Woodford Folk Festival 2012/13

Woodford 2012/13

If  you haven’t been to a Woodford Folk Festival before, well you should add it to your bucket list. It is possibly  the best festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending. There is something for everyone. And so many “things” happening that one can easily walk around the festival with no agenda and stumble upon something amazing again and again. I guess you could call me a veteran of this festival. I first attended as a 6 year old back in it’s humble origins of the Maleny Showgrounds. My how it has grown.

Woodford 2012/13

I eat at Spaghetti Junction almost daily at Woodford. I am and always have been a pasta addict. Just ask my mum. Fresh pasta with chermoula or pesto or pomodoro sauce…just one or a combination for a taste explosion…….YUM!

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There are even elephants at Woodford. This one’s name is Eesha. It is a great festival for children, if a tad tiring. (Mostly for the parents, the kids get wheeled about in all different types of cool contraptions).

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A small section of the crowd watching John Butler Trio. Can you see the lady waving? She’s a Maleny local.

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This plastic container was perched on one of the bins……. I’m still trying to make sense of it….. actually, it’s Woodford…. makes perfect sense!

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Afternoon respite from the heat. Chilling under the rainbow umbrella out the back of the chai tent. Every festival has one.

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The artwork that was created along the walkways never ceases to amaze. Every one adds something as they go past. One piece in particular was big enough to completely get in the way of the rubbish trucks emptying all the bins in the early hours of the morning. Temporary art….. the beauty is you may never see it again.Woodford 2012/13

Lee Hardisty, Anothony Pizzica, Nathaniel Combs amongst others as the in house band for the Blue Lotus venue. A beautiful space created by Dominique Finney and her incredible team.

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These shots below are from Honor Morningstar’s 5 rhythms dance….. wow what an amazing journey to be witness to.

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Tanz is a involved with Woodford for 6 weeks from early December until a week after everyone else has left back to “reality” doing the huge amount of fencing involved in an event of this magnitude. She rocks as you can see from the below photo.

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Goodbye Woodford. Until you wrap me in your safe and warm embrace once more,  I will rely on all the fond memories we’ve made and try not to get too caught up in this here “reality”. Woodford 2012/13

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Halo

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

 

Pretty cool halo effect here on Wiruungga’s head. Not exactly sure what caused it. But I like it just the same. More photos to come soon x

 

 

GRATITUDE

Today I am grateful. Actually most days, when I give myself time to reflect, I find myself truly grateful for many things. It is amazing how quickly you can transform your mind out of a negative downward spiral when you began to acknowledge those “things” in life that you are grateful for. It is one of the best ways to attract abundance into your life – realising your life is already abundant, perhaps just in ways you hadn’t given yourself time to pause and reflect upon.

Joy is inside you. Not in the attainment of things desired, nor in the achievement of goals made, but in the simple feeling that lies within you. Know that this joy is unaffected by outer circumstance and joy will be yours forever. – Author Unknown

My sister-in-law is American. Today for her (and many other Americans) is a special day. Thanksgiving. One of the few American celebrations we Australians have not yet adopted. I think it is a really nice thing to have a celebration for all that you’re grateful for. Especially in our modern society where so much gets taken for granted. I am a vegetarian, so no turkey for me. But in its place I will be partaking in a whole lotta gratitude!  Stephanie Noah (she’s my sister-in-law) I hope you have a fantastic Australian thanksgiving celebration and let me tell you now how grateful I am for having you in my life and for the sacrifices you have endured to live so far away from your land of birth to be with the one that you love. Big ups girlfriend! You rock!

So here is a quick list of some of the myriad of things that I am über grateful for………… love, health, my kids, my AMAZING friends and their beautiful families, the supportive community of Maleny in South East Queensland, Australia, the internet, my husband and his musically talented ways (you can check him out here if you’re feeling a tad curious), Africa and the connection I have to that place in all of its dysfunction and glory and unrelenting happiness, good coffee, the recent rain that took our tank from a slush pile of leaves to a lush reserve of water for our daily use, the ocean, photography – without which the creativity would not have a visual way out, poetry, and those who read it, the blog sphere my newest addiction, chocolate, myself and my ability to be an absolute idiot and not give a rat’s ass (this is somewhat dependent on the company I’m in but I’m working on that not being a factor).
That’ll do for now otherwise it may never end.

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – Author Unknown

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Go and write down 10 “things” that you are grateful for. My bet is that you will easily find more than 10. Big love x

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Photographic Quotes and Links

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker, reconnoitring, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes” – Susan Sontag, On Photography

The Delight Of Seeing is a fantastic photographic blog with posts of everything and anything photographic. Amazing source of information and more importantly, inspiration.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange

Who also is quoted saying:

For me documentary photography is less a matter of subject and more a matter of approach. The important thing is not what’s photographed, but how….. My own approach is based upon three considerations. First – hands off! Whatever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. Whatever I photograph I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present. But beyond these three things, the only thing I keep in mind is that – well, there it is, that quotation, pinned up on my darkroom door:

The contemplation of things as they are

without error or confusion

without substitution or imposture

is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

– Francis Bacon

Magnum Photo Essays–  Beautiful and dramatic photographic narratives.

David Birkin – Hold – One of many of his stirring photographic essays.

All images copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

These Boots They Roar

Don’t you get that I don’t want to wait for you

That you have your own inner compass and do not need me to direct you

And no longer will I

Draw maps, give directions – detailed or not

Point you towards due north

I have stepped over the line and into my power

These boots they roar

These boots they wait for no one

Anyway anyhow.

I get it now

Like I never have before

That my helping you isn’t helping you

That I cannot

No matter how large and true my intention

I cannot do for you that which you must do for yourself

You too have boots that roar

You need only find the ones that fit

Step over your line

Into your boots

By yourself

For yourself

With yourself

Ready

Willing

Able

Not waiting, roaring.

Not Waiting Anyway Anyhow.
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Find more of my images here.

Inspiration. Lost and Found.

So after my last post I am happy and a little excited about finding my mojo again so quickly. My inspiration, motivation and discipline had gone walk about for a little hiatus only to return just when I needed them most. We embraced warmly and then went inside for bikkies and tea. So in honour of their return this here post is all about inspiration and what inspires me.

Lovely Vision

From the pits of what I think was despair

Overwhelmed by it all

I now find myself

Ecstatic

Small moments of pure

Elation

Just being

Loving

Living

Loving

Life

There is beauty in the everyday

In close to every way

Blinding light

Follows blinding dark

Stop looking

and you will see

My vision restored

If only momentarily.

Music that inspires – Ben Howard-Only Love , Kings of Leon-End, Flying Lotus-Tealeaf Dancers, Didier Squiban-Molene, Xavier Rudd-Follow the Sun

Photographers I love – Katrin Koenning, Trente Parke, Mischa Keijser, Iain McKell

Books that I inhale (sometimes more than once) – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – a man before his time. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – this lady can write! Anything by Isabel Allende – This woman can write! The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander – This book will change your life!

There are so many areas that I draw inspiration from that I will touch on in another blog in the future. For now, check out some or all of the above to give you an inspired day…. one step at a time into an inspired existence. Big love.

Be yourself and inspire others.

Aggggghhhhhhrrrrr….

Now that that’s off my chest…..

I am currently feeling like there is nowhere near enough time in the day. Any day. Everyday. My mind is reeling with thoughts – necessary and unnecessary. I am trying my best to just be and to let it go…. but I just can’t seem to manage for more than a minute or two. (A movie or similar distraction helps me to just be for a longer stint…. but eventually that feeling creeps back in).

Along with this I am also feeling COMPLETELY unmotivated and lacking in any form of discipline needed to achieve one’s goals. And goals I have a plenty! So, what to do? I have no idea other than to simply keep trying to just be, go with the flow and let it go. Hopefully sooner rather than later my motivation and discipline with be back in abundant form ready to whip me into line. Perhaps bringing with them a feeling of timelessness and that there is no need to rush. And to remind myself that this too shall pass and there IS time enough to do what one wants. Maybe just not everything at once and everything right now!

So I am going to remind myself of everything I am grateful for. To enjoy my life. To stay calm and carry on with a smile on my face and a spring (big or small) in my step. If the side of the street your walking on is a bit dark and gloomy, cross the road and get some sunshine on your face.

 

Action speaks louder

Intention isn’t enough

or so I’m told

Though it is the beginning of most

The difference between

thinking about

and actually doing

is stark

I’m stuck

two feet bogged down

by intention

I need a winch

someone

or

something

to tow me

out

up

above

beyond.

 

 

Dizzy my life

I want to wrap you up

to engulf you

leaving you gasping for air

I want to disrupt this sediment

we find ourselves in

dizzy our lives

like a snow globe in a child’s hands

I want to tousle you

leaving you disheveled and spent

though yearning for more

I want to shake this foundation

and watch all that is tedious

fall away

leaving nothing

but ourselves in each other’s arms

entwined

imbedded

branded

together.