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Wait Let Me Take a Selfie: Val’s Selfies

26/08/2014
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Hello BigPictureStuff Friends!

Thankyou so much for the amazing encouragement on Vess’ amazing illustration of the late Robin Williams (as seen on our instagram ). It was a true honour to be able to represent such an amazing man and to continue telling his story around world.

As you may have noticed I am presenting to you today, a very special travel project. Brought to you from my Europe Adventure!!

Val’s Selfies 

Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media”

Part of my trip  was spent travelling solo, (which I wrote about here while in Leeds) and it was honestly such a rewarding, inspiring and memorable adventure.

Yes, I did get lost, yes, I fell into tourist traps, and yes, I took ALOT of selfies.

Selfies, are honestly, such a wonderful, interesting and world wide creation. Arguably birthed from narcissistic and vain pursuits, the selfie has becomes such a prominent, and integrated aspect of our social media driven society. Used to validate our travels, stories and day to day activities (who can’t deny sharing the occasional ‘selfie with my dinner’ or ‘selfie in my car’ photo?) the selfie has changed the way we interact and recount our experiences, surroundings and situations.

I showed Val’s Selfies  to my  little sister, Viv, and she said “How did you think of that?”
To be honest, it came out of my desire to be that tourist in a photo. To have your photo taken front of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Notre Damei is every tourist’s dream and I felt a selfie on an iPhone just did not cut it for me. Hence, my small travel project.

Better, yet, this little travel photo allows me to say with confidence:

“Yeah, I went there. Look,  I took a selfie!

Love

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne, Australia. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

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design, illustration

A Spark – Robin Williams Tribute

21/08/2014
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“Please, don’t worry so much, because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting, and if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, and the stars that strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night… into day… make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.”
Robin Williams ‘Jack’ (1996)

On Monday we sadly heard the news of Robin William’s death. The news sparked a sense of shock and disbelief. But following that news was an outpouring of remembrance and a deep appreciation of the man of many voices. It’s incredible the tales that people have been sharing. Stories of his great friendship with gorillas. Stories of how this man impacted their lives through his kindness and generosity. For others it led to a reassessment of the comic genius that he was. Numerous recountings of his standup routines, his comedic timing and his ability to make everyone laugh.

For ourselves, the loss of Robin Williams is met with sadness, but is tinged, surprisingly, with slight joy. A joy that comes from remembering a nutty professor in the film Flubber and remembering the fascination we felt when we watched Peter Pan fly through the sky. It’s a joy that comes from the recollection of the emotions felt from watching this man weave characters and stories together in a exciting, charming and beautiful way.

So, as we bid farewell to a genie, the boy who never grew up, a Scottish nanny and comedic madman, we welcome in the recounting of fond memory of stories that captured our imagination and made us believe that the impossible was possible.

Although we are now in a world that has one less spark in it, we ourselves are invited to keep our sparks shining bright. Be silly, be funny, let laughter come in abundance. And remember dear friends you are always loved.

In Memory of Robin Williams (1951-2014)

With Love
Val and Vess

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VANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling.  She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

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VALERIE BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

 

 

fashion, Paris, photography, travel

PARIS Louvre

19/08/2014
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Talent
Styling: Alexia Petsinis
Photography: Valerie Bong

Excited to be sharing with you some photos of the beautiful fashion blogger and writer, Alexia P from Pascal Et Al seen in our previous Paris photos. I feel so overwhelming blessed to have captured the iconic beauty of the Louvre in my photography.  Distinctively remembering it being quite overcast when these photos were taken and vaguely remember my feet being extremely wet (I think my canvas shoes had been soaked through the day before while in Disneyland resulting me to be wearing flip flops on the beautiful streets of Paris, and trust me, NOT my ideal situation! ).

 I always love my photography collabs with Alexia, such a stunning beauty and an all round amazing lady, its always so so amazing, may it be in Paris, Melbourne or any where else in the world!

Today I was helping my dear friend, Alex understand the concepts of photography (explaining ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture isn’t always the easiest) and am now inspired to share some photography tips with you guys!

Photography Tip #1: Learn to shoot with natural light.
Natural light is the best lighting to get those dreamy portrait photos (and my favourite type of lighting!) Experiment by shooting the same subject during different times of the day to practice adapting your camera settings to specific lighting situations.

Let me know how you go!

Sending our love to you

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

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Barcelona, fashion, vess

Spanish Señorita

18/08/2014
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Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage from K I N G D O M 
Sunglasses: Festival Specs 

I’m extremely excited to share these images with you guys. It’s truly a combination of a number of beautiful elements and little details that make this one of my most favourite outfit posts ever. Our location, Barcelona Spain, our setting, the gorgeous apartment from Airbnb hosts Philona, our outfit, a rosy tailored vintage number that told a story of elegance and grace. The sun was shining, and we were feeling like the luckiest girls in the world.

Moments like makes us pinch ourselves and us question “is this really happening?” Having the opportunity to travel halfway across the world to the place of art, architecture and sangria. If given the opportunity, we would be back there in an instant. What also made our stay so special was our stay in this gorgeous Spanish apartment. We really lucked out on this one.

Our dear friend and travel buddy Emily found this place on Airbnb and we were instantly drawn to it. After looking at a number of other options we decided to go with the “fancy one” and a few weeks later we were making our way towards the apartment of our dreams.

Phil and Fiona, our airbnb hosts, truly outdid themselves with creating a beautiful place for wide eye travellers to call a home. So did we feel like fancy senoritas living an opulent lifestyle filled with slow days and countless memories. You better believe we did.

xx
Vess

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VANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling.  She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

 

 

 

Germany, photography, travel

HAMBURG: Things and People

17/08/2014
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“To live fully, we must learn to use things and love people, and not love things and use people.” 
-John Powell-

Watched a viral video the other day of a speech from a marketer from the food industry. Her straight forward approach to the world of advertising garnered more than a million views and gained world wide attention because of the uncomfortable topic, but particularly because of the way it made us as consumers feel.

No matter how ignorant or aware we become, consumerism is an active part of our culture that seems to place the dollar sign first and humanity second.

These photos taken in a fun fair in Hamburg, Germany illustrate how the bright lights, the flashing symbols and the large billboards can subtract from the person behind the machine. Have they become part of the machinery, working like clock works or metal parts? Or are they simply an under valued necessity, required but not overly fundamental to drawing people to these fun fair stores.

My favourite photo of this series is of the man in the giant corn cob. Attempting to present a joyful, festive mood, he seems discontent, distracted and almost insignificant against the size of this dominating vegetable.

I did very much enjoy this fun fair though. We came across these bright lights on our sole night in Hamburg. A very fun night, full of candy, sweets, pretzels and sausages. Kate, Rach and I were very lucky to have experienced this truly festive part of Germany and to be overwhelmed with the electrifying power of bright lights and human pleasures.

Have a number of projects on at the moment! Collaborations with fellow creatives, family photography and putting finishing touches to our ‘studio space’ has been keeping both Vess and myself extremely busy!

Stay Tuned for some rad pics coming your way!

Keep Creative

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin