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This is the creative home of Natalija Brunovs.
Designer, photographer, film maker, artist, teacher, deep thinker, drawer, spiritual seeker and one crafty lady.

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Tuesday
Feb262013

Instagratification

I got a coffee the other day and the guy said 'the soy is the angry one' and I thought, too right!

So I turned my frown upside down. And the segue to the subject of this blog is... missing...

(Hang on, I worked one out, this is a photo I instantly put on instagram instead of my blog.)

I've had a blog since the days they were called "web logs". A geek friend coded me one in 2002.
I loved this outlet, I could get my pics and dorky poems out to the world!

10 years later... with a bucket more wrinkles and cynicism... ;-)
I'm weathered by the changes of the interweb world! 

There are now countless ways to get the pics and poems out there. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... I am a mere dot in an ocean of voices.

It's mostly pics and a handful of characters... you don't see so many essays online these days! or if they are there, not sure who's making the time to read them.

Social media has come and met me with all its tools and everyone's joined in!

However my blog suffers because it's like getting on a dinosaur with a message in a bottle to throw into the milky way... cooooeeeee??

Yes, anyone, anywhere can see it without being a 'friend' on my various social media channels... but is that more valuable than me speaking with my 600 friends (some long lost) on facebook?

Or the 150 followers on my instagram?

And then there's the feedback, the instagratification! Yep, I just coined that (and I'm not going to google it to discover I wasn't the first!) I know that mostly someone is gonna say hi when I put up a pic.

Just one pic or one sentence can mean a whole dialogue.

Here I can write paragraphs and it meets silence.

So what to do? I am learning to accept that the blog is less populated, quieter, it is still read by some.
And that this is just the way its evolved. Can't fight it or myself actually.

So today, which just so happens to see me sitting on a comfy bed in Melbourne celebrating my birthday with the company of tiny tweets from birds in a fig tree, I will blog some instagram pics that if you are following me will be "old news" but if not will be seemingly fresh.

I have decided to be okay about blogging my social media activities because I'd like to curate some of it.

 

Travels in Instagram - a wonderful tool and reason to pause and frame

In my own community of Fremantle we share the excitement of what goes on.

Like when we're having a glitter themed party, we tease people with what's to come!

And I joke about the sign that the party was well and truly over.

When I travel then things seem far more visually interesting. Like my Adelaide backyard.

And Melbourne in all it's cruddy imperfect perfectness with countless vivid stories.

One of the keys to photography is showcasing a view that might be overlooked

And framing a contrast in colour, texture and meaning

But it's mostly about laughs!

A sea of grugs? or A bon jovi wig burial site?

[current mood] Cocoa, Date & Nut treats & Sufjan Stevens again

 

Thursday
Feb072013

Nourishing Newborn Mothers

Did you know that a woman's body goes through the most change after she gives birth (rather than during pregnancy)?

I didn't!

Makes sense now that the body is trying to completely re-adjust in a very short space of time and add to that the need to look after and feed your tiny child. No wonder so many new mums suffer from depression and other coping issues.

I recently met a doula (support person for pregnancy and labour) who wants to put her knowledge into a book. She believes that one of the key ways to heal a woman's heart is through her stomach.

So she's creating a cookbook designing to guide a woman week by week with her changing dietary needs to support her system, all backed up by ancient ayurvedic (indian health) tradition.

So I'm going to photograph and design the book (yay! yum!)
but firstly we're doing the crowd funding route - on Pozible!

Check out the film I made about the project. It gives you a little taste for the yumminess to be found when we create it.

(and may I add that the stew and chai were divine!! I look forward to devouring more as I shoot...)

I'd greatly appreciate your support (get a copy for $50 (rrp $75!) or share with possible new mums and related health practitioners.

 

[current mood] Glitter in Odd Places & Frank Sinatra

Monday
Jan142013

Stop Motion Wedding

It's a bit of a 'thing' at the moment, the hipster stop motion wedding photoshoot.

(Stop motion is where you take a series of photos and animate them into a short film -and- do some clever things with how objects appear and move).

I could do it... but I hadn't yet because I thought it might be too much of a focus during a wedding shoot, detracting from getting really quality individual images.

However, they ARE fun and they ARE cute and so I slipped a little stop motion into a recent wedding shoot to see what we could achieve in 10 minutes.

I animated 30 seconds of footage which I repeated 3 times to give us a good chunk of visual sweetness.

So I think this is a a WIN: We have some animated cuteness to a song the couple love AND we have a series of still images of high quality for albums and printing.

yes?

Here are some of the stills to go with the animation.

All shot at the divine Karri Tree forest setting at Donnelly River Village.

More of this I shall do!

[current mood] Kings of Convenience & Mango

Saturday
Jan122013

A List for A Lover

Can you imagine if you created a list
of 100 things you wanted in a lover
So detailed that when you shared it with a friend
They'd say you're an absolute dreamer!

"You really gotta let go
Your expectations are too high
You're being far too picky
You could fall in love with any guy"

But no no no
i want to dream
and ask for all the things
that he could be

why not get specific
and ask the universe
i want this guy to
break my curse

So I made a list
it was long long long
And I put it a book
but had not forgotten

I'd pull it out and read
and sometimes do an edit
I guess I thought perhaps
this is how I shoulda said it

Then I saw a healer type
She said you write THEN let it go
and trust the universe will deliver
this really perfect bloke 

So be clear
and be decisive
you may as well know
it all precisely 

So I left the list a
long long long time
I forgot its details
I forgot the lines

It was many years later
that I met a man
as soon as I set eyes upon him
I thought, YOU, you I understand

I think I know you
I'm not quite sure how
There's something about you 
Have we met before now?

And then just 11 days later
I opened up the book
with a deep breath
I took a long long look

And as I went down the list
I began to tick
when I got to the end
there was only one thing I didn't pick

He's not exactly 6 foot tall...

Thursday
Jan102013

Office Stationery Inspired Garden Colour Palette Creation

How closely have you looked at your leaves lately?


Micro Macros of my leaves show me a colour scheme.

[current mood] Ferris Bueller & Ratatouille

 

Wednesday
Jan092013

I just can't get enough

I was in Turkey some years ago and made this little video at some markets in Istanbul.

I think I'm going to do more 'spontaneous acting' as this still delights me.

[current mood] Figs with Prosciutto and Goats Cheese & The Cure

Tuesday
Jan082013

The Portuguese Water Bike Dog

You can't ride a bike with a dog it seems unless you want a face full of cement.

So I've trained my dog Oscar to be my bike.

Good boy!

[current mood] Squirrel with Goats Cheese

Monday
Jan072013

Mum's Wisdom

My mum would say that she isn't religious or spiritual.

But mum is a thinker and with that she develops wisdom.

She has spent the last few days contemplating relationships and emailed me this morning.

This is what she wrote:

 

[current mood] Intentional Headbanging into Wet Trees

Friday
Dec282012

Wedding Doodles

I doodled on some wedding photographs and found it kind of fun.

Here are some examples of putting digital white ink hearts onto my images.

Now to think of other ideas besides el ubiquitous heart!

How about I turn the couple into a cake?
Mmm maybe that's a bit too silly...

I enjoy cheese though.

And now, here's painting with white light during the photograph:

More unpredictable in result but excellent entertainment for guests at the reception.

 

[current mood] Poolside's Remix of Harvest Moon & Candy Canes

Wednesday
Dec192012

How to Get Fit 101

I write lists and plans on scraps of paper and don't look at them again.

and I say I'll do things before I go to bed and forget upon waking.

I've signed up for gyms and classes and let them expire.

I've bought a bike, yoga mat, hand weights and barefoot sneakers and they gather dust.

I exercise in fits and bursts.

...

And then I worked out how to be more consistent!

Use the one thing I use every day.

My phone.

I stare at my iphone screen about 100 times a day and it instantly makes me suck my gut in, not reach for the chocolate and start jogging on the spot.

People keep seeing it and going 'WHAT is THAT on your screen?' 

Interesting how this one image comes as such a shock!

'Inspiration' I say. Constant Inspiration.

Here's how I'm doing...

It's time for an updated picture though as I'm already not even 'seeing' the picture when I look at my phone.

Time for another inspiring body! 

[current mood] Coffee on Bike & Fleetwood Mac