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Painting in the desert


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It’s our pleasure to kick off big picture stuff’s photography with a bang. Or should we say with some prickly new pics. Inspired by the incredible artist Frida Kahlo, we collaborated with our favourite Livia from L is for Olive to create this photo series. Frida Kahlo was a Spanish artist who was loosely identified with the Surrealist art movement, but was known for her arresting self portraits that did not shy from telling her personal truth. In photos and in her paintings, she was never seen without flowers in hair.

This has to be one of our favourite photo series that we’ve ever done for our blog and it wouldn’t be possible with that amazing lady that you see in the photo! The idea all stemmed from seeing Liv‘s tassel earrings half a year ago. From that moment, we knew we had to pull something together honouring Frida. Then we discovered, Cactus Country. Is this a photographer’s dream, yes. Is it incredibly amazing, yes. Does it make you feel that you’re in some distant land, yes again.

If we can take something away from photo shoot, we would say, we learnt that even if you have the tinest concept or the inkling of an idea that excites you, go for it. You never know where that idea will take you and you don’t know what adventures that idea is going to take you on.

Sending our love to our darling Livia who has moved up to Sydney to pursue even more adventures and follow her heart. We miss you lovely one, but we know that you have some amazing things in store for you.

And if you’re reading this, that goes for you too! We’re excited to pick up the blog post for this year, it may be a little backwards at times, but we’re going to get back into the swing of things! Why? Cause we love it!

art, design, graphic design, photography



If there’s one tip that we would love to give you, is that never put a limit on what you think you are capable of. If you had told us that we were going to be spending a Saturday morning cutting up assorted fresh fruits to make a fruit mosaic top lay, we wouldn’t have heard a word of it. But that’s what we did!

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Photography: Natalie Tirant, Hannah Pho (K I N G D O M.)
Stylist: Hannah Pho (K I N G D O M.)
MUA: Livia Lia

Hello friends!

We’re always getting a little bit excited about talent and creativity over here at Big Picture Stuff. So when we first encountered Natalie‘s incredible works of art, it was a bit of a party. Natalie is a Melbourne based creative who’s primary medium is photography, however, to just call her a photographer is a bit of an understatement!

A photoshop genius, a collage extradinare, Natalie produces pieces of art that carry thoughtfulness and meaning that captivates the eye and challenges the mind.

Natalie Tirant.

1. When did you start photography and how did you start?

I think the first time I ever really picked up a camera was during high school, where we had the opportunity of learning the ropes of the darkroom. I pretty much fell in love with photography, and the beauty of it. My first real camera was a second hand Canon DSLR that I bought off my Aunty – who was also a big influence in sparking my interest in photography. I kind of kept it as a hobby until I reached University to study Fine Art, and decided to major in Photo-media.

2. Your photographs are a mixture of Fine Art and photography, where does your inspiration come from?

My strongest influences come from the Surrealists and the Dadaists, whereby the strange, the confronting and the unknown are prevalent characteristics of the movements. My photography experiments with notions surrounding the gendered body, the human form and distortion. I draw heavily on the idea of collage and am inspired by artists including Pat Brassington, Man Ray, Hannah Höch and John Stezaker.

3. Where will we see you in a couple of year’s time?

It’s really hard to say, there are so many directions that I see my practice heading towards. There is an abundance of ideas that I want to explore in terms of my research and practice. Ultimately I want to push the boundaries and concepts of my work and see where it leads me. In the mean time, I am trying to build my practice, and enjoy working and collaborating with other artists and photographers.

4. What advice would you give aspiring photographers?

Don’t stop taking photographs and experimenting with your camera!

Thanks so much Natalie for collaborating with Big Picture Stuff and we’re excited to see more of your incredible work!

NATNatalie Tirant- Featured Artist
An artist based in Melbourne specialising in photography, fine art and collage, Natalie creates work that is both captivating and thought provoking. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and has had work published in publications such as NEUW in store magazine. She has also recently exhibited her first solo show at Rubicon Ari 11.


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Model: Rachael Defoe (from Suitcase home) 
Photography: Valerie Bong 
Location: Oxford

Hey there!

Having been apart from Vess for the past six months have been difficult. Not having my design buddy, photographer and convenient fashion model has created a very large ‘Vess shaped’ hole in my life. It’s been challenging to whip out my camera, to write blog posts and to think creatively when I don’t have my creative partner in crime with me.

Despite the void that Vess has created in my life, I’ve been so blessed to have my friends to help me get through it. Rach being one of them. Always up for supporting Big Picture Stuff and encouraging out writing, photography and design antic, she is one valued friend.

Feeling reflective today as I read back on my last blog post Munich: Travel thoughts.  It seems that I may need to apply and take a piece of my own advice. Why you may ask?  Well, I am embarking on a new journey. One that will hopefully push my out of my comfort zones, force me to be self reliant and hopefully leave me a better and more wiser individual. (Or leave me with stories of countless of unfortunate circumstances).

This is amazing journey is….that I am going solo travelling around Europe for the first time! I know, may travellers have gone before me and done solo travelling. Some even prefer it. But being a twin from a close knit family it is very rare that I am completely on my own, with no one to back me up or to help me on the way.  I’m anticipating some great stories to tell of typical ‘Val moments’ and excited to share the stories I obtain, things I discover as I attempt to make my way across Portugal, Italy and France.

I’m sure it’ll be as delightful as these daisies decorating Rach’s head!


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.

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