This world is but a canvas to our imagination —Henry David Thoreau-
One of the most difficult things to hold onto in growth and in life is the simplicity of creativity. When it really didn’t matter what colour your mixed on your palette, but all that mattered was the fun of play. Playing with strokes of paint, bold splashes of colour, in playful acts we learnt, created, formed and shaped new canvases of pure joy.
We would like to welcome you to the month of September! As we warmly greet the start of Melbourne Spring time, of longer days and warmer mornings, we also acknowledge that half of 2014 is now behind us.
At this time of year, what we have encountered, people who either; have dreams, are working towards their dreams, or are still yet to discover what their dream might be.
For most of us, we may be nearing the end of a school year, a university semester, another job, or even a big adventure. And all too often we can find ourselves at a bit of a crossroads, concerning where we see ourselves or whether our present circumstances match to our dreams.
As we ourselves (Val and Vess!) are in the midst of a first job, two internships and freelance work, we have been lucky enough to be encouraged and inspired along the way. The journey to reaching ones dreams is not dependent on simply luck and good fortunate (although it is always welcomed) but is often filled with resilience, questioning, self evaluation and persistence.It takes courage and bravery, not in a loud robust way, but in a quiet independent strength that comes from an unshakable hope that your dreams will someday become a reality.
So that’s what we want to do. This month, you question your future in Year 12, as you work in that internship, as you send numerous job applications, we want to be there for you. We want to remind you everyday, that you have the capacity to be who you desire to be and create all that you have dreamt in your imagination. We want to be there for you, to provide you with stories of hope and passion, stories of people who have “done it too”. We want you to come here and be motivated and refreshed, especially when the times get tough. You can do it. We want you to. 🙂
Val and Vess
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
VALERIE BONG – Founder & Content Executive Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne. 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.
Inspiring through Instagram We are planning on FLOODING Instagram with Inspirational quotes, drawings and pictures to LIFT your spirit and INSPIRE the people around you! We want to create a movement of go-getters. People who want to see others chase their passions and believe in their dreams. Please do feel free to regram/repost/retweet! Let’s do this together!
You can count on an amazing feature post showcasing the work of AMAZING people. Stories of an accountant and designer opening their own waffle business, two young Canadians travellling through Australia and Europe, innovators, travellers, photographers, inventors and designers, we are planning to connect you with a bunch of people to inspire all of us to never give up on our dreams.
As you may have noticed I am presenting to you today, a very special travel project. Brought to you from my Europe Adventure!!
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!”
Valerie 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.
Skirt: Kilo Sale Shirt:H&M Necklace:New Look Location: Louve
Once Upon a Time
Every good fairy tale begins with a story. The lead character is faced with a task, encounters resistance and finds the strength and courage to over come. The story of The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are all classic fairy tales of young (really young! Ariel was only 16 when she ‘went to the surface’) heroines who we love to identify with and to imagine ourselves as.
However, these stories not only exist in fairytales, but in so many aspects of our lives. Stories of resistance, heartbreak, love or hope. Stories of courage, fear and of exhilaration. Just look at HONY to see how strongly stories can speak to us. These stories surround us and are communicated to us on a constant non stop basis through so many channels, may it be through print, social media or through friends. Our societal fascination with stories stems from our innate desire to understand the world and to be apart of it. Connecting with others and hearing their stories integrates us as part of humanity. Simply through the act of knowing that we are not alone.
So dear friends, what is your story?
What makes you…..you? Please comment and share below your thoughts on stories, your favourite fairy tale or even your thoughts on Ariel going ‘to the surface’ at age of 16.
Big Picture Stuff is as much your story as it is ours.
Thanks again to my dear friend Alice for taking these shots!
Sending our love to you
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.
Studying English and French and a lover of Sunday Roast, Alice is an avid photographer and lover of English puns. Founding Leed’s University’s first Cancer Awareness Council this young lady has a very bright future ahead of her. Website / Instagram