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Within the anonymity of the internet which causes issues, entanglements and frustration, come a small shine of light which is a presentation of the beauty that can still be shared with others. This photo shoot; Lumiere.


Recently, I’ve been thinking about a bit of copyright, and what it means to put something out on the internet. We all share things about ourselves, and situations in our life, whether it’s a tweet or a snap. Within the industry that serves photography and fashion, this is all very relevant. The fashion style of today is very different from the 90’s or the 80’s and so on, and there are some mistakes that have come with that. With media, we are able to preserve these mistakes, as well as the best parts. Within the 90’s I’m sure that everyone thought they were looking pretty cool and that the style of that time was far from silly or misguided. Today, however, some of the looks from the 90’s were definitely misses, which will forever be stored within the mystery of the internet. The same goes for personal accounts, being a photographer or even being the subject of an article, such as being a model. When something is shared, it seems like that item doesn’t really belong to you anymore, anyone can save it and use it for something else, even though it’s not right, and breaches copyright, depending on its use. It’s quite interesting how things change based on context, and so many things are just wavered away; when it comes to the internet, an anonymous home. I felt like I had to lead with that.

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DSC_0186 copy1Bella Scaturro kindly modelled for my images for this article. From figuring skating to faces filled with makeup in terms of dance, to modelling, it’s a fair bit of a range and takes a lot of persistence as well as stamina. The sixteen-year-old kindly chatted away about the recent music festival Good Life and was prepared for whatever we decided to do (which seemed to include climbing lots of stairs in order to get good images). These words and these images become part of her digital presence, as much as they become a part of mine. Bella is the kind of model who’s very natural in the way she moves, very relaxed, rather than tense and rigid. Even though she states that she’s a bit too short to be a runway model (Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Melissa Juratowitch, made it anyway) she has a brilliant camera presence. It’s a tough industry to get into and be a part of, and it’s interesting how social media plays a big part of that.

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I suppose social media’s presence in this industry is something that I have thought about, but not too much extent. While we walked down the streets of Fremantle, finding the perfect place to photograph, something that matched an idea I had already conjured in my mind, I wasn’t really thinking about the presence of social media, however we all got our phones out by the end of the shoot to take some behind the scenes photos to post on social media, and I suppose creating these images and posting them here is all a part of that.

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When we spotted a bricked wall that had been painted a near shade of blanc we climbed up the stairs that were attached. Trying to find the perfect positions to create the near perfect images (while not looking down), Bella had already burnt her butt on the steel steps that had been influenced by the heat, and we fought the constant sunlight that harshly threatened our eyes. Finding our way up and town the stairs, multiple times, it was a workout in itself, but sometimes things just come together, and when they do, it feels like something amazing has occurred. It just feels right. And that’s something that happened. Despite whatever social media will comment or the use of images throughout the internet, this particular photo shoot, featuring the eager Bella Scaturro will always be one of those photo shoots, that just seems right.

And definitely, won’t be referred to like some of the old messy stylings of the 90’s.

(Hopefully.)


Special Thanks to Neil Tiongson

Model: Bella Scaturro 

Photographed, Styled, Edited by Tiffany Kennedy.


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Look One: White Dress Shirt by Unknown, White Skirt by Scanlan Theodore, Coat by Veronika Maine

Look Two: Grey Knit Dress by Veronika Maine, Striped Wide Legged Pants by Veronika Maine


Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 35 - 70mm lens.

A Message in a Bottle

Me time; feat. cute gifts, small messages, and a little bottle that is yet to be broken. Seriously, I'm surprised I haven't dropped it yet.

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When you keep getting the time wrong, and can’t remember what day it is because of the overload of heat from not only the summer but from various screens, you know it’s time to take a break. I seem to whine way too much about how long I spend using technology, even though technology is such a big factor in everything I do, but it does get overwhelming sometimes. Especially when everything radiates heat and you spend almost six hours each day looking at a screen while typing away. (I mean, I couldn’t even play Pokemon that long, “back in the day”, without having to lie down for a bit).

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Upon arriving home from Singapore (posts will be coming soon), I was happily welcomed by a small parcel from Birambi. When I first looked at this store, I fell in love with the idea and concept that it welcomed. Everyone sends emails, texts, Facebook messages etc, and post doesn’t seem to be used as much as it used to. So, when I saw this little package, it made me beyond happy, and that’s a big part of the whole business of this brand. And considering that I don’t do reviews anymore, the mention of this is pretty big, well for me anyway.

In our world filled with screens and instant messaging, Birambi, has cute little presents that are made for mailing to your friends or family. You can write out a little message and it’s attached to the product to be sent off to someone else, which I think is so cute, and is definitely something I’ll be doing this year. All my friends are getting cute little presents, it’s just more thoughtful as well as personal. A message in a bottle.

DSC_0670 copyNikki & Elbrig (from the Netherlands), are the creators of this simple but effective concept, were kind enough to send me this cute bottle of bath salts, which actually made my skin shimmer a little bit afterwards. (It could’ve been left over product from something else in my bath but I highly doubt it). And it was just so cute and lovely to see something like that at my door with a cute message. From the Little Gifts to the Printables, I kind of want to keep everything to myself. This whole brand is just going to make Christmas easier for me next year, and the prices are quite low which works so well for a student who is between high school and university, not knowing what is happening (aka me).

This was a relaxing moment from having my back hunched over for too long each day. Now, I’m back to doing the same thing, knowing that I’ll probably be annoyed at myself when I turn 60 or something like that. My schedule is growing bigger by the second, and my reminders/to do list, is doubling as I keep remembering things. At least I’ll be able to tick Christmas presents and Birthday gifts, off the list quicker this year.

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PS. My Personal favourite on the site right now, is the hot chocolate one, I need to get some of that.

IMAGE 1: Birambi Bath Salts + Rings

IMAGE 2: Birambi Christmas Collection - Taken by Birambi Team

IMAGE 3: Chloe Body Mist, Rings, Birambi Bath Salts + Dior Cruise 2016 Mitzah

IMAGE 4: Birambi Bath Salts