (animals and plants).

The quickest and easiest way to document these species was to take photos of them, and count their numbers and location. So luckily, Dad’s work paid for (way back when) a brand new Canon Eos 400D and a couple of high powered zoom lenses.

Now using a DSLR with a fat lens on the front of it and writing things down almost simultaneously can be a bit fiddly, so occasionally I would go along with Dad to help him out. We would take turns using the camera and writing down numbers.

Photography up until then hadn't really interested me, but working with a state of the art camera (at the time) piqued my interest. Coupled with some of the most beautiful locations and creatures nature has to provide in country victoria, safe to say, I grew to love photography very quickly.

2. What particular styles of photography stand out the most to you, and why?

When I was finishing high-school, I had two main career interests that I had to decide between, Engineering or Architecture. Function & Form respectively I suppose.

So typically I find myself drawn towards architectural photography, composed with strong lines and a strong sense of design.

But on the flip side of that, I love seeing personality and colour injected into what would otherwise be a bland, monotonous landscape. Whether that is through nature retaking its hold on an abandoned space, or through the past presence of people, (graffiti, empty bottles etc..) I love to see the function and form in harmony together.

Image By Rocksolid Photography

3. What sources of motivation and inspiration do you use to create your style?

My inspiration for both architecture and event photography has predominantly come from a melbourne photographer who I hold with very high regard, Len Weigh. How he fuses functional photography with rather unorthodox yet artistic and stimulating manipulation of light is fantastic. It certainly gives his work a distinctive and recognizable flavour. His ability to capture atmosphere and fun in a photo is amazing.

His website is available for your viewing pleasure,

but no facebook page yet! Come on Len!

My love of derelict spaces has been largely influenced by the work of Matthias Haker, one of my all time favorite photographers from Germany. His eye for composition and detail is second to none, the locations he manages to find, and capture for enjoyment are absolutely breathtaking.

His facebook page can be found here:

As for motivation, I firmly believe that the only person that can motivate you, is you. So I always link what I'm doing to something I enjoy to drive myself forwards. The events I usually photograph are either out of respect and enjoyment of the artist playing, or the music they are playing, and in many cases, both!

4. How would you describe your style of photography?

I was always a bit of a nerd in school from a technology point of view, so I've always loved figuring out how things work, cameras especially.

As I ventured outside the comfort zone of automatic mode, I began to teach myself one by one, how every different setting worked. Time went on I became more and more familiar with manipulating light and getting it to do what I wanted it to.

One thing I always hated though was how bland some of my photos could turn out, no matter how vivid the environment might be.

When I began forging my own style, I was determined to make sure every time that I captured the atmosphere of my chosen environment. Whether that was through a sense of movement, temperature, light, space or even sound.

When the sum of all those different settings and your knowledge of them are used to capture that atmosphere and are distilled down into a perfect photo, the satisfaction is better than anything in the world.

If I can capture the atmosphere of a location for enjoyment later on, for not only myself but for others then I would consider my purpose fulfilled. So I would definitely say the aim of my photographic style is to be atmospheric at the very least.


Image By Rocksolid Photograghy

7. Being a photographer, you see things differently to most people. How do you see this world in this day of time?

I see it just like everybody else does in a physical sense, but when I look at something, I try to think of the potential it can offer, how can I turn an everyday object into something visually enjoyable? What angle could I view it from? How would it be lit? How thin or thick would the depth of field be? Even the most bland, boring objects can be turned into something visually appealing with the right dose of creativity. Sadly instagram has bastardised this to an extent, but on a positive note, it is awakening a photographic passion in many people, some of which will hopefully pursue it beyond the walls of their iphone!

5. If you could change the world using your photography, how would you utilize your talent?

Visual appreciation is always something I will be a fan of. This is probably thanks to a variety of factors, like being exposed to beautiful landscapes from a young age with dad to playing too much need for speed with cars decked out in bright colours with neon lights.

The thing I enjoy the most about photography is using technology to manipulate light to create something surreal and beautiful for appreciation, overcoming what the human eye alone is capable of. Not taking what you see as face value, or simply accepting it for 'how it looks'.

If through my photography someone realises that light can be used in so many different, creative ways, then I would consider my world changed, even if its one person at a time.

6. What do you want to achieve with your photography?

I always like to do well and present a high standard, I try to be a bit of a perfectionist in that regard, as for what I wish to achieve, it depends largely on the subject.

In my landscape work I enjoy capturing the beauty a place has to offer, whether that is through the location itself, or simply capturing it from a different perspective. But, bringing something unthought of, or overlooked to somebody's attention for appreciation is very rewarding for me.

As for my nightclub work, as I mentioned above, I will always do it out of love and respect for the music and the people that play it. 2011 was a very turbulent year for me, and the Bass Art crew were just starting a weekly gig at E55, spinning a relaxing array of drum and bass, dubstep and a few other bassy chilled out genres thrown in. After falling in love with their therapeutic selections I became a regular at the drop of a hat.

Becoming good friends with them was easy, they were all friendly, chilled out and welcoming with open arms to someone being introduced to relaxing bass music. I began taking photos of their nights to help out in the hope of increasing its success and longevity. They were instrumental in making me a better person, and even to this day I feel I owe it to them for that, so I like to run photography at their various events, to capture the fun and vibe they create so well.

That was where my networking began, and as time has gone on I've been introduced to and worked with many other melbourne bass music dj's and crews, and I've enjoyed working with all of them. Through my work, I hope to show others the fun and enjoyable chaos these people are responsible for, and further their success through awareness.

In particular I'd love to give big shout outs to:

Shem Weishaus (Freeform) and the Bass Art family.

Patrick Farnell (Philosoraptor) my kick ass housemate

Jason Blake (Deep Element) and the New Grounds crew

and Corey Kodiak, (Kodiak Kid) the one man army.


Image By Rocksolid Photography

As for taking my photography career further, Lilly Pilly Photography is not only setting the example for me, but also setting me on the path towards success through her helpful and professional advice, and her frequently inspiring work.

Thank you very much for having me.

To view the works and find out more about Rocksolid Photography check out his facebook:



Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:38:05 GMT
James Bartram: Melbourne's Smoothest Graphic Designer “I am always aiming to give 110% for every project and put out the best result possible, I am always improving myself.”

James Bartram, the name on everyone’s lips within the Melbourne Nightlife Culture. He’s certainly one of Lilly Pilly’s current favourites with his amazing work with this year’s graphic design work. Capturing the essence of his client and adding his own creative techniques, James is a unique and a defiant self-motivating must have for creative business and flyer design.

In 2004 James started his studies in Visual Communications, Media and Fine arts when he was in the midst of his Year 13 folio at Northland Secondary College (Cert. IV of Communication Design).  This was also the year where Graphic Design was discovered as a creative outlet for James, followed by more studies at Swinburne and Victoria University.

Via E-mail and Google Drive Document Sharing, Lilly Pilly Photography has had the opportunity to get deeper into the story of Bartram himself in this exclusive interview:

1. What was the initial idea/moment that got you interested in Graphic Design?
I don’t know that there is an actual moment in time I can pinpoint with regards to this. I studied Visual Communication, Media and Fine Arts through most of my schooling. It probably wasn’t until 2004 when I started doing the Northland Secondary College year 13 folio course (Cert. IV of Communication Design) that I really discovered Graphic Design as a creative outlet. I also learnt about art and design history and did a whole range of other art and design studies. I was also first introduced to the full Adobe Creative Suite here and it has since become a set of programs I could not live without.

2. When you pursued your passion to get into Graphic Design as a career, what steps did you take to where you are now?

I think the best way to describe how I’ve gotten to where I am now is that I took one step forward and two steps back. After Northland I got into my 2nd choice course at Swinburne (Bachelor of Communication Design) but I did not flourish here. I was constantly struggling against the tide and had my own demons to overcome as well. After almost 2 years of this (during which I’d only completed 6 months of the course) it was obvious to me that I was not in the right frame of mind for study.
I stepped away and spent some years earning money which culminated in a 5 week journey away from Australia to the UK, Germany and Sweden. Shortly prior to this I’d also re-enrolled in a Diploma of Graphic Design at Victoria University, which I completed in June last year. I’ve since been trying to find my way in as a freelance designer.

3. In all your time, researching, working and studying in Graphic Design, did you come across any tough times?

Many. I think I constantly struggle with the client/designer process, while time management and motivation are daily battles. There are mornings where I wake up fit and ready for the job at hand and others where I struggle to put pen to paper. That’s any job though isn’t it.

4. What/who are your motivations and inspirations in Graphic Design? And, how do they inspire you to be better than what you already are?

Of course there is artists and designers whose work inspires and excites yet my number one motivation regarding graphic design is to always better myself. I am always aiming to give 110% for every project and put out the best result possible, I am always improving myself.

5. What are your near future plans in Graphic Design?

The plan at present is to have a studio job within the next 3 to 6 months and get the more formal side of the graphic design world. In the meantime it’ll be more hard work however.

6. Do you believe that your work can contribute towards changing the world? And, how?

One of my aim’s with Graphic Design is to inform the public of issues which aren’t regularly confronted by the mainstream media. Issues like Syria, Turkey, and many other conflicts are glossed over in favour of news which is I suppose popular. Not popular as is people like it, but in the sense that it is viewed to be more significant to more people.
Another aim is to raise awareness about environmentalism. The western world is a wasteful one. We throw away thousands of tonnes of food every year, waste energy on heating instead of putting on a sweater. Drive the car to the shops, burning resource which could be better used elsewhere. All things which with a bit of thought could be minimised, resulting in a more promising future for our overpopulated, over polluting planet.
The medium through which to promote these issues is that of poster design. Something that can be put in a public place where people will see it and hopefully stop and think about their actions for a minute. Maybe even take something away from their brief encounter and reinforce my beliefs within their own life.

James portfolio includes clients such as Dropping Phat, The Fitzroy Beer Garden, Hopskotch Records and Fit2Ride.

JB’s style is very smooth, colorful, unique and he’s very flexible for each clients needs. If you would like to know more or contact James Bartram you can find him on facebook:

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:34:40 GMT
Honest Lilly Pilly Thoughts Written By Danny Silver - GASHE Media Written By Kristian Hatton - MilkBar Magazine


Above are the two main articles written in the follow up to Lilly Pilly's 1st Birthday Bash and 1st solo exhibition last year in July at the cozy Horse Bazaar. I was so excited about the whole event, despite the amount of stress and running around that was involved. But, since then I've learned a few things from that experience, and things are a little different this year.

As most of you may already know, Lilly Pilly Photography's 2nd Birthday is creeping up fast, and I'm more excited about this than ever. This time round, we will celebrate the birthday first then an exhibition will later follow down the track, so there leaves room for more organization on both parts.

The birthday of Lilly Pilly Photography, as it was last year and will always be, is to celebrate everyone who has been apart of the growth of the name that is now becoming more and more noticed. All the people who supported, gave feedback/advice, believed in and even just simply was backing Lilly Pilly up as an artist, they are the ones who are being celebrated rather than the business being established for however long. It does give me great pride to know the people that I know and the smallest things that they do or say make all this worth while.

In the past 2 (or possibly more years) that Lilly Pilly has been circulating the networks, nightclubs and bars within Melbourne, I have met so many people, and heard so many stories. From one place to another, it helps me understand this world for the bigger picture that it is and inspires me to travel and experience things in new heights. But, still it can't all be positive vibes without a few negatives to balance it out. I have also seen the worse of people come out in the atmospheres (not very often though) that I've moved through. Experienced moments where I've experienced myself getting caught up in all the hype and loosing sight of what Lilly Pilly Photography was originally about (telling stories through visuals and colour), drinking and being the party girl rather than being the party photographer.

Now after sitting down and really thinking about short and long term goals and getting them down on to paper to cross off as each one is achieved, I have more of a direction on where I want to lead Lilly Pilly Photography and what I want to place the focus on to reach where I want to be. I believe I can become the new Nan Goldin, a new breed of art one day. I also believe I can make a major contribution to making a better world.

Lilly Pilly Photography


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 12 May 2013 11:20:48 GMT
G:7 Festival: A Personal Reflection “This was a learning experience.” - Sea Pilot (Founder of GASHE)

On Wednesday the 10th of April, 2013 the G:7 Festival was officially declared opened by Danny Silver (Co-Founder of GASHE), after explaining the original concept and previously used pronunciations of GASHE.

After the opening night Grand Myki debate, we the GASHE crew were locked down for a week of adventurous antics and parties. A lot of time, effort and thought went into this festival. Not to mention the emotional and mental energy of everyone who was involved. We tickled the cultural senses of political discussions, tricky think-tank questions, personal discoveries, doing the unexpected, exploring different regions of this fine city and it’s offerings.

Even though I didn’t put in as much time and effort into organizing this festival as Sea and Danny did, however I did feel the days clocking and catching up on me, as I was running around and doing my best to capture the essence of the festival. So much fun was to be had and I was there for the majority of it, being a part of what could be history and taking snippets of the magic unfolding. Many experiences were had. And, much was learned.

Being amongst it for the first 3 events, as well personal errands being made throughout the week including other gigs on the side and backlogs to be caught up on, I had to take a step back from the festivities. My body need to take a rest along with my mind and soul. Walking everywhere and dancing finally caught up with me, as did the sleeplessness.

Over the 2 days I had taken for a break, I had come to some realizations and made some decisions in my own life. One major decision, which had the most thought put into will benefit Lilly Pilly Photography to push it in the direction that I’m looking for, even if it’s just in  the slightest, for the moment. I also came to realization of the more realistic goals I want in the short term and long term future with Lilly Pilly. Of course, some of these realizations and decisions were the ideas and the supportive help of a client who has place her time, knowledge and confidence in me when I was most confused on where to take Lilly Pilly next. Thank you, you know who you are ;)

Writing this entry, I even just come to the realize, that while I was concentrating on the branding and getting the name out there, I lost sight of my inspirations and ultimate goal of artistic achievement. To be a documentary photographer. To show the world the lives that some people live through their eyes, to inspire, help, save lives or even to encourage more awareness on particular issues. There is an honest and raw story out there to be told.

Coming to the end of the large week and the closing night. Reflecting back on these past couple of months even, while sitting at Gin Palace with an intimate gathering of fans and friends, was quite intense. Everyone was in need of a seat and a chilled out night with a couple of brews, cocktails or wines. As a collective, people were posed with important issues facing us now, asked questions on how they would make a difference and put into a surreal face paced environment. Much time and energy was poured into this spectacular event, and Lilly Pilly Photography can’t wait to see the results in the next GASHE issue, G:8, in Spring 2013.

For more information about GASHE Media and our events go to:

Also, keep an eye out for a large warehouse party coming up in the near future ;)

Lilly Pilly

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:02:06 GMT
Inspirations: Cindy Sherman  



American photographer and director, Cynthia Morris Sherman (better known as Cindy Sherman), is well known for her conceptual portraits. With her work posing questions and important matters of female presence in the workplace, and society. Living and working in New York, her photographs include some of the most expensive ever sold.


Interested in visual arts, Cindy attended Buffalo State College. She started out painting, but she soon became frustrated with limitations of medium and then took up photography.


"I was meticulously copying other art and then I realized I could just use a camera and put my time into an idea instead."


Photography is not the only talent Cindy holds down well, being a director/filmmaker, she directed the ‘97 horror “Office Killer”. She is also a model of her own work, including her own makeup artist, stylist and hair stylist. Playing different roles, other than herself, such as the stereotypical housewife, the prostitute, woman in distress, dancer, woman in tears, actress and many other chameleon-like personalities.


Lilly Pilly Photography is inspired by Cindy Sherman, because she is a woman of many talents within art and has a chameleon like personality. Lilly Pilly Photography may not be a filmmaker/director, hair stylist or makeup artist, but she does enjoy art in all forms and mediums.


Also being talented in many forms, Lilly Pilly Photography enjoys drawing and painting, especially with soft pastels and pencil. Exploring new mediums such as aerosol painting and collage. On the odd occasion, she will also put herself in front of the lens and model in abstract projects.




Cindy Sherman Official Website

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:34:34 GMT
Updates & Future Plans For Lilly Pilly There has been a lot happening since Lilly Pilly's last entrance. Lots of planing, experimentation and new things.

Lilly Pilly has had a fair amount of involvement with Haarp Media in recent months, writing up reviews and being featured.
Interview by Kayhat on Lilly Pilly Photography

Soundwave: Melbourne Showgrounds 2013 Review Written & Photographed by Lilly Pilly

ChillOut Festival 2013 Review Written & Photographed by Lilly Pilly

Interview with L-Burn's Aoi Written by Kayhat & Photography by Lilly Pilly


Also, a brief feature in TimeOut Magazine (Hard copy out in April 2013). Photograph of Kodiak Kid at My Aeon.


Keep an eye out in the next few months for EXCLUSIVES, Written pieces, articles, Lilly Pilly merchandise and details for Lilly Pilly's 2nd Birthday Party.

For now I will leave you with all this bedtime reading. If you want more information and other articles by Haarp Media check out their tumblr blog:


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 02 Apr 2013 07:59:47 GMT
An Experience For Learning Today was a big step in Lilly Pilly Photography's progress. I had the opportunity to take photos for Bendigo Bank Flemington Community Branch.


First corporate photography gig, I'll have to admit, I was a little nervous at first. The anxiety was great, gave me some adrenaline to get plenty of snaps and ideas for creative editing later. It was a rather large day, with three major events to be at, one being a media one I got a grasp of what it is like to be with some of the big cats in the game. I don't consider myself a big cat... yet!


The last event tonight, with the cold and tiredness, I felt that I may have let myself down slightly. I got plenty of shots, but I realized that I have a lot to learn for the next corporate gig. I also have to think about new and different equipment that would be more suitable for those particular events.

All in all, today has been an awakening and also quite the experience, that I had to share with all of you. This has been and will continue to be a learning curve as well as the experience. I will continue to encourage myself to do better and achieve higher goals.


Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:23:27 GMT
Lilly Pilly's 1st Birthday It's now just under a month til the 1st birthday since Lilly Pilly Photography has been established, and I'm very excited to be throwing a bash/exhibition for ALL OF YOU, the fans, supporters and the people who helped. There will be photo prints up for display and SALE. But, get in early these prints are a ONE-OFF.

Got a great line-up of performers and DJs, taking you through a journey of music, reggae, hip-hop, breaks, drum n bass and GASHE HOUSE.

  • Rellik w/ Muma Dosea & VytalOne
  • Danny Silver
  • Raider
  • GAZA
  • Ghetto Filth


Come down to Horse Bazaar on Little Lonsdale St (between Elizabeth and Queen St), CBD on the 26th of July from 8pm - 1am and help celebrate everything great about Burn City.

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sun, 01 Jul 2012 10:53:24 GMT
Sui Zhen: 'Two Seas' Ablum Launch at The Grace Darling Tonight I kissed my childhood goodbye,
             And, touched myself until I cried...” - Elva

Innocent, but still capturing adult life experience with wisdom. This night was a great night for live music, that is more than a stage full of long haired rock dudes sweating all over the audience. A vibe that resembled something close to a Massive Attack or Portished gig, music lovers gathered around to hear folk tales through the lyrics and emotive melodies strummed on guitars and stroked chords of cellos.

 “... Lover, I do wonder,
         What you do when I’m gone...” - Sui Zhen

Julia and Angus Stone influences in the brother and sister act of Sui Zhen. And, a comedic drummer who googled a story to tell in awkward moments of tuning which turned into a delightful music intermission called ‘High Achiever’. For the audience this “...another day in the life of Becky”, and watching her perform was actually quite cute in the way everything was set up.

“... Hold your horses honey,
        Hold this feelin’...” - Fanny Lumsden

Lucie E.
Lilly Pilly Photography

This review also published on GASHE at

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Sat, 02 Jun 2012 02:55:18 GMT
Melbourne Creative Network: Industry Meet & Greet

In one night at Bimbos Deluxe, a nice crew of people with different creative fields and drop a line and a business card to those looking for partners, or help even. From everything creative and every part of Melbourne, there were a great mixture of industries, ranging from photographers, DJs, editors, magazine owners, cabret producers to studio owners, and many other industries to be added to that. Everyone had a chance, not only chow down on our delicious $4 pizzas, to introduce themselves and get to know each other and their industries.

Although, the crew was small, it was still quite intimate and people became well acquainted. The idea is to introduce your creative side, and tell others what you want in the hope you can do collaboration projects and help one another out.

To find out a little more about the Melbourne Creative Network, go onto facebook and type in Melbourne Creative Network to find the public group that you can join. Also, if you know any other creative people, feel free to add them to the group also.

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Wed, 30 May 2012 15:08:27 GMT
A Local Shutter Fiend: Rachel Lee Images "... the world as a beautiful, yet, strange place. Photography has taught me not only to see what is in front of you, but to also see what is not."

Some wise words from a young photographer, of 25 years old, who is becoming to be a rising star in the photography industry. Rachel Lee Images is the first Local photographer to be featured on Lilly Pilly Photography's site. She has seen life in it's darkest times, but has come to a light at the end of the tunnel which is telling a beautiful story. Most of her photos at the moment are focusing on live band shots, portrait shots and also freelance photography of everyday life and what gifts it has to offer. So, Lilly Pilly Photography has taken the time to ask a few questions and see what wise words Rachel Lee Images has offer us.


How did you come to become a rising photographer?  It started from a young age, I have always hated getting my photograph taken. So, rather than being the subject I got behind the lens and it has seemed to go snow ball from there. 
Where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration comes from a few different places one in particular is nature, I love nature and I want to capture it in all its glory and I try to add my own twist.  

What other photographers can you name have been an influence towards your work? Wow, there are so many that pop to mind. I will keep this short and only name a few. One of my all time fave photographers is Shlomi Nissim ( his work is amazing the way each photo tells a story one day I hope to be as good of a photographer he is. Another one is shadow zone photography aka  Melanie Tipping( I really love her live band shoots.
What steps have you taken towards becoming a photographer? I have done a short course in photography, I have done a lot of research online about it and am trying to teach myself. I'm also very lucky to have a few good friends that are photographers, who are always around to help and support if need be.
What do you hope to achieve out of photography and where do you see yourself, as a photographer, in 5 years? I really hope to get a full qualification one day and be able to do wild life, live band, portrait and abstract photography as a paid profession that would be my dream job. In 5 years I hope to be travelling from country to country taking photos of what the world has to offer.
Doing photography, how do you see the world? I see the world as a beautiful, yet, strange place. Photography has taught me not only to see what is in front of you, but to also see what is not.


Check out Rachel Lee Images on Facebook:


Lilly Pilly Photography


]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 07 May 2012 12:41:00 GMT
Hoodrapz: An Intimate Vibe of Hip-Hop Beats & Lyrical Spills … Started in 2008 by a sister, Kristy T, a local night of hip-hop with a cause in Adelaide, South Australia. With open mic, good vibes, dope beats and lyrical spills, has now become an intimate crew in Melbourne, Victoria at The Workshop Bar. Still upholding the vibes, Kristy’s brother, VytalOne (Blunt Paper Massive), continues Hoodrapz.

Fortnightly, on Wednesday, peeps from all over Melbourne join together for a drink, rhymes and a groove on the dancefloor. With residents, Mz Rzk, Secondhand, Muma Dosa (Blunt Paper Massive), and the host MC Apologize, there is no fail to having a good time.

Whether you are a hip-hop head or not, this is crew is about multiculturalism, “SAY NO TO RACISM”. Come down and enjoy the atmosphere, beats, acts and the art displays of Workshop.

Next Hoodrapz will be Wednesday the 16th of May, 2012 …

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Tue, 01 May 2012 11:10:14 GMT
Inspirations: Nan Goldin “I knew from a very early age, that what I saw on tv had nothing to do with real life. So I wanted to make a record of real life. That included having a camera with me at all times.” - Nan Goldin

… In the earlier years when I was discovering more about my artistic abilities, I learnt a lot about other influencing artists. A few of which have inspired me today. One of them being Nan Goldin.

Nan Goldin is a famous documentary photographer of the 1980’s. She grew up in Boston, and had Middle-class Jewish parents whose ideas were moderately liberal and progressive, and those ideas were tested when Nan’s sister, Barbara Holly, committed suicide at the age of 18.

“My pictures were always misunderstood as having a sexual theme.” - Nan Goldin

Nan’s photographic adventure was mainly around the gay and transsexual community. And, looking at her photos people will describe her work very bold, raw and quite controversial. The people she would ‘document’ appear to be very sexual orianted in her photos.
Nan Goldin And Her Early Berlin Days

Lilly Pilly Photography

]]> (Lilly Pilly Arts) Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:27:25 GMT