December 24, 2012

Moving On.

I'm super excited to announce that the Wildest of Dreams has officially relocated to a freestanding website. Check it out here :)

December 22, 2012

Caught on Film: Black & White, Take 2

I love black & white film. I really do.

I love friends who'll let me sit there with a camera in their face until they begin to relax and then off goes that beautiful mechanical shutter. 

I love friends who'll grin manically at the camera and look forward to seeing the results, even though they have no idea how it will actually turn out (ah the joys of film).

I love my pentax and I love photography and I love lazy days like those captured in these images.

December 21, 2012

"Don't stress. That's dumb."

So ah, I think that I may just have found the solution to all of the world's problems. THIS SONG IS JUST SO GOOD! 

Happy Saturday everyone :) I hope that wherever you are right now is beautiful. I shall be back later with some more black & white film photography goodness!

Over and out.
Rhi :) 

December 17, 2012

Op Shop Shoot: Summer Loving Take Two

Tonight, I don't particularly feel like writing but I do have these lovely photos to share with you! This Country Road skirt has got to be a favourite op shop find of mine - it goes just past the knee and is lovely and light. $14 from Retro Vinnies in Fremantle. Isn't Kathleen beautiful??

Once again, a massive thanks to TanyaVolt Photography!! Also to my handsome dog, Brownie, for joining in on the fun :P

December 16, 2012

Shake it like a Polaroid Picture!!

A few nights ago I found myself sitting in the back of my friend's car, dozing on and off after a full day of adventures. Sitting there listening to music and flicking through the photos we took that day, I couldn't help but to feel a little overwhelmed with life as it currently stands, but in a whole new way to what life has been of late. And as I seem to do when my head gets all full up, before I knew it the nearest writing utensil (unfortunately, my phone) was in my hand and I was typing like a mad child. 

This is not the most grammatically correct or eloquently written thing that I'm ever going to publish, but for me, it's kind of too exciting to leave it as a note on my phone, and that's what this blog is for anyway, right? Publishing my mildly incoherent rambling? :P

Have you ever felt so many emotions that you feel like you're going to burst? Like, you finally have good people in your life and it makes you so happy and so scared and so... So much like suddenly life has value, maybe.

Like this person that is your best friend means so much to you that it scares you. You can't comprehend the friendship you have, but it becomes so important and you just, you can't understand it and so you think, probably, neither can anyone else.

Have you ever felt like you're finally fitting in with your family? As if slowly, the relationships with your brothers, sisters, parents, are maturing and becoming something real and tangible. Like you're relationships are developing into things that exist out of friendship, not just habit, and it's so damn exciting.

And then you meet someone else. Someone who you can't help but feel could be amazing. And even though it'll never happen because the time and place is just wrong, it's so horribly off that it's heartbreaking, that re-remembering what it is to feel that way almost makes up for it?

Have you ever felt like apart from these few people, that there are still more? There are friends who you love and get along with. Who you know and appreciate and that's so comforting because it's never been like that before. 

Right now all these things, these emotions, have suddenly decided to pack themselves into my head even though there isn't space for them all, and just to add to the party, I remember that in one month I'm going on this huge adventure - the adventure I've been waiting for my whole life. And it's so close that I can almost touch it. For the first time, it's really truly tangible. Excitement. Unbelievable excitement.

But then I think about all the people that I've finally found. About the little place I've built for myself and that for the first time in longer than I can remember, the place that I feel comfortable in, I feel at home in, and I feel scared. What if it all changes? It doesn't really matter I suppose, nothing is going to stop me from going, but still...

How on earth did it happen that life went from close to unbearable to so fucking beautiful? To so perfect that I can't contain all the good emotion inside of me - that I can't get this lump out of my throat, a lump that's stuck there and keeps wanting to drive tears to my eyes - tears of joy, of happiness, of fear of all this goodness and mostly, of this love that I seem to have found myself so completely and utterly surrounded by...

PS. Please forgive the horrendous blog/photo layout!! It is going to become a lot more viewer friendly very soon!! :)

December 14, 2012

Mary, Mary, quite contrary...

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row."**

It's my first day off in quite a while, so I spent the morning out with Mum - coffee, cake, catching up, planning New Years and a trip to the nursery. I chatted to my oldest brother about bush walking and wild fruit trees. I patted my dog, laughed at Dad trying to pick up a monster cricket, and called a tattoo parlour. I finally got a hold of an email so that I can say hi to some of my lovely, lovely friends in India and start planning that leg of next year's adventures.

Here's to happy, lazy Saturdays after a week of fun & adventures that involved spending absolutely no time at home.

Have a grand weekend, everyone!

Over and out.
Rhi xx

**Mum always used to recite this to me when I was a kid. Apparently, I was pretty contrary :P 

December 13, 2012

Caught on Film: Black & White, Take 1

By the time I finally got this roll of film developed, I could hardly remember taking half of the photos!! Film photography really is all a giant learning process. There's the obvious things, like learning to frame a photo, remembering to set the aperture and considering the lighting, but more than that, patience and thoughtfulness come to mean completely different things, especially in this 'now, now, now' little world of ours. 

One of the reasons I tell people that I started my photography ventures with the Pentax is that often, with my iPhone, it's the photos that I look at straight after taking and think 'ugh' that end up becoming my favourites (if I haven't already deleted them on a whim). I figured, by taking photos on film I'd force myself to really learn about photography and maybe to change my own ideas about what I like, about what I find beautiful or challenging or just worth keeping, really. But it has somehow become a lot more than that - it has become a constant lesson in thoughtfulness and restraint on one hand, and spontaneity and just jumping in there on the other... 

Anyways, enough of my vaguely philosophical rambling!! Hope you enjoy the photos - there's plenty more to come :)

Over and out.
Rhi :)

This one taken by the lovely Tim Lock :)

December 11, 2012


I almost didn't come home tonight. As I stepped off the bus and onto the grass verge that lines the street, all I could think of was the warm air that suddenly took a hold of me, the slight breeze with a hint of a chill that I spend the cold months longing for and dreaming of. Street lamps lined the way home, but all I wanted to do was to lie down on the grass and watch the lightning flickering on and off to the west. I took smaller, slower steps. I stopped to stare openly at the holes in the cloud that seemed to reveal the brightest of stars. I don't remember instructing my feet to move forward again but eventually I found myself standing on the line between my house, and my neighbour's front lawn. I sighed, resigned. And so I find myself sitting here, a yellow daisy from the line between my neighbour's lawn and my own reminding me of that wonderful feeling of being enveloped by beautiful summer air and wanting nothing more than to share it with the world... 

December 10, 2012

Op Shop Shoot: Summer Loving

In a mad ditch effort to get images of my many, many pre-loved purchases onto this space before my op shop challenge ends on December 31, my lovely friends Tanya & Kathleen spent an hour at my house this morning to get dressed up and snap some photos. It was all a bit of a rush - I didn't even have time to try and tame my currently crazy hair - but as you've all probably realised by now, Tanya is an amazing photographer so we still managed to get some awesome pictures, and even though it is way past my bed time, I couldn't help but to share a little glimpse of the results with you!! :)

Isn't she beautiful??

December 09, 2012

Flavour of the Week: Green

If any of you cool kids follow me on instagram, you'll probably know I have a bit of a thing for my parents garden (because let's be honest, as much as I like to say it's mine, I don't have anything to do with its radness) :P

It's such a wondrous place, especially at this time of year when its filled with activity and colour. There are thousands of busy little insects running errands - ladybirds sleeping on orange tree leaves, ants running through the grass and burrowing through the cracks in the pavement, slaters crawling around in little nooks. There are flowers and vegetables and leaves growing, unfurling, painting themselves pink, orange, purple, yellow, green and red. 

And as much as these (unedited!!) photos can't do it justice (I want a macro lens so bad!!) I couldn't help today but to run around capturing these images to share with you all. 

Here's to beautiful gardens, hard working parents and a happy Sunday!! :)

Over and out.
Rhi :)

December 07, 2012

Tales of Jim and Sam: Questions.

Taken from my Pinterest.

"Can I ask you a question?"
"Only if you tell me why you always ask me if you can ask me a question."
She laughed, a little shyly, "Iuno... I spose it's because I like hearing the response. The different way that someone answers the same question intrigues me. Perhaps I like giving you a little bit of warning that something's coming, that the mood's about to change. Or maybe I just like to have permission..."
He smiled at her. She thought he smiled knowingly.
"Can I ask you the question now?"
"Go for it."

To all the people that I meet...

The Family :)

In the midst of a serious conversation and my Uncle looks up and smiles for the camera.
I love this photo :)

Today, I am thinking about how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life. People who have barely left but who I already miss, people who left long ago who I miss even more. Friends and family. People I've met in the strangest places and people I've known my whole life. Thank you all for being so damned incredible.