Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Violin Process

Recently I've been working on a new project, a day in the life of a Violin Maker. I decided to call this series Gilga II, the name of the first violin I ever owned. I went back to the maker of my first violin and asked him if I could document his day, the creative and business side of things. 

After graduating high school, Allen Irwin enrolled himself into the Violin Making Course at London Metropolitan University and became the first student to graduate with an Advanced Diploma four years later. He continued working for Boosey & Hawkes, a general music store before returning to his hometown Edgecliff, Sydney to open up A.R Irwin Violin which was founded in 1988.

The traditional violin is an instrument that has always moved me with it’s immense sound and beauty. An instrument that has practically remained the consistent since it’s first appearance of paintings from the 16th century in Italy. This challenged my curiosity for the violin making process. Whether or not it had changed as technology advanced rapidly, to which Allen replied ‘it has not’ as he showed me the first and last issue of a violin magazine he collected.

Upon my arrival into the store, I picked up on the distinct smell of varnish and wood. Both vital materials for the creation of a violin. I wanted to capture such aspects to help the viewer catch a glimpse into the daily life of Allen Irwin. Through out my shoots, I gathered huge respect for the craft of violin making. The fine precision and patience to not disrupt the delicate fibres of the violin body, a craft only a perfectionist could handle.

The name Gilga II and this location are both special to me. It was here with that violin that I began my journey into the world of art. 
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Quick trip to Sydney

Last weekend, I went to Sydney to see some of my old friends as I actually used to live there! I ended up having such a lovely time as I wondered around feeling extremely nostalgic. I didn't have much internet while I was there apart from phone data which I always go over which explains my MIA. For the first couple of days it was pretty cold and even rained a little but on the last day, the weather was just amazing! I was also there to photograph a project I've been working on so I'll share that with you sometime next week when I've finished it but I'm quite pleased so far with how it's going!

The first day I arrived in Sydney, I decided to head to the Harbour and watch the sunset over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House which is where I took these photos! It was such a beautiful sight. It's weird that when I used to live in Sydney, I hardly ever went to Circular Quay. I wish I got a chance to see Sydney's Vivd light festival but my schedule was so tight that it just wasn't possible.

Thursday afternoon, one of my besties and I headed to the Grounds of Alexandria where we practically had so much sugar we went a little crazy to be honest. I also had a lot of Chai Lattes on this trip, something I always have when I'm on 'holidays.' That evening we went to Ichiban-Boshi, a Japanese ramen restaurant in Bondi Junction. Unfortunately I was already so full from all the cake I had earlier that I couldn't finish my noodles let alone make room of dessert.

The next day, I went to pick up one of friends from the airport. The traffic was so bad that the car barley moved and she ended up claiming her luggage before we could even park in the carpark. I also almost fell asleep in the car (Her mum was driving, not me!) because I kept waking up the two nights before as it was so cold. I ended up sleeping really well that night and woke up at 9am the next day which is crazy for me because my natural body clock likes to wake up up at 7am.

On Saturday I didn't end up doing to much, apart from eating Thai food again and catching up with my friend. Everyone seems to know how much I love Thai food so they always suggest Thai when I meet up with them. Nothing to complain about! On the Sunday morning we walked down to Clovelly Beach which was so lovely. I forgot how 'hilly' Sydney is compared to Melbourne. Walking to the beach was easy but walking back was a different story. That day for lunch, I met up with my dad in 'The Rocks' by Circular Quay and we shared some fish and chips as well as a shepherds pie which was absolutely delicious.

After that, my Sydney trip had come to an end and it was time for me to return home.

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