Objects of the Dead by Sarah L. Donovan

I'm working on my first year folio which is due in 2 weeks. Printed. Fine Art Printed. Yeah that's pretty meticulous.

We're learning a lot and Peter Hatzipavlis from The Print Shop @ PSC is an absolute genius. He's definitely one of a kind - A friend told me that she's never heard anyone so enamored with paper, but Peter is, and he really has the eye for it. He 's been working with all the first years for our test printing assignment (so we get to understand the process of preparing our files for a fine art print), and folio work. 

My folio series is about the objects that the deceased leave behind that the living keep as a memento. Most of the time the objects are meaningless but because they were owned by a loved one, the need for that person to 'live forever' is transferred to the object. I'm taking portraits of people, and still life studio images of the items they have kept from their deceased loved one.

Melbourne Zoo by Sarah L. Donovan

I always remember school trips to the zoo because they were always a disaster. It would be a perfect day, then when we got there it would be pissing down raining. It was ALWAYS raining when we had a trip to the zoo booked in! So I don't remember much of the zoo, more of the shelters we sought out to escape the rain, ha!

We went to a couple of zoos in Germany & Austria and I loved how they are beautiful places to visit as well as really cool places for the animals to be - leafy, green, with great enclosures. 

After having my daughter I've wanted to visit the Zoo but it's hard to know when it will actually be interesting for them - she's 9 months old and I thought it would be a good test.

She especially loved the fast-moving animals like the Meerkats, Butterflies, and unfortunately she was asleep for the Lemurs but she would have loved them too! 


Jess & Sean's Wedding by Sarah L. Donovan

Jess is an 'old' friend of mine. We met uni in an advertising class, then we lived a couple of doors down from each other, then finally we worked together at media agency. We've stayed friends ever since. I love how direct she is and how she can pull fun at anyone. She's a great conversationalist and is always the one to ask questions in those awkward presentations where nobody has anything to say. She makes life more fun. 

It's always fun meeting a friend's partner when you know they are larger than life. The partner is either going to be a quiet introvert, who deals with all their craziness in their own way, or a loud extrovert who pokes fun just as much as they do. Sean is the extrovert who can shut Jess down just as well as she can him (though I think Jess might disagree with me on this one). They're a fun loving couple with a gorgeous fluffy dog called Garry.

Jess asked me to be the photographer at their wedding soon after they got engaged. I was newly pregnant and the wedding was originally going to be 2 months after I was due... I really wasn't sure about it. When she told me it would be later, more like 5 months after, I was more agreeable.

The day was a lot of fun and it was awesome seeing the love from both of their (massive) families and adoring friends.